Riva
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May 26th, 2015 at 9:59:12 AM permalink
Yesterday was the final day of our annual 4-day fundraising festival at our school. By early counts, over 150,000 people visited the campus to enjoy food, rides, bands, dancing and, our Vegas Tent. About 3,000 people came into the tent to gamble a few sheckles on their favorite game(s).

Attached is a picture of the tent after we started to tear everything down at about 7:00 pm. During the event, the tent contained 20 blackjack, 3 let-it ride, 10 holdem, 3 money wheels, 2 14' craps (see video), 2 20' double-roulette, 1 9' single-roulette. Every table was jammed with players from 3:00 PM until closing at 1:00 AM. All wagers were in the $2-$5 variety. Action was so hot and heavy that some volunteer dealers stated that they would never sigh up for this job again!

In all the years I have done this, this was the strangest action that I have ever seen on roulette. On all 5 layouts, 95% players simply bet straight up numbers.No splits, no box, no corners, no columns. Just straight up. And, most put out max bets ($5) on about 5 numbers per spin, hoping for the big payout (25:1).

While a few hit their spot, I have to tell you, it was, for the most part, a bloody massacre. Players would hang in for about 5-10 spins, bust out and go back to the bank to buy more chips. Then, they would come right back to the table and the whole thing would repeat.

Another thing.... Players love to put their chip where another player has a bet down. The probably figure that the other player has a lucky hunch or something. So, we took all the bets down when a different number dropped. On one spin, I had 8 $5 wagers on #23. Came up "00". Ouch! Still, the players enjoyed it as the beer was flowing and they simply walked over to another game after busting out. Our take roulette was about 70%. As I said, it was a massacre.

Only one bad incident all weekend when a BJ player attempted to relieve himself while playing blackjack. Needless to say, he left the tent not of his own free will.

The biggest grief that occurred came from the State. The recently imposed a rule that any person that works as a dealer at an event, must undergo a criminal background check, including a copy of a driver's license or ID. The trouble is, they failed to notify us of this new rule until a week before the vent. And, it takes 2 weeks to process the background check. That's when we called the powers that be in the State capital. Even with the pressure from upstairs, the still failed to process over 40 volunteer dealers--people we rely upon to work the tables. And, these people are VOLUNTEERS! So, as a result, we put out a call to every dealer agency in town to simply have dealers at the table--at a cost of about $125 per-dealer per-shift. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper at the moment.

So today, I'm taking the day off to rest after 6 straight days of preparing for and working the event. I'm 100% beat!

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Avincow
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May 26th, 2015 at 10:27:36 AM permalink
Quote: Riva

hoping for the big payout (25:1).



Massacre is right.
Riva
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May 26th, 2015 at 10:33:57 AM permalink
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Massacre is right.



It's a charity. Not a casino.
ten2win
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May 26th, 2015 at 10:54:47 AM permalink
Very Nice!

What State if I may ask?

I'm guessing the NE somewhere.
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Ibeatyouraces
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May 26th, 2015 at 10:56:35 AM permalink
Orchard Lake, Michigan.

The state and casinos are doing everything in their power to get these poker rooms/Vegas nights eliminated and illegal.
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DJTeddyBear
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May 26th, 2015 at 12:00:52 PM permalink
The state giving you a hard time doesn't surprise me.

But didn't you recently report that one of the new changes is that the casino staff must all be volunteers associated with the organization? That said, why did they allow you to hire outside dealers?
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Romes
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May 26th, 2015 at 12:13:39 PM permalink
Quote: Riva

It's a charity. Not a casino.


Quite right, but there is a tipping point where you provide games "to try to win at" when the math behind it says you can't win. I don't take any issue with charity events posting their crummy rules then stating "hey, it's for charity." But I do take issue with "come try to win money in our Vegas tent! We have everything a normal casino would have!" ...When mathematically you're no where near a regular casino, which usually has no issues fleecing people.

Also, most of the people at these events are drinking a lot and hardly playing close to a 'basic strategy' in any of the games. Hence the guy trying to deal "the river card" at your blackjack table. What I guess I'm trying to say is even if you took regular casino odds, you could figure in another 2-3% HE just from the drunk flailing of people whom know they're drinking and flailing for a charity. So to butcher the payouts THAT much more to me isn't a fundraiser, but a greedy misleading slaughter.

I hope you didn't burn people so bad they won't ever come back next year. Most casinos and businesses for this matter don't see this, and it astonishes me... Would you rather make 10k per year at this event for the next 10 years (i.e. $100,000) or would you rather make $20k per year for the next 3 years before turning people off from playing (i.e. $60,000)? Most casinos/businesses just want to try to up their profits THIS year and don't think about the long term effects.
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PGBuster
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May 26th, 2015 at 12:17:30 PM permalink
Charity event nonwithstanding, I can't imagine its a good idea to use a copyrighted game like "Let it Ride" when you haven't paid the appropriate licensing fees to do so. And of all the games to cherry pick from, that's the one you pick.
Ibeatyouraces
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May 26th, 2015 at 12:18:25 PM permalink
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Charity event nonwithstanding, I can't imagine its a good idea to use a copyrighted game like "Let it Ride" when you haven't paid the appropriate licensing fees to do so. And of all the games to cherry pick from, that's the one you pick.


It's been found in Vegas nights for years.
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Riva
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May 27th, 2015 at 7:55:36 AM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

The state giving you a hard time doesn't surprise me.

But didn't you recently report that one of the new changes is that the casino staff must all be volunteers associated with the organization? That said, why did they allow you to hire outside dealers?



4 days prior to the event, the State had not processed the criminal background check on about 60 of our volunteer dealers. We had no choice but to go out and hire dealers otherwise there would be no one to deal the darn games. By Friday (the day of the event) we had 30 people approved. 30 people were never processed. Some worked in other areas of the event (food and beverage, etc.) but some were told to go home.

Personally, I think it is wrong for the State to require a criminal background check for a person working as a dealer at a church or school related function on their own premises and for $0 pay. It's all being done because of all the skank that is going on in the "charity" poker rooms throughout the State. Unfortunately, all charity gaming, poker and traditional events like mine, fall under the same law so, we are all painted with the same proverbial brush.

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