If you’ve never been to a casino, you might not know what to expect. The vast, open rooms tend to be crowded with people who know what they’re doing, and you’re unlikely to find any signs or instructions to explain what’s going on. There are security guards, pit bosses, dealers, and cameras hung from the ceiling. It’s easy to get lost in the maze, and you may even misplace your money and time.

A word of caution, though: you should only gamble with money you can afford to lose. This includes bringing only cash with you and leaving bank cards at home. Also, it’s important to remember that casino dealers only make minimum wage, so tipping them is neither mandatory nor necessary. While many dealers may suggest giving a tip of up to 10% of your net win is quite generous, it’s always best to be conservative, and most casinos will pool tips and divide them equally.

Depending on your preference, most casinos feature roulette, blackjack, video poker, and slot machines. However, some casinos have more than one type of table game, which might influence the game rules and payouts. Also, you might find yourself squeamish about the rules of some of the games, and you may want to stick to video poker. If you’re uncomfortable playing table games, you’ll want to stick with video poker and slot machines instead.