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by Vinny DeCarlo

Warning: This article is for casino owners and general managers only. Advantage players and dealers, no looking. VK


Vinny DeCarlo is the author of How to Beat Casino Surveillance – Insider’s Secrets for Card Counters (on sale until Nov. 15th 2011, only $29.95, 70% off!) He is a retired veteran casino man with over 20 years of upper management experience. His expertise covers the pit, security, and 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. He also recently appeared on the Getting the Edge radio show from Las Vegas ( According to Vinny, there are two types of casino employees - those that know him, and those that claim to know him; therefore, never believe what you hear.


This is a continuation of secret casino scams that cost both the casino and unsuspecting player’s untold fortunes over the years. For Part 1 in this series, click here.

The Toke Team Scam

Most casinos allow their dealers to vote for their toke committee. This is the group that most dealers trust that go table-to-table to unlock the toke boxes, and then empty them into large cloth-like garbage bags to be sorted at the end of the night. A couple of problems arise on a procedure like this. What’s to stop the active dealer to grab a stack of greens, turn a ¼ to the toke team, and drop say $200 into the toke bag. Never happened?? Right, neither did the JFK assignation or 9/11/2001. Wake up stupid.

The Pen Pass Scam

Certain employees are not permitted to receive toke or tips. Bummer. They work so hard, spending the casinos money trying to make players happy and they can’t take tips? Is there no justice? Why yes, there is. Here’s how.

The Big Player takes a writing pen and removes the upper portion and ‘coke-snort rolls’ a few $100 bills and inserts them within the pen. They sign their marker, wink at the dealer, and hand the pen off. The same plays true for hosts, marketing directors, hosts, junior hosts, etc. Anyone that is, by law, not permitted to accept a tip/toke, is getting theirs and tax-free too. This takes place everyday in almost every casino. This crime rips off other casino employees that ‘pool’ their tokes. For example, I knew of a very cute blackjack dealer, who was "penned" by many players and she never shared the money. Therefore, all the other dealers thought these players were stiffs, when, in fact, they were generous beyond all means. I later heard that that certain BJ dealer was also generous beyond all means. Figure it out.

The Double Buy In

This is a fall down, stupid method of getting the cheques from the table tray to the agent with no fanfare. This scam is as common as the stuff between your toes. The player drops say five $100 bills. The dealer cuts out five black cheques, counts he bills, and places them on top of the cheques. The player quickly grabs...

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