Las Vegas “Whales”

Las Vegas “Whales”

By: Iulia Pascanu

What Las Vegas jargon names “whales” is in fact the creme of the high rollers species. They are a handful of people that in some opinions don’t exceed 500 individuals in the world. Las Vegas hoteliers are nuts about them; some claim four or five of those whales bet much more than the rest of the thousands customers they receive daily. No wonder they are suspected of going as far as selling their first born child to get one of those whales into their gaming area.
Five tips to recognise a whale

* the size of the bet: $50,000 is the low end; Australian tycoon Kerry Packer likes to play seven blackjack hands at one time; his top bet was $375,000;
* the line of credit: 4 to 5 million dollars for one weekend; a fortune for us ordinary earthings, pocket money for a “whale”;
* the treat: whales get all the freebies from the hotel they play: fine dining, luxury accommodations, private jet transportation, expensive gifts… often the US visa for the Asian high rollers;
* the escort: it usually includes bodyguards, beautiful gals and close friends; Las Vegas history saved for the record a legendary tale in which the Saudi Prince Adnan Khashoggi dropped for a bet at Stardust with an anturage of a dozen people;
* the generosity: whether they win or loose, everybody’s happy as long as they play; “whales” don’t spare tips & gifts.

While the “whales” number just a few hundreds in the world, the amounts they can afford to lose are purely impressive; that is why hoteliers pay specially trained staff for “whales hunting”. The Asians form a big part of this exclusivist market, about 80 %. The bottom line is to keep them comming in, at the same rate, after nine eleven.

Unfortunatelly, Las Vegas seems to be experiencing a decrease in whale strands these days. One reason, that all hoteliers agree about, is they don’t get as much privacy in Las Vegas casinos as they would normally get in other gaming destinations of the world. While hotel owners in Las Vegas await their VIP saloons approved, the “whales” gamble in Macau, Monaco or Australia.

Iulia Pascanu writes for http://www.bestlasvegashotels.info where you can find more information about the best hotels in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Casino Speak: How to Talk the Talk

Speaking Las Vegas Language

By: Jay Moncliff

If you’re visiting a Las Vegas casino, you may wonder what kind of language they’re speaking. There is a lot of Vegas lingo, and learning a few of the more popular terms and what they mean can make you look like an old hand in the casino.

Some of the terms are colorful and will really make you look cool. Vegas veterans call dice “bones”. Want to look cool? Roll the bones at a craps table. Another cool Vegas term is “bill”. Be careful, this is a $100 bill, not just a dollar.

You may be interested in playing a “progressive” game. This is a game where the jackpot keeps growing until someone wins. Each play makes the jackpot grow until some lucky person wins the entire “pot” or amount of money available.

You may notice a “fill” while you’re in the casino. When a machine’s coins are replenished, or more chips are brought to a table game, it’s called a fill. Of course, the coins go into the machine’s hopper, or the container inside the machine that holds the coins or tokens.

You may want to keep an eye out for the “pit” while you’re in the casino. This area is usually off-limits to customers, but it’s where the “pit boss” or supervisor monitors the activity in the casino. It’s interesting to see the pit boss concentrate and monitor the “action” or activity on the “floor” (gaming area).

Of course, “gaming” was originally coined because of the negative connotation of the word “gambling”. No one in Vegas actually gambles, if you read the literature. They all participate in “gaming”. You’ll win or lose money either way, but gaming doesn’t carry the same expectation of losing as gambling.

Of course, some of the terms in Vegas have several meanings. You might hear the term “action” used in several ways. Personally, “action” could be the amount of money you bet during one casino gambling session, or the entire amount you bet during your trip. The term is used both ways. For the casino, “action” can refer to the annual amount the casino deposits, or the amount of play in a specific time period defined by the casino management.

The “buy in” is the smallest amount that you can join a table game for. You will notice that some tables require $5, $10 or even $50 and more to join the game. This term inevitably leads to “high roller,” or someone who has a lot of money to bet and isn’t afraid to use it. Depending on the casino, a high roller is usually considered someone who bets $10,000 or more during a day. Or you might say, his action is $10,000 or more.

Finally, you’ll probably need the useful term, “all-in”. This can mean that you are betting everything you have left in a poker game, but it can also mean you’re broke or absolutely exhausted after a long day of “gaming” Vegas can be a lot of fun, and knowing some of the lingo can make you feel like a real “insider”.

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