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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Comp Rolling

What is comp rolling?  A "comp roll" is when you try to get a food comp from a pit boss when you have not even spent one cent in the casino.  Now, how is this possible?  Comps are supposed to be based on time of play and average bet.  So, if you play blackjack for 3 hours and bet $50 a hand, each casino has formula to determine what you should be comped at.  Sounds fairly simple, right?

This is how to obtain a food comp from a pit boss if one has not gambled in the casino.  Please note:  This does not always work and you will get shot down.  But there is no harm in trying and the only person who will be irritated will be the pit boss (BFD).

  • Obtain a players club card -- you have to one of these.
  • Find a table games pit that is very busy -- this move will not work at a slow pit.
  • In a busy table games pit look for a pit boss who appears to be doing a bunch of tasks.  Try to find an "older pit boss" if possible.  I find that younger bosses are more attentive to detail and actually give a rip about their job.  The younger ones are more likely to check the computer and see you have not gambled one dime in the casino.
  • Interrupt the pit boss or motion the pit boss to come over and speak with you.  Usually they will visibily irritated or annoyed with you becauese you have interrupted them.  This is a good thing -- because they are very busy and have more important things to deal with than your stupid food comp.
  • Use the following line when speaking to the pit boss (you have to do some acting on this one):  "Can you check my card and see if I have earned enough points to get a sandwich at the deli?"
  • If the pit boss asks you what you are looking for then you have a chance.  "Looking for" means how much do you want?  I usually say "nothing big, just $10 or $15, so I can get something over at the deli." 
  • If he or she just takes your card and goes to the computer to check, then you are screwed.  They will come back and tell you have no balance for a comp.  Game over.
  • But remember, pit bosses are very busy.  For them to see if you have earned enough points for a $10 food comp at the deli is pain in the ass for them, especially if they have to look it up on the computer.  And from what I can tell, many pit bosses hate to have to look up stuff on the computer -- especially the older ones.
  • It is much easier for the pit boss to just give you the food comp and send you on your way -- especially the older bosses who find low level comps to be a complete waste of their time.  If you have worked it right, the pit boss will fill out a form for your comp, hand it to you, and you can go have a free lunch (or most of it paid for) at the deli.
Since I have moved to LV, I pulled this move about 5 times.  It is not something that can be done all the time, and if you ask for some outrageous comp -- like a dinner buffet, you will get shot down.  The key with this sort of comp roll is the small amount of the comp and how busy the pit boss is.

Good luck.  Below is a delicious large pizza ($16.00) that I brought home from the South Point courtesy of a comp roll.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Are You a Ploppy?

If you are coming to Las Vegas and planning to gamble, you need to ask yourself if you are a ploppy. 

So what is a ploppy?  Ploppy is a term coined by gambling author Frank Scoblete to describe a typical, uninformed gambler.  If you play casino games with a substantial house edge (like keno, the big wheel, slots), you are a ploppy.  If you play casino games that require some amount of skill or learning (like blackjack, poker), but you have not made so much as an effort develop your skills or learning of the game, you are a ploppy.  Casinos exist mainly because of ploppies.  Without ploppies, most casinos would be out of business!  For the most part, Las Vegas casinos (especially those on the Strip) are filled with ploppies.

Over the past 20 years the term ploppy has been mostly associated with blackjack players who have no clue what they doing and make complete asses of themselves at the table.  So for the purposes of this blog, I will focus on the game of blackjack.

If you are planning to visit Las Vegas and play blackjack, take the following "quiz."  Read each statement and check off if the statement applies to your knowledge or perceptions of blackjack.  If you even check off even one of the following statements, you are a considered a ploppy and need to do some research and studying about blackjack before you play.  Ready to go?

_____ You do not understand the difference between 6/5 Blackjack as opposed to 3/2 Blackjack.

_____ You play 6/5 Blackjack as opposed to 3/2 Blackjack.

_____ You play Blackjack where the cards are shuffled by a continuous auto-shuffler machine.

_____ You have never studied or taken the time to learn Blackjack basic strategy.

_____ You think that the dealer has some control over what cards are dealt.

_____ You think the position of the card cut determines whether you win or lose.

_____ You think the playing strategies of other players cause you to frequently lose.

_____ You think there are “lucky” seats at the table that get better cards.

_____ When dealt a 10 and 6 (16) against a dealer 10, you hit or stand based on a “hunch” or “gut feeling.”

_____ You do not understand what insurance is when a dealer has an Ace up.

_____ You think that card counting is memorizing all the cards that have been dealt.

Like I said, if you checked off even one of the statements above, you are a ploppy.  You need to do some studying and research about the game of blackjack before you play.  Remember, ploppies are the life blood of the casino.  Don't be a ploppy.

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Worst Casino Promotion Ever...

Tip of the cap to The Orleans Hotel. They sent this promotion to me in the mail in March. Casinos in LV send out promotions to locals all the time. Some are good, some are bad, but this one might be the worst ever. Below is a scan of the mailer The Orleans sent to me. It says to come and pick up "a free gift" on a particular date. Notice that the crap they are giving is left over from Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. Are you kidding me? Like I am going to drive over to this place and pick any of this junk. Nice job marketing dept. of The Orleans Hotel.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Old Guys Rule...

Actually, the saying should read "Old Billionaire Guys Rule." This posting is dedicated to Phil Ruffin -- owner of the Treasure Island (TI) Hotel and Casino. Mr. Ruffin is a billionaire and one of the richest men in the country. He is also married to a Ukrainian supermodel --Oleksandra Nikolayenko, who is forty plus years younger than him! Tip of the cap to Mr. Ruffin, may you have many happy years ahead!

Update for this post:  Mr. Ruffin and his lovely wife now have a baby son.  Congratulations to the proud mother and father.  For more info please go here: