Whether you’re hitting the bright lights of Vegas & Monte Carlo, your local poker hall, or even an online casino, there’s one thing you’ll notice: that the tables always seem to be green. But why?The look, feel, sounds and sights in a casino are no accident. From the second you step through the door, everything is planned to encourage you to do two things, spend money, and stick around. The absence of windows, natural light and clocks, complementary offers and things like free drinks and snacks designed to lull you into a false sense of security.
It’s thought that the color green is associated with growth, money and finances, generally a good omen for gambling. To unravel the deeper psychology of the color green, it is seen to act as a stabilizer between warmershadeslike, orange, red,yellow and the cooler colors such as blues and purples. The idea is that it will make players and casino guests feel calmer and more comfortable in a busy, livelyenvironment thatusually might be considered quite an intimidating atmosphere, in a close confined situation where money is being risked aroundtotal strangers. The color red is generally associated with danger, and is seen on stop signs, red traffic signals and is usually a bad/negative sign, opposite to the color green, which is obviously seen on “Go” signals, American money and other more positive omens.
Stepping away from the psychological angle briefly, let’s take a look at why the table’s look and feel the way they do. The material used is called “Baize”, and is also used in covering snooker and billiard tables. It’s used on card tables as it’s smooth and easy to slide cards and chips around without issue. It’s also said that it was used back when card games were illegal, and players could write on the table in chalk, and then just as easily wipe it away if they were discovered by the authorities.