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25 Ways to Protect Yourself Against the BAD Guys in the Casinos! - Part 2

15 September 2001

Some casino games and some casino-hotel locales lend themselves much more readily to criminals preying upon us than do others. Gaming readers get great advice in handling the various games in the casino, but rarely do we get good advice about how to handle the variety of games criminals might play upon us in and out of the casinos. Considering that there are two ways to lose your money in a casino: One, by having bad luck when the casino's edge defeats you, and two, by having even worse luck when some criminal steals whatever money you might have won after you had good luck, here are 25 ways to protect us (the good guys) against them (the bad guys).

1. Pocket Watch. In a casino, men, you should never keep your wallets in your back pockets. Get a shirt with a pocket in front that buttons and keep your money in there. Some savvy craps players even keep a "dummy" wallet in their back pockets. The Captain does this. He keeps his money in his front shirt pocket, double-buttoned, but he has a nice big, fat wallet in his back pocket as well. He figures that if he's confronted by a thief inside a casino, the thief will automatically go for the wallet, get it and run. If the Captain's wallet is stolen, the criminal finds himself with shredded paper instead of big bills and a note that reads: "Why don't you get a real job, creep?"

2. Purse Position. In a casino, women, never put your purse on the floor, or on the drink shelf that surrounds the craps table at thigh level, or between slot machines. Doing so is an invitation to long-armed thieves. Keep your purse wrapped securely around your shoulder. Some blackjack tables now come equipped with a "purse holder" that fits into the space between the felt and the cushion. You can wrap your purse strings around it and anyone trying to take it will have to steal the entire table as well. Or keep your purse on your lap covered by your arm, or keep it in your hands. The bottom line is to make the thief realize that it is going to take quite an effort to dislodge you from your purse.

3. Strapped for Cash. Women, for casino, hotel and tourist purposes get a small pocketbook that you double strap to your shoulder whenever you go for a stroll. In fact, if you have a coat, always keep your purse under your coat so that any would-be purse snatcher has to get through the coat first. Wrap the straps around your arm twice. By double strapping your purse, anyone who tries to take it will have to take you with it. The beautiful A.P.'s Aunt Katherine has an odd ploy that she has developed to confuse would-be purse snatchers. She usually carries three pocketbooks! The purse snatcher only has a one in three chance of getting the right one and the right one is usually under her coat!

4. Chip Arrangements. Craps players of either sex: when you arrange your chips in the rack in front of you, do so as the casino does -- put your highest denomination chips in the center, your lowest on the ends, and everything else in between. Always ask for $10 worth of one dollar chips and put five on one end and five on the other end. If you have two racks, ask for $20 and put five and five, five and five. Railbirds -- which is what those predators are called who try to steal chips from unsuspecting craps players usually while the player is shooting -- take the chips that are on the outside. It is very difficult to remove chips in the center of the chip rack as these are tightly bunched together and right in front of you. Chances are railbirds won't be interested in your dollar chips and will move on. Blackjack players, you should put small-denomination chips on top of large-denomination chips. This will prevent "palmers" from being able to get to the big money when they distract you.

5. Beware the Watchers. Don't let strangers watch the game from over your shoulder. For example, craps is a game that normally attracts onlookers. But if someone is getting too close to you, just ask the floorperson to tell the individual to move back. Usually thieves don't like to have any attention paid to them and they will quickly move on. Alerting the floorperson will also give you a pair of eyes that can look the folks behind you square in the face.

In the next part of this article, Frank lists five more ways to protect yourself in the casino.

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Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players

> More Books By Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

> More Books By Frank Scoblete