5 Things Only Dealers Know About Gambling At A Casino
Casinos are basically Disneyland for adults, and we all know that the best Disney stories are the messed-up ones from behind the scenes where Goofy throws up into Mickey's head before a shift. Following that logic, we sat down with a veteran card dealer at the Mohegan Sun -- the second-largest casino in the United States -- and asked about all the stuff casinos don't want us to know.
Pretty Much Every Inch Of The Casino Is Soaked In Bodily Fluids
You know that feeling when you're at the best part of a movie and suddenly feel nature calling? Have you ever thought: "What if, this time, I don't get up? What if I just go in my pants? Then I wouldn't have to miss any of the action ..."
If so, then congratulations, you'd fit right in at the casino.
"Maybe if you stopped mentioning deuces and flushes, this wouldn't have happened!"
I wish I could tell you that non-housebroken patrons were a freak occurrence, but it actually became such a huge problem for us that the Mohegan Sun now has an environmental services team just to come in and take our soiled chairs away for deep-cleaning. Unfortunately, sometimes we don't spot/smell the problem in time. I have a patron who once sat down for a game, only to find poop on the chair from a previous player. One time a security guard spotted a customer walking out of the casino, shit plopping out of her pant leg with every step.
Remember, this didn't happen in some shady, smoke-filled, back-alley joint. This is the Mohegan Sun we're talking about -- a huge, elegant casino with style and ambiance.
The brown-and-yellow motif really cuts down on cleaning costs.
I recall one customer who found a happy medium between defiling our chairs and taking a break from gambling: He just stood up and discreetly pissed into a slot machine coin tray. Keep that in mind next time you start scooping up your winnings.
Gambling is a very exciting thing, and sometimes that excitement gets all mixed up in sexual arousal: We've caught guys finger-banging their girlfriends under the roulette table and ladies giving handjobs at the poker table. What many patrons don't realize is that almost all casinos have damn near 100 percent camera coverage. At the Mohegan Sun, this has allowed us to record everything from nip-slips to elevator sex to people banging in the slot machine corner. I'm pretty sure that our surveillance guys can't even look at porn anymore because it feels too much like work.
"Ugh, that position would require so much paperwork."
Security At An Indian Casino Is Insane
Here's a fun fact about most security guards: Technically, they can't search you, detain you, or even lay hands on you. Their job is strictly "observe and report." They're sort of like mall cops if the law only allowed them to tell you where the bathroom is.
But the Mohegan Sun, like all Native American casinos, is located on tribal land. That makes it part of a free and sovereign nation. And as a sovereign nation, they have the right to have their own police force, called the Mohegan Tribal Police, who provide security for the casino. These are not your average rent-a-cops. They are trained law enforcement officers armed with Tasers, clubs, mace, and guns, which they can legally use on an unruly patron without having to later answer for it to the state police.
"He said something about the Geneva Conventions, then we annexed his teeth."
Another thing the Mohegan Tribal Police can do is investigate crimes and haul your ass off to casino jail, which they will do if you try to cheat. We may not have AI super-software to help us catch con men like in Ocean's Thirteen, but remember our closed-circuit porn channel that I mentioned earlier? There are seriously cameras everywhere, and people are watching. Just fumbling with your chips raises our suspicion. We even have special cameras that can read invisible ink, in case you try to mark cards or, I don't know, write secret smutty messages on the life-size Neil Diamond cutouts.
Being A Dealer Is Surprisingly Dangerous
At the Mohegan Sun, the employee parking lot is located about a quarter of a mile from the casino. From there, the other dealers and I board a private shuttle bus that takes us to a secret employee entrance, all to protect us from the more unbalanced patrons. Casino dealers only deal cards (it's sort of in the name) -- we don't control the cards and cannot influence the outcome of a deal, even if we wanted to. But we are often the last person a customer sees before going broke, and all that anger and resentment has to be pointed at something. Usually our crotches.
Luckily, we aren't exactly left to fend for ourselves. Every pit boss has a secret panic button under their desk to summon security in case of an emergency. It's actually quite spectacular to see a bunch of black suits appear seemingly out of nowhere and subdue an angry customer. It's even more fun if they struggle, because then security straps them to a gurney to keep them from thrashing. Yes, it's an adult time-out bed.
"But first, I think someone needs to go potty!"
Every Element Of A Casino Is Designed To Rob You Blind
Poker, blackjack, roulette, craps -- call them whatever you like, they are all just different versions of Fuck Off, the popular casino game where you give the house all your money and then you ... well, it's all in the name, really. Unless you're a team of MIT grad students like in the movie 21, you're probably not gonna beat the house.
Speaking of 21: Do you know why the movie's protagonists used blackjack to beat casinos? Because it has the best odds for players, giving them a 48 percent chance of winning. That is the best deal a casino can give you: a chance of success slightly lower than that of a coin toss. But let's imagine that you beat the odds and hit the jackpot. Celebrate quickly, because we'll get most of that money back before you leave the building.
"Ladies and gentlemen, before exiting the facility please deposit all winnings into our conveniently located 'banks.'"
Every casino is a giant Skinner Box that records and analyzes the behavior of patrons. That's how we've learned to only use smaller-denomination chips during payouts. So if you win, say, a thousand bucks, instead of giving you one $1,000 chip, we'll give you 10 $100 chips, because the human brain doesn't really understand the value of objects. All it really understands is quantity, and to it, 10 $100 chips is more than one $1,000 chip.
By splitting your money, we make you more likely to go for that one last bet before leaving, which of course quickly turns into the first of many bets you will make that night. Even our money cages are designed so that you have to walk past rows and rows of tables to make it to them. And with no clocks or natural sunlight anywhere in the building, well, let's just say your typical casino makes the island of the lotus-eaters look like a TGI Friday's.
Inhaling as you walk past roulette counts as a bet on red. Exhaling, black.
But You Can Rob The Casino Right Back, So Long As You Don't Gamble
Are you getting paid by check? Great, bring it over to the casino.
"Smart! I can save myself a lot of time if I just give them all my money at once!"
Most casinos will cash a personal check with no charge. Sometimes, they'll even throw in a drink or a free pull on the slot machines. This is, of course, meant to get you to stay and gamble, but if you have enough willpower to stop yourself from doing that, you'll be able to use a casino to your advantage and not vice-versa. Then there's the food: The buffet at the Mohegan Sun is probably the best cost-value dining option in about 40 miles. It's like $20 per person and there's some really great stuff: lamb chops, lobster, steaks, etc.
After the meal, you can enjoy the live, free bands. On weekends we actually get some pretty big names -- maybe not exactly the Billboard Top 100, but there's bound to be somebody exciting there sooner or later. Just don't get too excited. We have to clean that up, after all.
That tile was snow white when they put it in ... last month.
Cezary Jan Strusiewicz is a Cracked columnist, interviewer, and editor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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