by Vinny DeCarlo
Vincent DeCarlo is a retired veteran casino man with over 20 years of upper management experience. His expertise covers the pit, security, surveillance and he even served as a General Manager for two different casinos. Currently, Vinny travels the states as a freelance reporter and a personal consultant to many Indian casinos. According to Vinny DeCarlo, there are two types of casino employee people; those that know DeCarlo, and those that claim to know DeCarlo, so, never believe what you hear.
Have you ever been to a foreign country? I guess Iím lucky because Iíve been able to visit and play in places like Russia (when they had numerous legal casinos), Australia, Vietnam, the Virgin Islands, Holland, Puerto Rico, Germany, Christchurch (New Zealand), etc. Though most of these casinos had table plaques in place that explained their rules in broken English (i.e., "Player to break his hand permitted"), some had at least one floor supervisor that could speak English to the point that if you asked them a question, their response usually left you with five more questions.
Out of all the places that I have had the privilege to visit and play all around the world, the hardest language barrier I have ever faced was inÖ are you ready for this ... the good ole US of A (and Iím dead serious). I once sat at a blackjack table playing for hours when a floor man and a shift manager stood next to my table, conversing about me for more than five minutes while all the while smiling and I didnít understand a single word they said, nor did I have a clue that they were slamming me. It took me more than a month to realize that I had been had. Am I stupid? Well, read the following before you decide to judge me...
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