"Deal"ing with reality

Just a lil slice of life from a casino dealer's perspective.

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Location: Edgerton, Missouri, United States

I grew up in a small town, and live in small town now. Like to think I have more than a small town mind, but I doubt it.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Greetings and Salutations.

Hello all you blog readers out there. Thought I'd finally join the 21st century and get myself in this whole digital thing.

Just a little bit about me. I have been working as a casino dealer for 7 years now, mostly in small casinos. This blog will be mostly about some of the less intelligent (really stupid) people I have encountered during my time in the wonderful (really, really ugly) gaming industry.

For my first post I will explain a couple points of table games etiquette.

  • If you're going to be considerate enough to ask other players at the table if they mind you smoking, it's still rude to blow the smoke in the dealer's face.
  • If you have been playing at the same table for a couple of hours, enjoying yourself, and are about even, tipping the dealer would be a good thing.
  • If you have been winning and are ahead by a considerable amount, giving the cocktail waitress a $25 or more tip without tipping the dealer first is considered very rude. It is a great way to make certain you won't have any more chips to tip the waitress with.
  • Doubling your money in 30 minutes and losing it back in the next hour and a half does not mean the dealer hates you and only wants your money. It just means you hate your money and want to give it to the dealer.
  • Buying in for $20 and playing 2 hands on the cheapest table in the casino does not earn you a comp for you and your 5 friends to the $14.99 dinner buffet.

I think that is enough etiquette for now, next time I will probably bring you an example or two of the average IQ of casino table games players.


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