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Casino Players Like to Receive Little "Favors"

14 November 2008

Every once in a while at the casino, the dealer, or the cashier, or another player will do you a little "favor". Sometimes another customer will receive one of these favors while you look on. There's only one little hitch with all of these "favors" however. They were mistakes – and weren't supposed to happen.

In my regular weekly column, I asked the readers whether they'd accept any or all of these mistakes/favors if they were to happen to them. This is how they replied.

Favor #1 – Got paid on a blackjack loser

Consensus – Keep the money. Over 80% of the readers said they would keep a mistaken payoff on their losing blackjack hand. Their reasons were that since the house has a built in advantage anyway, it's okay to accept a financial favor that results from the casino not doing its job correctly. Very few felt obliged to return the casino's chips and their own to the dealer.

One contrarian, however, stated that there are many legal advantages obtainable at blackjack, so why go outside the rules to accept one? Another said it was his goal to "beat'em" not "cheat'em", and would return the money.

Favor #2 – Dealer forgot to pick up your losing craps prop

Consensus – Let it ride. Here too, most readers said they would happily accept a free second chance at winning their craps proposition bet, such as on the "hard 8". The same general sentiments applied as with the blackjack hand above, but there were a few dissenters.

One reader cited how some craps dealers attentively coach the players on how to bet appropriate amounts so as to receive maximum odds on their wagers. This reader felt allowing a proposition loser to remain in action would constitute "stepping over the line".

Favor #3 – You found a $100 chip beneath a high roller's feet

Consensus – Split decision. This seemed to be the stickiest scenario of all. Some said if it looked as if the chip belonged to that player, they would readily point it out to him. Others felt was a simple "finder's/keepers" situation. Still others said they would get security involved and let them decide.

Favor #4 – You saw a player receive more chips than his buy-in

Consensus – Unanimously, "Not my business". Everyone said it is the casino's responsibility to count up the buy-in accurately and give the correct number of chips to a new player. Some even emphasized that they would remain silent to avoid the possibility of a confrontation with the customer who was buying in.

Favor #5 – The wrong poker hand was awarded the pot at your table

Consensus – Split decision. I was surprised at how many readers said they would sit by and allow the pot to be pushed to a player holding the losing poker hand. Only about half said they would stop the dealer and point out an unnoticed winning hand – such as an inside straight that was made on the last card.

The official rule, by the way, is that once the cards are shown down, any player at the table has the full right to point out the winning hand. Also, the house bears no financial responsibility in this matter, and once the cards are mucked (tossed into the discards), the transaction is an officially done deal.

Favor #6 – Cashier at the cage gave you $100 too much

Consensus – Split decision. About 60% of the readers said they would return the overpayment at the cashier's cage for various reasons. Some felt the till would come up short and that cashier might either be docked or fired. Others simply felt bound by their honor not to accept an overpayment in cash for their chips.

The other side reasoned that the casinos get way too much of the customers' money anyway, and any "refund" the players can get should happily be kept. What's your take on these little "favors"?

Fred Renzey
Fred Renzey is a high-stakes, expert poker player. On a daily basis he faces--and beats--some of the best players in the country in fierce poker room competition. Now for the first time, Renzey offers his perceptive insights on how to play winning poker. For Fred's 13-page blackjack booklet "Ace/10 Front Count", send $9 to Fred Renzey, P.O. Box 598, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60009

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Fred Renzey
Fred Renzey is a high-stakes, expert poker player. On a daily basis he faces--and beats--some of the best players in the country in fierce poker room competition. Now for the first time, Renzey offers his perceptive insights on how to play winning poker. For Fred's 13-page blackjack booklet "Ace/10 Front Count", send $9 to Fred Renzey, P.O. Box 598, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60009

Books by Fred Renzey:

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