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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

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Perusing casino employment websites will occasionally yield some amusing jobs and/or job descriptions.  Please see below...

Job Title:   Surveillance Operator
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On Call
21 and over


  • Maintains strict confidentiality for the company when conducting observations and investigations.
  • Changes VHS cassettes tapes and video cassette recorders (VCRs) used by the department.
  • Operates CCTV/digital equipment to conduct surveillance.
  • Uses computer and associated hardware to complete documentation.
  • Writes and prepares daily reports and logs.

  • At least 2 years of gaming/surveillance experience.
  • Knowledge of all Table Games, Slots, and Cage procedures.
  • Basic knowledge of card counting systems.
  • Excellent telephone etiquette and communication skills.
  • A High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Able to communicate effectively in English both verbal and written.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Access preferred.
  • Previous experience working in a similar resort setting.
Is this job description for real?

The Bellagio is still using VHS tapes and VCR's to record casino activity?  You have got to be kidding...  How is it possible that one of the most high end hotels in Las Vegas is still using VHS tapes?  Same equipment when Steve Wynn opened the joint?  Come on now...  You can't make this shit up.  How can the Bellagio not be all digital w/ all video saved to computer hard drives for all their casino surveillance?

My next question is this:  The only education required for the position is a high school diploma or equivalent?  That's it?  Not even a community college degree?  So the "eye in the sky" is manned by employees with the bare minimum of education in the USA?  Come on now....

Basic knowledge of card counting systems?  So if I have read "Beat the Dealer" or "Blackjack for Blood" does that qualify?  No wonder casinos toss out non counters who just get lucky and go on a big run for a few decks.

I would love to know what the hourly rate of pay is for this position...  I am going to speculate at around $11 an hour.


  1. The amount of legacy equipment is indeed surprising, though in this case it may include a legacy job description as well. Some cameras are still black and white and some have no zoom pan or tilt ability at all. Not all surveillance is in color and digitally streamed to offsite hard drives. The best and newest (The M Resort) pays slightly more than other places for surveillance personnel but it is indeed a "hire and hope you find someone with real talent for it before burn out sets in". The job is BORING and you need only look at the incident with the UNshuffled cards in 2-A sequence at the GN in ACY to realize how truly asleep some surveillance people can be. Students of music and art used to be favored as Summer Hires but now everyone just wants a Warm Body up there because thats all the regs really require. Some older casinos are limited in expansion by architecture and code consideration because the Board's surveillance regs can't be complied with as regards false ceilings, etc.

  2. I just noticed its "call board" so there is no guaranty of regular hours or not being sent home early. Probably 10.00 an hour.

  3. Stiff -- I always get some much crap when I say the "eye" is not all that... You have low paid HS graduates watching TV's hour after hour trying to figure out if some guy at 3rd base is counting or just getting lucky? It just shows that the perception of casino of security is just so removed from reality... JH

  4. Legacy equipment... what a great term. Describes some of the cocktail waitresses at Caesars.. LOL!