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This company provides live dealer games for ignition/bodog/Mybookie.ag/other sites. They are potentially scamming, and the evidence is pretty damming so far. I am doing this so other don't lose their money. I was watching a streamer who figured this out, shout out to Nico. I wanted to post for aware
I have been watching Nicosia2014 a twitch streamer whom has live streamed approx 15k hands of live dealer blackjack (the guy is a god somehow 24 hours stream as well). After completing some math on stream last night with chat and analyzing the 15k hand sample Nico had the dealer has way too high a percentage of up card being a 7,8,9,10,A, the casino dealing shoe appears to be possibly rigged. The casino appears to have the ability to change cards via a remote switch based off the shoe they use called an I-SHOE which scans cards prior to their removal from shoe. This casino also places the first card as a hidden card for dealer that they receive because this is the only card that cannot be controlled. Once that hidden card is placed the machine is able to select the up card which causes players to play perfect basic strat wise, and they will end up busting more. This shoe is available by Scientific games, however this site also has it shown as a cheat device. I pray that /poker leaves this up for awareness as I know some poker players do hit the pits on occasion. The stream for Nico is small and I wanted this revelation to be known to the wider community that they are potentially cheating. The dealers don't seem to be in on the scam as we could tell. We were also counting all of the shoes and during +20 running counts on many occasions the dealer busted way higher percentage than what is within statistics with these BJ rules. This blackjack provider appears to provide blackjack for a multitude of 3rd party sites like Mybookie.ag and others. I have posted a link to the imgur of the cheat device listed on a cheating website. I will also list the link of scientific games who also provides this I-shoe. The other really funny thing is that if you are a standard consumer you cannot even buy one of these shoes to test out or use/compare that to a cheating rigged shoe. Perhaps these are sent from scientific games rigged with a remote card controller. https://imgur.com/a/4FAqTXG https://imgur.com/a/q7YdKez https://www.sggaming.com/Games/Shuffle-MasteShufflers-and-Utilities/Intelligent-Shoes/i-Shoe-Auto-7808 https://www.cardslenses.com/baccarat-poker-camera/casino-game-remote-control-blackjack-shoe.shtml The cheating site also describes the shoe like this "Description Our pro version remote control blackjack shoe can make your winner dream come true. This remote control blackjack shoe is used with common playing deck and it is translucent which will give other players a sense of reliable. So, how to play poker tricks with this remote control blackjack shoe? Inside the blackjack shoe, there is one baccarat poker camera, and a signal transmitter. When the camera read the cards, you can see the image from a monitor, and of course, there is a receiver behind the monitor. You can see the poker suits and point from the monitor. You can see one playing cards at one time. The remote control is used to exchange the next playing cards and holding the playing cards you don't need. Compare with another kind of normal playing cards blackjack shoe, this remote control blackjack shoe is the pro version for it has the function of exchanging cards. And, this poker camera blackjack shoe is not for single use, you can work with your friends. Related Links" Note - the more I look at this site jesus christ they have clear acrylic shoes with cameras inside, so many non-obvious methods of cheating. I would be sketched by more online casinos after visiting this site. streamer whom old VODs show 15k hands of the shoe in use https://www.twitch.tv/nicosia2014 P.S. The only reason I am doing this for is visibility. I don't think people should get their money scammed from them in an unfair or rigged game. That is bullshit and I want to stop others whom may be down the wrong path. Also when the site was asked why they hide the first dealer card as almost no other casino does online or land based they said " because mah procedure" LOOOOL! INb4 Costa Rican scam artists INb4 shills say its not rigged PPS Also this site should make you more aware of what cheat devices exist to better protect yourselves as well. With this stuff on the market I would question most high stakes homes games. PPSS I also linked a vod of a sequence when they open up the shoe due to a feed error https://clips.twitch.tv/prettypolitealligatorlitfam
How To Protect Yourself Against Cheating in Home Games
I could have written a whole series about cheating, but decided to try and be as brief as possible. One of the reasons that we willingly pay the rake in casino poker is for game protection. The casino executes this in many ways — automatic shufflers, standard dealing procedures, surveillance, and of course, by providing professional dealers. Above all else, a professional dealer’s number one priority is to maintain the integrity of the game and ensure protection for all of the players. If you’re playing in a home game, you probably won’t be provided with the luxury of a professional dealer. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t educate yourself about the various cheating methods commonly used in home games. Don’t go into a game blind — protect yourself. There are many different types of cheating methods, both old and new. The most recent cheating method to hit the market involved an intricate electronic system that used an infrared camera and infrared ink. The system originated from China and involved a certain level of know-how that was required to obtain and use the system. The camera was disguised as a cell phone, car key fob, shirt button, etc. It was almost impossible to detect unless you were knowledgeable in electronics, since the camera would transmit the data to the receiver over a normal, unencrypted radio channel. This system, which cost anywhere from around $2,000 - $10,000 was revealed at DEFCON a few years ago. For those who don’t know, DEFCON (Defense Convention) is a conference where the top cyber security professionals meet and share their findings for the year. One team in particular explored this modern infrared cheating system and came to the conclusion that it was being professionally manufactured and could have only been produced by at least a few different experts in their respective fields ranging from software development, digital image analysis, hardware and microchip development, etc. The bottom line was that the team at DEFCON reasonably presumed there to be a rather lucrative market for this system. It stands to reason that if there’s enough money involved, given the opportunity, cheating will always have the potential to take place. You should always remember that, as it’s a universal truth of crime and deception. Now, it’s very unlikely that your home game will employ a cheating system to such a high degree. But remember, it’s always a possibility. The one giveaway that could reveal that this high-end system was being used, is that it required the dealer to cut the deck on the table, and leave the long edge of the cards untouched for about 2 seconds. This was so that the camera could scan the deck (marked with infrared ink) and determine the winner, given that the right data was input into the software. Normally, the dealer will cut and then instantaneously pick up the deck and deal. You can do some more research on your own if you’re interested in this system and how it was potentially used in one of the card rooms on the strip, in Las Vegas. There was a bit of a scandal stemming back a few years ago. Now that you have an idea of the lengths that people will go to in order to cheat, let’s talk about some of the cheating methods you’re more likely to encounter at your local home game. Ironically, these methods are mostly sleight of hand techniques that are hundreds of years old. Magic and poker cheating go hand in hand. I’ll start off by saying that unless you are playing with a group of guys who you trust and know very well, I would advise you to never play in a self-dealt game. There are just too many opportunities and variables to deduce who the cheater is. Self-dealt games aside, there are a few things that should always be present to help ensure game protection. There should always be a cut card to conceal the bottom card on the deck, and you should always take note of the types of cards being used. If you’re playing for any stakes that are $1/$2 or bigger, then the game should be using either KEM, Copag, or Modiano cards. The most popular Bicycle Rider Back cards were a common choice for magic shops to offer as a marked deck for sale. Luckily, the USPCC (the producer of Bicycle cards) no longer allows third party companies to produce marked decks. I personally have a few in my collection, and while the marking system isn’t the most complex, it’s easy to miss unless you know what to look for. If your home game has a set dealer, be sure to watch the way they handle the cards. They should be employing the standard shuffling procedures that all casino card rooms use — riffle, riffle, strip cut, riffle, and cut. Unless the dealer is a skilled card mechanic, it would be very difficult to beat this standard shuffling procedure. You should never allow an overhand shuffle, as it’s very easy to cull cards and false shuffle this way. Culling cards is sleight of hand jargon for obtaining particular cards from the deck to be later put into a certain position. A false shuffle is exactly what it sounds like — a shuffle that looks real but doesn’t change the order of the deck. There are many types of false shuffles. Some of them retain the order of the entire deck, others retain the top half, some the bottom half, and so on. The bottom line is that an overhand shuffle is a red flag. The most important thing that you must make sure happens, and I can’t stress this enough, is that the deck is cut before the deal. While there are ways to nullify a legitimate cut, and even execute a false cut that looks incredibly genuine, you should be alright as long as you closely watch the deck get cut. If you see any noticeable gaps within the deck, which would allow someone to easily cut to a specific card, then you should be on the lookout for what’s called a “gambler’s crimp”. This technique puts a special bend (crimp) in a card, allowing the thumb to catch it and cut to it. You should also make sure that the dealer isn’t doing anything out of the ordinary like burning a card before the action is complete, or rolling the deck. Rolling the deck simply means not holding the deck level. Most amateur dealers will roll the deck at some point, usually while pulling in bets, however, it’s also one way to peek at the next card. Now that we’ve discussed cards to a sufficient extent, let’s talk about chips and bets. No one should ever splash the pot, this is to ensure the proper amount of money was put in. In addition, all bets should be pulled in after the betting round is complete, unless you are heads up in a split-pot game. An unethical player might pull back a chip or two, if given the opportunity. Finally, and this is paramount, make sure that you watch the rake! This is absolutely the most common way that you will be cheated. Dealers are sometimes instructed by the host of the game to over-rake in big pots, when it is less noticeable. Always ask what the rake and structure of the rake is so that you know how much should be coming out of the pot. If you encounter a dealer taking too much rake, be aware that sometimes it is simply a mistake. I would advise you to not hastily accuse a dealer of raking too much. Instead, discreetly approach the host of the game, away from the table. If you see overraking occur more than once, then you either have an incompetent dealer, or you’re being cheated. Always make sure you are paying attention to the handling of the cards and to the chips being put into and pulled out of the pot. This is one of the best defenses against being cheated — it’s much less likely to happen when the cheater is aware that they are being closely watched. One method I haven’t mentioned yet is something called signaling. This is simply a form of collusion. Players will covertly signal to each other in various ways. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know how they are doing it until you discover some type of pattern. If you find you are consistently being “sandwiched” out of a pot by the same two guys, yet the hand never goes to showdown, then this should be another red flag. Signaling is one of the more obvious cheating methods, and as such isn’t used as often as the others. Any decent poker player would be able to figure out that the action makes no sense, as it pertains to the hand. In conclusion, I would advise that you only play in games that have a good reputation. The more players who you are personally acquainted with, the better. The biggest advantage you can have is personally knowing the host of the game. If you trust them, then it eliminates a majority of the various cheating methods that could be used. That doesn’t mean a particular player won’t try and mark cards or short the pot, however, it does mean that the more costly ways of being cheated won’t be possible. Getting cold decked requires more than just the dealer being involved. Always remember that you never have to play in any game. You have nothing to gain and only something to lose if you continue to play in a game that doesn’t seem honest. Make sure that you always pay attention, and keep in mind that you are putting your own money at risk. That alone should be enough to keep you cognizant of what is going on.
I like seeing all of these stories about 2000's underground poker. I wrote about my time in the 2000's running an underground poker ring in Charleston South Carolina. Here is what was going on in South Carolina during that time. This was a real cat and mouse game with the police that turned into a poker game all on its own. https://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/4065-poker-players-fight-the-law-in-south-carolina Chapter 1 https://imgur.com/gzs3uYJ Every other morning as I iron my shirt for work I am reminded of the secret life that I had lived for nearly two years. See, an eight foot by four foot felt poker table with a four inch raised padded rail, automatic card shuffler, and chip drop-slot makes for a great ironing board. In a pinch it also serves many other, equally as important purposes. I name them off in my head as I flatten the collar of my favorite blue shirt; a large desk for history homework, a hard table for an impromptu interrogation, a soft platform for sweaty sex, and of course a poker table for making money. I put on my shirt, still hot from the iron and I roll up my sleeves as I walk down the stairs from the third story of my townhouse. The October air in Charleston is cool and feels good against the heat on the back of my neck. I slide into my shiny red BMW, nearly two years old now, but paid for. The smell of raw leather still lingers in the interior, and seems stronger on mornings like these. I instinctively push the button on the center console to lock the doors before I grab the gear shift and put the car into reverse. I don’t know why BMW doesn’t make them lock automatically. I pull out onto the highway and spin the tires, listening to the 330 horsepower wake up the car. I’m not in a hurry or anything, in fact I haven’t been in a hurry for quite some time. It’s just that it is sometimes important to make it look like you are in a rush, and sometimes it is just because it feels damn good to go fast. “Folks don’t get wealthy by being in a hurry.” I remember lecturing to Kevin in one of the first months of our two year, million dollar endeavor. He was always in a hurry. I still stand by my saying, though I should have replaced “wealthy” with “anything they want.” Folks don’t get anything they want by being in a hurry. Oprah Winfrey did not get rich by rushing into having a talk show with a book club, and presidents don’t get into the White House by throwing their name on the ticket the minute the idea pops into their head. No. Oprah started by landing a co-anchor position on the local nightly news. And Ronald Reagan started as a B-list actor before becoming president of the Screen Actors Guild, Governor of California, and finally President of the United States. People don’t get married by flying to Vegas minutes after meeting each other, or after a one night stand. Well, maybe they do, but this is why it doesn’t work. They slow down and date for years, are engaged for another and then they get married, in a church, surrounded by their families and are then taken off in a horse drawn carriage to their honeymoon. That’s how you fucking do it. It is an uneventful two hour drive on highway 17 going north. Myrtle Beach isn’t really busy this time of year, but the traffic is still just as bad. It’s a good thing that I am not in a hurry. I pull into my VIP spot with almost an hour to spare, the parking lot is empty except for a few cars spattered in the first two rows. An old minivan with curtains on the windows, a Ford Escort with a spare tire rusting on the rear axle, and an old Chevy truck with a child’s car seat in the passenger side, just to name a few. The owners of which are probably already claiming their lucky seats. Fucking suckers. They all probably rushed to get here too and onto the boat. I stay in my car for another 15 minutes and wait, listening to the ‘pumped’ playlist on my iPod, my car’s premium speakers matching perfectly to the acoustics of the interior space. I think just for a second about pulling out of my space and driving further up the coast to Atlantic City. I would probably be too exhausted from the drive by the time I got there and would sleep in the hotel until late at night. That is when the real whales come out. Here on the 11 am Myrtle Beach casino boat the closest thing to a whale is the 350 pound mother of five glued to a stool in front of the “Wheel of Fortune” slot machine. I don’t leave, instead I open my glove box and stuff six 100 dollar bills into my pants pocket, any more or any less would be unnecessary, at least on a Wednesday. I walk slowly up to the path and say hi to Dave as I pass up onto the ramp. I don’t need to show any ID to board. “Good Morning, Ryan.” Dave says as he straightens his back and pulls the daily newspaper from his stand, handing it to me. They all know me by name; I know most of theirs too, but not them. Which is alright, that makes us even. I pass through the halls and by the sad looking, unlit slot machines. Some people have already claimed their seat with a jacket and their lucky bucket. I go up to the tallest portion of the ship, the poker room, and head out onto the deck. No one else is out here, probably due to the two flights of stairs and the fact that there is a free buffet on the floor below. I sit down in one of the cushioned white chairs and pull the first cigar of the day out of my shirt pocket. I light it with my silver Zippo that is etched with a royal flush and blow out the puff of smoke as I put my feet up on the metal rail. It’s going to be another half hour before we undock and another half hour after that while we float out into international waters. I know from experience that this cigar will last exactly one hour, paired with two Grey Goose and Red Bulls it is truly the breakfast of champions. At this time most people in the eastern half of the United States are sipping on their second cup of coffee while sitting on their uncomfortable office chairs in their grey or brown cubicles. I think about this just as land disappears from sight over my polished black Italian shoes. That could be me, making 40k a year in an unhappy office; only looking forward to the weekends for freedom. My college degree is somewhere in a box already. I graduated in May, majoring in business management with a 4.0 GPA. My parents were thrilled; their little boy had accomplished something great. They didn’t know. Their little boy hadn’t been a little boy in a long time, and he had already accomplished something so great that he couldn’t even tell them. Fuck a degree, fuck a 4.0. The only reason I had even stayed in school for my last year was because I had nothing better to do, not because I wanted a fucking job. My parents think that I have submitted my application to nearly every business in Charleston. “Sorry mom, this economy just isn’t a good one for a freshly graduated 23 year old. They want someone with more experience.” I’m not sure how true this is, because I haven’t even made my resume, let alone actually gave it to a company. I was too scared of getting hired. So I don’t travel back to Ohio to visit them that often. I couldn’t lie to my mother right to her face. I could lie to nine strangers around a piece of felt, and they would believe me, but to my mom, no. I sometimes think that if she knew the basics of poker, she could beat me. My coworkers are all already around the table when the signal is called for the first hand to be dealt. I take the last good drag off of my cigar and tossed it over the two decks below into the water and grab my Vodka Red Bull and headed inside. The scene has changed dramatically from an hour ago. I slowly walk to the open chair on the right end of the table in seat three and pull 400 dollars out as I sit down. I surveyed the table while walking up. Most people have 200 dollars; one guy has about 350 dollars with his wallet next to his stack on the table. Sometimes it’s good to be the last to sit. I know exactly how much to put down to top everyone yet not be too robust and scare everyone off when I am in a hand. Mr. Wallet is not afraid to lose every bit of that 350, and I have to have that covered. The locals know me – and my play. They know exactly what I am doing – they think they know exactly what I am doing, I’m not worried about them. The good thing about casinos is the vacationers; rotating money. None of them know me or how I play, but I know all of them and exactly how they play. Well, at least the 90 percent of them that play the same damn way. This is especially true of the ones with dark sunglasses, or earphones, or their lucky card covers. They watch too much T.V. The dealer knows me by name and after taking my frequent player card he slides over my stacks of chips. Mostly white-one dollar and red-five dollar chips, but a few are green-twenty five dollar chips. “There you go, Ryan. Good luck” He says, tapping the top of the largest stack. Luck? I don’t know what it is about tapping and poker. I look around the table and catch a glimpse of a sunglassed teenager tapping the rail with a green chip, a fat man with an iPod tapping his knee along with the beat of his music and then the dealer tapping my white chips. And of course the tapping that every player does when they say “check”. I swear if I could block everything else out but the tapping it would sound like some sort of long lonely song. I grabbed my chips and pulled them close to the rail. The sound of chips clanking together is a sound that every poker player knows. It is especially prevalent during the first ten minutes of any game. Most people have been waiting, impatiently, to get those chips, and now they want to feel them in their hands. They want to show off their talent of chip-shuffling, and chip-bouncing, or other hand tricks. I have seen them all. Chip tricks are cheap tricks, who do these fuckers think they are? I can’t resist. I take a stack of three red chips and three white chips and put them side by side. I shuffle them once with perfect form, and then I cut the stack of six into two stacks of three again and shuffle once more. I again put them in two stacks of three and shuffle one last time. When I split them again they are in two perfect stacks of three reds and three whites. I amuse myself by doing this a few more times. No one is watching. They are all busy doing the exact same thing; killing the two minutes while the dealer shuffles the brand new deck of cards. Before I know it I have two cards in front of me and I take a quick peak. 4d9c. Rags, I have a 32 percent chance of catching a pair, and that wouldn’t even help. I probably have less than a 5 percent chance of winning this hand.. “Fold.” I say, tossing my cards into the middle of the table as I slump back into my chair. I’m in no rush.
How to Look After Your Cardistry Deck: 24 Tips for Making Playing Cards Last
So you've got yourself a nice deck of cards. Maybe it's a basic Bicycle rider-back deck, or it's a heavily customized limited edition produced by a popular designer, and you had to dig deep into your pockets to get it. Either way, you want to enjoy it, and you want to look after it to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. So how should you look after your deck? First of all, it's important to realize that it's not an inherently bad thing to have a deck that shows signs of wear, because that usually means you are enjoying your deck and using it! But obviously you don't want to accelerate this process of wear any more than necessary. So is there anything you can do to preserve your deck, and make it last as long as possible? As it turns out, there most certainly is, and you can start by considering the suggestions made in this article. Here are two dozen tips about how to care for a deck of playing cards, gleaned from the world of hard knocks, worn out decks, and experience.
No rubber bands, please! We've all seen it: a deck of playing cards, secured tightly with a rubber band. Don't do it. Why not? Well first of all, over time that rubber band is going to become brittle and break. Worse, when you add some heat it's going to melt, and you'll have bits of rubber actually stuck to your cards. Yuck! Furthermore, there's a real risk that the rubber band will damage the cards at the top and bottom of the deck, because it puts pressure at those points. A rubber band does help keep your deck together, but it offers zero protection for the cards themselves - and we can do better than that! No pants pocket, please! Sure, it's nice and warm in there, and it seems to be a safe spot to put your cards. And sometimes you'll have no option but to put a deck inside your pocket. But think about it: a deck that's pressed tightly against your body is going to warm up. It may feel romantic, but when romance is in the air, things can start getting sweaty and hot, and that's a sure-fire way to make your deck start warping. Pants pockets also tend to put pressure on the deck when you walk around or even when you sit, and this can quickly cause damage to the tuck box, or cause the whole deck to bend. If you do need to carry your deck inside an item of clothing, try putting it in a jacket pocket instead. And if you really have to resort to using a pants pocket, try putting your deck inside a card clip or some other deck case or protector first. Use the tuck box. There's a reason why playing cards usually come in a tuck box. Tuck boxes are certainly important for marketing and branding, and especially in the case of more classy decks that feature embossing and foil accents on the tuck box, they make an immediate statement of style. But they also serve a very important and practical function in protecting your cards. If you leave your cards out in the open, they are vulnerable to moisture, and will also attract dust - and perhaps even some spider-webs or other nasties that really don't belong in your deck! So use the tuck box, and look after it! You can always patch it up with duct tape if you really need to! Remember that your tuck box is your first line of defence against playing card enemies like dust, dirt, and even against sunlight and moisture. Store your decks flat. You'll find that opinions on this subject do vary. But it can make a difference whether or not a deck of cards is stored in an upright position or flat. When stored flat, gravity is on your side, pressing the cards flat against each other in a natural way. When stored upright or at an angle, there is a greater possibility that your playing cards will warp over time. Whether or not this is an issue for you can depend a lot on your environmental conditions, like the temperature and humidity of the place where your cards are being stored, but you can help combat those other playing card enemies by storing your deck in a flat position.
Avoid humidity. Sometimes you really can't do anything about the environmental conditions where your deck is stored. But humidity is particularly known to have quite an impact on a deck of playing cards, so if there are ways to store your deck in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight and humidity, and with a relatively stable temperature, definitely that's the preferred option. Wait a moment, does that sound like your fridge?! I have heard of people who swear that putting a deck in a fridge overnight is the best way to improve the condition of a warped deck, and that it's also an unorthodox fix for cards that have that undesirable "click". I haven't tried the fridge treatment myself, because there can be a lot of moisture lurking there too, so it sounds like a bad idea to me, and I can't speak from experience. But if you're really desperate, have exhausted all other options, and are willing to experiment with a particularly rebellious deck, you may want to give that a shot as a last resort! But generally speaking, try to avoid storing your deck in a high moisture area that encourages your cards to curl and warp. Fluctuating humidity is even worse, because cards will expand and shrink, and quickly become damaged. A cool, dry, well-ventilated area is always the best. If you live in a climate with high humidity you might want to put your decks in the same room as your household humidifier if you have one. Avoid sunlight. Sunlight has a tendency to bleach, and if something is left in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, it will inevitably get damaged. You can't buy sunscreen for cards, but you can keep them away from the sun, by ensuring your cards are stored safely in the tuck case when they're not being used. This also applies when your playing cards are inside the tuck case - don't leave it on the ledge of your bedroom window or on the dashboard of your car, where the tuck case is going to sit for hours in the full sun. Avoid heat. Direct sunlight also invites another enemy of playing cards: heat. And of course there are other sources of heat besides the sun, and adding heat is another sure-fire way to damage your playing cards. This isn't rocket science, obviously, but I wouldn't want to be standing underneath the burning flames of rocket engines, would you? Similarly, it's hardly ideal for your playing cards to be exposed to significant amounts of heat. Heat can accelerate chemical reactions, and changes in temperature will cause things to expand and contract. Inevitably, this will lead to problems like warping, which you really want to avoid. The solution is simple: if you can, try to keep your cards at a constant temperature, and don't store your deck right beside your fire place or on the window-sill.
Wash your hands. Now it's time to open your deck and use it. Go wash your hands please! Yes, really - just like your mother taught you! She probably didn't have playing cards in mind, but was more concerned about your hygiene. But the reality is that one of the biggest enemies of playing cards is all that dirt and grime that quickly attaches itself to our skin in the course of normal life. When you handle a deck of playing cards, this filth has a habit of unattaching itself, and along with the oils from your skin, finding a new home on your playing cards. Before you know it, those crisp and clean white edges start to look yellowed, or have flecks of grime mysteriously appearing on them. So before doing an intense session of cardistry or practicing your card magic, take a moment to wash your hands carefully. Dry your hands. You know that guy that you always see leaving the bathroom, shaking his hands dry? Make sure that's not you, and don't be that guy! Your hands can easily become sweaty and clammy at the best of times, and while a good wash of your hands before using your cards is always a good idea, it's equally important to dry your hands. Because playing cards are made out of paper, they love moisture - but for all the wrong reasons! Your cards will inevitably find a way to transfer that sweat or soapy water onto your deck, which is bad news for their longevity. They won't suddenly swell up or immediately look like they have been damaged, but the over time this will cause damage to your cards, and affect their performance, particularly the consistency of the handling.
Handle with care. Maybe this goes without saying, but it's possible to be rough with your cards. We've probably all seen people shuffle cards so crudely that we visibly grimace! If your hands are tense, and you grip the cards too tightly, or bend them excessively while shuffling, you can cause unnecessary damage. Of course it's equally possible (and perhaps even likely!) that you know how to handle cards carefully, but your friends or family don't! As a result, if you give them your beloved deck to shuffle, they might be very rough with your cards, and that could simply be because they have never learned the proper techniques for shuffling or handling a deck. Be gracious, of course - but you might want to offer to be the designated shuffler or dealer for the card game. Spring the cards. Not only is springing cards an impressive visual flourish, but it can also play a very practical purpose of actually helping your cards stay in shape. A card that is being used positively is a happy card. Cards that just sit there and are never used can run the risk of being warped, just like being laid up in bed for weeks will make you stiff and out of shape. In contrast, a good workout with the help of a spring or shuffle can assist in making the playing cards keep shape, by clearing out all the cobwebs or dust (literally!), air them out, and give them some valuable restorative exercise. Be bi-directional. If you do springs and riffle shuffles, make sure that you don't just do them the same way all the time, e.g. only face up or only face down. Spring and shuffle them in both directions from time to time, otherwise the cards will always be under pressure to bend the same way. This constant pressure from the same direction will affect the fibres of the cards, and can cause them to be permanently bowed in the long run. Don't drop them! This may sound obvious, but dropping your cards is asking for trouble. The first casualty of a dropped deck will usually be the corners of the cards, which risk becoming bent in the process. If you want to fast-track your deck to becoming one of those dog-eared items, throwing your cards around is definitely going to speed up that process. Furthermore, any time your cards spend on the floor means that they're likely to come into contact with dirt that has been tracked in on the carpet, linoleum, concrete, or grass, or wherever you happen to be using your deck of cards. Getting sand in between your cards is especially something to avoid, because this will cause extra friction in the wrong places, and will speed up the wearing process when you shuffle the cards. Practice above carpet. If you are a cardist attempting a range of new moves of fancy aerial moves, you don't want to be doing this above a filthy ground or a hard wooden floor or concrete. You are going to drop cards. Yes, I know that this conflicts with a previous suggestion where I said that you shouldn't drop the cards. But dropping cards occasionally is part of the cost of progression in cardistry or magic. Every good cardist will drop cards in the course of learning and attempting new and challenging moves. If you never drop cards, then you obviously aren't challenging yourself or pushing yourself to new heights. And if you know that you are going to drop cards, then it makes sense to have them fall on a surface that is going to be as friendly to them as possible. A clean and soft carpet is best. A hard and dirty wooden floor, or a muddy puddle outdoors most definitely isn't! Do nothing. There's an old saying that "time is a great healer", and it can apply to playing cards as well. Of course, if your two year old nephew has chewed off the corner of your favourite Ace of Spades, no amount of time is going to make that corner grow back - not even your best Torn and Restored magic routine! But sometimes when a deck of playing cards is starting to feel clumpy or spread unevenly, it just needs a break. Just like a car can overheat, sometimes a deck that has been handled for a long period of time simply needs a breather. So put it back in the box, and maybe in a card clip if you have one, store it in a cool and dry place, and give it a chance to dry out and get back to normal. You may find that in an hour, a day, or a week, the cards handle better again. Just like a holiday can do a stressed person a world of good, an over-worked deck can benefit from having an occasional break, so give it an well-deserved and therapeutic rest from time to time!
Use a deck protector. Don't have your deck rattling around in the glove-box of your car or in your pocket without any form of protection. That's not what you'd do with your pet gerbil either is it? No, you'd give him a nice carrying case, or put him inside some kind of container. Well as it turns out, you can get protective containers for playing cards as well. One option is a card clip, but it is important to realize that this tends only to protect a couple of sides of the deck, leaving the other sides unprotected. We'll cover the benefits of a card clip later - they are best used for a different function. A plastic carrying case is probably a better option to use for transporting a deck, and there are products available like the clear plastic playing card storage boxes here that work well. Whatever you do, don't just let those tuck boxes fly around loosely while you are travelling, because they are sure to get dinged and dented, potentially damaging the cards in the process. Use a card clip. So you've given your cards a good workout, and you've noticed that they have a slight bend or are warping? A card clip is utility item, often made of stainless steel metal or alloy, that fits around your tuck box to help with this. Once again, opinions can vary on the benefits and advantages of a card clip, and whether they really make any difference. These are typically claimed to increase the longevity of your playing cards, by providing extra protection and thus ensuring greater durability. A quality card clip typically doesn't come cheap, but the quality is usually evident immediately. They should have a strong natural spring that ensures that your deck is wedged firmly between two pressure points. In practice, because playing cards can have different thicknesses depending on the stock used, you may need to take some cards out in order to fit a deck inside a card clip - there's even potential for the tuck box to be damaged if you find yourself trying to squash the deck inside. As far as protection goes, card clips typically only protect a deck from a couple of sides. They certainly offer some protection for a deck that's in your pocket, but don't expect them to be bullet proof, because your tuck box will still get banged around and somewhat damaged. In my experience, a card clip is particularly useful for straightening out a deck that has become warped. You could try the more primitive method of placing a deck under a heavy book or table, but placing a deck in a good card clip overnight can work wonders. Besides that, card clips are great accessories, and can make their own statement of style and class. Use a play mat. I may be starting to sound like an over-protective mother here, but a play mat can really make a difference to the health of your playing cards. Of course a good plain-coloured table cloth might do the trick, but there are better options. Whenever we play card games in my family, we use a very large table sized neoprene mat that we purchased specifically for this purpose. Not only does this protect the table, but more importantly it protects the cards. It makes them stay in position nicely on the table, and it also makes them very easy to pick up. Many of our visitors who have played card games or enjoyed card magic at our dining table have been super impressed with this neoprene mat and wanted to get their own! Magicians have been using close-up mats for card magic for a long time, and the principle is the same. There's good reason why poker tables at casinos are typically made of a felt-like material. Even a table cloth is a better option than playing on a hard wooden table, because invariably cards can be hard to pick up on a hard wooden surface, and have a much higher risk of being damaged that way. You can even purchase a roll of thick felt from a fabric shop, which will do the trick too. Use fanning powder. All good quality playing cards are given a coating at the end of the production process, and what that does is helps cards fan and spread evenly, and promotes their longevity. Depending on the publisher or creator, this coating can be called things like Magic Finish or Performance Coating. But over time this coating will wear, and as a result the cards will no longer slide over each other as smoothly, and the deck will start to become "clumpy". One solution to this is to use fanning powder or talcum powder, which can help minimize the extent to which the cards stick together, and restore some of the smoothness to your fans and spreads. For black cards you can't use white powder, because it will leave a noticeable white residue behind, but it's definitely an option for non-black cards. Fanning powder is probably much less necessary today than it was in the previous centuries, given the advances of technology and the improved quality of cards today, particularly the coating used. So you'll likely only need to give this a shot with a cheaper deck of cards, or with one that is very worn.
Get quality decks. When you buy, choose your decks carefully. The writing is on the wall for some decks before you even use them, and a shorter life expectancy for them is almost guaranteed before you use them! This is almost always true of a cheap papery deck from your corner store. In contrast to a quality deck of Bicycle playing cards from USPCC, such a deck is doomed to wear out quickly. So it is worth the time to research the publisher of your deck before making a purchase. Anything produced by USPCC or by other industry leaders like LPCC/EPCC is likely to be a longer lasting deck. It will still wear out in the end, but you will get more mileage out of it due to the quality of the playing cards and the technology used in the production process. Avoid black decks. This is a bit of sneaky tip, because playing cards with black bordered backs or faces actually don't wear out any quicker than playing cards with white borders or faces. I have read that the black ink can pick up dust and absorb moisture more quickly than white cards, but I'm not aware of scientific evidence that backs that up. But what I do know is that the signs of wear will be much more noticeable with black cards. Why? Like most playing cards, cards with black borders/faces are made of paper, and as the cards are used with any kind of frequency, the edges tend to chip and show signs of wear, because these are the parts of the cards that are handled the most and have the most contact. Unfortunately, that means that with black cards the white underneath will naturally show up more quickly. White bordered cards wear in the same way, of course, but since the wear usually shows up as white, it is far less obvious. There are techniques you can use to breathe new life into a deck with black cards, and a simple fix can be to use a black permanent marker on the edge of the cards. You'll find other tips for extending the life of decks with black cards in the Black Deck Book from Ellusionist, which you'll find here. But if you are going to choose a deck with black borders, just realize that it won't look pristine for as long as a deck with white borders. Save your custom decks. One thing you might want to consider is reserving your higher end custom decks with fancy artwork for special occasions. If you are practicing some new cardistry moves, or trying to learn some new card sleights that you know are going to be hard on your cards, then it's probably not the best idea to use your prettiest deck. You may want to have a ready supply of cheaper USPCC produced decks for "training" purposes. These decks still offer quality handling and performance, but don't cost as much money. Sure, they won't win a Miss America contest for playing cards any time soon, but if you are going to wear out a deck through some rough handling during practice, it might as well be a budget deck like this. Save your custom decks for that special performance, that special games night, or when you want to treat yourself to something special. Rotate your decks. Someone I know has a fairly large collection of different decks, and has a self-devised system that ensures he "rotates" through his decks, to give them all a chance of hitting the table. Many cardists tend to work with a rotational system of some kind. Not only does this help ensure that all of your decks get "air time", but it can help extend the life of certain decks that might otherwise get used constantly.
Accept the inevitable. The bad news is that a deck of playing cards will wear out. Most playing cards are made out of paper, and paper wears when it gets used. It's just a fact of life, so you need to accept it. If you plan to use that beautiful deck of playing cards, whether for card magic or for playing card games, it is inevitable that your prized deck is eventually going to show signs of wear. There's a good reason that finding a century old deck of cards in pristine condition is a rare thing - not that we don't have many decks from that time period, but it's just that most decks that go the distance have been played and used, and you can tell at a quick glance that the cards look worn. The same will be true of your decks of playing cards - at least if you actually take the cards out of the box and actually use them. Not that a deck which shows signs of wear is cause for sadness or grief. A deck that is being used and enjoyed is a happy deck! So actually signs of wear are usually evidence that you are using a deck of playing cards for its intended purpose, and enjoying it for what it is - and that's often better than leaving it untouched in the fear that it might get hurt. By all means go ahead and use those decks! Retire the irrepairable. Magicians and cardists are known to use a brand new deck for each performance, and can often wear out a deck of playing cards quite quickly. Most of us will find that we won't go through decks at quite that level of frequency - especially if you keep the above tips in mind. But eventually a deck will have overstayed its welcome, and you know that it's time to put it into retirement when cards are sticking together, when fans turn into ugly and clumpy messes, when individual cards look dog-eared or bent, or perhaps when you've had spectators sign cards (which they've kept as a souvenir) and it's no longer complete. Enjoy the perishable. Playing cards are perishable, but don't let that stop you enjoying them. But hopefully if you keep some of these ideas in mind, you can make your decks last a little longer than they otherwise would. Who knows, perhaps someone will be admiring one of your decks a hundred years from now, silently thanking you for the good care you took of it. But more importantly, with a bit of loving care and attention, you can get extra enjoyment and mileage out of those playing cards already now! Author's note: I first published this article at PlayingCardDecks.comhere.
I am wondering if I am just being paranoid crazy. But I started playing poker at the same casino room for a couple months now. This casino has a lot of action I have been seeing a weird deviation of coolers. it is very reminiscent of when I play online. I have played live poker for ten years and I have never got a feeling about hands like I do at this casino. I am up 5 buy ins these last couple months so this isn't a salty post. Today I heard a regular talking to a dealer about how these new high tech shufflers know where each card is when it is being shuffled and can account for each card seemed a little sketchy. I don't see incentive for the casino to rig hands besides the shared jackpot throughout the state for ppromotions. But something just feels off when I play here. Has anyone else had any experience like this?
Last year and this year, I played 1-2 No Limit Texas Hold'em for about 900 hours. In that time, I developed a few catch phrases. Here's the 11 that I can think of, and the conditions under which I say them. Almost all of these catch phrases have gotten a hearty laugh from at least one person, although usually they don't. 1 - The setup: someone says that I'm playing excessively tight or passive. The quote: "I'm the loosest and most aggressive player at this table. They've just been giving me two-seven offsuit every hand." 2 - The setup: I'm leaving the table for some good reason (not the reason I say, which is a bad reason). The quote :"Well, as I always say, the best time to leave the poker table is when you have a vague sense of impending bad luck." 3 - The setup: I bought in for $100 and I'm racking up $500 worth of chips. The quote: "Well, I would prefer to lose this in 5 installments of 100 dollars each rather than all at once." 4 - The setup: I made the best possible hand on the last two cards (very rare). The quote: "I backdoored the nuts. That's my fetish." 5 - The setup: I've made a raise or called a raise pre-flop but then fold when facing a reraise (such as when holding AJ). The quote: "I'm going to fold the winning hand. Bye bye winning hand." (I push the cards past the line with my left hand while waving goodbye to them with my right hand). 6 - The setup: I've limped pre-flop or posted a big blind, someone raised, and I'm folding. The quote: (in a radio announcer voice) "You got my two dollars." 7 - The setup: I've limped pre-flop, someone raised, I'm folding, and two other people are playing. The quote: "Okay. You two have fun" (usually in an old lady way of speaking). I was playing poker with my brother once and I did that catch phrase and he said "Are you possessed an old lady?". I said "Maybe". Next time that happened, I said, "Oh, bless your heart, dear. You two have fun". My brother said "Yeah. I'm pretty sure you're possessed by an old lady". 8 - The setup: Someone says "Nice hand". I've always thought that to be a strange thing to say. The hand you get isn't something you can control. "Well played" makes sense to say, but saying "Nice hand" is like saying "Congratulations on how tall you are". Anyways, someone says "Nice hand". The quote: "Thanks. It was the shuffler's fault" (then I point to the shuffling machine to indicate that I don't mean the dealer). 9 - Background: At this casino, we have the standard colors for the lowest 4 denominations of chips: $1 whites, $5 reds, $25 greens, and $100 blacks. Only the lowest 3 are allowed at the 1-2 tables. The setup: someone comes to the table with black chips and someone says something like "Black chips aren't in play. You should change those for reds". The quote: "Yeah. There's a 'no blacks allowed' rule at this table." I guess that's a racist joke, but it's not very offensive. It's too simple. I don't think I would get beaten up for saying that. One time I was at a table and there was the setup for the joke, and someone beat me to the punchline. After one player said something like "You'll have to change those for reds", the dealer said "Blacks aren't in play on this table", and the black guy at the table said "I'm black, and I'm in play!" 10 - Background: I always bring a piece of paper to the poker room. I take a letter-sized piece of paper, and fold it in half 3 times (into eighths). That makes a pocket-sized note-card, which, like a greeting card, has 4 'sides': the front, the back, inside left, and inside right. On the front, I write down the day, which casino I'm going to, which stake I'm playing, when I get to the casino, when I buy, when I bust, when I double-up, and how many chips I have each hour. On the back side, I write down point-form notes during the course of the day which I then write about at length when I get back home. On the inside-right, I keep track of how many $20 bills I have: one number for how many I started with that day, one number for how many I left at home, one number for how many I brought with me, one number for how many I had left in my pocket when I cashed out, one number for how many I got by cashing out, and one number for the total at the end of the day. On the inside-left side, I draw a picture of a cat. The setup: I'm writing something on my note card and someone says something like "Oh, you're writing down notes?". The quote: (I turn the note-card inside-out and put one side against my palm, showing only the cat picture) "I'm not writing down anything. I'm just drawing pictures of cats. See? It's a cat." 11 - Background: In this city, there used to be a bonus for getting a straight flush (or royal flush). Most casinos would give a metal card-weight the size and shape of a poker chip with the casino's name and logo engraved on it. They don't do that any more. The setup: someone gets a straight flush. The quote: "This guy got a straight flush! He wins a free hat! Where's this guy's free hat?! Free hat, free hat, free hat, free hat!". Usually people just ignore it, but I really like saying "free hat". One time I saw someone get a royal flush and I said the 'free hat' thing, then the guy next to me decided to "bluff-raise". As the dealer was scooping up the cards, M told the dealer to stop, exclaiming "Yeah there's a prize here for that! For a straight flush you get a free jacket and for a royal flush you get a trip for 2 to Las Vegas! Put those cards back on the table!" He convinced the dealer to call the pit and put the cards back on the table. I was convinced of what he was saying too, but he was completely full of shit. The dealer turned a bunch of cards over and started reconstructing the board. I said "Yeah the king and ten were in his hole cards and the ace, jack and queen were on the board and the other two board cards were the six and seven of diamonds". Eventually a pit boss came over and the dealer asked him what the prize was. The boss said there's no prize, and that if there ever was, that promotion is over. By then, M had successfully stalled the game for about 5 minutes.
"luck doesn't exist, every new round of the game has the same statistical probability" I thought myself so rational when I'd utter this phrase in my teens and early twenties. I'd read Scarne's complete guide to gambling and looked into the math some. I felt justified in making this claim. Maybe it propped up my concern about my aspirations to make something of my life. Luck couldn't be a driving force in the world because I needed to be able to get by on my own skill. But I had no real experience with the things I was talking about - at least not until I became a card dealer and got to witness massive amounts of sample events transpire over and over again. After just a few months the statistics began to fade from my mind as I bore witness to the flow of ups and downs and became a conduit for this force. There were many attitudes among the regulars and those that just came in for the night, and the cards dealt with all of them in turn. If you listened to one old crusty fixture in the place, Carole, you would swear the place was rigged and she never had a good night. This couldn't have been true or she wouldn't have been able to come in almost every night and still afford to live. She just liked to bitch, even when she was winning. Thank god Dan only came in a few times a month - his attitude was even worse, and he threw enough money around to make all the pit bosses cater to his ridiculous privileged, drunken, old, white alpha male persona. He would bet the table max across several spots on the table. If the automatic shuffler wasn't spitting out a good batch of cards, the dealer would get an onslaught of insults, and he might demand you be replaced before the normal rotation was up. Interestingly, when Dan was winning a lot, the pit bosses would bring in certain dealers that frequently seemed to knock him back down. There were pleasant people too, but were far less memorable or frequent as players. The flow of the cards was really the most constant thing against the sea of sad personalities. I remember several times dealing a six deck shoe of black jack when I knew every card that was going to land for hand after hand before I ever pulled the card off the shoe. Maybe this sense of knowing the cards was why so many dealers played their tips away after they got off work. Black jack was never my thing. Poker is what really kicked my ass. Since I "knew" that luck wasn't real and that the house had no advantage in poker since you were playing against other players, I convinced myself that I should be able to hold my own at the game. No matter how many poker books I read, no matter how many tournaments and hands I bought-in to play, the cards never seemed to turn in my favor. The playable starting hands were always few and far between - I never ran hot. When the statistically advantaged cards would come, some asshole would always call me down all the way and get lucky on the river. By the time I moved on from my time as a card dealer and stopped playing along with the job change, Luck had convinced me it was real. "Probability only works out over an infinite amount of sample events - you may think the chance is 50/50 every time you toss the coin, but that doesn't stop it from turning up more frequently the way a lucky person calls it." My sour attitude caused by my poor luck with cards held for several years after I was defeated by Luck. I got a dead end job delivering oxygen to people even more hopeless than the characters at the casino. Maybe I was destined to strike out in life, even though I thought of myself as smart and capable. It wasn't until I got fired that my luck would change. I went back to school, I landed a job weeks after graduating, it turned into the career I have today. Luck had joined my side in the fight to make something of my life. Luck taught me a lot about the Tao - thrashing about on the wrong path without having your eyes open will lead you nowhere - surrendering your self assurance is the only way to find the clarity of your heart that will lead you back to the current that will carry you forward. Once you've found the current you must be careful not to clutch too hard for where you think it should take you, or you will not be able to navigate the waters when you enter the rapids. Luck taught me not to play games I don't have a strong advantage to win. Why swim against the current?
Hey All, there is a local board game sale coming up from a bunch of different sellers and I am wondering if anyone can help me sift through this list for some good games/good deals. The games and prices they are being sold at are as follows, Condition will be USED for Used, NOB for New in open box, or NIS for New in factory shrink wrap.
10 Days in Asia, COMP, NIS, 50.00
10 Days in Europe, COMP, NOB, 30.00
10 Days in the USA, COMP, USED, 12.50
120 Count Poker Chips (11.5 Gram), COMP, NIS, 7.50
I've searched around for an Automatic Card Shuffler, and have found very few reputable ones. I found one company called Shuffletech, and there aren't a lot of places that give reviews on it. I'm looking to create a serious poker environment to get a lot of hands in per hour. Just like a casino, I'll be looking to rake home games (not too much rake). What I'm considering on buying: $1895.95 Automatic Shuffler $599.95 Automatic Shuffler Reviews: TwoPlusTwo Shuffletech Thread From what I've read, there's a noise issue and jam issue. The noise can be solved with music, and the jam happens from using a bad deck. I just wanted to see what /poker thought because I believe in being thorough. Any experiences to share? Is there any justification to buy the $1800+ shuffler?
I'm guessing you mean a losing streak? The most I've seen someone lose in a single night is probably about $500,000, but I'm not yet coded for the private gaming salons that see the absolute biggest bets.
From experience I can tell you which players will walk away early, which players will keep on raising until they lose everything and which players will chuck a hissy fit when that happens.
I think most players aren't really there to win money - they're there to gamble. They could win a hundred times their bet in the first ten minutes and they'd give it all back, because they've essentially psychologically committed themselves to ten or more hours of gambling before they walk in the door.
The place I work at is pretty regulated and the system is reasonably fair. Everyone starts with a school where they'll be taught one major game - usually roulette or blackjack. That takes about five weeks of full time training.
Once they graduate, they start dealing in the main floor and are referred to as "lumpies" because their dealing is not yet smooth.
After 6-12 months they'll come back and be trained in a second major game. At this point they have a decision - they can learn baccarat and eventually move into the VIP, or they can learn roulette or blackjack and stay on the main floor.
I was lucky enough to get baccarat early. I dealt it on the main floor for about six months, then I did VIP training and started working there.
On a Saturday night once I was dealing to a player and his girlfriend, both of whom seemed totally sober.
The man came up to my roulette table and bought in for $20. He lost it in one spin, and proceeded to very calmly take off his pants (not his underwear) and hand them to his girlfriend. Then they both very casually walked out the door with security following right behind.
While I've been in the VIP we've had Bruno Mars and One Direction in (most performers who visit my city stay at the casino). Both were pretty polite and friendly from what I've heard (I didn't deal to them). Lady Gaga once played at the casino and went for a drink on the main floor afterward.
Never enough to retire, but I've given away six figures to players before. My favourite big winner was probably a guy who walked up to my $25 roulette table once and cashed in or $50.
When I gave him his two chips he looked up at the table limit sign and realised that he'd made a mistake (he wanted the $2.50 table), but he was either too proud to cash out again or he couldn't be bothered. Anyway, he placed his two chips and I spun up.
Bam - straight up. $875. He bets the lot.
Next hand: About $2000.
At this point I got taken off for a break. When I came back 15 minutes later the guy had $25,000.
The answer is yes, every single night. Most players believe that they're special, and that their strategy is foolproof. When it comes undone, it can't be their fault. How could it? They're a gambling genius! It must be someone else's fault, and 90% of the time that someone else is me.
If they lose on roulette it's because I spun the ball too slow or too fast. If they lose on baccarat it's because I turned the cards over too quickly (seriously) or I passed them out the "wrong" way.
I've been yelled at plenty of times, and sent off the table by high rollers plenty. I once had a man who just have me a two-minute long ice cold stare after he lost on roulette. I kept going about my business, but every time I looked up he was staring right at me like he wanted to punch me.
In my very first hour of casino dealing I did a cash change for a man who had got himself confused about how much cash he had given me. We deferred to surveillance to sort it out, and carried on with the game. For the next ten minutes while we were waiting for the camera verdict he stood at the end of the table and ripped into me. He gave me every insult he could think of, to the point where other players got involved to tell him to cool it. In the end, it was his mistake. He turned bright red, cashed out immediately and left.
No craps at my casino, very few tables in Australia. I've seen quite a few old Asian men with young Asian girlfriends, but my most surprising was an old Asian woman with a young white guy escorting her. Everything about her demeanour to him was totally masteslave. He sat on the sidelines while she gambled and got her drinks when she told him to. Occasionally he wanted to gamble so she would pass him chips and shoo him away.
Fair enough, but Poker is not really a primary casino game.
Whenever poker players find out I'm a dealer they always seem to have the impression that poker is all there is. We do have a poker room where I work, but it's a small, separate department that is colloquially referred to as daycare.
I've made plenty of mistakes, but the worst is clearing the wrong number in roulette. I heard once about a dealer who was dealing a game with big bets on red, and the ball came up 32 red. He put the dolly on red and cleared everything else, including the bets on even and 32. Took hours to reconstruct by camera.
The hardcore gamblers will probably still be cold to you, especially if you "mess up" their blackjack hand (they're always looking for a scapegoat). But if you go on a Friday or Saturday night, stick to low limits and be friendly to the dealer you'll have a good time regardless of whether you win or lose.
In Australia players are not allowed to tip, but they can buy players gifts (and gift cards). I've only received two in my time. The biggest was $500 for dealing a $75,000 jackpot to a table poker player.
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I saw a guy lose $1,000,000 once, I actually was dealing when he lost about $200,000 of that in about 15 minutes. It made me sick, but he didn't seem to mind much. Later he attempted to sue the casino because "clearly his drinks were spiked," but he later recanted that.
How to get comps: Play for a long time and/or have a strong average bet. Buying in for large amounts and then not playing won't get you comps. Alternatively, be a fun person and the supervisor will probably hook you up because we appreciate the fun (not drunk) people.
Counting cards is not cheating at all. You're not doing anything but keeping a running total in your head and basing your play off of that. That being said, casinos are private businesses and can refuse service to anyone for any reason. Yes, people have been caught counting cards. The majority of them aren't that good at it, to be honest, and so we let them think they're getting one over on us (and still lose.) If someone wins "too much" or does too well, they will be approached by senior management and told that they can still play but can no longer play blackjack.
Generally I'm looking to see if they deviate from a reasonable basic strategy and have an abnormal success rate on hands where they make questionable plays. At that point I'll run a count as they play and see if they are changing their strategy and/or betting patterns when the count is in their favor.
Honestly these days it's all computerized. Your play (on your players card) determines the comps you get. If it's your first time or your birthday (or you've played and/or lost a lot) you'll get more than you "should."
Some casinos (ours included) don't use the electronic betting recognition sofware. If you don't see the dealer pressing a little button before each hand, here's my advice - bet big right at the beginning. A lot of supervisors will put in your average bet when you first sit down and they swipe your players card and then won't adjust your average bet unless you made big changes throughout playing.
We've permanently evicted people for threatening physical violence on other players and/or employees, getting into fights, things like that. A man peed under a blackjack table once; he was evicted and arrested!
Good lord, don't do this. Best-case scenario you get away with it, worst-case scenario you're arrested. You could also get thrown out if they don't want to deal with the cops or it wasn't that large of an amount. But seriously, just bet the don't from the start. You make your money off of the odds anyway.
Cheating is less common than you may think these days. The technology we employ is really advanced, as most places have upgraded their surveillance tech. We can see a lot now. The best ways that people cheat now aren't by physically manipulating things, but by "taking shots." Little things, things like making a hand signal that could be interpreted as a hit or a stand and then raising a fuss if it doesn't go your way. Most casinos will just give you the money if it's not too much instead of fully investigate it.
Some casinos use RFID (they'll have a more plastic feel to them.) Honestly, even high-value casinos' chips are subject to counterfeiting. I've seen stickers replaced, I've even seen people paint lower-denomination chips to look like higher-denomination chips.
I HATE auto-shufflers. No, they have no way of knowing how many people are playing at the table or which cards go to the dealer. It's legitimately random, moreso than some dealers who have specific shuffles.
Honestly, I'm probably not looking unless you're winning a large amount or you're making really large swings in your bets. I won't let you know if I suspect you, I'll have already called surveillance and they'll be running down (counting along) on the next shoe to see what you're doing. If you see security or people in suits near your table, just color up and leave. They won't do anything to you, but they're preparing to talk to you about what they've found and might back you off.
Most states will publish the odds for slot machines. Honestly most machines at reputable places (as in not bars) will have a return rate of 95-98%. That's a lower house edge than carnival games or even roulette.
The best perk? Honestly, that it pays well and I don't actually have to DO too much, haha.
I'm fine with people making "dumb" moves. Generally the dealer will say "Are you suuure?" if someone is about to split up their 20 or something like that. Other players do get mad when someone does something, but we protect our players. If someone wants to make a nonstandard or risky move, they have every right to. I personally wouldn't let a player berate another player, and it has nothing to do with the casino's interests.
Facial recognition software has always been pretty strong going back for quite a while now. There aren't really too many ways it's used other than for people who have cheated or who have overall suspicious behavior. That's the only reason we'd want to run the software on someone.
The only time players will get mad is if you're right on top of them. Stand back, see if you can get a pamphlet on the rules of the game you're watching, or just ask the dealers or supervisors! Honestly, they want you to play - not because they want to take your money, but because it's fun to teach and show someone. As for "easy" games, roulette is pretty easy to learn, dice is the most fun but can be overwhelming, carnival games (Three Card Poker, Mississippi Stud) are very easy since they're all poker-based.
We're not allowed to tell someone that we think they have a problem, but we can respond if they tell us they do. We have paperwork on it, we're trained to spot it (chasing losses, claiming to bet money they can't afford, etc) and we also have a hotline they can call. Additionally, players can fill out self-exclusion paperwork banning themselves from the casino if they feel they can't gamble responsibly. If they come back while banned, they can and will be arrested for trespassing.
Table Games pays VERY well compared to other departments. Your housekeeping and security is probably making $10-$12/hr (more than they would at non-casino businesses, but still) and your slot techs are probably making $14 or so an hour. Dealers with the toke rate start above $20/hr, and as you go up (supervisors don't make tips where I work and at most places, although some places give supervisors a cut of it) you make more. Especially for the amount of work I do, I get paid well.
You wouldn't get in trouble at all. Just turn away from the table. Although for comedy purposes, the waitress could come back and say "7&7?" as she brought the drink really loudly, then the table sevens out and blames her.
Before I started working at my current place I heard a story that happened there where the dealer was using their back foot to stop the Big Six wheel (never play Big Six; happy it's gone) early which meant that the people playing knew where it would stop. He was physically handcuffed at the table and arrested. DON'T CHEAT.
Years ago a guy was playing blackjack. He lost, left, and then came back with five crumpled up $1 bills so that he could make a $5 bet. He lost, was gone for another hour, and then came back and did it again.
I'm okay with people who come every day, some people enjoy it. But I hate to see people play with money they shouldn't bet with.
It's a lot less stressful than you're worried about. Go in, talk to people, enjoy yourself. It's seriously not that big of a deal, just enjoy your first time! Bring an amount you're okay with losing. Don't bring your ATM card in. Don't chase losses (I know I just lost my last bet but I know I can win the next one!)
It's not part of the dealers' jobs to berate someone that's winning. The only things that should bother a good dice dealer are when people are throwing in tons of late bets or are being rude. If you're winning, good for you! Keep winning! Sounds like they were just being jerks.
It's me, I'm the pit boss. I've come across a couple. The most recent one is a lady that our surveillance ran a report on and concluded that she's definitely counting. She's not that good at it, though, so we let her go because even though she bets big she doesn't actually win. We have the camera on her every time she plays, though.
Mississippi Stud, by far. It used to be Three Card, but it's all about Mississippi Stud now. Total tables at our place is ~40 or so. We haven't had too many new games, lately it's just been adding bonus bets to existing games (three card bonus bets on pretty much all of our carnival games now.)
It's hard to say. The amount of people cheating with old methods (counting cards, etc) has declined. The amount of people taking shots (pretending they didn't want that hit, things like that) has increased, but it's harder to prove.
There really aren't ways to maximize it. Increasing your hands per hour won't matter to the computer system, you'd honestly be better off betting more at a slower table because then it shows a higher average bet over a longer period of time.
You apply when a job is available and when a casino is starting/advertising a "dealer school." Some places will offer the training which is usually free, but you're not technically hired until after the class.
Great question! Everyone has to get a responsible alcohol server card, even people that don't serve drinks. It's a basic class that goes over how to spot intoxication, drinks per hour, things like that. People who can serve drinks also have to have a bar card. Where I work, dealers and supervisors can't cut people off. The Pit calls a Beverage Supervisor who makes that call.
All carnival games are the same. Let It Ride is reverse Mississippi Stud, all the other games like Three Card and Flop are just variants of poker. Live poker is a little different, you can read and learn about it! There's always blackjack, which is simple and fun.
Interesting. We have about 40 tables total across multiple pits, but only one pit manager who oversees it all and runs the pencil/rosteroadmap. 1-3 floors per pit, depending on the size (4-6 tables per floor)
TV shows are dumb. We have cameras everywhere that can zoom in pretty well (no ENHANCE! ENHANCE!) Huge places in Vegas probably do have very sophisticated technology, we're smaller and so we have tons of cameras, security, electronic locks and vaults, things like that.
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I have caught people cheating before yes. The most common are card counters and people stealing chips from other players. I highly recommend to not get completely trashed while gambling especially if you're a male and gambling by yourself as there are certain females who'd be more than happy to steal your chips while you're not paying attention.
The only time I won't report cheating is when they're tipping. If they're a douchebag or stiff, I'll let my Pit Boss know immediately.
Vegas has very liberal rules to their blackjack games compared to other cities that have casinos. Vegas offers double deck, stand on all 17s, moving down shuffle points, etc.
I don't consider card counting cheating, but the casinos do. They are a private business. They can kick anyone off of the property for any reason unless it's illegal discrimination. The casinos don't want players to have an advantage over them.
To be honest Vegas casinos don't care about card counting unless you're playing on a double deck. You want to play a six or eight deck shoe? It's all yours. But they want no advantage players on a double deck.
The usual tips? Most of the time I've dealt on a $100-$500 blackjack game. I'll usually make a couple hundred from each player give or take. I'll usually make 1-5 units of whatever they're playing with whether it'd be $5 chips, $25 chips, $100 chips or $500.
At the big casinos (Wynn/Encore, Cosmopolitan, Aria, Caesars) the dealers usually make $150-$200 a night during the weekdays. On the weekends, they'll make around $200-$300+.
The medium casinos (Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand) will make around $120-$150 during the weekdays, $150-$200 on the weekends.
I personally can't accept tips while at work. Outside of work, regular customers would throw me some extra cash on the side on top of whatever they gave me at the table while they were playing. The most someone gave me outside of work was $1000. It was a regular customer.
Coolest would easily be Matt Schaub. 99% of athletes are douchebags, but he's super nice and super cool. Awesome tipper too. Down to earth and extremely humble. Runners up goes to Chris Evans. Captain America can't handle his alcohol and is an arrogant prick too. "Do you know who the fuck I am?" was probably his most overheard line while I was dealing to him. 2nd runners up goes to Chef Tim Love. He's a stiff and a cry baby. Constantly boasts about all the $10,000 bottles of wine he drinks.
I've seen customers smash glasses, break things, punch the wall, punch the roulette readerboard, etc. They usually keep their cool most of the time, but once in a while...
"OMG WTF ARE YOU KIDDING? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING DUDEITSPANDA! THIS IS SOME FUCKING BULLSHIT. I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS JUST HAPPENED TO ME. YOU ARE THE WORST DEALER EVER. YOU GIVE ME THE WORST FUCKING HANDS ON BLACKJACK. WHY DO I EVEN PLAY THIS STUPID FUCKING GAME!!!"
Dealers are paid the same regardless of what games they play and it's minimum wage. Yes you heard it...casinos only pay us minimum wage. We rely completely on tips.
Casinos are normally run businesses so full time employees are offered insurance, 401k, vacation time, etc.
Dealers are NOT allowed to gamble in the casino they work for. It's mainly to prevent collusion. Dealers are allowed to play slots in the casino they work for, but cannot play anything with a progressive jackpot (Megabucks, Wheel of Fortune, etc.). Dealers are allowed to play whatever they want in any other casino.
The loiters have first amendment rights basically. They changed the law this year so now whenever cards they pass out fall to the ground, they're supposed to pick them up. I was never too happy with the escort ads on the Strip. 1. The girls don't actually provide the service most of the time. They're just there to rip off guys. 2. It puts a negative light on the city.
There is plenty of flexibility on game pace. Casinos instruct dealers to deal at a moderate pace. Not too fast where you seem like a robot and not slow enough where players will fall asleep at the table.
The best scenario for you if you want to play slightly high limit blackjack are blackjack pits that are outside of high limit. It's basically high limit without the title. They're usually $100 6-deck shoe games that stand on all 17s.
Casinos have tried to implied a tip out policy as a way to subsidize other wages with dealers tips, but it has failed. Wynn Las Vegas/Encore is in court with the dealers right now over it. Wynn won initially, but it got overturned and looks to stay that way. I don't see myself making a career out of it. Casinos are now run by corporations. The way they treat their employees is ridiculous. They show no dedication to us.
Physically yes. You'll most likely be on a reserved game. The customer doesn't play the majority of the time while you're on shift. So instead of dealing for 8 hours straight, in high limit you might deal one or two hours. The rest of the time you're just hanging out and watching whatever they have on the TV.
Dealers do get reprimanded and sometimes even get kicked out of high limit for a extended period of time. It has never happened to me, but one day you'll see a dealer dealing to a BIG player. They make a huge mistake and the next day they're on casino war or the Big 6 wheel.
Go to a dealers school. Learn the basics of dealing, handling chips and game protection. I learned blackjack and craps. It takes about four-eight weeks depending on how fast of a learner you are and how often you show up to school to practice. It took me about five weeks.
Once you're sufficient enough, you can apply to audition at a low end casino also known as a "break in house." Historically, casinos Downtown such as the El Cortez are well known break in houses for new dealers. Shitty local casinos are also considered break in houses as well. You don't make any money, but it doesn't matter. The whole point is to get experience dealing on a real live game.
While you're dealing at the break in house, you can learn how to deal all the other games. That's how I learned baccarat and roulette. Once you get enough experience, you start trying to move to better casinos until eventually you get a good, full time job on the Strip.
What sets me apart from most dealers is that I have the skill to deal the games properly while being quick on my feet with calculations and knowing what the players feelings are like at the time. Sometimes dealers can talk to the players while sometimes players just want you to shut up and deal. Just got to know when the situation is right for certain things.
I haven't got jumped by Joey Porter...yet. He liked me and other dealers on his game that night. I think he still wants to beat the shit out of my shift boss and pit boss. My shift boss still hasn't eaten at a Applebee's or even a Chili's yet since then.
No real memorable interactions. I just loved busting LeBron's balls before he got his first ring.
I remember before Derrick Rose got serious media attention, I remember telling him two years ago "I like how you're an amazing basketball player, but no one recognizes you right now". Not the case now.
Nope. Even though most casino managers are idiots in my opinion, they wouldn't be stupid enough to rig a game. Not only would they would lose their gaming license, the casino would get a huge fine and could possibly lose their license as well.
One thing I tell players if they're gambling...gamble only if there's a gaming commission. You don't even know how many times I've heard stories of players getting screwed over by Indian casinos or cruise ships because there are no gaming commissions overseeing them.
It's mainly just being able to handle the high action. Dealers tend to freeze up a lot when they see big numbers in front of them. It's also being able to control your game regardless of who is playing on it and regardless of how much they're betting.
It honestly becomes a grind the second you start working. It's exciting the first couple of years because you're seeing new bets or action you haven't dealt with yet on the game, but after a while it becomes the same.
The problem with baccarat junkets is that the players just rotate between casino to casino. They take advantage of baccarat tournaments and whatever promos they have. The junkets technically don't bring in any new business and they get paid a huge chunk of whatever the player's theoretical is.
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