SmithTower
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January 6th, 2010 at 8:50:34 AM permalink
A couple of weeks ago I won almost 6K at craps. New to winning money in Vegas I wasn’t sure if the Cashier’s Cage could give me something besides cash to carry home. They said they couldn’t give me traveler checks or anything else besides cash. I was leaving Sunday morning so all the Las Vegas banks were closed. When you win big in Las Vegas what’s the best way to get your winnings home?
Nareed
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January 6th, 2010 at 9:05:33 AM permalink
I'd preffer travelers checks or a bank check. Are there any AMEX offices in Vegas? In Mexico any AMEX travel office sells travelers checks even on Sunday, so do currency exchanges at the airport.

If you must carry cash, keep it in your person at all times and be discreet about it. If possible avoid passing it through the X-Ray machine. If the casino gives you a receipt, carry that with you, too.

You could try hanging around the front desk or the cage and wait for a guest to try to exhcange traveler checks, but I'd advice against it. You'll draw attention to yourself.
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January 6th, 2010 at 9:09:21 AM permalink
Quote: Nareed

If possible avoid passing it through the X-Ray machine.



Care to elaborate?
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DJTeddyBear
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January 6th, 2010 at 9:23:28 AM permalink
Travelers checks? No. They accept them, but they're not a bank, so they don't issue them. However, they should be able to give you a regular business check.

Casinos don't want to give you anything other than cash, simply because it's easier to continue gambling if you have cash rather than a check.

That said, if you get resistance, got to the main cage and/or talk to a supervisor. They SHOULD be willing to issue a check. They would probably be more willing if you only wanted a PARTIAL check. I.E. Take that $6K as $5K in a check, and $1K in cash - giving them the feeling that they have a chance you'll gamble that $1K.

Another alternative is to go to the credit office and ask them for alternatives. I don't have experience with this, but it seems to me that if they allow you to get credit, gamble it and lose, and then send a check when you get home, that the exact opposite must also apply. I.E. They should allow you to deposit your winnings, then you ask for a check to be mailed to you when you get home.

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I forget what it said on the check, but it didn't say 'Foxwoods'. It had the name of the Indian Tribe, as well as a comment that indicated that the account was used exclusively to pay winners.
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January 6th, 2010 at 9:49:51 AM permalink
I mean the X-Ray machine at the airport. An envelope with bills shows up in a rather easily identifiable way (I've seena few). Aside from possible risks of theft by airport security personnel, it may draw their attention to you as a security risk. Most people don't carry large amounts of cash with them. That's why I also suggest carrying the casino's receipt, to be able to prove where the money came from.

Ideally I'd tell you to carry the cash in an envelope in an inner jacket pocket. But few people wear jackets in Vegas. Still, any light-weight jacket worn inside an air conditioned airport wouldn't be conspicuous.
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January 6th, 2010 at 10:03:58 AM permalink
Hi, I never had a problem getting a check from any of the cages at any Harrah's property in Vegas.
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January 6th, 2010 at 10:40:54 AM permalink
This is getting out of my area, but the general policy is that a casino may give you a check for winnings only. They are supposed to guard against being used to launder cash. It is easiest to establish the fact that winnings are winnings if you use a marker to begin with. 6K is not a large amount to a lot of casinos, and may not warrant the fuss of writing up a check. For 6K, I would fold it, wrap it with a rubber band, and keep it in my pocket, including through the x-ray machine. Luggage stores sell hidden pouches that can store up to 20K or so, but for 6K, I wouldn't fuss with it. If your local bank has a branch in LV, you could make a cash deposit there.
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FleaStiff
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January 6th, 2010 at 10:49:10 AM permalink
There can be some miscommunication involved too.
Often I've brought a check and asked the cashier to cash it. I was used to taking cash to the table to buy in and had formerly brought it with me in my wallet. Casino would probably have gladly issued me chips for it but I didn't realize that.

It may be the same with your departure. If you go to the cashier when you are about to leave, its less likely they will be able to do anything for you then. Go to the cashier give them five of the six thousand and ask for a check, that would be easier. Ofcourse six thousand is not all that bulky but if seized at an airport good luck with all the paperwork!

I know with all these new treasury regulations things are getting more strict.

Congratulations on LEAVING the casino with money. Its rare for me!
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January 6th, 2010 at 11:38:59 AM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

Congratulations on LEAVING the casino with money. Its rare for me!



Oh, btu it's easy. Just bring along the amount you want to gamble, call it X, plus an extra amount, call it Y. Then you'll always leave with Y dollars. No trouble at all, as long as Y=> $1.

Seriously, I posted elsewhere about my first trip to Vegas. I ended saying "I gambled, I saw the sights, I did some shopping and had over $100 left. To me that means I did ok."
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January 6th, 2010 at 3:41:21 PM permalink
$6,000 is chump change to a casino.

But I do have a question. Is there a problem with having cash show up on the x-ray machine? Lets say you have 10 grand in there... I mean is there a law about how much money you can bring through airports lol? In all honesty, ok so that brings attention and they ask you where did you get this money... You don't have to say anything right? If it's not illegal than it's not illegal. If you aren't legally required to answer that question, then...?

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