Have you heard of casino whales? They’re the big players that the big Vegas gambling properties spend a fortune trying to bring onto the casino floor. Casinos like whales because they spend a lot, they tip a lot, and they gamble a lot. Everything about these players is known to members of the VIP team.

But that’s not the only group of players that the casino keeps a watchful eye on. Every casino has a little black book and today we’re looking at the three types of casino players who might find themselves inside. If you’re one of them, you shouldn’t be flattered. You should run and steer clear of that casino. Or try and clear your name because they might have the wrong guy.

Advantage Players

Some players can gain an unfair advantage over the house through legal, perfectly legit methods. An example of an advantage player would be a card counter. Ben Affleck was allegedly banned from playing at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas because he made way too much money playing Blackjack and counting cards along the way. But Affleck isn’t alone. There are probably hundreds if not thousands of advantage players in the black books of Las Vegas casinos. These players have won way too much money through skill alone.

Advantage players shouldn’t be confused with whales who happen to win. For example, a Blackjack player who won $100,000 over the course of a few days might be banned from a casino while a Craps player who won $1,000,000 over the course of a week might still be welcome. That’s because the craps player is likely winning on luck alone while the Blackjack player might have used card counting to win.


If you’re slotted under the Cheaters category in a casino’s black book, you aren’t admired the same way advantage players are. Advantage players are just super smart. Cheaters are just sketchy. An example of a cheater could be someone who attempts to count cards using a computer method hidden in their shoe. Or a craps player who is somehow manipulating the dice with every throw. Or a Roulette player who is replacing small chips with big value chips between the result and the payout to turn that $5 bet into a $500 payout. These players are banned from casinos and will be escorted off the property immediately.

Members of Organized Crime

This one is interesting because it might not affect the casino’s bottom line, but it does affect the world. Members of organized crime might not necessarily be out to cheat the casino. But they could be out to use the casino as a vehicle to launder money. In some cases, big money is put into a machine and cashed out seconds later. In other cases, money is exchanged directly on the casino floor. Either way, casinos don’t want members of organized crime on their property, nor do they want to be the facilitators of any sort of illegal transaction.

Is there an online casino black book?

There is, but it’s not really as extensive as you think. Most people on an online casino’s black book have used fraudulent payment methods to play, or have tried to use their accounts to move money around without any desire to play. We’ve only encountered a few of those types at Silver Oak Casino. Play honestly and fairly and you’ll stay in our good books.


Simon is an overactive gambler and the Staff Writer here at Silver Oak. He loves casino bonuses, online slots, and using the em dash too often. Currently, he rests his typing hands in Vancouver, Canada.