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Thời Gian Nên Đi Campuchia?
Thời gian lý tưởng nhất để đi Campuchia là từ tháng 11 đến tháng 4 năm sau (mùa khô). Mát mẻ nhất là từ tháng 12 đến tháng 2. Tháng 4 trúng dịp Tết của người Khmer nên ở Campuchia có rất nhiều lễ hội. Mình đi cuối tháng 8, thỉnh thoảng vẫn hay có mưa rào, thời tiết khó đoán.
Đi Campuchia Mấy Ngày Thì Đủ?
Tùy quỹ thời gian, bạn có thể chọn lịch trình như dưới đây: 2 ngày 1 đêm: vòng quanh thủ đô Phnom Penh. 3 ngày 2 đêm: (1) Siem Reap - Phnompenh, (2) Sihanuokville - Kohrong, (3) Cao nguyên Bokor - Phnompenh. 4 ngày 3 đêm: (1) Bokor - Phnompenh - Sihanouk, (2) Siemreap - Phnompenh. Tụi mình đi từ Nam ra Bắc, mất thời gian trên xe khá nhiều nên đi 6 ngày 5 đêm.
Cần Chuẩn Bị Những Gì Khi Đến Campuchia?
-Tiền tệ: Như rất nhiều bài review khác, thì mình vẫn phải nói sơ qua về đồng tiền Riel của Campuchia. Campuchia bị “đô-la hóa” nên dễ nhớ nhất bạn quy đổi tiền theo công thức 1$ ~ 4000 riel ~ 24 000 tiền Việt. Đổi sẵn đô ở Việt Nam, tiền Việt mang theo có thể dùng được ở Phnompenh, đổi thêm ít tiền riel lẻ để dễ giao dịch. - Sim/ internet: mình mua khi qua khỏi cửa khẩu Campuchia, sim card Melfone tổng 5$ free internet 7 ngày. Trang phục: gọn nhẹ, nhớ áo khoác và khăn trùm, kem chống nắng toàn thân, mũ rộng vành. Style thông thường là Bohemian, sặc sỡ một chút càng tốt, màu sắc đỏ và vàng là an toàn nhất. Ở đâu khi đến Campuchia? Mình khoanh vùng trung tâm để các bạn dễ book nơi ở, tiết kiệm chi phí và thời gian đi lại: - Phnom Penh: Thủ đô hiện tại của Campuchia, giao thông thuận lợi, đường xá rất đẹp. Khu vực trung tâm là gần cung điện Hoàng Gia, Bảo tàng Quốc gia. Tụi mình ở RS III Hostel, cách Cung điện 500m, một hostel mới xây, hiện đại, có thang máy, nhân viên hiểu nhu cầu của khách ở, tư vấn và phục vụ chu đáo. Nói chung, chất lượng vượt xa giá tiền. 15$/3 người/3 giường. - Sihanoukville: Tỉnh này hiện tại đang là một “đại công trường” do làn sóng đầu tư của Trung Quốc biến nơi đây thành một phố Casino khổng lồ. Đường xá rất tệ, xe công trình rất nhiều nên tắt đường hầu như là 24/7. Mọi người đến đây thường đi tàu thẳng qua đảo Kohrong và Kohrong Samloem. Nhưng nếu phải ở lại 1 đêm thì nên chọn khách sạn cạnh bến tàu Serendipity (ngay khách sạn Yasmine) để dễ di chuyển. Tụi mình đã sai lầm khi chọn Resort Harmony Home cách đó 10km (đi taxi mất 1 tiếng mới đến): 1 300 000 đồng/đêm. Kohrong Samloem: Một hòn đảo toàn cát, resort nằm san sát trên cát, không có đường nhựa. Nên chọn chỗ nghỉ cạnh bến tàu đỗ, hoặc là bạn sẽ tốn khoảng 3-5 đô di chuyển bằng taxi boat đến resort. Ngoài ra tùy resort, họ sẽ cử tàu đến đón khách nếu trong chính sách đặt phòng có ghi. Tụi mình ở Paradise Villas Koh Rong Samloem 25$/đêm. - Siem Reap: So ra thì khách sạn ở Siem reap vẫn rẻ đẹp và phong phú nhất. Trung tâm là Pub Street, đặt khách sạn có khoảng cách đi bộ ra đây dưới 500m là ổn. Tụi mình ở Opps Hostel 360 000 đồng/đêm.
Ở Đâu Khi Đến Campuchia?
Mình khoanh vùng trung tâm để các bạn dễ book nơi ở, tiết kiệm chi phí và thời gian đi lại: - Phnom Penh: Thủ đô hiện tại của Campuchia, giao thông thuận lợi, đường xá rất đẹp. Khu vực trung tâm là gần cung điện Hoàng Gia, Bảo tàng Quốc gia. Tụi mình ở RS III Hostel, cách Cung điện 500m, một hostel mới xây, hiện đại, có thang máy, nhân viên hiểu nhu cầu của khách ở, tư vấn và phục vụ chu đáo. Nói chung, chất lượng vượt xa giá tiền. 15$/3 người/3 giường. - Sihanoukville: Tỉnh này hiện tại đang là một “đại công trường” do làn sóng đầu tư của Trung Quốc biến nơi đây thành một phố Casino khổng lồ. Đường xá rất tệ, xe công trình rất nhiều nên tắt đường hầu như là 24/7. Mọi người đến đây thường đi tàu thẳng qua đảo Kohrong và Kohrong Samloem. Nhưng nếu phải ở lại 1 đêm thì nên chọn khách sạn cạnh bến tàu Serendipity (ngay khách sạn Yasmine) để dễ di chuyển. Tụi mình đã sai lầm khi chọn Resort Harmony Home cách đó 10km (đi taxi mất 1 tiếng mới đến): 1 300 000 đồng/đêm. Kohrong Samloem: Một hòn đảo toàn cát, resort nằm san sát trên cát, không có đường nhựa. Nên chọn chỗ nghỉ cạnh bến tàu đỗ, hoặc là bạn sẽ tốn khoảng 3-5 đô di chuyển bằng taxi boat đến resort. Ngoài ra tùy resort, họ sẽ cử tàu đến đón khách nếu trong chính sách đặt phòng có ghi. Tụi mình ở Paradise Villas Koh Rong Samloem 25$/đêm. - Siem Reap: So ra thì khách sạn ở Siem reap vẫn rẻ đẹp và phong phú nhất. Trung tâm là Pub Street, đặt khách sạn có khoảng cách đi bộ ra đây dưới 500m là ổn. Tụi mình ở Opps Hostel 360 000 đồng/đêm. Phương tiện di chuyển khi ở Campuchia - Trong thành phố: Grab đã phủ sóng Campuchia, nên bạn có thể tải app và đặt Tuktuk đi. Rẻ hơn nhiều so với đi Grabtaxi hoặc Grabbike vì một chiếc Tuktuk chở được 2-3 người. Nếu chở thêm hành lý, nhớ chọn Remorque Tuktuk. Riêng ở tỉnh Sihanoukville không có Grab, thì bạn có thể dùng thêm 1 app đặt xe khác của riêng Campuchia là Passapp. Ở Sihanoukville đang thi công công trường nên đường xá rất xấu, nên tài xế Passapp thường đòi giá cao hơn so với số tiền hiển thị trên app, bạn có thể trả giá. Thuê xe máy/xe đạp: 6$-8$/xe/ngày, không khuyến khích vì giao thông ở Campuchia khá phức tạp. - Liên tỉnh: xe bus ngồi ở Campuchia chất lượng, thoải mái hơn so với ở Việt Nam. Riêng xe giường nằm thì hơi chật vật một chút vì toàn bộ xe là giường đôi, hai người một khoang, khá chật, chỉ nằm dài như con nhộng mới đủ chỗ. Trước khi book xe nhân viên sẽ hỏi giới tính để xếp chỗ nằm cho hợp lý nên hoàn toàn yên tâm khoản abcyx kia. Toàn bộ các chặng ở Campuchia, mình book hãng xe Virak Buntham. Ưu điểm: đặt xe online trước trên website virakbuntham.com, bến xe ở trung tâm thành phố, nhiều chuyến. + Sài Gòn - Phnompenh (Kumho): 10$ + Phnom Penh - Sihanouk: 12$ + Sihanouk - Siem Reap: 13$ + Siem Reap - Phnom Penh: 11$ + Phnom Penh - Sài Gòn (Kumho): 11$ - Đi tàu ra đảo: đặt và thanh toán trước trên speedferrycambodia.com. 21$/1 người khứ hồi.
Phương Tiện Di Chuyển Khi Ở Campuchia
- Trong thành phố: Grab đã phủ sóng Campuchia, nên bạn có thể tải app và đặt Tuktuk đi. Rẻ hơn nhiều so với đi Grabtaxi hoặc Grabbike vì một chiếc Tuktuk chở được 2-3 người. Nếu chở thêm hành lý, nhớ chọn Remorque Tuktuk. Riêng ở tỉnh Sihanoukville không có Grab, thì bạn có thể dùng thêm 1 app đặt xe khác của riêng Campuchia là Passapp. Ở Sihanoukville đang thi công công trường nên đường xá rất xấu, nên tài xế Passapp thường đòi giá cao hơn so với số tiền hiển thị trên app, bạn có thể trả giá. Thuê xe máy/xe đạp: 6$-8$/xe/ngày, không khuyến khích vì giao thông ở Campuchia khá phức tạp. - Liên tỉnh: xe bus ngồi ở Campuchia chất lượng, thoải mái hơn so với ở Việt Nam. Riêng xe giường nằm thì hơi chật vật một chút vì toàn bộ xe là giường đôi, hai người một khoang, khá chật, chỉ nằm dài như con nhộng mới đủ chỗ. Trước khi book xe nhân viên sẽ hỏi giới tính để xếp chỗ nằm cho hợp lý nên hoàn toàn yên tâm khoản abcyx kia. Toàn bộ các chặng ở Campuchia, mình book hãng xe Virak Buntham. Ưu điểm: đặt xe online trước trên website virakbuntham.com, bến xe ở trung tâm thành phố, nhiều chuyến. + Sài Gòn - Phnompenh (Kumho): 10$ + Phnom Penh - Sihanouk: 12$ + Sihanouk - Siem Reap: 13$ + Siem Reap - Phnom Penh: 11$ + Phnom Penh - Sài Gòn (Kumho): 11$ - Đi tàu ra đảo: đặt và thanh toán trước trên speedferrycambodia.com: 21$/1 người khứ hồi.
Đi Đâu Sống Ảo Khi Ở Campuchia?
PHNOMPENH: - Cung điện Hoàng Gia, Chùa Vàng/Chùa Bạc (Royal Palace): một trong những điểm phải đi khi đến Phnompenh, đây là nơi sinh hoạt của nhà vua và gia đình. Giờ mở cửa 7:30-11:30/ 14:00-17:00. - Bảo tàng quốc gia: cạnh cung điện. - Đền tưởng niệm độc lập. - Đền Wat Phnom: ngôi chùa gắn liền với cái tên thủ đô Phnom Penh và rất thiêng liêng với người Campuchia. - Cánh Đồng Chết (Killing Fields): ngôi mộ tập thể khổng lồ của nạn nhân do Khmer Đỏ giết hại. Ở đây có một điều khá hay là bạn hoàn toàn được hướng dẫn bằng máy móc, đeo tai nghe theo ngôn ngữ mình muốn nghe, đến từng điểm sẽ có tiếng thuyết minh phát lên. Khá rùng rợn và hay ho. - Golden Temple Wat Kean Kleang: ngôi chùa có màu vàng đặc trưng - Phnom Penh Factory: một tổ hợp khu làm việc, nhà xưởng, quán cà phê,.. Kết hợp với không gian nghệ thuật sắp đặt, vẽ tường ấn tượng. - Central Market, hoặc Russian Market: chợ lớn ở Phnompenh. - Casino Nagaworld: tham quan tự do. Lưu ý không chụp hình khu vực khách đánh bài. KOHRONG SAMLOEM: - Đi dạo, chụp ảnh các resort trên bãi biển vịnh Saracen. - Trekking qua Lazy Beach.Tắm hoặc lặn ngắm san hô. SIEM REAP: - Quần thể di tích Angkor Wat: quần thể di tích đền đài nổi tiếng bậc nhất. - Làng nổi Tonle Sap: tham quan cuộc sống và sinh hoạt những con người sống trên mặt hồ. - Chùa Wat Preah Prom Rath: ngôi chùa 500 tuổi với tượng Phật nằm.
Lịch Trình Chi Tiết Chuyến Đi Campuchia Tự Túc 6 Ngày 5 Đêm
Ngày 1: Sáng: 7g xuất bến Kumho. Nhớ mua thêm đồ ăn trên xe vì xe chạy nghỉ rất ít. - Chiều: Đúng 2g chiều có mặt tại Phnom Penh. Bắt Grab về RS III Hostel. 4g tham quan đền Wat Phnom. - Tối: Sau đó đi lang thang tới Chợ đêm ăn vặt. Ghé casino Nagaworld tham quan. Ngày 2: - Sáng: ăn sáng tại Phở Lock gần hostel. 8g bắt Tuktuk qua Cung điện Hoàng gia. 10g tham quan Phnom Penh Factory. - Trưa: Về lại ăn trưa tại Phở Lock. - Chiều: Grab ra bến xe Virak Buntham để 14g30 xuất phát đi Sihanoukville. - Tối: 21g tới bến xe. Ăn uống và bắt xe Passapp về Resort nghỉ ngơi. Ngày 3: - Sáng: Checkout Harmony Home. - Trưa: 11g30 lên tàu đi Kohrong Samloem. - Chiều: đến đảo. Liên hệ quầy vé tàu để xác nhận lại ngày về và giờ về lại đất liền. Đi taxi boat qua Paradise Villas nhận phòng. Tự do tắm bãi Saracen trước Resort. - Tối: ăn tối tại nhà hàng. Ngày 4: Sáng: Check out gửi hành lý. 10g trekking qua Lazy Beach. Chiều: 14g về lại resort ăn trưa. 16g lên tàu qua lại đất liền. Tối: 20g lên xe giường nằm đi Siemreap. Ngủ đêm trên xe. Ngày 5: Sáng: 8g tới bến xe. Tại đây có rất nhiều bác tài mời chở đi Angkor. Bạn có thể trả giá. Tụi mình trả từ 20$ xuống còn 15$, đi từ 10g sáng tới 5g chiều. Bắt tuktuk về Opps Hostel gửi hành lý. 10g gọi bác tài đến đón đi tham quan quần thể Angkorwat. Chiều: 17g về lại hostel. Tối: ra pub street ăn uống và đi dạo. 24g00: lên xe về lại Phnompenh. Ngày 6: Sáng: 6g tới Phnom Penh. Tuktuk ra Golden Temple. Trưa: ra Central Market ăn trưa, mua đồ lưu niệm. Chiều: 14g30 lên xe về lại Sài Gòn. Tối: xe dừng ăn Bánh canh Trảng Bàng, Tây Ninh. 21g30 có mặt ở Sài Gòn. Kết thúc chuyến đi.
Đi Campuchia Ăn Gì?
Vì lịch trình dày nên mình không có nhiều thời gian để kiếm quán ăn, chủ yếu ăn tại khách sạn, hoặc ra thẳng chợ đêm ăn. Campuchia ăn chua cay, khẩu vị gần với người Việt. Các món tiêu biểu có thể điểm danh qua là: Hủ tiếu Nam Vang, món ăn từ côn trùng, nước mía (ly siêu to khổng lồ), mắm bồ hóc, cà ri Khmer đỏ, mực nướng Ang dtray meuk.
Tổng Chi Phí Cho Chuyến Đi Campuchia Tự Túc 6 Ngày 5 Đêm
Dành cho 3 người là 6 500 000 đồng. Trong đó: Chỗ ở: 880 000 đồng, xe di chuyển 1 400 000 đồng, tàu đi đảo 540 000 đồng, vé tham quan: 900 000 đồng, grab đi lại trong thành phố 750 000 đồng, ăn uống 1 900 000 đồng. * Lưu ý: - Mua sắm ở chợ, đi xe tuktuk...đều phải trả giá. Họ thường thách từ 2-3 lần. - Trên tàu đi đảo Kohrong, chú ý nghe nhân viên báo bến (next stop) sắp đỗ, nếu không muốn bị lỡ bến và vòng lại đất liền. Cường Quốc Phạm- Tophomestay.vn - Lưu ý. Tại chuyên mục kinh nghiệm du lịch nội dung bài viết và hình ảnh thuộc về bản quyền của Cường Quốc Phạm, fb/cuongkhiii. Mọi sao chép cần ghi rõ nguồn, tên tác giả, cùng với liên kết về nội dung tương ứng tại Tophomestay.vn.
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I have a ton of stories from my days of dealing in the underground clubs in New York. I now live in Vegas and work here full time in the poker industry. I often get asked by the players here in Vegas to tell some stories of my club days. Maybe poker will find it interesting as well. This all started in 2006. Fox's Club - 1.1 A bit of some background about me -- I basically grew up in the poker world. My grandmother was a playedealer decades ago (her boyfriend ran a large club in Queens, NY) and she started teaching me 7 Stud, 5-Card Draw Hi, and NL Hold'Em starting when I was 6 years old. We would play with a cheap Hoyle chipset she had purchased from the local grocery store. Occasionally, I even beat her — I’ll never be sure to this day if she let me win, but I’ll always hold those memories close. Poker was something we always did together and did often. It would be unusual to see my Grandma without a deck of cards on her. As I got older, my whole family would play together. When I reached middle and high school, I would host multi-table $20-$50 buy-in tournaments at my house and there would be about 40-50 of us at my house playing poker, socializing, eating, and doing what kids do. We were all terrible and had no idea what we were doing, but we were all having fun and little did I know it, but I was getting a taste of what was to come in terms of my career later on in life. When I hit 16 years old, a friend of mine from high school — Joey — who had gone off to college in Queens at St. John’s had come back home for the summer. He had been introduced to a very large and popular underground club in College Point, NY. At the time, he was making a regular income from playing small stakes MTT’s on Full Tilt instead of having a regular job during college, and naturally found his way into live poker. This was my first introduction to the underground poker world. In addition to playing online with him, I accompanied him and a couple of his college buddies one night to play $1/$3 NL at a live underground club. I was able to play because I had made some substantial money from running and eventually selling my own web hosting business while in high school. My other passion that I had started learning from a very young age was computer programming. I was coding in Visual Basic by 11 years old because a friend of my father’s, who was a software developer, had decided that I had shown some aptitude for the field and took an interest in mentoring me. I was lucky to have been given the opportunity of his time, teachings, books, etc. Anyway, off we went to Fox’s Club — Fox was the connected mob guy who owned the club. The game was protected and everyone knew it. It was a very social place. If you’ve ever been to an underground club, then you know that the quality of the customer service and experience can vary greatly from game to game. Fox’s game was the creme of the crop, it was absolutely top notch. It ran everyday, night and day. It was located in a large, multi-story industrial lot which sat right near a main intersection, which meant lots of traffic — a very good thing because the traffic to and from the game just blended in with the usual activity. When you pulled in, you could park anywhere you wanted out of the tens of dozens of spots. It didn’t matter where you parked anyway — I’ll get to why in a minute. Then, you would walk upstairs to the 2nd story to come stop in front of a giant steel door with a buzzer and several cameras positioned in front. When you rang the bell, they’d ask you who you were, you’d tell them how and who invited you, and in a minute or two you’d be buzzed in through the first steel door. After entering, you’d come to a second steel door with another camera positioned in front, which only opened from the inside. When you finally entered the room, it was gorgeous — clean, large, comfortable, and was equipped with everything you wanted in a club. A full-sized kitchen, multiple clean bathrooms (one even had a shower), a lounge area, a high limit room, waitresses, a bunch of large flat screen TV’s, and a smoking room among other things. The first thing you’d notice was that they had 6 high-quality poker tables paired with executive chairs, not including the one in the high-limit room. This club was spacious. As you walked in, a valet would ask for your keys and he would go fetch your vehicle and park it in an organized fashion amongst the others. You’d then make your way over to the podium and tell the floor which game you wanted to play — they usually had at least several games going — $1/$3, $2/$5, and $5/$10 NL and higher when it ran, but the much higher games were much more private. Strapped with $1,000 in cash on me, I request a seat in the $1/$3 game and eventually make my way onto the table. The max buy-in was $500, which I opted for because most stacks at the table were deep. It didn’t really matter anyway — this was my first time playing in an underground poker club and I was nervous as hell. I didn’t know how to act, was totally naive to my safety, I was 16 years old and I was clearly “the kid” in the club. I remember winning one of my first pots, and a mid-30’s Asian guy sitting next to me taps me on the shoulder. “Aren’t you going to tip the dealer?” “What do you mean? Are we supposed to do that?” “Of course, they work on tips. When you win a pot, toss them a buck, if it’s a big pot then maybe a redbird or two.” “Oh, uh… I see… I’m sorry, I didn’t know…” and I toss the dealer a buck. Over the course of the summer and playing there a dozen or so times, I began to take notice how much these dealers were making. Back then, in this particular club, dealers were well taken care of and I managed figure out that they were pulling in at least $1,000 per shift depending on their duties and how long they spent in the box. Some guys had multiple roles, would often spend time on the phone with players, some would work the cage area, some would floor other times, etc. The questioned then dawned upon me — why am I risking my money playing this game, when I could learn how to deal it and be guaranteed to make money without any risk? That was when I started to become friendly with Big Mike — one of the regular dealers. I wanted to deal and I wanted a job there… How was I going to make this happen? How could I pass up learning how to make $1k a night at a job that looked like it could be a lot of fun? To be continued… Fox’s Club — 1.2 Thinking about it now, the thought of a 16 year old kid wanting to learn how to deal poker in an underground club and actually turning out to be good at it… is just plain hilarious. But, I was determined to learn this skill, and even though I was a little naive about it, I made a promise to myself that I was going to study poker and poker dealing. When you’re that young, the problem is that your brain is not yet fully developed and no matter how mature and intelligent someone of that age can be, the fact remains that they have yet to gain “wisdom” — the kind which can only be acquired through time. I say this because I grossly underestimated the amount of time on the felt it really takes to become a solid, “A”-Dealer. But again, I had drive and determination to learn how to deal. I became friendly with Big Mike, got his phone number, and would text him whenever I wanted to come down to the club. I let him know that I wanted to learn how to deal and asked him how he learned. He told me that he had went to dealer school. I didn’t know such a thing existed. He wasn’t too enthusiastic about me learning how to deal, he said I was too young and didn’t know the game well enough yet. I came to the conclusion that Big Mike wasn’t going to help me, and sure enough, he never did in that regard. I kept him as a poker contact and would eventually be invited to other games and clubs by him, something that could be really helpful later on. With Big Mike not wanting to teach me, my plan was to go to Fox’s to play, and when I wasn’t in a hand I was going to study what the dealer was doing — what he did with his hands, how he shuffled, what he said, what he was constantly doing with the chips in his rack? This was how I discovered rake, by the way. I didn’t even know what rake was. At Fox’s, everybody paid $5 per half when the dealers would make their push. I thought that that was how they were making their money. What I didn’t know was that they were also taking a rake. There wasn’t a gator or dropbox for the rake. It didn’t sit out openly in front of the players as it does in casino card rooms. The dealer would quickly take out chips from the pot and they would go right into the well. Every half, the dealer that was pushing in would replace the well with the one they were carrying. The first time I saw the rake being taken, I was puzzled by what was happening and didn’t know what was going on. No-one else at the table ever seemed to say anything or even acknowledge it so I figured it must be okay. When I saw Big Mike go into the smoking lounge for his break, I got up from the table and went inside to ask him about it. He then educated me about rake and what it was. I was dumbfounded. This place must be making a sh*tload of money. 10% of the pot up to $25? I started to do the math on all the tables running, the time being taken every half hour, an average pot size for an average rake amount, and came up with an impressive number. Damn, what a lucrative business to be in. During the time I spent watching the dealer, I picked up lots of little things here and there, but ultimately just watching was not enough. I needed some proper instruction. I also knew I needed to learn how to “deal” the cards the way Big Mike did with that flick of his fingers — not knowing at the time that it was called “pitching the cards”. All of this information. All of these techniques. There must be some resources and information on poker dealing on the internet, right? I mean, if Big Mike went to a school that teaches how to deal poker, then there must be some info on where to go. I’d later on make a discovery that would make a huge impact on my life. So, I decided that moving forward, I was going to focus on getting better at the game while I spent my time at Fox’s. Maybe Big Mike was right. Maybe I didn’t know the game well enough yet. Instead of trying to learn how to deal there, I’ll just play the game and try and win as much money as I can. This didn’t turn out so well, however, as I was not yet a competent player. I had no live experience — I was very easy to read, made the mistake of engaging in table talk and failing at every verbal jousting I took part in, and I hadn’t yet been a real student of the game. I was learning the hard way through trial and error, which of course cost me tons of money. I didn’t always lose, because I wasn’t an idiot and was intelligent enough to realize that there actually is a skill component to this game. The Asian guy (from Part 1) in his mid 30’s, the one who politely taught me about tipping dealers, turned out to be a pretty cool guy. His name was Andy. When we first officially met, he asked me about which college I was going to and what major I was studying. “So, you in college? What are you studying?” “Actually, I’m still in high school. I haven’t decided yet which school I want to go to. I still have a couple of years left.” “What? How old are you, buddy?” “I’m 16, I’ll be 17 after the summer.” “So you can’t even drive, yet? Is that why you always come by with a friend?” “Yeah, I’m still saving up for a car. I think I’m gonna buy a used Mazda 6.” He was curious about where I was getting all of this money I had to play with at the tables. I told him about my computer background and web hosting business. He was impressed and I had earned his respect. He told me that he had initially thought that I was just another one of the college kids that came by to play — money from their parents, or playing with the extra college loan money that was left over and sent out as a check to students who got loans. We developed a kind of student-teacher relationship. He smoked a ton of cigarettes, and every time he did, I would join him in the smoking lounge and he would tell me his thoughts on how I played certain hands, point out mistakes I made, give me positive reinforcement on things I was doing correctly, pull me off the table when I would start to tilt, and overall just looked out for me. Andy was a very good player as well, judging by the fact that he consistently won and could always give me a logical reason and argument to why I should do things a certain way. Other people who tried to teach me the game would say things like “You should have raised on the turn”, and when I asked “Why?”, I would always get the same response — “Because you lost the hand”. That made no sense at all to me. That’s not an answer, it doesn’t answer the question at all. That’s just another way of saying that if I was a psychic and could predict the future, the way I could have won the hand was by knowing what the outcome was and making the right play. Andy would say things like “You should have raised on the turn”, and when I asked, “Why?” He would say things like “Well, why did you decide to call instead of raise? Did you even consider raising at all? Did you consider folding? What did you think he was betting into you with? You had a set of 9’s on a board that had one broadway card and two flush draws”. That was when I realized that I wasn’t even thinking much about what the other guys had, I was just playing my own cards and when I didn’t make hands, I would try and bluff, sometimes successfully and sometimes not so much. I was starting to learn the game from a thinking player’s perspective. Andy had been playing poker for a long time already and was an underground grinder. After graduating from college with a degree in finance, he got a job at some firm but eventually left to pursue poker. Between his investments and playing poker full time, that was how he made his income. He played in tons of games and clubs all around New York and was what you would call an underground pro. At the time, if you were a competent player, it was quite easy to make money in those games. There were tons of fish and people who would literally donate money. In the beginning, I was one of them. So were Joey and his college buddies. Joey was a decent online MTT player — skilled enough to consistently cash in small tournaments — but he wasn’t very good at playing cash games. Especially live cash games. He was too easy to read. So was I — absolutely awful at hiding tells, let alone knowing what those tells were. I remember one particular session at Fox’s where I was running like God. I had turned $500 into nearly $4,000. I was getting super lucky, super quickly. I’ll never forget this session as it was the first time I walked out of Fox’s with a huge wad of cash in my pocket. And it started off with the first hand I played that night. I always waited to play until I was in the big blind, something Andy advised me to do, as you couldn’t come in for free behind the button, not that I even knew what that was at the time. Forgive my recollection of this hand, it’s rough at best, it was over a decade ago, but it was the first time I saw how brutal poker could be. There was a raise to $15, a re-raise to $50, a call, another call, and I look down in the big blind at T9ss. I was still superstitious at the time and always played my first hand, no matter what it was. So I called and the original raiser called as well. 5 players. The flop comes TT9 with two clubs, and I check. There’s a bet of $150, then the next guy jams, the next guy also jams, another all-in, and at this point I remember thinking to myself — holy sh*t — I quickly call, so does the guy in front of me. I then turn my hand over. What does it matter? Everybody is all in, give me the money baby! Everyone else follows suit, and tables their holdings wondering what the hell is going on here. We’ve got a 5-way all-in, something I’d never seen before — AK of clubs, pocket aces, pocket 9’s, and QJ, which I’m fairly sure was suited. I’d be lying if I told you what happened after this point. My body was overflowing with adrenaline. The dealer does his work and the next thing I know I have $2.5k in front of me and some really pissed off people sitting next to me. As the session continues, within the next few orbits I manage to pick up pocket aces and pocket kings, stack two players, and it was at this point that I had around $4,000 in front of me. Like I said, running like God. Then, it happened. Thinking I was invincible, I re-raise a guy with 64o. The flop comes A44. The guy bets and I just go all-in, not knowing what else I could do. He then tanks for a minute, and says to me, “You’re really that lucky huh? You got that 4 don’t you?” I remember just smiling like a teenager who had just lost his virginity. “I don’t know what to tell you man, but yeah, I do. I have 64”, as I shook my head “yes”. “I believe you.” And the guy open mucks AK. I show him the 64. I get shipped the pot, and then Andy says to come join him in the smoking lounge. I didn’t smoke, but my Mother had for years so it didn’t bother me much. “Why in the hell did you tell that guy what you had? You need to learn how to act composed at the table.” “I didn’t know what else to do. It didn’t feel right lying to the guy.” “That’s because you’re a good kid. This is poker, buddy. You can’t ever feel bad about taking someone’s chips, or else you’ll never succeed at this game.” “Well what should I have done then? What should I have said?” “For now, the next time that happens, don’t say a word. Just stare at the board until the other player makes a decision. You’re clearly not capable of table talk, yet. If you feel like you have to respond and can’t ignore the other player any longer, then just use my line and then tell him it’s on him.” “What’s your line?” “Well, I can’t lose if you fold.” And I’ll never forget that line. I still use it sometimes to this day. You have to understand that this happened back when you could actually engage your opponent verbally when it was heads up. Now, you can’t discuss the contents of your hand whatsoever. That era has ended and table talk is not what it once was. In my opinion, I firmly believe that this particular change in poker was not a positive one. It made poker really fun and really interesting. It was a large contributor to the social element of the game. And it felt really, really, good when you would successfully talk your opponent into making the move you wanted them to make. Andy continued smoking his cigarette while telling me I should cash out and go home with a huge win. “How much more money do you really expect to make? You’re way too deep now in this game where everyone is going to start shoving on you. Trust me, cash out and hang out until your friend is done playing so you can go home.” “What else am I supposed to do? Isn’t everyone going to get mad that I’m leaving?” “Who cares? Sit at the table and fold everything except Aces or Kings for the next hour. If you pick up one of those hands, just go all-in. Trust me, you have nothing more to gain and only something to lose if you continue playing. For the next hour, just watch everyone else and how they play and what they showdown. You might learn something.” And that’s exactly what I did. I folded every hand for the next hour, then cashed out. While I was hanging out and railing Andy and my friend who I came with, I realized that I needed to buy a poker table and the same type of cards they were using at Fox’s — they used KEM bridge size, jumbo index. Something I had learned about from picking Big Mike’s brain. I figured this would be a perfect time to invest in a real poker table, considering that I just cashed out $4k. Maybe I could start having cash games at my house with my friends and deal the game to practice? I already hosted tournaments at my house regularly, but never thought about hosting a cash game. Would my friends even want to play a cash game? What stakes would it be? I still need to figure out how I’m going to learn how to deal. Hmm, I’ve got some thinking to do. To be continued… Next: Inside Underground NY Poker #2
How To Protect Yourself Against Cheating in Home Games
I could have written a whole series about cheating, but decided to try and be as brief as possible. One of the reasons that we willingly pay the rake in casino poker is for game protection. The casino executes this in many ways — automatic shufflers, standard dealing procedures, surveillance, and of course, by providing professional dealers. Above all else, a professional dealer’s number one priority is to maintain the integrity of the game and ensure protection for all of the players. If you’re playing in a home game, you probably won’t be provided with the luxury of a professional dealer. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t educate yourself about the various cheating methods commonly used in home games. Don’t go into a game blind — protect yourself. There are many different types of cheating methods, both old and new. The most recent cheating method to hit the market involved an intricate electronic system that used an infrared camera and infrared ink. The system originated from China and involved a certain level of know-how that was required to obtain and use the system. The camera was disguised as a cell phone, car key fob, shirt button, etc. It was almost impossible to detect unless you were knowledgeable in electronics, since the camera would transmit the data to the receiver over a normal, unencrypted radio channel. This system, which cost anywhere from around $2,000 - $10,000 was revealed at DEFCON a few years ago. For those who don’t know, DEFCON (Defense Convention) is a conference where the top cyber security professionals meet and share their findings for the year. One team in particular explored this modern infrared cheating system and came to the conclusion that it was being professionally manufactured and could have only been produced by at least a few different experts in their respective fields ranging from software development, digital image analysis, hardware and microchip development, etc. The bottom line was that the team at DEFCON reasonably presumed there to be a rather lucrative market for this system. It stands to reason that if there’s enough money involved, given the opportunity, cheating will always have the potential to take place. You should always remember that, as it’s a universal truth of crime and deception. Now, it’s very unlikely that your home game will employ a cheating system to such a high degree. But remember, it’s always a possibility. The one giveaway that could reveal that this high-end system was being used, is that it required the dealer to cut the deck on the table, and leave the long edge of the cards untouched for about 2 seconds. This was so that the camera could scan the deck (marked with infrared ink) and determine the winner, given that the right data was input into the software. Normally, the dealer will cut and then instantaneously pick up the deck and deal. You can do some more research on your own if you’re interested in this system and how it was potentially used in one of the card rooms on the strip, in Las Vegas. There was a bit of a scandal stemming back a few years ago. Now that you have an idea of the lengths that people will go to in order to cheat, let’s talk about some of the cheating methods you’re more likely to encounter at your local home game. Ironically, these methods are mostly sleight of hand techniques that are hundreds of years old. Magic and poker cheating go hand in hand. I’ll start off by saying that unless you are playing with a group of guys who you trust and know very well, I would advise you to never play in a self-dealt game. There are just too many opportunities and variables to deduce who the cheater is. Self-dealt games aside, there are a few things that should always be present to help ensure game protection. There should always be a cut card to conceal the bottom card on the deck, and you should always take note of the types of cards being used. If you’re playing for any stakes that are $1/$2 or bigger, then the game should be using either KEM, Copag, or Modiano cards. The most popular Bicycle Rider Back cards were a common choice for magic shops to offer as a marked deck for sale. Luckily, the USPCC (the producer of Bicycle cards) no longer allows third party companies to produce marked decks. I personally have a few in my collection, and while the marking system isn’t the most complex, it’s easy to miss unless you know what to look for. If your home game has a set dealer, be sure to watch the way they handle the cards. They should be employing the standard shuffling procedures that all casino card rooms use — riffle, riffle, strip cut, riffle, and cut. Unless the dealer is a skilled card mechanic, it would be very difficult to beat this standard shuffling procedure. You should never allow an overhand shuffle, as it’s very easy to cull cards and false shuffle this way. Culling cards is sleight of hand jargon for obtaining particular cards from the deck to be later put into a certain position. A false shuffle is exactly what it sounds like — a shuffle that looks real but doesn’t change the order of the deck. There are many types of false shuffles. Some of them retain the order of the entire deck, others retain the top half, some the bottom half, and so on. The bottom line is that an overhand shuffle is a red flag. The most important thing that you must make sure happens, and I can’t stress this enough, is that the deck is cut before the deal. While there are ways to nullify a legitimate cut, and even execute a false cut that looks incredibly genuine, you should be alright as long as you closely watch the deck get cut. If you see any noticeable gaps within the deck, which would allow someone to easily cut to a specific card, then you should be on the lookout for what’s called a “gambler’s crimp”. This technique puts a special bend (crimp) in a card, allowing the thumb to catch it and cut to it. You should also make sure that the dealer isn’t doing anything out of the ordinary like burning a card before the action is complete, or rolling the deck. Rolling the deck simply means not holding the deck level. Most amateur dealers will roll the deck at some point, usually while pulling in bets, however, it’s also one way to peek at the next card. Now that we’ve discussed cards to a sufficient extent, let’s talk about chips and bets. No one should ever splash the pot, this is to ensure the proper amount of money was put in. In addition, all bets should be pulled in after the betting round is complete, unless you are heads up in a split-pot game. An unethical player might pull back a chip or two, if given the opportunity. Finally, and this is paramount, make sure that you watch the rake! This is absolutely the most common way that you will be cheated. Dealers are sometimes instructed by the host of the game to over-rake in big pots, when it is less noticeable. Always ask what the rake and structure of the rake is so that you know how much should be coming out of the pot. If you encounter a dealer taking too much rake, be aware that sometimes it is simply a mistake. I would advise you to not hastily accuse a dealer of raking too much. Instead, discreetly approach the host of the game, away from the table. If you see overraking occur more than once, then you either have an incompetent dealer, or you’re being cheated. Always make sure you are paying attention to the handling of the cards and to the chips being put into and pulled out of the pot. This is one of the best defenses against being cheated — it’s much less likely to happen when the cheater is aware that they are being closely watched. One method I haven’t mentioned yet is something called signaling. This is simply a form of collusion. Players will covertly signal to each other in various ways. Unfortunately, there’s no way to know how they are doing it until you discover some type of pattern. If you find you are consistently being “sandwiched” out of a pot by the same two guys, yet the hand never goes to showdown, then this should be another red flag. Signaling is one of the more obvious cheating methods, and as such isn’t used as often as the others. Any decent poker player would be able to figure out that the action makes no sense, as it pertains to the hand. In conclusion, I would advise that you only play in games that have a good reputation. The more players who you are personally acquainted with, the better. The biggest advantage you can have is personally knowing the host of the game. If you trust them, then it eliminates a majority of the various cheating methods that could be used. That doesn’t mean a particular player won’t try and mark cards or short the pot, however, it does mean that the more costly ways of being cheated won’t be possible. Getting cold decked requires more than just the dealer being involved. Always remember that you never have to play in any game. You have nothing to gain and only something to lose if you continue to play in a game that doesn’t seem honest. Make sure that you always pay attention, and keep in mind that you are putting your own money at risk. That alone should be enough to keep you cognizant of what is going on.
I have these bicycle cards but they get worn out in like a week and i have these plastic cards but they are getting dirty and started to feel weird. What are some good playing cards I can buy that can last awhile? I like the feel of the cards that Casino uses. Do they have those type of cards for sale?
I've been playing poker in and around Texas and Louisiana since 2001. This past Friday I had only my second experience with cheating. Sure, I've been in rooms that rake too much, tournaments that don't disclose what the buy-in breaks down to, and run across countless angle-shooters. That all sort of comes with the territory when you aren't playing legal games backed by massive casinos. I'm not going to publicly disclose where I was playing for a number of reasons but wanted to share with you what was caught so that you can be aware in your games. This was a $100+ buy-in tournament, fairly deep-stacked, two-table, private room, my buddy and I were the new blood with everyone else knowing each other. The guy that usually runs the room for cash games on other nights was there as a host and a player. The place had nice tables, comfortable chairs, quality plastic cards. The deal was passed to the left and cut to the right (this is important later). About an hour into the tournament, the guy to my right stops the action before my deal and says "We need a new deck. These cards are marked!" He hands me an Ace and I look it over. I don't see anything obvious so I ask him. He tells me to rub my thumb across it and sure enough, the plastic Kem-style cards had been creased. You couldn't see it with the naked eye but you could very obviously feel it. This being a pass-the-deal game, who ever was dealing would know exactly where the Aces are and if the next community card was an Ace. Here's where things got weird though. We sorted the decks and found 5 of the 8 aces at our table to be creased. Again, the game had been playing for about an hour so it's reasonable to think a random player had received 5 of the 8 Aces across the 25 hands or so that had been played. However, when the other table saw what was going on, their decks were checked too and 2 of their Aces were creased as well. None of the other cards in either of the decks were creased based on a quick wash over. Only Aces. The host did not replace the decks, but did replace the marked Aces and play continued after the break. He didn't seem too shaken up by the catch. He made a single comment along the lines of "Let me catch who's marking cards and see how they like it!" but no significant effort was actually made to discover who it was. Lesson learned. Keep an extra eye on everything, especially if the deal is being passed. Good luck everyone.
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I've seen people TRYING to be a "crew." Most people who think they can count cards, can't. Right after that movie 21 came out the casinos were flush with confused college kids whispering to each other, "What's the count again?"
Very few people actually try to cheat here. Spotting card counters is all in the way that they bet. It's a certain formula with very few methods of deviation so if they don't follow it strictly it doesn't work so nobody is worried about the amateurs. If a dealer suspects someone of card counting, they report it to their pit boss who then watches the game. If the person IS thought to be card counting they are simply denied service at the casino.
There's too many security guards, surveillance, and key cards to take it in cash. It's not Ocean's 11 security but they know what they're doing. The only other option would be to steal chips but the large denomination ones are RFID tracked so that would be a bust as well. I'd have a better success rate applying for a loan at the bank.
If you think a dealer has made a mistake you are correct in telling him immediately. The floor should be called if the situation isn't immediately solved. If the money in question is a small amount (say a dollar or two) then the house usually neutralizes the dispute by putting in the missing money. Larger amounts would go through surveillance though.
Locals actually have quite a few perks. Some strip clubs, dance clubs, shows, and etc. have a locals discount or "industry night." The Vegas lifestyle is available to the locals at a cheaper rate but just remember not to do it every day. To get a job as a dealer I filled out an application, passed an audition. Simple as that.
I was hired for my current job in late 2010. I had all standard table games on my resume and I was auditioning for poker. Resume's aren't as important in dealing as the audition. If you've been dealing for 30 years and you mess up during the audition, they're going to go with the guy with only 1 year of experience who aced it.
The largest tip I've received was 600 dollars. I saw a player toss a cranberry (5k) chip to a dealer once. Tips are a big "X" factor for your income and if you're not working at a casino full time it can be difficult to budget.
I'm sorry, I completely missed your second question. Picking up a casino employee is possible and not really frowned upon. Don't expect much from the girls dealing in the "party pits" though.
No, roulette dealers cannot do that. Roulette wheels are checked for bias electronically and any suspicious patterns would attract attention. I've work/ed at newer casinos and older ones. I prefer the character of the older houses but I think the Aria is amazing. I've been dealing for about 10 years now.
I've personally never heard it but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a common term. Gaming slang is a lot of rhyming and alliteration. I'd much appreciate it if the whole world would please stop saying "Winner, winner Chicken Dinner."
By far the best magic show, in my opinion, is Mac King's show at Harrah's. Simple, but amazing illusions in an intimate-sized theatre and very funny. Penn & Teller are great as well. The tickets can be picked up for a discount at ticket booths around the strip the day of the show. The kiosks are called Same-Day Tickets or Half-Price Tickets and are a good value. Stay away from the Criss Angel show. It's terrible.
If you're going to play low-limit table games you're probably going to want to go downtown to Fremont Street. Set aside about 40 dollars apiece and play the minimum that the table allows. If you want to see a show there are kiosks around the strip and in many casinos that offer discounted tickets for shows on the current day. Clubs are expensive to get into (30 dollars is about average) and the drinks are quite expensive as well (10 dollar beers and god help you if you order anything remotely fancy).
Gambling is generally the quickest way, and slots are the worst but I think some of them are pretty cool. I'm someone who likes flashing lights and noise. Many new penny slot machines have been arriving with preset minimum bets like 25 credits but they pay out odd amounts. This usually leads to a player leaving 19 cents or so on the machine and walking away. There's people who just spend all day wandering from casino to casino looking for unclaimed spare change on the machines. It can be lucrative.
The hiking in Red Rock Canyon is great although you'd need a car. First Fridays down in the arts district is always fun. There are countless shows (stand-up comedy, theatre, etc.) off the strip. If you're unsure of what to do in a particular stretch of time and need ideas pick up a Las Vegas Weekly. They're available for free all throughout town.
I don't know but I suspect it's cost-related. Most table games have a 5 dollar minimum bet with a dealer to keep action moving. An undercover cop on the slots could control the pace. I think it's a waste of money either way.
No, the possibility of fraud is far too high to give away money. There really isn't such a thing as "house chips." There are non-denominational chips that are used in roulette as well as specialty chips used for tournament-style play but use of those would blow the cop's cover, obviously. Also, as long as the hookers aren't pestering every player they come across, the casinos don't really mind them so much. They'll need a bed eventually. To learn blackjack strategy (or really any casino game) I'd actually recommend sitting in front of the computer a wee bit longer and visiting wizardofodds.com. It's a great resource for gambling smart.
As a dealer, you develop quite thick skin. People will call you names and curse a lot but very few actually cause much of a scene. If a scene is caused, security is usually called and they usually eject them.
Actually, many of the major casinos offer free classes that teach you how to play, usually in the mornings from 9-11 am. Many casino games can seem confusing or intimidating. My advice would be to take the free lesson and, if it seems fun, don't be afraid to throw a few bucks on the real thing. Just don't spend all your time in the casinos.
Yeah, it is but some still resort to it since many people don't know. Most guests that aren't accustomed to tipping will tip after realizing it's the social norm ("when in Rome") but if coerced into tipping will not be likely to later.
Tips are earned on a table-to-table basis when you deal cash games in poker. Table games (everything else requiring a dealer) generally pool tips and divide them equally on a 24-hour timeframe. All dealers rotate into all games (except for Poker, which is usually a completely separate department) at one point or another. Unless there's a generous high roller most of our money comes from the more numerous, smaller tips from low-limit games.
They usually get a line of credit for the higher stakes players, yes but you'll occasionally get the high roller that throws up a few grand on the table in cash. I've seen more than a few people carrying 10k bundles around. There's a guy who plays poker down on Fremont Street called The Duke of Fremont Street (you don't say?!) who carries around a violin case full of cash, gold, and gold money clips stuffed with cash. Some people just like the attention.
Most poker dealers will get a dollar a hand as a tip. Since poker isn't a house game that tip isn't necessarily a "thanks for the lucky hand" but more of a "thanks for moderating the poker game." If you're playing 25 dollars a hand and you are dealt a blackjack, the blackjack will pay 37.50. A common tip on that would usually be the 2.50 but we appreciate a dollar tip/bet. Anything over 5 dollars (that isn't a high-stakes game) would be considered generous.
I've seen it done to varying degrees of success, it's just not very common anymore, at least in Las Vegas. Most card counting groups operate in smaller Indian Casinos where the dealers are less likely to be trained against it. Opening a brand new casino in an area new to gaming is like ringing the dinner bell for card counters.
The odds of a video poker machine dealing you a royal flush on the deal is a little under 650,000 to 1 (happened to me once). As a poker dealer, I've dealt four in 10 years, although I've run into dealers who've gone their whole careers without dealing one.
I could easily see myself doing this for awhile. It's fun, easy money and casinos are the best places in the world to people watch. If I moved up I'd probably like to teach dealers. I view dealing as somewhat of an art form and I'd like to reteach the "right" way.
I think many of them are just trying to unique. When you line them up right next to each other one mega casino is pretty identical to the next so they have to out-gimmick each other in every way. Also, many casino's carpet is actually coded to indicate areas where minor are and aren't allowed. There's usually a yellow brick road of sorts to registration and elevators.
Most casinos use Kem or Copag cards for poker. Anyone who plays cards at home should pick some of these up. They're pretty difficult to mark, bend resistant, and they're perfect for parties. You can wash them in the sink! Blackjack and other card-based table games generally use custom cards made for the casino. I've never really paid attention to what brand they are since they're changed out so often.
I've always thought the LVH (the old Hilton) has a really nice sports book and their odds have always been fair. The kind of live betting you're looking for is usually the kind of action you'll get from the other patrons in the sports book. The casino doesn't have time to set odds on that short of notice.
Craps is confusing because the objective of the game changes so frequently and the odds are somewhat strange. Unless you want to go in-depth with game strategy I'd suggest putting your money on the pass line and throwing the dice until they tell you to stop. Not the best advice, I know, but I'm not a huge fan of craps.
It's a little pricey to get in (40 dollars last time I was there, if memory serves me correctly) but the Moon nightclub at the Palms Hotel is pretty damn cool. Open air at the top of the building. I'd buy the club tickets in advance since they're usually the same price. Half-price ticket booth the day of the show you want to see.
Proper etiquette is to shore up your hand against the dealer's without harming the other players. Hitting when the dealer is showing a bust card has started more than a few fights that I've seen. Practice basic strategy and try to make sure you're playing with people who do the same.
The two popular swingers' clubs are The Green Door and The Red Rooster. Ladies get in free (of course), single men pay a pretty high cover charge, and couples get in for half price. They're... interesting places to meet people.
Tipping is one way of diverting attention and, yes, it does work. However, as I stated elsewhere, card counters have to adhere to certain rules and formulas regarding their wagers. They've made blackjack a business and tipping is bad for business.
Ask for them. The biggest thing is shyness. There's a lot of people gambling in a casino at any given time so if you want your play to be evaluated for comps, simply tell the dealer or floor manager. I don't eat at the buffets too often.
That's up to you man. I know people who've had bad experiences with them and I've had people who've had great experiences. Not all hookers are diseased and misguided. Some are business-minded and know that they're offering a service and do so professionally.
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