JoelDeze
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June 2nd, 2016 at 4:45:39 PM permalink
So a few days ago I head to Twin River casino and noticed that the blackjack dealer was sniffling a lot. Last night I end up with a cold and since I've been home (except for the casino), I'm positive I got it there. I won $600 but I'm not sure a cold and sore throat are worth the $600 I won. Well, maybe it's okay.

My wife and I were scheduled to go to the casino today and I thought about staying home but I decided that since I'm not coughing I'd go. I took many medications and decongestants, washed my hands thoroughly, made sure I didn't actively cough or anything, and continually washed my hands and even blew my nose in private.

Now the chance of me spreading my own germs is probably slim but yes, it could happen.

Here's my question and debate moment:

1. Should Dealers show up sick at the casino?
2. Should Players show up sick at the casino?
3. If either a Dealer or a Player takes incredible precautions and maintains as much health safety as they can, is it okay for either to show up sick at the casino?

I won another $1,400 playing craps today so I definitely feel it was worth going (personally). But, I also didn't want to get anyone sick so I took extra precautions. When someone wanted to high five me for making my 4th set point on my first roll at the craps table, I deferred to performing a Howie Mandel fist bump.

I still think the black jack dealer got me sick. He was coughing as well and not covering his mouth.
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rsactuary
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June 2nd, 2016 at 4:51:33 PM permalink
I hate to break the news.. but it's not just the dealers you have to worry about. (by the way, it could have been allergies).

They NEVER wash the chips. So think of all the sleaze you're getting when you touch each chip.
JoelDeze
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June 2nd, 2016 at 4:55:05 PM permalink
Quote: rsactuary

I hate to break the news.. but it's not just the dealers you have to worry about. (by the way, it could have been allergies).

They NEVER wash the chips. So think of all the sleaze you're getting when you touch each chip.



It's definitely a cold and yes, I thought about the chips as well. But, the chips have to be touched by someone that is actively spreading germs. I think they should be washed. Nothing worse than trying to separate chips and they are stuck together.

Chips, Dice, Cards and the persons that prepared my food. So, maybe I should just expand this to should anyone go to the casino when sick, or if they take incredible precautions.
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DJTeddyBear
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June 2nd, 2016 at 4:55:59 PM permalink
People show up to work sick all the time at all types of jobs / businesses. Both front of house and behind the scenes people. Singling out dealers seems unfair.

Also, there is the urban legend / old wive's tale that once you've got symptoms, you're no longer contagious.

Bottom line, shrug it off.
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FleaStiff
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June 2nd, 2016 at 5:05:36 PM permalink
I've seen a boxman supply a tissue to a base dealer who slapped his hands before picking it up and after putting it down. I've seen a dealer slap her hands before throwing an errant lock of hair back from her forehead and slap them again before touching chips. I've seen dealers generally following good habits.

Chips are dirty, glassware is dirty, ashtrays are, no one likes dealing in smoke filled casinos all shift long, particularly if air change rates are rather low. The fig oil scented M resort has the most modern computer controlled air changing system: without it French Fries and Male Urine would be the primary olfactory experience in the casino. Microbes would be the least of your worries.

I find the casino atmosphere so exciting that its hard to judge health concerns. I found myself unable to learn the casino layout, unable to follow simple play rules for a new game, dealers asking me "are you there" "are you with it" etc. It wasn't until Monday when I walked into the doctor's office that the nurse told me "You look utterly terrible" and they Rx'd a ton of antibiotics for me.
tringlomane
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June 2nd, 2016 at 5:08:51 PM permalink
Ideally neither players or dealers would show up sick. But I'm doubting casinos give tons of paid sick leave to dealers, if any at all. So expecting dealers to take off is probably unrealistic. You did have one option that sounds like you didn't exercise. You could have left the table as soon as you thought he had a cold.

I personally have avoided playing live poker due to sickness before.
mcallister3200
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June 2nd, 2016 at 5:15:29 PM permalink
Last week saw a dealer blow nose on the game, PC gave her a tissue. When dealer asked for hand sanitizer before resuming, PC refused saying she couldn't while on the game and had to wait until break. Why I have no idea.
RogerKint
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June 2nd, 2016 at 5:18:26 PM permalink
Why on the flat earth were you playing blackjack when you have a huge edge on craps? Was the full moon's additional gravity causing more 7s? The craps gods obviously punished thee by striking thee with a cold.
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DiscreteMaths2
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June 2nd, 2016 at 5:22:49 PM permalink
One of my last trips some nasty old hag was spitting up into napkin and then putting it on the elbow rest of a VP machine. (probably from decades of chain smoking or what have you). Makes me dry heave just thinking about it. Thanks.
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JoelDeze
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June 2nd, 2016 at 6:12:03 PM permalink
Quote: RogerKint

Why on the flat earth were you playing blackjack when you have a huge edge on craps? Was the full moon's additional gravity causing more 7s? The craps gods obviously punished thee by striking thee with a cold.



Practicing card counting. The Asian dealer at the table was the fastest dealer I've seen in over 12 years. It was quite difficult.
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