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Blackjack Insider Newsletter, Jan. 2005, #60


By The Suit

I have dealt everywhere from the "Sweat Houses" to the clubs owned by the "Good Old Boys." In Old Las Vegas, you HAD to know game protection before you got promoted to the floor. I spent the last 14 years as Floor Supervisor, Pit Manager, Director of a Gaming School, Back Up Shift Manager, and Shift Manager. Iíve trained dealers, Floor Supervisors and Pit Managers. Needless to say, I have experienced gaming from all positions in Table Games and have told some of the BEST advantage players in the world that they could not play. I will give you tips on how to avoid getting the dreaded "Tap on the Shoulder."


If you are an advantage player or want to become one where do you begin if you want to stay under the casinoís radar? Letís start with, "Do you have a playerís card?" If you donít, you need to get one regardless if you use an alias or your real name because first off you want to take advantage of the promotions and comp dollars that you will accumulate just for playing. Even if it takes you several trips to earn a gourmet meal it will be worth it, not to mention the coupons and other promotions you will receive.

To get a Playerís Card, simply go to the players club located somewhere on the casino floor to sign up. Most of the employees there wouldnít know a fake ID from a real one. Make sure you get the promotions they offer new sign upís because the pit doesnít usually tell players about them. You also want to find out the casinoís criteria for becoming a VIP (or what ever name they give for their top level player). Every casino has different levels and some casinos cut you off at certain levels, which mean you can only reach a certain level and then thatís the highest level you can achieve. So the player at the edge of that level may be getting the same cash back or free bets as you except you are playing and risking twice as much money as he or she is. A good piece of advice is if youíre playing on the Strip in Las Vegas that doesnít cater to local players, be sure to use an out of town address on your player account. However, if you are playing in a casino that caters to local players (most are located off the Strip) you should get and use a local address such as a mailbox from a UPS store that will forward your mail to your home. Be smart and take advantage of how the casinos market their players and learn each casinoís criteria for rewarding their players.

Letís talk for a moment about playing "UNKNOWN" or "UNCARDED." Listen up advantage players...

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