Top Secrets of Casinos
There are some basic tips that can help a novice not completely lose their life savings the moment they step on the floor. Here are Top secrets casinos do You want to know.
Gamblers need to stay away from certain casino games
Some casino games are way more of a ripoff than others — even by casino standards.
It’s common knowledge that just about every game you’ll find in a casino is tilted in the house’s favor. But some casino games are worse than others. A lot of these games are designed so that the player can’t win.
The carnival casino games which are table games other than the traditional casino fare such as blackjack, craps, and baccarat. Three-card poker, Let it Ride, Caribbean Stud — all these games have high house advantages where the casino has a strong edge. Many gamblers like these casino games because of the bigger payouts: They get paid 9-to-1, 8-to-1, 250-to-1. But you’re going to lose a lot more than you’re going to win in those games.
Double Exposure Blackjack is a particular ripoff, thanks to strict rules on when you can double down and the fact that if you tie with the dealer without a blackjack, the dealer wins. That’s over a 9 percent house advantage.
Everything you see is designed to keep you in the casino
Anyone who’s spent time in a casino knows they are designed to make sure you’ll lose track of the time (and of the money you’re probably losing). That means no windows and no clocks. Two in the morning is the exact same thing as two in the afternoon. Some casinos have gone to desperate, and sexy, measures to keep you there and gambling. They have stripper poles, they have party pits. You go to Vegas right now, it looks like a gentlemen’s club. You see girls dancing on the poles. It keeps the guys at the table.
And don’t be fooled by the “free” food and drink offers you might get. Those have the same purpose.
If you’re cheating, security can tell — they know all the signs.
Poker players know all about “tells,” behaviors that give away a certain action or intention. Card counters and cheaters have tells, too, and security is on the lookout for all of them. Casino look for cheating tells. Those are just behaviors that, when you’re trained to spot them, they stand out a little bit:
- Two guys sitting close together — two guys playing blackjack at the same table rarely sit close together, especially when there are empty seats. Most guys just don’t sit like that. Women will, most guys will not. When you do see that, it’s a potential sign that the pair may be secretly switching cards. They’re trying to make one strong hand.
- Strange or extreme money management — Say someone is betting $100 for three or four hands, then from out of nowhere, bets $10,000. That to us is an indicator that maybe they’re receiving information. Maybe they can see the hole card, maybe they’re card counting, maybe they’re tracking a clump of cards. They’re waiting for a certain condition to arrive in the game, so they’re going to play minimally until that change happens and once that happens they’ll hit - that’s a major red flag.
- “Rubber-necking” — A dead giveaway of a slot machine saboteur. If somebody is cheating a slot machine, invariably, they’ll sit at it and they don’t really have to look at the machine because they know what they’re going to cause it to do. So they’re usually looking around, from one side to the other, looking for security. That’s what calling 'rubber-necking.’
Casino isn’t watching you too closely: the poker rooms.
Believe it or not, casinos don’t spend a whole lot of time on poker at all. For one, since poker players play against each other, and not the house, the casino doesn’t have much money at stake. The poker players themselves, do, however, and that’s the second reason why casino security staffers don’t need to monitor poker rooms that closely.
The players really police themselves. When you get people who play poker all the time, they know when someone is screwing off or trying to take advantage of something and they’ll say something. They pay attention to it better than anybody.
Give a tip to the dealers
Live casino dealers do find themselves following the players’ success, or lack thereof. If a guy’s tipping, they don’t want him to lose. If a guy’s not tipping, they are rooting for him to lose!
Dealers sometimes steal chips at real money casinos.
The most common case of real money casino is dealers just reaching in, grabbing a chip and shoving it in their pocket. That’s the reason behind all those strange rituals you may see dealers do at real money casino. For example, when a live casino dealer leaves a table, they have to “clear their hands.” They clap their hands and turn their hands palm up and palm down for the camera to show, 'I’m not stealing nothing.’
If a dealer is stealing, there are many different ways security will handle it, depending on where the casino is. In Vegas, they’ll arrest you right at a table. They’ll actually handcuff and walk you right out so everybody gets to see you. They call it 'The Walk of Shame.’ Some places, they don’t want the negative publicity. They’d rather do it off the game. So maybe they’ll call you to the manager’s office and arrest you there.