4 Tips for Avoiding Criminals at the Casino

Why get into this now? Just Google “robbed at the casino” and you will see there has been a more than a few incidents recently. Simply put, I want you to feel safe while gambling because it is more fun.

Beyond the legality of actually knowing how to play blackjack, the victims of these crimes have mostly been outside of the casino premises, and almost always off the gaming floor. Regular players know some of the basic rules of conduct, including the often over looked one’s like…

1. Do not flash your bank-roll for everyone to see

Some players believe that smaller jackpots, under $1,000, are nothing to be concerned about because bragging is half the fun. But for the criminally minded, that could be quite a payday. Here is an example of a man who was chased down and robbed after winning $1,100 playing slots, but thankfully they captured the assailant. The point is to keep your good luck in your pocket until you are in a safe place.

2. Always go to the casino with at least one other person

Better yet is to go with a group of four or more, all of who know to just be a little more careful than usual. Unfortunately, the elderly are thought to be easy targets for thieves and other criminals and are often picked out of the crowd. At the same time the elderly are also some of the most consistent visitors to the casino, making it a mecca for this type of thief who can be easily spotted stalking and staring while not playing.

3. Be sure to report anyone acting suspiciously in your area to security and move to another location

The question of why casino crimes have increased in the past several months is not easily answered. One possible reason is that with a decreasing unemployment rate and more discretionary income available, more people are choosing to go to gamble as part of their weekend entertainment.

Another possibility is that players have let down their guard a little, making themselves more vulnerable in this era of increased awareness. The truth is that it was harder to steal a cup full of quarters then it is a slip of paper, but the days of coin in slot machines are long gone.

4. The best way to keep your winnings secure is to request a cashier’s check from the cage or hotel made out to yourself and immediately endorse it with “For Deposit Only” on the back. Do not sign the check, simply endorse it.

In the event you lose the check or it gets stolen it will be harder for the thief to do anything with it. Seriously, if you are not watching out for your own safety you are just left wide open.

By the way, if you do happen to win big, you may want to reconsider driving home with the cash in your car. People have reported being road blocked and hijacked for everything they have on the way out of town, especially Sin City. Keep your doors locked and use your cellphone to call for help instead of exiting your car.

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Jared Bates

I have been working in, and with different casinos for over twenty years, and as such I have seen many things happen to gambling online and offline. From Vegas to Atlantic City, and small places in between, my passion lies with games where I can win money.

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