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Las Vegas Stories - Archives: July 2010
full table of straight cards but one hand is crooked On my blackjack table I have a way of dealing the cards so that the bottom edge of my card is parallel to the straight edge of the table. This makes it easier for the floorman and the cameras to read the cards. I have been doing this for 5 years and I’m stubborn about it. There was one player that, when I dealt him his cards, he would move them so that they were facing sideways (this way the cards would seem straight to him and, also, this is the way most dealers would deal the cards). Me being my stubborn self, I couldn’t stand seeing the cards messed up so I would change it back. He got so pissed that he told me, “Don’t touch my cards! It’s bad luck!” I told him, “These are my cards, I have been touching them all day and if you have any bad luck it’s from your own stupidity, not from the position of the cards.”
~Heather 2008 line
Date: July 23, 2010 @ 10:03am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Luck, Mean People
Let It Ride sign I was dealing Let It Ride to a full table and I had a Chinese husband and wife sitting right in front of me. The wife was dressed up in a nice dinner dress and she was very pretty, probably in her late 30’s. The husband was dressed in slacks and a nice collared shirt, he had a mustache that was neatly trimmed and you could tell they weren’t from America but their English was very good. I gave him his hand and he stayed right away so I proceeded to deal the game. I flipped over my first card and it was a Jack of spades, he stayed again so I flipped over my second card and it was an Ace of spades. There was silence for a minute before the wife started jumping up and down in high heel shoes screaming and grabbing her husband. The husband looked stunned. I flipped over his cards and he had a royal flush.

The floorman came over, checked the cards and then called the cameras. The hand checked out, it was a legit win. All of the bosses had to be called and it took 45 minutes before anything was done. The floorman had to put the cards back in order to make sure they were all there and then I had to spread the cards for the cameras to show that they weren’t marked. The payout was 1000 to 1, it was a $10 minimum bet and he had all 3 of his bets out there so 30 x $1,000 is $30,000. Plus he had his $1 bonus which has a payout of $20,000 for a grand total of $50,000! He tried to tip me $40 which was the rest of his money but I said, “Oh, its ok… Wait until you get paid then you can tip me.” He got paid in $1,000 chips; they took out $12,000 for taxes and gave him $38,000. He gave me a $200 tip and then he gave every player at the table $100. My tip was 0.40% of his winnings. I was really hoping for 5% which would have been $2,500. Because we have to split our tips with all the other dealers that meant my share of the $200 was $0.66.
~Heather 2009 line
Date: July 22, 2010 @ 11:26am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Tipping, Winning
stacks of green chips I was dealing double deck blackjack to a man in his 30’s; he was good looking with black hair and he was the only person playing out of his entire group of friends. The friends were sitting at the table watching him play and cheering him on because he had been winning for a while; he had stacks and stacks of green chips in front of him. I was down to the last of my green chips in the rack so on his next winning hand I tried to pay him with a black chip. He got so mad he wouldn’t touch it and he demanded that I pay him in green. I told him I was running out of green and I needed to pay him in black. He said that black was bad luck and he told me to call my floorman over. So I called over the floorman, Cory and the player demanded that he get paid in green chips. Cory looked at my rack and saw how low I was on green chips and then he saw how many green chips the player had and he said, “No, she is paying you in black.” The player was furious, “No! You order more green chips! Put a fill on the table!” “I’m not going to put a fill on the table when you are going to have to color up sometime soon and I won’t do a credit. So since you can’t walk away with all of those greens you can either color up or leave it all behind.” Cory said frustrated. The player pushed all of his chips to me and said, “Color me up, I’m leaving. This table turned into bad luck anyway.” So I colored him up, he left and we were so thrilled the asshole was gone.
~Heather 2007 line
Date: July 21, 2010 @ 12:46pm PST     Comments     Filed Under: Luck, Mean People
McDonalds I'm a gambler but I'm also very frugal. In the downtown casino we were staying at it had a McDonalds and this restaurant always has derelicts and homeless people milling around it. My wife and I would get up early, get our senior coffees and then drive out to Red Rock canyon and hike. When we would get our coffee, my wife would get one and I would get two for myself, for a total of three. When I ordered three senior coffees to go the female manager started quizzing me and asked, “Who are the coffees for?” I don’t know but I think she was insinuating that I was getting the coffee for some of the homeless milling around.

Now, you have to understand, this was our second day in Vegas and we had hiked the day before. We got back exhausted and crashed without showering. The next morning, knowing we were just going to get nasty and sweaty on our hike, we didn’t change our clothes. The manager asked me who the coffees were for, I told her, “Two are for me and one is for my wife.” She asked, “Where is your wife and how old is she?” I lied and said “She's 60 (she was really 54) and she is right behind me.” I turned around and instead of seeing my wife I see this homeless looking woman who did look to be every bit of 60. The manager let me have two coffees.
~Stoney line
Date: July 20, 2010 @ 3:32pm PST     Comments     Filed Under: Mistakes
eye-in-the-sky The owner of the casino I used to work for had the security cameras hooked up and connected to his house in another state. That way when he wasn’t in Las Vegas he could still watch us via camera. The table games department has always been short on employees (especially floormen) so they would have to work 6 days or more a week. One of the floorman, Bob, was in his 80’s and they were working him just as hard as everybody else. When he watched his tables he would lean against the podium, and it made sense because he was so overworked and tired (the casino won’t let the floormen sit down in the middle of the pit). The owner saw him leaning against the podium and called the casino manager and told him to write Bob up. When the casino manager presented the write up to Bob he refused to sign it saying that being written up for leaning against the podium was bullshit and he wasn’t going to sign it. They wrote him up for not signing the write up, so he walked out and never came back.
~Heather 2010 line
Date: July 19, 2010 @ 3:28pm PST     Comments     Filed Under: Mean People
long stairway Usually, the way casinos are built, the dealer’s break room or dining area is usually a level or 2 below or above the ground floor. A group of dealers and I were walking back to our tables after our break when one of the dealers tripped and fell down the flight of stairs. He hurt his head and his ankle so the casino automatically had a security guard drive him to the 24 hour clinic to have a doctor look at him. The first thing they check for was drugs and then they took care of his injuries. Unfortunately the drug test came back positive for marijuana so he was immediately fired. He had to pay for all of the medical bills and the drug test on his own and it was expensive. That’s what every casino does. If their employees get injured on the job then they can get workers comp, they can get disability or they can sue. That is why the casino will make security drive you to the doctors right then and there, so they can have a drug test done. Since a good amount of tests are going to come back positive for drugs or alcohol then that cuts down on the workers comp claims and disability claims that the casino has to pay and that saves the casino money.
~Heather 2004 line
Date: July 18, 2010 @ 7:44am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Dealers, Mistakes
wife stealing chips from husband I used to travel to Vegas every couple of months and about every other trip my wife would accompany me. I was playing blackjack at a casino on the strip and after engaging in some small talk with the dealer, a young lady, she said she remembered me from somewhere. Eventually, she remembered me from some of the previous sessions my wife and I had played at her table; she said she spied my wife stealing chips from me. I laughed and told her I knew my wife was sneaking chips from me.

After one particularly horrendous trip, my wife and I were driving home from the airport and I was feeling really depressed over my losses. My wife reached into her purse and handed me $1,100 dollars. She said she had sneaked the money from me while I was playing. It didn't make up my losses, but it did take the sting out.
~Stoney 2008 line
Date: July 17, 2010 @ 9:19am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Unexpected
I was dealing single deck blackjack in a pit right next to the entrance of a night club. Being a dealer you get to see all of these young people go into the night club sober and come out drunk. It was a great place to people watch. Once, I saw this young woman with long curly brown hair and wearing a short purple dress go into the club with her group of friends; but she didn’t walk out. She was wheeled out in a wheel chair because she was so drunk she couldn’t walk. The security guard wheeled her over across from the night club entrance and then used his walkie-talkie to try and reach someone. While his back was turned the wasted woman was talking to the only friend that came out with her. One minute they’re talking and the next minute the girl in the wheel chair had both hands firmly around the other girl’s throat. She was strangling her friend and she looked mad as she shook the girl’s head back and forth. The guard finally noticed and broke it up but it was funny to watch.
~Heather 2006 line
Date: July 16, 2010 @ 12:19am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Drunks, Unexpected
a pair of queens The general consensus on all table side bets is that they are sucker bets. I really like the blackjack side bet called Lucky Ladies. It's played on a double deck or 6 deck shoes. You win anytime you have a natural 20. The payoff increases exponentially with suited 20's, matching suited 20's etc. all the way up to having a pair of Queen of hearts, (Lucky Ladies), which pays 200:1 odds (not all Lucky Ladies have this payoff, but the ones I search out do). If the dealer has a blackjack and you have the Lucky Ladies it pays 1,000:1.

The wife and I were playing together at a casino that had the max payout for Lucky Ladies. We were playing $5 on the side bet and my wife gets the Lucky Ladies. She's literally bouncing up and down like a jack-in-the-box, uttering animal like sounds. The dealer, a kindly elderly gentleman, had a sly smile and twinkle in his eye as he takes his finger and points to the Ace for his up card. "Insurance", he asks. My wife had not grasped that if the dealer had a natural blackjack she would win $5,000. Dealer turns over his hole card and shows a nine. She was still elated at winning a $1,000 and tipped the dealer handsomely.
~Stoney line
Date: July 15, 2010 @ 11:58am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Luck, Winning
Stratosphere I had planned on visiting the Stratosphere when I came to Las Vegas. I was looking forward to going up to the top and riding the rides. When we finally made it up there we all had a great time. Then we went on this ride that ended up being a nightmare! It was huge and it hung over the side. You would be strapped into a hanging chair with your feet dangling and nothing below for miles. It had started to get windy and you could really feel the building sway. The ride started and then just as abruptly ended but it did not bring us back to the loading dock. It was broken and we had to hang over the edge for 3 hours while the wind picked up and whipped us around over that time. I was scared for my life! Luckily nothing major happned and we were able to get back to the loading dock and down the tower. I was so happy that my feet were on solid ground.
~Anonymous 2003 line
Date: July 14, 2010 @ 10:01am PST     Comments     Filed Under: Unexpected
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