Casino Secrets – Part 1


To start off this list, I want you to think about your dream job. More than likely, it’s a job where you can make money, yet have fun doing the job, and not minding coming in virtually every day to do it, right?

At first glance, you might think that a casino dealer, whether it be Blackjack, Poker, Roulette, or some other game that requires a dealer, would be fun. After all, you’re right in the middle of the casino action, and though it’s not accurate, you technically hold all the power.

But think about this before you drop everything and go. It’s YOU who shuffles the cards, it’s YOU who spins the Roulette wheel, and it’s you who reveals who wins or loses. But, what you might not realize is that despite all the money that’s getting thrown around – the dealers work at minimum wage. No joke, they’re literally the bottom of the barrel. Now, there are some casinos that do pay a little more for their dealers, especially for certain high-end games, but on the whole, they only make the minimum. This is why dealers are told to be friendly with the customers…so they can get tips. That’s also a reason why the “tip your dealer” phrase came into practice. Because if you clean up one night and make say $100,000? You doubled in one night what that dealer will make in a whole year. So please be nice to the people dealing the cards, they often deserve that kindness.

Some Dealers Do Cheat and Steal

They say that casinos are where people go to lose their money, and they’re right more often than not. Yet, some people try and cheat the system to make sure they don’t, and I’ll be talking about that later. However, one person you wouldn’t expect to cheat is the dealer. After all, while they “work” for the casino, they have no bias towards you. You’re literally on the same level as them. But that’s the thing, you’re on the same level, and that means they have the same impulses as you and your fellow gamblers. So, they’re not above cheating with another person to earn a score, or, if they feel they can swipe a chip without getting caught, they’ll do it.

Just like you when you go to a casino, it’s all about the money. Funnily enough, it’s because dealers have tried to cheat and steal so much in the past that a lot of mandatory rituals are done when a dealer leaves the table. They have to expose their hands and move them around to show they didn’t take anything on the sly as they leave. Should a dealer be caught cheating, they’ll be arrested, sometimes at the table itself to “show others” the cost of cheating, and other times they’ll be brought to the manager’s office, exposed, and then arrested.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should be mean to the dealer, or ignore the previous entry and not tip them, but, you should at least keep an eye out for them, just in case.

Security Is Tighter Than You Think

Ok, think about Ocean’s 11 and 13 (we don’t talk about 12 here…). Remember how deep and detailed the security was in those casinos? How did Reuben say it? “They’ve got cameras, they’ve got locks, they’ve got vaults. They enough armed security to occupy Paris!”
Well, you might think after watching these movies, and other casino films and shows, that they exaggerated how tight security is. Well, they didn’t.

There’s a reason that true casino robberies don’t happen that often. Not that people don’t try, but they’re quickly put down. More common are scams to try and cheat the casino out of their money, which is never smart, but the security is so well trained that they know what to look for, even if you don’t.
For example, if a person is playing a slot machine, and they’re loading in their coins, but not looking at the machine itself as they do it, they’re cheating. How so? Because that means they’re looking around for security to see if they’ll get caught. The guards use cameras all over the casinos to read body language, to look for clues as to how a person could be cheating, it’s very complex. Can they prevent everything? No, but they’re well equipped to try. And if you don’t believe me, think back to the Ocean’s movies and all the things that the crew had to do to get one over on the casino owners. It takes a village…

You Get Investigated When You Win Big

Picture this. You’ve been playing the games all right and have been doing ok. You’ve done Poker, Blackjack, a few slots, and you just have the urge to play Roulette. You get this “feeling” in you to bet big, so you do, on 13, and it hits, and you walk away with $100,000. You’re through the roof!
But for security, they’re looking into you the moment you got declared the winner. Why are they investigating you? Because you won big! And as I noted in the previous entry, they want to make sure that you didn’t cheat. Don’t worry, if you’re clean, they’re not going to touch you. It’s the Pit Boss’ job to ensure that big wins are legitimate.

Given the luck of Las Vegas and other casinos, there are a lot of legitimate winners. It does happen. That doesn’t mean they won’t do their job. They’ll likely see what you do next if you keep playing or walk away. They’ll track down where you were before and whether you won well there. In the end, as long as you didn’t cheat, you’ll be fine, and you’ll have that money you won.
Never forget, while casinos want your money, they also want you to stay in the casino, and if they harassed every winner who won legitimately, no one would want to go there. They’ll check you out, then move on, that’s their job.

| March 1st, 2019 | Posted in Casino, Gaming, Poker, Roulette |

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