Casino Dealer

Casino Dealer

Roulette Wiz

14 Years Experience

Las Vegas, NV

Male, 37

I am a Blackjack and Roulette dealer in Las Vegas at a major Las Vegas Strip property. I have knowledge of all the table games. I have seen and done it all in over 8 years as a table games dealer here in Sin City. I love my job and industry. I wouldn't trade it for the world! Ask me anything and everything. My life is like a real-life Hangover experience. Well, okay it's not but it sounded good didn't it?

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Last Answer on March 09, 2016

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How do you prove that someone is card-counting?

Asked by Abbas over 5 years ago

My burden doesn't lie on proof. If I am suspicious of someone, I am required to notify my floor supervisor. Telltale signs of a card counter include: Playing at "3rd base" which is the last spot on the table, so they can see every card that comes out. Huge variations in bets when the "shoe" gets to the end and the cards might be in their favor. A guy who bets $25-50 a hand and jumps to $1000 is a pretty big red flag. Lastly, working with a friend or buddy and using numerical codes or symbols to get an accurate card count. Anything out of the norm is always suspicious to me. Like I said, I work at a major Strip property, usually this stuff goes on downtown in smaller casinos.

Are you allowed to gamble in your own casino?

Asked by angel1 over 5 years ago

I cannot play slots or table games at my casino. However, I can place a sports bet out of uniform and off the clock. I do that regularly.

If someone's losing his shirt at your blackjack table, do you still expect him to tip you?

Asked by Brixy_66 over 5 years ago

Absolutely not. My philosophy on tipping has always been the same. A tip is gratitude from someone to myself. I don't expect it, it's not required. Anything someone tosses me is a bonus. They don't have to tip me anything at all. You can't be let down if you don't expect anything. So, when something floats my way, I'm happy. Even if it's just a couple bucks on a 2k win. It's 2 bucks more than I had before. Nothing can be expected in the casino tipping world. When I get something, I'm happy. Some of my coworkers express frustration over cheap people. You have no control over their behavior. So, whatever kind of tip I get, I'm happy for!

Do you find a Vegas casino to be a depressing place to work?

Asked by siram over 5 years ago

Not at all. I love my job, I love the glitz and glamour. I work at a high-end casino with many high-limit players and lots of action. We have a nightclub and plenty of eye candy. The customers are generally positive and nice. I live in Henderson, which is a very nice suburb. Life is what you make of it, it's 10% of what is dealt to you and 90% of how you react to it.

In college, a roulette dealer gave a guest lecture in my probability class and claimed that he could spin the ball such that it would land on particular segments of the wheel. Not individual numbers, but he SWORE he could hit quadrants and would do so for big-tipping players. Our prof called BS. What's your take?

Asked by s123 over 5 years ago

Good question. I'm also calling BS. There are SO many factors that come into play when you spin a ball. The way you snap your finger, the exact and precise time you spin, and the speed of the wheel. The biggest factor is the pips, or the little bumps in the wheel that the ball usually hits as the ball slows down. With that factor, all proverbial bets are off. I get asked this question alot lol.

Who are the blackjack and roulette players that you can't stand?

Asked by Tr3 over 5 years ago

I really don't like negativity. It ruins the mojo and vibe/pulse of the table. I also don't like the phrase "Let Me Win." It's like, "okay buddy, I'll go ahead and let you win, because I obviously have control over what goes on here. It's YOUR lucky day! I'm going to LET you win!" Also, I get perturbed when people don't bet the minimum number of chips on roulette. If it's a $15 table, bet 15 chips. Also, there are outside and inside bets. Inside bets are the numbers. Outside are the columns, even/odd, red/black. You cannot combine inside and outside bets. Yet, players think they can argue their point. I know my job. VERY well. There's no need for interpretation.

I've recently noticed that BJ dealers have gotten really aggressive in forcing you to color up when you get up to leave - I even had one pit boss tell me it was a casino rule when I refused, which I'm pretty sure is not true. Is this a new phenomenon, and what's the reason for it? (My friend says it's so they can report your exact wins and losses to the IRS.)

Asked by hassan15 over 5 years ago

As far as I know, it's definitely not a casino rule. In fact, we are encouraged to have our customers (players) NOT color up. The theory behind that being, if they walk away from my table with a bunch of $5 chips as opposed to a black ($100) chip, they will be more likely to stop at another table and play out the remaining lower denomination chips. What you are describing is a new phenomenon, and honestly I have yet to witness management ask me to aggressively color up. The IRS would have no knowledge of your wins/losses, unless they wanted to tap into your rewards card activity, which I believe they wouldn't have access to.