Q Help me settle a discussion that a friend and I are having. I say that it is impossible for a pit boss to keep track of the amount of money that is bet on each hand. At best, he is making a bestBasil Nestor is the author of the new Playboy Complete Guide to Casino Gambling. This wonderful book teaches players how to avoid sucker bets and win more when playing gambling games. He is also the author of The Smarter Bet Guide series for video poker, slots, craps, and many other books about gambling. Basil's website is www.smarterbet.com
guess based on what he would expect to see the average player wager at a given table limit. The only way that it would be more accurate is if the player distinguished himself by asking for special attention or by making really large bets relative to the table limits. If you and I sit down at a table and I bet $30 per hand and you bet $50 per hand, at the end of our session, the casino would not place much of a distinction between you and me when it came to comps. My friend disagrees. What do you think?
A Players are rated differently based on their different average bets. Also, they're rated on their losses.
Most pit bosses and floorpeople are quite efficient at determining average bets. They get a lot of practice. Besides, it's easy to see the difference between two green chips and six red ones, or two greens vs. a green and red, or six reds vs. ten reds. Of course, it's tougher to estimate an average bet when a player is bouncing around between $25 and $150 per hand (or whatever), but that sort of spread begins to attract extra attention because the player may be counting.
Some players try to fool pit bosses by making big bets when the table is being observed, and then they dial back when the pit boss moves on. Sometimes this works, but many times it doesn't because a dealer will rat you out, or a pit boss will come by unexpectedly and see you betting reds when you were betting greens ten minutes earlier. Once you get the reputation of being a comp
whore, then the PB will watch you like a hawk. One way or another, the pit usually has a pretty good idea of how much you're betting and how much you're winning or losing. In fact, they even record how much you take off the table.
If you have any doubt about this, try it yourself. Bet $30 per hand for four hours, and see how you are rated. Then bet $50 for four hours and compare.