I was at a local casino that’s an acutely low-roller place. I hadn't played there in about two months. I sat down at the $5 minimum six-deck game, which is a pretty good game with great penetration. Given the small action normally seen here, I bought in for only $500. It was a slow time of day; there was just one other player and me against the dealer. For the first 2.5 decks of play, nothing significant happened. Then lo and behold, the count went through the roof -- from three decks on, the hi-lo true count never went lower than +3. So I then employed my max bets for this game. Several interesting hands happened -- I lost some but also won a good number of them. By the end of the shoe, I was up $600 (since I had lost several early max bets, at my lowest point I was down almost $500). At the end of the shoe, while the dealer shuffled, I was sitting there with $1100+ of mostly green and black chips, in this low-roller joint.
The pit critter came over to take a look, and the whole time the dealer shuffled, he was firing comments at me non-stop:
"Cheap… CHEAP, don't even take care of the dealer..."
"People act like they don't know the dealer also has to make a living..."
"Got all those black chips, and can't even tip the dealer...."
"I don't understand why some people are so ungrateful..."
There were a couple more comments that I can't exactly recall, and he would not stop. I did not feel uncomfortable at all; I kept my cool, even laughing inside. But in order to make this the least memorable, especially since I already had a nice win for the dump I was in (mind you, in just one shoe), I bit my tongue and didn't reply. I thought of writing a “customer feedback” note and dropping it in one of the boxes they have but resisted the temptation in exchange for coming back later and keeping on milking this place. As far as actual heat for my bet spread (I use a large spread here, more than 1-20), I have never been backed off nor suffered any harassment before this harangue.
In any case, if I would have said something, it would have been something like:
"So, when I'm losing badly right here at this same table, who's going to tip me? Can I depend on you doing that?”
"Yes, the dealer has to make a living too; maybe you should put in a good word for her to get a raise.”
What would have been your comments to this jerk??
85: What a terrible attitude. That’s probably the reason he’s in a lousy-paying job at a dump casino. I would have found it hard to bite my tongue but if the game is good, I wouldn't want to make a scene. What if you had intentions to tip when you leave instead of as you go? What a douchebag. I wonder how many customers he has lost for his employer.
Ikthor: You did well to take the high road. Most likely the guy is just an unpleasant person who hates his job working in a low-stakes sweatshop. There's no value in responding to him directly. Take a quick restroom break during the shuffle, or pretend to make a phone call/send a text message.
You rarely win by causing drama or a scene. Of course, we are humans and it's all situation-dependent. Rated/unrated? Known regular vs. 100% unknown, etc. It's certainly best to ignore him and possibly best to leave the game until he's gone from the pit.
Originally published on bj21.com Green Chip, edited for this format.