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Casino stories (from the other side of the tables)

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OK, I worked in casinos from 1977 until 1998.

At first, it's fun, but it's nothing like the public thinks it is. People think, "Wow, you get paid to play" and that isn't even close to the real thing.  

You learn a lot about people, you see them at their best, and at their worst, too often at their worst, losing money really brings out the Jekyll and Hyde in people.

Most people do not play to win, they just play to play (they're called "stayers, not players", came to stay, not to play).

I'll expound on all this later, but for right now want to say that anyone who plays, loses money, and then plays because they want their money back had no business playing in the first place.

I saw a whole lot of people blow paychecks chasing hot rolls of dice or streaks on a 21 table that never came. When video poker came out, it was like a money vacuum, literally. In fact a counselor in Vegas called video poker electronic morphine and the electronic crack cocaine of the 1990's.

Casino employees are among some of the worst degenerate (out of control) gamblers.  Depending on what hotel they're working in some of them are making excellent money, only to feed it back to the hotel, or another, after work.

People I worked with who were trying to win a Royal flush used to wonder why I'd drive to Californa to play the lottery. I'd tell them that the lottery does indeed change people's lives, and I hadn't seen any of them hit a royal flush and change theirs.

tbc.... 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment by LOTTOMIKE - January 4, 2007, 2:22 am
check out the book "super casino" by pete earley.talks all about vegas,casinos,the people who built the casinos and the people who go to them.very good book.i was reading this to pass the hours before my first baby was born.she was born 11-1-04.the next year my son was born on 11-2-05.i bet 112 ten bucks that day.the number came out straight the NEXT day.i would've made a killing if i would've bet for one more day........
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cps10Comment by cps10 - January 4, 2007, 1:48 pm
Very interesting. I love to play at the casino. Don't get there as much as I'd like. I play to win, but I bring a set bankroll, and when it's gone, it's gone. Gambling is a lot of discipline that most people don't have. I like going to Tunica, out where Mike is from. Thanks for the tip on the book, too, Mike.
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Litebets27Comment by Litebets27 - January 4, 2007, 8:37 pm
Very interesting to read an insiders perspective on the games and the people who play them. I have never viewed the employees of a casino as having an easy or even a glamous job. I've seen dealers look impatient with the customers until somebody starts tipping or, I believe the term is, toking (and that's usually me)
I've seen dealer that just can't wait for their next break, and some that seem to be bored out of their minds.
And the waitresses or whatever they call themselves can be down right rude if you don't tip.
I'm sure that there are many people employed by casinos who find it exciting and get a big kick out of dealing with the High Rollers that come in, even though some of the High Rollers can be down right rude, just because, they can be.
It would be nice to hear more about your adventures in the casinos
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Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - January 5, 2007, 12:41 am
cps10
That kind of discipline is rare indded.

LOTTOMIKE

I'm not familiar with that book but sounds like it might be a rare one that's accurate. More on that later.

Litebets27

Yup, "tokes" is indeed the term.
Of course, depending on which casino they work in and how the $$$ is, dealers have different 'tudes, but it can be a pretty tedious job.
Noise and the secondary smoke alone become inbearable factors after awhile. We used to have a term we called "fumophobia", the fear that a player was going to light one of the comp. cigars they got, some of them were absolute stink bombs.

Tips, tokes....true story......one night a rich Arab was playing at the Dunes. The waitress would bring a drink, he'd tip her $100 or so, and bet $100 or so for her. This went on her whole shift. He knew she had to be getting off soon, so politely asked her if she'd like to go somewhere with him when she clocked out. She said, "You're right to ask, and you've tipped me well. So well, that I just quit, I made $82,000 tonight thanks to you." She walked out and that was that.

That story is definitley the exception, but it did happen.

High Rollers can be decent or a pain, all too often, a pain. They bet big, which brings heat on the game, and a lot of them really don't tip all that well, relative to the type of betting they do. Some do, but for the most part the tips come from the $1, $5, and $25 bettors.



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