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Stealing and the "Crappy Iron Cross"26 May 2015
My question: On a trip to play at a casino in Louisiana, I had an interesting and educational lesson that really raised many questions for me. Unfortunately, I'm not sure of the lesson learned! I am bilingual in English/Spanish and one such blackjack pit boss knows that. Late, late one evening (actually early morning) the pit boss at the request of security asked (begged) me to help security with a serious issue involving some patrons that spoke only Spanish. I was glad to help so I worked as an interpreter for casino security for an hour or more.
The issue being dealt with by casino security involved basically a patron who stole a slot machine ticket from the machine that another patron was playing. Security was able to catch the person who stole the ticket cashing the ticket (it was a sizable amount) through video security cameras. According to the sheriff's department who was called in by casino security, the thieves (there were at least two scammers working together) were professional at this scam and simply just trolled the casinos looking for victims at slot machines.
Here is my lesson and my questions out of this experience. After all was said and done, the poor innocent slot player who had his slot ticket stolen just flat lost his money he had won at the slot machine! The sheriff and casino security could not take the money away from the thief even though video showed her stealing the ticket and cashing it. The sheriff said the innocent patron could file charges against the thief but that's it!
When playing blackjack or craps or any table game, are your playing chips really protected when you leave the table for a quick restroom break and leave the chips at the table? What if you come back to find chips missing or completely gone? What then? Based on the experience I just shared above, I believe a player could be out of luck! Is this so? Based on that one experience where I assisted by interpreting, at least at this particular casino, I fear the answer is not good for the player.
Thank you for any thoughts you may have to share with me and all readers of your column.
FRANK RESPONDS: Even if the dealer or floor person or pit boss tells you to leave your chips on the table, they and the casino are not responsible for them. Someone comes over to steal them and does actually steal them; you are as screwed as the slot player you wrote about. This holds true for all casinos, not just the one you wrote about.
By the way, you should have asked for a comp for a room and a meal since you were so helpful in giving your time. That might sound less than generous but they used your skill to help them. Now they should help you.
I believe you should always take your chips with you. Leave a dollar chip (if you have to reserve a space) but color up and bring the rest with you. Those chips? That’s your money. Someone steals them; they are stealing from you, not the casino. They are cash in a different form.
For your great e-mail I am sending you a copy of my book “The Virgin Kiss” and a copy of my book “I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack.”
FROM GEORGE: Frank, while in Vegas I recently met a player who was using a method called the "Crappy Iron Cross." I watched him play it for a while and he was winning. What are your thoughts on this strategy? This is how it works just in case, he plays $42 on the Don't Pass; then after the Come Out roll he buys all the numbers across the board hedging all his bets including the field. The only thing that could hurt him was the Come Out roll, in which I thought if you played the 7 you were covered.
FRANK RESPONDS: There is a simple way to look at this method of betting. Just split all the bets among the players at the table. Will the casino have an edge or not? If not, quite quickly the casino will lose all its money.
Every bet this man is making has a house edge associated with it; an edge the method cannot overcome. My advice is to stick to the best bets at the game; they give you the best chance to come out ahead. Short-term wins such as this man had are not an indication of anything but luck. He’ll ultimately go down in flames.
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