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Posted: 7/24/2013 4:34:53 PM EST
For some odd reason, I always wanted to work for a casino (not sure in what respect, though). Seems like a pretty cool place to work, meet shady people, get hooked up with then underworld, and all while getting a paycheck.

Anyone ever do this?
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:36:18 PM EST
I did for about 2 weeks. Then It was destroyed by a hurricane.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:36:53 PM EST
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Was it sexy and exciting during those two weeks?
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:40:01 PM EST
Worked in the soft count room for a few weeks. Pretty boring just running stacks of cash and tickets through a machine.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:40:08 PM EST
Not exciting. 3 years wor
king in casinos.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:41:08 PM EST
Not exciting. 3 years working in casinos.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:41:51 PM EST
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Originally Posted By douglasmorris99:
Not exciting. 3 years working in casinos.
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Doing what?
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:43:32 PM EST
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Originally Posted By poink:

Was it sexy and exciting during those two weeks?
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Originally Posted By KaiK:
I did for about 2 weeks. Then It was destroyed by a hurricane.

Was it sexy and exciting during those two weeks?


Kind of. But it hadn't even opened. I was on the opening crew and Katrina hit a few days before the grand opening. I had a lot of fun in the SHTF Katrina world.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:46:39 PM EST
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I worked valet downtown for 4 years. It was a great job. Good pay for a young kid, and no shortage of crazy people doing crazy things.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:51:11 PM EST
Doesn't pay much over minimum. The better jobs pay around $14 an hour at least in Blackhawk & Central City. This was a couple years ago though.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:58:18 PM EST
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Beau Rivage?
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Originally Posted By poink:
Originally Posted By KaiK:
I did for about 2 weeks. Then It was destroyed by a hurricane.

Was it sexy and exciting during those two weeks?


Kind of. But it hadn't even opened. I was on the opening crew and Katrina hit a few days before the grand opening.


Beau Rivage?


BR was open way before Katrina,. Kaik maybe worked at one of the new casinos in Gulfport?
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BR was open way before Katrina,. Kaik maybe worked at one of the new casinos in Gulfport?
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Originally Posted By KaiK:
I did for about 2 weeks. Then It was destroyed by a hurricane.

Was it sexy and exciting during those two weeks?


Kind of. But it hadn't even opened. I was on the opening crew and Katrina hit a few days before the grand opening.


Beau Rivage?


BR was open way before Katrina,. Kaik maybe worked at one of the new casinos in Gulfport?


My guess would be hard rock.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 5:26:40 PM EST
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Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:29:15 PM EST
He'll no, I have skills
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:45:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By iNuhBaDNayburhood:
Sucked ASS! Worked ~6 months in a large 'Native American' casino in southern twin cities.

SUCKED! Big-time!

Occupation: Valet Runner.
Pay: Sucked + Tips.

Gripes:
1.) You have ZERO legal recourse on 'rez'!

2.) The tribal council leader can get drunk, smack your head with the car door, and you can't do shit about it - See #1.

Same tribal council leader can stumble around the gaming floor loaded up on 'fire water' (followed by security with backpacks) and drop trou right in front of 700+ people - while the security rushes in to hold up blankets all around him - and takes a monster size steaming SHIT all over the gaming floor carpet! (My brother worked security briefly)

Same tribal council leader, after a night of raising hell all over the place, can slam my hands in the trunk of his car after I just lifted his suitcase / bags into the trunk, and can't do shit about it - See #1!

3.) CO-WORKERS can sucker-punch you from behind and STEAL your $100 TIP - right in front of security cameras, and laugh about it as he runs away with your $100. After managers review the security footage they tell you to See #1 - you have no legal recourse to get your $100 back, nor to charge your co-worker with assault.

Ergo, when I ambushed him in a back stairwell to the underground parking garage, kicked the hell out of him while he was down, and took my $100 back out of his wallet - he was told to See #1.

4.) The food was dirt-cheap, and pretty good. So the lunch breaks in the employee's restaurant was pretty good - especially when the temps outside were -10 degrees F outside, and you just spent the last 7 hours heating up, charging, and jump starting dumb shits that brought in Diesel cars & trucks (since most of your co-workers are too dumb to know how to do this safely / correctly), and it seriously cut into your ability to get tips!

5.) The girls that wear skimpy clothes & walk around with drinks / smokes are often married or in serious relationships, but MOST of them are also major SLUTS, and would spend some time with customers in the hotel if the can find a way to do so for $,$$$ without getting caught by bosses / management. Most 'hook-ups' were done in the parking lots/ramps (fewer cameras).

6.) NEVER! EVER! EVER Park your car in Valet parking if it's a vehicle costing more than the average Toyota Camry!

If it's a COOL car, it's a ~50:50 chance it's going to be fucked with! Rev the engines near redline, try to kick the turbo on, fucking with the sound system, blaring & blowing out speakers (common), attempting burn-outs in the parking garage, etc... All kinds of asshattery from dumb shits that could NEVER afford such a car in their lifetime... These are mostly X-Box junkies that learned how to drive by playing Gran Tourismo, or Grand Theft Auto!

Most modern casinos have automated camera systems. Car pulls up out front, greeter lets you out (and gets any tips when pulling up) - So DO NOT bother telling a greeter 'take care of my baby (car) for me!' They have NOTHING to do with your car, and they just took the tip for opening the door. Drivers usually are only allowed to get tips after RETURNING cars safely & undamaged to their owners. Driver takes car from entry, down through a tunnel or around back, and scans his badge at the gate. Gate takes ~18 photos all around and above as well upon entry... Any damage done in the tunnel or on the way to the parking lot is considered "Prior" to taking possession - and this is usually when drivers fuck around in cool cars! Instead of going through the tunnel they'll turn out, and fly around the parking lot, the back employee roads, and all over hell, THEN take it into the tunnel / ramp / lot! The car sits until you have the casino return it. A driver gets a ticket from the kiosk, runs to the parking stall, drives car to exit of ramp - another ~18 photos are taken, and then it goes over to the entry to pick up the Owner. Driver HOPEFULLY gets a tip, then runs off back to the kiosk to get a ticket.

7.) Some drivers (male & female) will be dating each other, and often have a 'game' to see how expensive of a car they can have sex in, and get away with it! While the car is in the ramp, they'll track down a Lambo, or Ferrari, or Lotus, and they'll climb inside & fuck like sea otters in heat. Climb out, and nobody can pin it on them, since neither of them were the person to drive it into, or out of the ramp (having their ID scanned).

8.) Employees usually operate on a "Points" system. 5 points and you're fired. Points leave your record every few months. A valet runner with 0 points applies for 5 days off so he can have a full 1 week vacation. Management denies it, only approves 2 days so he can have a 4 day weekend vacation. Pissed off valet driver climbs into a customer's brand new Cadillac. Drives through tunnel, scans badge, flips off camera while smiling, and then jams on the gas through the entry gate. Opens driver door & bails out while car picks up speed to 35+ MPH. Careening down the parking ramp, narrowly missing dozens of parked cars on the sides, the Caddy miraculously makes it to the end or the ramp - ***WHAM!*** Right into a solid reinforced concrete wall! Totals the Caddy!

Driver has 0 points on his record, and a minor SCRATCH or fender bender is 3 points and 3 days suspension - as is the same punishment for a blatant disregard for the customers' vehicles - 3 points, and 3 days suspension! SO, Driver now gets his 2 vacation days, PLUS his 3 suspension days, and he can still give his family a full 1 week vacation! Meanwhile, the Casino Almoner tracks down the owner of said vehicle, informs him of the accident, and then gives them the option of paying for a replacement vehicle as closely resembling the driver's vehicle - OR, they can walk around the casino, and pick out any vehicle on display (with slot machines around it to win it), no matter the value, and they'll let him drive that home as soon as they can clear the vehicle out off the gaming floor.

ETA: Some stereotypes are true - black people are the worst tippers ever... One once passed me Seven (7) pennies & told me not to spend it in one place. I got 1 point on my record for throwing it back at him & telling him to spend it on better weave extensions for his lady friend... Ooooh She Mad!

These things are real - they really happen.

Did I mention - NEVER park your car with a Valet if it's anything better than a Carolla or Camry?
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Damn, I don't think I can ever go to Mistake Lake again
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:53:50 PM EST
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Originally Posted By iNuhBaDNayburhood:
Sucked ASS! Worked ~6 months in a large 'Native American' casino in southern twin cities.

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Hahaha, that had me rolling.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 10:26:53 PM EST
Drugs and prostitution run rampant. And as said before, the reservation may as well be on Mars as far as rules and laws go.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 10:31:31 PM EST
Casinos are about as exciting as any corporate job. You want different? Come work in the brothels!
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 10:53:28 PM EST
Did it for 12 years+

Held the majority of positions
Soft count
Dealer
Floor supervisor
Shift supervisor

Not glamorous unless you like minimum wage + tips. (dealers)

Supervisors get hourly somewhere from $18-$25 an hour

Some dealers make 6 figures. Some dealers could qualify for food stamps...

Banged a lot of nasty waitresses and a few customers. Dated a few dealers for a few years.

Was happy as fuck to get out and I have never looked back...

It was an experience but not one I would wish upon anyone else.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 10:58:31 PM EST
I do it. I love my job. I supervise the guys that repair the Machines.

LOTS of paperwork. LOTS of procedures. LOTS of get it wrong once, and you're fired.

VERY few shady people working there... Some shady patrons.

Money is decent.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:05:32 PM EST
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I know a guy that took a Maintenance job his Immediate family is barred from the Casino
That's the rules
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:21:39 PM EST
My immediate family would not play there anyway, but it is not against the rules. Employees can't gamble in their work areas is usually the policy.

I can't gamble on the slots, but could on the table games... Not that I'd want to... Fuck giving your money away.

Feel free to ask me anything about it.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:22:25 PM EST
One of my really good friends works in one of the big casinos out here. He hates it and is continually looking for another job. The impression I get is that they are poorly managed gigantic corporations that are not fun to work for.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:28:18 PM EST
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Originally Posted By LandRaider:
My immediate family would not play there anyway, but it is not against the rules. Employees can't gamble in their work areas is usually the policy.

I can't gamble on the slots, but could on the table games... Not that I'd want to... Fuck giving your money away.

Feel free to ask me anything about it.
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I'll ask.....
after Katrina
what was fixed first......
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:32:33 PM EST
As far as what? inside the casinos?
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:34:32 PM EST
I worked in a couple casinos in the kitchen for a little while recently, until I found better pay. Only knew one shady person I worked with, who was a server. I heard him say he planned on messing with another employees food, ratted on him and he was fired the next day. I won't let someone mess with anyone elses food, that's gross. Both of my parents also work for a casino (different casino than where I was employed), one as the CFO, and one as head of security. They both seem to enjoy their job, but have to take it pretty seriously. No time for the "shady people" and "underworld" you speak of :)
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:36:10 PM EST
It depended a lot on the circumstances of each casino. SOME fared better than others. Some had real estate available to put machines on land after that law was passed, and did not have to build anything new so folks could get right to gambling..

First it was Shoveling shit out... then getting the power back on.. Then AC... Then demo and re configure open floor space for a gambling operation.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:37:09 PM EST
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It wasn't the Hospitals or Schools...
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:45:04 PM EST
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Well.. You're kinda misinformed.

Hospitals did not go down like most of the waterfront on barge.... casinos did. Power was turned back on to the 2 hospitals before anyone even thought about getting to the casinos. Both the hospitals in Biloxi were on Generator backup, as well as the one in Ocean Springs. OS Hospital did not get much damage. The 2 in Biloxi had flood damage, but were still operable.

The casino I work for basically bought the entire Police department a new fleet of patrol cars immediately afterwards. (almost all of them were flooded out) We help out an assload in the community. To think of casinos as huge greed machines is not really accurate. Sure they are there to make money, but they do a LOT of community service. Provide a lot of jobs to a lot of people, and are decent places to go, and have a good time on a weekend.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:51:59 PM EST
Thanks for the counter point...
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 12:30:46 AM EST
Sort of.......in a playland sort of way.

TAMU Residence Hall association would do a Casino Night each year and members of the Corps of Cadets (rather the "outsiders") would be the security. Outsiders in that such association with nonreg TAMU, out of uniform especially, was not the kind of thing the Corps encouraged, maybe not even acknowledged.

In that kind of playland, where one isn't even gambling (like those commercial game places, once you buy your chips, the only thing you can win is more chips), we were a noticeable presence at points around the place and while several of us were good "brawlers", our job was really to minimize any trouble to the minimum extent possible while someone grabbed the university police.

In the two or three years I did it (t'was over a quarter of a century ago), I don't recall anything bad happening and I think most of the fun I had was in being part of a world, the nonreg college world, that I often didn't see. Ie, at one, at the end of the night, I was down at one of the tables, shoulder to shoulder with a can can dancer, counting cash.

NOW, all that said, one thing one has to remember that in that kind of atmosphere, whether for real or monopoly money, whatever the job one is doing, one is probably visible to the customer who is there relaxing, playing a fantasy. One must always be on their best behavior, have that smile on their face, at least whenever they can be seen by the common visitor.

It is something that we should all remember in whatever job we do, but especially when one is in the recreation industry.
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Link Posted: 7/25/2013 12:40:19 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Snowleopard:
Sort of.......in a playland sort of way.

TAMU Residence Hall association would do a Casino Night each year and members of the Corps of Cadets (rather the "outsiders") would be the security. Outsiders in that such association with nonreg TAMU, out of uniform especially, was not the kind of thing the Corps encouraged, maybe not even acknowledged.

In that kind of playland, where one isn't even gambling (like those commercial game places, once you buy your chips, the only thing you can win is more chips), we were a noticeable presence at points around the place and while several of us were good "brawlers", our job was really to minimize any trouble to the minimum extent possible while someone grabbed the university police.

In the two or three years I did it (t'was over a quarter of a century ago), I don't recall anything bad happening and I think most of the fun I had was in being part of a world, the nonreg college world, that I often didn't see. Ie, at one, at the end of the night, I was down at one of the tables, shoulder to shoulder with a can can dancer, counting cash.

NOW, all that said, one thing one has to remember that in that kind of atmosphere, whether for real or monopoly money, whatever the job one is doing, one is probably visible to the customer who is there relaxing, playing a fantasy. One must always be on their best behavior, have that smile on their face, at least whenever they can be seen by the common visitor.

It is something that we should all remember in whatever job we do, but especially when one is in the recreation industry.
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Link Posted: 7/25/2013 12:43:39 AM EST
My dad did. Don't work for an Indian owned one.
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 12:48:53 AM EST
Seems like it would be incredibly depressing hanging out there for long periods.
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:13:19 AM EST
We have several of the Indian owned casinos around my area. Probably 4 within an hour drive of our house, one within 10 miles of our house. I hear a lot of people bitch about working for the casinos. Mostly say the pay sucks unless your a blackjack dealer or in management. I think there is tons of politics involved if you work on the floor as far as making the customer happy from what I understand.
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:15:00 AM EST
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Why the face?

I pretty much made it as clear, non mysterious, as possible.

FURTHER, if some place like David & Busters (and the like) are Casinos of a sort, what's wrong with my answer?
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Link Posted: 7/25/2013 1:25:40 AM EST
I did six years as a network administrator at one of the Detroit ones. Pay was good, actually everything about the job was like any other IT job except being on call 24/7/365 during those six years. Even when on vacation. I would get woken up in the middle of the night several times a week, if not nightly.

Our boss even told us in a meeting right before I left: "I pay you guys to make this place the center of your life." Uh, no, sorry.

They weren't shy about spending money on new equipment though, that was a big plus. Always had the newest and best.
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 3:38:26 AM EST
My dad did many years ago.
He was a less than trustworthy character.
He had been a magician and did slight of hand tricks before he worked at a casino.

He used to say to me when I was a kid.
"If there is more than one person playing and a penny on the table, some one is cheating" and then laugh.
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