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Living the Highlife of High Rolling Gambler…
We aren’t talking about the small tuna in the sea, not even the sharks. We’re talking the WHALES, also known as the super high rollers. Super high rollers have been known to spend millions at a casino, in some cases even in a single sitting. They are the superstars at any casino and are treated like royalty by the management.
These Whales have all the perks that us little gamblers could only dream of. We might think we are something special with a comp room here and there and a free meal, but nothing compares to what the mega gamblers are offered. Being a highroller is a status, it is the top of the heap. These players are offered everything from penthouse suites to private jets. All meals are comped and in some cases even a cash allowance during your stay. A super roller who brings a companion just might get some nice perks too, like a nice fat check to shop.
But among all the glitz, glamour and prestige, there is risk involved. Not only for the gambler, but for the casino as well. A whale can’t simply walk into a casino and start betting huge amounts of cash. This all takes planning between the casino and them. An agreement and contract are made before the player sits down to gamble. The player stands to lose a lot of cash and so does the casino. One might think that any casino would be more than happy to have a player come in with a suitcase full of millions, but if the house loses, that’s a huge loss for the casino.
Most of the casinos encourage the whale to stay and play. Offering them anything they need, including lots of cocktails. Some whales have actually placed law suits against casinos claiming they pushed so much liquor on them that their judgement to quit was impaired.
I am not so sure that is fair to sue a casino because some highroller got drunk and lost millions. I would call that more of a sore loser. Who do you think should be responsible for their actions, the casino who encourages the gambler to stay at the table or the player who doesn’t know when to quit.
Sounds like you have been there and done that Usne!
People have to take personal responsibility. If the casino is flying you in on their private jet, comping you rooms and drinks and shopping and whatnot, then you would have to be a complete idiot to not know why they were doing it. And if you have enough money to be a high roller then chances are you're not a complete idiot, unless you're paris hilton.
The only exception I can think of is when the casino knows that the high roller has a gambling problem or addiction. I remember reading about a case where a casino was working this guy over even after he had asked for self exclusion. That sort of thing is inexcusable.
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I have to agree with Ed on this one.
Making money ain't easy, and if you've made enough over the years to act, play and take services from casinos like a highroller, you cannot excuse yourself based on your bad judgement. Besides, no one's forcing you to drink, eat, and bet high amounts - you're doing that yourself, so I guess you should be taken responsible for your own actions.
No highroller here Ed, but i have seen them first hand. I remember being in Vegas once and a guy walked in the casino and up to the roulette table. He had the table to himself and it was roped off. He had bodyguards with him and a briefcase full of markers.
He sat just a couple tables away from me and i asked the dealer at my table who he was. He said he was a Texan oil tycoon. I found it strange he was sitting amongst the "little gamblers" and not in a private area where i am sure these big shots play. So i asked the dealer why he was playing out on the main floor and he said the guy likes the excitement around him and the casino atmosphere.
I never did know how much he won or loss but one thing for certain he did not stay long at all! I couldn't help but think to myself if i could have that briefcase and its worth, it would be life changing. Instead........chances are he lost it and not a thing to show for it.
Had he given it to me........he would of made someone very happy!
You should have gone all Bond girl, slid on over and offered to place a few bets for him. Might have got a tip ...
I'm with Ed on this one, a girl like yourself Usne could get a niiiiiice, fat tip for a golden pick!
Hahahahha!! You couldn't get within a 20 foot radius with the bodyguards forming a blockade around him. There was not one or even two bodyguards, but several. Although i have to admit it did cross my mind to drop a chip on the floor in eye shot of him and bend down oh so ooo la la
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