Casino Security Tips
by Frank Scoblete
This lesson includes 10 tips about casino security to protect
1. Casino Security: Protecting Your Money
should never keep their wallets in their 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.
should 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, 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. Both sexes can protect their money by
using a secure fanny
2. Casino Security: At the Tables
your chips in the rack in front of you at the craps table putting your
highest denomination chips in the center, your lowest on the ends, and
everything else in between. Ask for $10 worth of one
chips and put five on one end and five on the other end.
as they are known, try to steal chips from unsuspecting craps players
usually while the player is shooting will take the chips that are on
It is very difficult to remove chips in the center of
the chip rack as these are tightly bunched together and right in front
Chances are railbirds won’t be interested in your dollar chips
and will move on.
Be aware of your craps action as some brazen
thieves like to snatch winning bets from neighboring players. This can
easily occur as many dealers place the winning bets on the felt in the
proximity of the winning player, not directly in front of him/her.
crook can just reach down, grab the win, and pretend it is his.
aren’t aware that you have just won a bet, the thief can actually get
away with this ploy.
If you make a small scene, the thief will just
pretend he got confused. By the way, often in this situation the
adjoining player did become confused...so don’t assume when this
happens it really is a calculated attempt to steal, but also
let him get away with it!
Blackjack players should put
small-denomination chips on top of large-denomination chips.
prevents “palmers” from getting to the big money when they distract
3. Casino Security: Credit Check
Most casinos are happy to
extend you a credit line, which is really an interest-free
money to play the casino’s games and you will have anywhere from one
week to 45 days to repay it.
Getting credit is easy: ask for an
application, fill out the application, and return. You’ll be informed
within a week or two of how much the casino will give you in credit and
any other terms you need to know.
However, if you don’t want
to carry cash and you don’t want to establish credit but you do want to
play for substantial sums of money, then bring travelers checks to the
casino. Cash as many as you have to in order to play your first
Travelers checks are better than cash for if they
or stolen, you can get your money back.
4. Casino Security: Box It
you are bringing cash to a casino, never leave it in your room.
safe-deposit box when you check in and leave the bulk of your gambling
stake in there. Take out only what you intend to use for the first
session of play and for incidental items.
Also, if you
have a big night at the tables and staying at the casino, ask
have a security guard take you to your safe-deposit box or escort you
to your room. That is one of their jobs and most casinos will even
you have won loads of cash and are headed for your car (at valet!),
have security escort you to the valet parking area. You should offer to
tip for these services.
5. Casino Security: Hand to Money
someone bumps you, jostles you, or even rubs gently against you,
immediately grab the pocket where your wallet is, or grab your purse.
Then look to see what’s going on. The quick reflex must always be hand
Spill Grab. If someone spills a drink at your table, don’t
just jump up to avoid the splash -- grab your chips too! A common
ploy is to “accidentally” spill a drink, then in a frenzy
to prevent it from getting all over the table; the thief knocks over
everyone’s chips, palming some in the process. If a drink spills, grab
first, jump up second.
6. Casino Security: Beware the Watchers
let strangers watch the game from over your shoulder.
craps is a game that normally attracts onlookers. But if someone is
getting too close to you, just ask the floor person 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.
never be afraid to look someone in the eyes. Thieves love the fact that
most of us are shy about really eyeballing other people. If you think
someone is eyeing you, or following you, or getting too close to
you--turn and look him dead in the face.
Most criminals don’t want to be
seen and will quickly scurry into the woodwork when you eyeball them.
be vigilant in bathrooms where no casino cameras can survey the area.
Attendants are present in the better hotels but they are there to see
that the bathroom stays clean, not to prevent patrons from being
cleaned out by criminals.
Don’t assume some long-armed thief won’t
reach over and grab your money when you are in no position to stop
7. Casino Security: Don’t Get Taken for a Ride
get into an elevator with someone who makes you think, “Should I get
into the elevator with this person?” If you feel the least bit
uncomfortable, if a single hackle goes up, don’t get in! Trust in your
feelings when it comes to danger.
The worst that can happen if you are
mistaken is some guy’s feelings are hurt and you get to your room a few
When you are in the elevator, try to
be up against the back wall, or against the side wall. You want to be
able to see everyone clearly.
8. Casino Security: Valet is the Way
use valet parking, even if you have to pay for it. This was
dramatically brought home to me when I saw video of a man who was
assaulted in a hotel garage, a well-lit, relatively secure
facility. It’s much better not to be mugged than to have your
9. Casino Security: Yell “Fire!” in a Crowded
you are already on your floor and walking down the hall and someone
accosts you, do not yell for help. Instead, yell “FIRE!” at the top of
your lungs. Very few people will physically put themselves on the
firing line for someone who is being mugged, but almost everyone will
run out of their rooms if they think a fire is occurring. Just keep
yelling “Fire! Fire! Fire!”
Knock on Any Door. If you are walking
down your hotel hallway and you are suspicious of the individual
trailing you, stop, and knock on the door of whatever room you stopped
in front of. Then knock on the door next to it. And on the one next to
it. Some are bound to have people answer. It’s a rare mugger who will
wait around to see which room you really have.
10. Casino Security: Talk Before You Walk
assume that because the casino-hotel looks safe and non-threatening,
the neighborhood it’s in is equally safe. Ask someone at the front desk
about the surrounding area. Are there any places we shouldn’t walk?
Atlantic City, for example, you are better off walking on the boardwalk
then through the neighborhoods.
In Vegas, your downtown walks should be
confined to circuits of the Fremont Street Experience as the
surrounding area will have more hoods than neighbors. So if you
like to walk, make it a point to talk to casino personnel who
tell you where to go and not to go.
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