I have heard that in
some casinos in Las Vegas, a pit boss will keep track of a dealer's gains
and losses on a per-shift basis, and the subsequent pit that they get
assigned to will be based on these numbers. Generally speaking, hot
dealers (dealers who are winning more than they are losing) will be
assigned the higher-limit tables. Two different dealers in one casino
told me how much pressure they were under to win. Is this true? Darrell
If it is, Darrell, you've got dimwits
running the insane asylum.
Dealers assigned to the high-limit table
games should be those with both experience and the ability to deal to
heavy action without feeling the pressure of the dollar denomination.
Unfortunately, some pit supervisors sweat the money as if it were their
own pirated loot and have been known to take the casino's losses out on
your friendly dealer. Quoting Forrest Gump: "Stupid is as stupid does."
Funny thing, Darrell, deep down, casino management knows the money, over time,
will always swing back the casino's way regardless of the dealer's
flaming wizardry. It is too bad that in some casinos heat from
management is still part of a dealer's job description.
Over the long
haul, the "hot" dealer for any casino is a dealer who can deal the most
hands per hour. Period! If I ran the asylum, give me a dealer who can
pitch plus pay and take with speed, not one who charts out having the
hot hand that day.
How do the dealers like
the Shufflemaster, and does it speed up the game? Joe L.
Speaking as a former dealer, most of us
dislike shuffling machines. Shuffling allows the dealer to catch his or
her breath, plus it breaks up the monotony of only pitching cards. Now,
speaking with my former casino management suit on, we love the
Shufflemaster because we can grind out more hands per hour on a game
that has a built-in house advantage.
Are progressive slot
machines programmed to hit different with the amount of coins played? I
have been told that the jackpot hits more often with one coin played.
Yes or No? Gene A.
Gene, you've got to start reading this
column more often. I have answered your question one way or another at
least six times this past year.
The definitive, absolute, conclusive
answer is NO. A jackpot will not hit more often if you play fewer coins.
Because a royal flush is
really only a straight flush with a fancy name (as well as the highest
straight flush), why then is it more powerful than five-of-a-kind on a
deuces wild machine? Dan H.
When was the last time you hit a royal
flush, Dan? I know plenty of video poker players who never have. The
odds of hitting a royal flush are almost 40,000 to 1.
five-of-a-kind hand uses four additional wild cards (deuces), making the
hand relatively easy to obtain. On a deuces wild pay table, five of a
kind ranks fourth behind a royal flush, four deuces and a wild royal
flush. You should be able to hit one by your second roll of quarters. A
royal flush can be elusive your entire lifetime.