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  1. I think your answer can vary from ship to ship and from casino to casino. I feel it often depends on how good the pit boss is and how much competition they have. If there is another casino across the street and you bet a fair amount, you're likely to be treated better compared to at sea where there's no competition. You can't swap ships in the middle of a cruise to go somewhere else that comps better. In Nevada, I ask the pit boss how I'm being rated. I often play two hands in BJ and parlay my bets. When I'm on a good streak and the bets are advancing, I'll ask the pit boss how I'm being rated. If he's good, he's already noticed the different bets and averaged them. (and included both hands). Comp rates vary and many do not receive what they earn because they are too shy and afraid to ask (especially before they came up with the rewards cards and computers). A casino is only out a few dollars to give you a meal or a room (if it would go unoccupied). I think it can also help to play in the same section with the same pit boss so that they get to know you and your action. I've talked to many friends that say they never get any comps and then they start talking about all of the different casinos that they visited. To acquire comps it is much easier to stay in one place so that they can accumulate. The subject of comps has been covered in many articles and books. Do a Google search for casino comps and see if that gives you some ideas.
  2. As a dealer, I always felt I won more for the casinos on a Friday night or a weekend. I attributed this to inexperienced gamblers out to have a good time and expecting to lose. I would imagine that this same type of gambler would make up a large percentage of gamblers on a cruise. I usually gave away more money on Monday and Tuesday mornings-when the "serious gamblers" came out. Most of these gamblers would never think of showing up on a weekend unless it was really early in the day.
  3. I have never dealt at sea-so I can't speak directly to the games on board. We were basically paid minimum wage and if we were to survive, you had to have tips. Therefore you hoped to lose-especially to those that were tipping. Cheating to help a player never crossed my mind because if you were prosecuted (at least in our state), your chances of getting your dealer's license back were slim. There are nights when all dealers are hot and no one seems to win. There's no real reason for it, but it happens. Also, many players love to stash their green and black chips in their pockets or purses. Many leave the table with a winning-it's just not apparent unless you're really watching close. We loved it when someone won big. It was free advertising because they would tell all of their friends and of course they always returned themselves. Conversely, if a place cheated-the negative publicity would probably far outweigh the gain from cheating. As a dealer, you want to keep the game moving (the more hands dealt-usually the greater chance of earning tips) and for players to have a good time and enjoy you. It really helps the tips when you develop your own "clients" that want to play at your table when they come to gamble. If you are slow, rude, and/or make mistakes, players go to other tables or casinos. Again, word-of-mouth advertising is the best, or worst, form of advertising a casino can have. As for tipping, jetwet1 has the perfect answer. Although at the end of the year, most dealers would probably see a lot more income if the players had just given them the tip instead of betting it.
  4. You are correct about the Huxleys-you can drop it but they will bounce forever.
  5. Quick thoughts-(from memory so I hope all my numbers are correct) -Roulette has a 5.2% house advantage on a wheel with 0 and 00-or about three or four times worse than blackjack or craps. -The wheel has no memory. The take on roulette went up about 30% when casinos installed the boards to show previous rolls. I saw 27 reds in a row once-the casino made a killing as people throughout the casino heard about it and rushed over to bet black. -I had a guy come to my table one night and buy $1200 in chips. He then bet $2 on red and it came up red. I paid him and he bet it again. He lost and bet $4-lost and doubled the bet again. In about 10 spins I had his $1200. The theory will always work-if there is no table limit and you have millions to cover a bad series. The same should apply for all casino games. -The only way to consistently win at roulette (my opinion) is to find a wheel that is not completely balanced so that some numbers come up more often. This is not uncommon (again, my opinion) But it may take days of tracking to determine these numbers and the casino may re-balance the wheel in between. There was a European group that pulled this off years ago-until the casino started swapping wheels from table to table when they went home. -An experienced dealer can hit an area of the wheel (a section of about 8-10 numbers). They won't hit it every time (sometimes the ball bounces across the wheel)- but often enough for you to make a profit if they like you. Roulette is the one game (if I play it and that's not often)-that I make sure I tip heavy and will often put an additional tip on the numbers for the dealer to play along with me. -Your best bet if you don't have days to track a wheel is to find a beginning dealer. Their main concern is to get the ball around the wheel without it flying out and often they do not realize that they are spinning the same speed each time and can create a pattern. Other than craps, roulette causes more stress for new dealers than any other game. -All games are streaky. I took $22k from a guy one day dealing bj. His average bet was around $100 and I don't think he ever bet more than $200 on a hand. I tried to talk him into going to another table, but he "felt the cards would change." Again, my thoughts and opinions. I hope something may be helpful.
  6. Remember that there are a number of different "cheat sheets" depending on the number of decks, when you can double, soft 17's, etc.
  7. When I dealt, we were given a manual to read and we had to sign a paper stating we had read and understood the manual. One of the things in CAPS stated that you would be fired for hustling tips. I would be naive to think it did not happen-but I wasn't willing to take a chance of losing my job for a couple of bucks. I also learned quickly that if you were friendly and provided good service, you were usually rewarded. I was always surprised to see players that had lost everything and yet they would throw me their last $5 instead of betting it. One of the toughest things dealing is learning to read player's moods-some players love to joke around while others would rather that you didn't say a word.
  8. There are some great points made here. Maybe the best was Harry's "in and out". I usually play for 15-30 minutes and then I'm gone. The longer you play, the more the natural odds of the game will come about-which the house holds an advantage. Many players think they are winners. They should keep a log and check it after a couple months. If it shows a negative number-change your game or find a cheaper hobby. I also agree with the mental aspect. If you expect to lose-you will. Those are the players I want to stay away from because they usually wind up making silly mistakes and can turn a "fun-table" into a frustrating evening.
  9. Splitting 10's is not always the wrong move. If you're playing in a tournament and you're behind with only a couple of hands left-splitting 10's can get you an extra bet. But I'm not sure I would do it until the last hand if the dealer has a 10 up. As an ex-dealer, I would have bought H&L a drink (illegal where I dealt), to get rid of the obnoxious one. You cherish the nights when you get a table full of players that are having a good time and not causing problems. Also, there are times when you're playing a shoe (six or eight decks) when you have to do something to change the run of cards. Usually it means playing an extra hand or sitting out a hand to change the change the order. Often it will go the other way. You have a good shoe going and the players are winning. Someone goes to the second hand so they can win twice. It changes the way the cards come out and everyone starts losing. As a player, I like to change tables when I see this move.
  10. I agree with you. If they are afraid to show you the cards-then I wouldn't play there either.
  11. Yo- Craps is by far the most exciting game in a casino-all you have to do is listen to the noise---but-- I can't offer any advice on craps because I didn't deal it. I lost two fingers on my left hand when working in a mill years ago and felt that I could not cut the chips fast enough with the left hand to keep from slowing up the game. When casinos were legalized in the state-they mainly had blackjack and that was the game I tried to figure out and have had enough success to keep from straying. Dealers I worked with suggested playing the short odds and skipping the gimick bets. And to bet the odds on the pass line. We allow 10x in this state. Sorry that I couldn't be of more help.
  12. Well-since this is just between you and me--keep in mind that this is just my experience and may not cover all of the Indian casinos. I never saw any attempt to cheat a player by management. Since the odds were already in our favor, we didn't want anyone leaving feeling that they were cheated. I saw a player one night playing $500 a hand and playing several hands at once. When he finished the shoe, he and the dealer noticed that there were three cards left in the shuffler. When management was called-they checked his buy-ins and refunded him the $17,000 that he was down. Cards are spread and shuffled at the beginning of the shift by first the pit boss and then the dealer. Any irregularities (missing cards or marked cards) were immediately replaced with a new deck. In twelve years of dealing, I do not know of any attempt to actually cheat a player. If a card hits the floor, we had to take all the cards and count to make sure the right amount is there. Understand that I worked at one of the larger casinos (44 tables if I remember correctly) and there would be a lot less temptation to cheat compared to a place that might only have a couple of tables. Also, the attitude changed in the casino when slots were brought in. Suddenly table games were there more as a convenience for the gamblers. We used to make over seven times as much a month on slots as the table games. Now that doesn't mean that dealers don't make mistakes. We had to bury the first card of a shoe and if I forgot and no one said anything, I went on. There were a couple of reasons-first the pit boss would have to be contacted and I could be written up. Second-you may have to reshuffle the whole shoe which irritates the customers waiting to play. Also, some dealers were not Stanford graduates. Getting to 21 with their shoes on was a challenge for some. Some players may assume cheating when it was just a "less-than-intelligent" dealer. Our state needs a regulatory agency to oversee the casinos more. But I honestly do not think there was any cheating at the table games. If they want to increase profits, it would be much easier to tighten up the slots. My biggest problem working with the Indian casinos was trying to advance. Nepotism is practiced to the highest degreee. Since they are their own "nation", they do not have to follow U.S. laws when it's not in their best interests. It was always amazing to see how many third-cousins or bedmates advanced despite a lack of experience or ability.
  13. I agree with your thoughts completely on tipping. We shared our tips and were happy when some dealers were fired because they would give the casino a bad name. Usually dealers that keep their own tips will bring and take their toke box with them when they arrive and leave a table. They also usually work a shorter at a table and then go to the next table on their schedule. Management is usually eager to hear about dealers that are rude or giving inadequate service. Dealers love to play the tokes-it's more fun to be involved. But realistically-it's more rewarding to just take the toke and not take the chance of putting it into the house's bank.
  14. This thread is interesting. I agree with many of the points given-and there's a few that indicate some "inexperience or indifference." I have played blackjack for over twenty years and dealt the game for twelve years at a local Indian casino. I would not consider myself a pro-but I have had some luck. Some points I believe in- Since the house has roughly a 1% advantage, you only have to win a couple extra hands an hour to show a profit (on equal bets). To me, money management is more important than the decisions on whether to hit or stay. I parlay my bets. Most gambling is streaky-win a few in a row and lose a few. If you have more money out on winning hands, you can make up the 1%. If you have a night where you're missing on doubles and splits-parlaying can turn into a quick disaster. There are basically two types of players-those out to have a good time and those out to make some money. I think it's best to keep the two types at separate tables. The worst player is probably the guy trying to impress the ladies. He is usually bold and stupid. If it is a weekend-I bet a minimum and try to ignore the actions of others and try to break even. If I am trying to make money, I go in the morning and try to play head-to-head with the dealer. That way I have no one to blame and I get a higher percentage of blackjacks. If you could alternate blackjacks with the dealer, you're up 50% of your original bet every two hands. Don't be afraid to switch tables. There were days when I dealt that I know I won 80% or more of the hands. Other days I couldn't win a hand. There's no logic why-but it happens. The strategy cards are accurate if you play enough hands. I have a program where I can set up any situation and run it for one million hands. But the odds are not as bad as many think. If you stand on a 16 against a dealer's 10 a million times, you will lose 1-2 more per thousand. I will not play against a random shuffler. The main reason is that through dealing thousands of hands, I feel the older three stack shufflers do not shuffle the cards that well. I honestly believe now that in most shoes the cards tend to follow themselves (high with high and low with low). I laughed when this was first mentioned to me, but after years of watching the cards dealt, I've become a believer. I played at a local casino for years until they brought in random shufflers. I have changed casinos since then. If you're new or inexperienced, sit to the left of the dealer (first base) and ask for advice. Keep in mind that many dealers understand how to deal the game but not how to play it. Also, dealers want you to win. They make their living off the tips-not the hourly wage which is usually minimum. With slot machines, casinos don't have to worry about losing money. Winners are also their best advertisement and it increases the chances of you coming back and bringing friends. No one wins every time. If you're having a bad night, go home. Greed and alcohol are a casino's best friend. Too many players are not content winning $100 so they increase their bets and wind up losing $2-300. Use your player tracking card and become familiar with the pit bosses. They're the ones that hand out the free meals and hotel stays. If you seriously want to win-learn the game. Read about it and practice on the net. When dealing, I suggested that beginners go to the site http://wizardofodds.com for both strategy and practice. I'll quit now. I hope there is something that may help someone. If you have better ideas, I'd love to read them.
  15. I dealt in a casino for 12 years and the tips are certainly appreciated. Most casinos (in our area) basically pay their dealers minimum wage and without the tips-you would lose the most of your dealers. I agree that a dealer should provide excellent service to receive a tip. As pointed out, a dealer can be very helpful in making sure you get the bets you're trying to make. Actually dealers would prefer if you gave them the tip instead of betting for them. We figured we won about 1/4 to 1/3 of the bets made for us-although it's more fun to make the bet. Roulette is the one game that I would make sure that I am tipping. An experienced dealer can drop the ball in an area of the wheel by adjusting the speed of the ball and the spin of the wheel. While it is very tough to hit a specific number, it's not that difficult to hit the area that it's in. This means that it is also extremely easy (unless the ball bounces several times around the wheel) to miss the area you're betting. A dealer has bills to pay and if they're not making any money off of you-it's easy to move on to someone that they can make money from. As to the comments about the Canadians and British-are they true? In many cases-but there are also many Canadians and British that are very generous.
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