I’ve seen all types of people come up to my table and play blackjack. It’s a game that appeals to both the quiet, analytical type – the ones who might be counting cards – and the loud, flamboyant type. But there are definitely a lot more of the loud ones. On any given night, I might see one person who comes off as a potential card-counter.
Other casino games seem to appeal to a more specific crowd. Craps is definitely for the extrovert; it’s a very social game, and most of the players are thinking about luck more than strategy or dice control. Slot machines are mostly for people who want a bit of relaxing fun without having to bog things down with strategy. Many of them are older players, but you also get some millennials who like the newer slots with the video features.
The Wild and the Jung
Then you have baccarat. Every once in a while, I check out the scene in Los Angeles, and baccarat is a massive hit with the Asian population. It’s the same in Las Vegas, but we also have the old-school tuxedo types who picked up the game because of James Bond. They’re suave, most of them, and they like the attention – but they’re playing it cool, of course. LA is a whole other animal, at least from what I’ve seen.
Then again, the high-limit baccarat pits in Vegas are very different from tables on the casino floor. I’ve done some fill-in shifts here and there, and I don’t mind telling you, it’s a lot more fun in the pit than dealing blackjack. Most of the time. The higher the limits go, the more pronounced the personalities become. And it’s baccarat, so nobody’s counting cards. The money’s just flying around the room.
In theory, you can tailor your casino experience to match your personality type, but I wouldn’t think about game selection in this way. The whole Myers-Briggs thing has gotten picked apart and largely discredited over the past 20 years or so. Don’t fall for that “left-brained, right-brained” nonsense, either. Just play the games you like to play. In my experience, it’s the people around you at the casino who determine whether you enjoy yourself or not, so picking the right time to play is key. Some people prefer Tuesday afternoons; some people prefer Saturday nights. Be true to yourself.