7. You can’t cash a check, money order, or cashier’s check at many casinos. If you have established credit or done the paperwork for check cashing privileges, that’s one thing, but you won’t be able to cash a money order or a cashier’s check at the cashier’s cage. When you sign-up you may get free cash, a room, a meal, or any one of a dozen free things. Of course, you never know which ones are being watched at any one time and everything is digital these days, so video from every camera is available for later viewing. In most gaming jurisdictions (Not in Atlantic City) a player who is suspected of being an advantage player (shuffle tracking, ace tracking, card counting) may be barred from playing specific games. Your chances of doing so are pretty slim, but there’s always that chance, and that’s what keeps us playing. It’s good for business because a happy customer tells others about their experience, and most players are just holding their winnings for a while until they come back and try again. A casino is a business, and like any good business, the managers watch the bottom line.
Casinos usually try to hold the line on these comps to under 20 percent of a player’s expected loss, but savvy blackjack players can earn back the bulk of their estimated losses by playing excellent basic strategy. 5. You can be barred from playing for winning too much. You wouldn’t “F” bomb the waitress in the coffee shop, so why do you think you can do it to the dealer? You can’t drop the “F” bomb whenever you feel like it, and if you do, the dealer, floor supervisor, or Pit boss may tell you to knock it off. A current photo ID will be necessary to prove your age for gambling or drinking, and many casinos demand that any patron on the casino floor has a valid, current photo ID. As long as you play you will earn additional complimentary gifts. Keep it up and you will be asked to leave. If you don’t have one, you may be asked to leave. Although you may have won a substantial jackpot, either on a slot machine or at a table game, and been paid in cash or chips, you may be able to get a check to take home instead of carrying cash.
Table games are a bit different, but they may be able to accommodate your request. While older casinos like the Cal-Neva in Reno didn’t bother with camera coverage for all of their table games as little as 20 years ago, modern casinos have so many cameras that the surveillance staff, as large as it might be, can’t even watch all the views. Of course, those patrons who play very little or are accompanying real players make up a large portion of this group, but there are many players that are actually able to win over a long period of time. That’s great, but to keep it great you need to curb your enthusiasm at times and play within your bankroll. Some properties have even changed their rules of play for video poker players. Although a small percentage of players think they should be able to do anything and say anything at their local casino, most properties have strict rules about behavior, and that includes language.
This group includes blackjack card counters, but the largest percentage is comprised of players who gamble just enough to quality for freebies and complimentary giveaways like free rooms and meals. 3. You can get free stuff! 6. You can always call Gaming Control or the local gaming regulatory agency if you feel you have been cheated. Although card counters and advantage players may be asked to stop playing, gaming management and dealers really don’t mind if you win. 9. You have to produce ID when asked. If you have a frivolous complaint or a guest-service related issue, forget about it. And, don’t expect any complaint to be handled in your favor if you are rude, demanding, and wrong. Those days are over. Casinos are all about signing-up new guests to their player’s clubs. 2. Casinos lose money on a quarter of their guests. Cashier’s checks and money orders can’t be verified and are often forged. Casinos are in the entertainment business, and they aren’t amused by bad checks. If you want a check, ask the supervisor right away, before you are paid. Honest, casinos want you to win! 10. Casinos really don’t mind if you win. Research shows that while most players end up losing money at their favorite casinos; the high cost of the property, staff, and complimentary items keep casinos from beating everyone.