90’s casino secret tricks for Caribbean Stud Poker
To begin with, I want to inform you that modern casinos are powerful mathematical, precisely verified and calculated systems of balances of bets and payouts , where, however, there is always a chance to win at random. Today casinos make no sense to cheat and manipulate cards, their main task is to ensure a constant influx of players to the casino. If this condition is met, the casino will always win (if you do not take closed private rooms, where games are played for much larger amounts and rates than in the main hall, but read about this in my other articles), mathematics strictly monitors this and game probability theory.
And in provincial casinos, things were not as rosy as in the capital. There was almost never a huge flow of clients, the main calculation was made on regular players – large local aces, businessmen, and criminal figures. The rest of the visitors were all sorts of stray characters, taxi drivers, rich sons of local oligarchs, prostitutes and those naive who greedily wanted to get fabulously rich overnight.
Therefore, it was important for the casino to set up its business processes so that by the end of the shift (and earlier the casinos did not work around the clock, but, for example, from 20.00 to 08.00) , the cash balance was positive and as large as possible. If at the end of the night the casino turned out to be in the red, then the next day (or even several days in especially unfortunate periods) the casino staff had to recapture this minus and only from the positive proceeds the employees received their money.
It is clear that with such a system of motivation, it was necessary to resort to special systems or techniques that would radically change the course of the game in order to ward off luck from the player in the swagger, force him to change tactics and stop winning, and, ideally, completely lose what that he had already won at the gaming table .
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So, if the inspector (the croupier sitting next to the dealer and looking after the general order on the table) noticed that a player starts to win too much, he immediately informed the manager or pit boss about it. This was a prerequisite when dealing with a large combination, usually from full house and above.
The manager could signal the dealer to change the shuffle to another. If it did not help, they could replace the deck in order to knock down the suit to a player or several players, if several or all of the players started winning at the table.
After the distribution of a large combination, the deck must be recounted – in 5 lines of 10 cards and 2 more side by side (a deck of cards for poker consists of 52 cards, jokers are not used). Sometimes the deck could be completely replaced immediately after that, arguing that the deck was already “tired”. Moreover, replacing decks in poker was a standard procedure, since cards periodically deteriorated from interaction with wet hands, were bent by a “helicopter” or were specially marked by especially “smart” players.
If it didn’t help, they could change the dealer out of turn – the usual schedule of the dealer’s work was 20x20x20. 20 minutes at the table, 20 minutes at the inspector’s place and 20 minutes of rest in the staff. If the dealer didn’t have a hard time, he was replaced without waiting for the end of the 20-minute period.
Sometimes they could give the dealer a little drink , so that he would relax and be on the same wavelength with the players – this helped to relieve the tension and anxiety of the dealer, who was afraid that he would lose a large amount.
If this did not help and the casino did not have a concrete remedy against excessive luck of the players, then a specially trained waitress could “accidentally” fill the table with drinks and the table was immediately closed for tidying up. Until then, yes, behold, the players moved to other tables or even games and, thus, knocked down their lucky suit, which, as you know, does not last very long.
Of course, there was a high probability that the player who won the big game would immediately cash out the chips and leave with the money, but not everyone did this, and this was the whole psychology of the player , acting in the hands of the casino.
But there were also such establishments in which special “magicians” were kept for such extreme cases . These comrades were placed at especially important tables – which were losing big or tables with VIP stakes. After their secret shuffle, they either cut the deck themselves or let the players cut it, but this procedure in no way affected the pre-planned layout of the cards. This was facilitated by their special “qualifications”.