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  • Build A Wall!
    Mr. B, a highly successful AP who doesn’t play casino table games, said to me over lunch in a casino coffee shop, “Why don’t they fix everything? If I ran the casino, I would just make it so that no game is beatable!” I’m sure you would try, B! It’s… Read more »
  • Are Women the Dutch Book?
    Last week, as part of the celebration for International Women’s Day (March 8), a statue of a defiant girl staring down the Wall Street bull appeared. Count me among those who love the statue and hope it will stay. It is no secret that women are under-represented in many fields, including the… Read more »
  • Sydney Phillips, Come Play Blackjack!
    Sydney Phillips, a 7th-grader at St. Theresa’s private Catholic school in New Jersey, wanted to play on the boys basketball team after the girls team was discontinued. After the school said no, Sydney’s dad sued. So the school just expelled Sydney, and her sister, too, via a snotty letter! Unfair!… Read more »
  • Legal Musings: “Making a Bet After the Outcome is Known”
    With all the casino cheating going on these days (see my previous two-part post), casinos have stepped up their game. Not only do they cheat you by not paying when you win, but they strengthen the move by enlisting the local district attorney to extort you. The way it works… Read more »
  • Six-and-a-Half Little Words
    I was having my morning bagel at the coffee shop when I saw two boys sitting at a table waiting on their parents, who were in line. The older boy was 7 or 8 years old, and he was teaching some card game to his little brother, who looked 4… Read more »
  • “That Place is a Dump!”
    A friend recently asked me what casinos in the US would be worth visiting, given her desire to gamble and discover new places. I often get that question when people hear that I’m a card player. What’s the best casino you’ve been to? Where should I stay when I go… Read more »
  • I Think My Card Might be Poisoned: What Now?
    After getting heat hitting a repeat target, my teammate Bullet sometimes says, “I’ve gotta go in there and find out if my player’s card is good.” Why? Why?? Why??? No! No!! No!!! First of all, do you really even need to know the answer to the question? When I try… Read more »
  • The Boss Just Sat at Our Table with Game On: What Now?
    A handful of times in my career, a boss has sat down at our table while my BP and I were playing a target game. Many players have never experienced that scenario, and completely panic when it happens for the first time. They’re not even sure what to make of… Read more »
  • Tells: Dealer Toke Hustling
    After a session playing with rookies, I like to ask, “What did you think of those dealers?” or “Who was your favorite employee?” Heat management is one of the most important aspects of the game, and sizing up the personnel is the key to heat management. “Bullet” and I tend… Read more »
  • Local Casinos: Economic Revival, or Black Hole?
    When the Horseshoe opened in Cleveland a couple years ago, I happened to be in the area for a wedding, and I couldn’t believe how excited these people were to get a casino! They were saying how they’d finally be a real city, and the TV news showed the people… Read more »
  • The Real Problem with Problem Gambling
    The University of Nevada has hosted the International Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking every few years for the past several decades. Increasingly prominent on the agenda is problem gambling, and I attend many of these talks, since there aren’t as many talks on the mathematics of gambling. While some of… Read more »
  • Casino (Mis-)Management: Time Wasters #1-3
    We can’t even cover all the ways casinos waste time in one post, so we’ll just look at three of them that relate to card handling. Now, if you’re in charge of cleaning up the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, do you send the custodians with their mops… Read more »
  • I Lost My Wallet at a Casino Where There’s Heat: What Now?
    If you spend enough time in casinos, eventually you’ll drop or lose something. If it’s a chip, you’re probably out of luck, but I’ve seen found chips returned by pit people. A bigger problem is dropping your wallet in a casino where you have heat. For me personally, this is… Read more »
  • The Casino Locked Us Out of Our Room: What Now?
    The cardinal rule is “Do not stay where you play.” I know you’re a sinner. Sigh. The annoying thing about electronic keys is that when the heat comes down, you will get locked out of your room. Because this is an inevitable event, prepare in advance by doing two things.… Read more »
  • I Expect to be IDed at the Door: What Now?
    Since Vegas is a resort destination, there are families with kids staying in the hotels. By design, access to the hotels, restaurants, and other amenities requires people—including minors—to pass through casino areas. That’s why Vegas doesn’t ID people for age at the door. Instead, security, dealers, and waitresses all play a… Read more »
  • Tells: Dealer Has a Bad Attitude, #1-3
    Obviously you can see when a dealer is grumpy, argumentative, cocky, or lazy, but of course dealers may make a modicum of effort (the key word there: modicum) to suppress such a bad appearance. That’s where we employ tells, subtle clues, some based on dealing procedure, that give away that… Read more »

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