Joe Pesci Spotting Suckers

When suffering an unusually fat loss at the casino you may say to yourself, “damn, I am a sucker,” but the question is, are you, really? There is a delicate line between a stupid loss, and getting taken advantage of by a legitimate predator. The casino is not a dangerous place, but it is certainly not the most welcoming place either. When you decide to descend into a pit of blackened ethics, void of any kind of natural light, you want to know what kind of threats are lurking on the path of your adventure to riches. You want to be prepared.

As Matt Damon says in (the admittedly over-quoted poker movie) Rounders, “if you cannot figure out whom the sucker is at the table after a half hour, then you are the sucker.”  The same thing applies to the rest of the casino grounds: if you are walking about wondering if you are standing out like a sore thumb, chances are doing exactly that: standing out like a sore thumb to anyone who may be watching for signs of easy money. You don’t want to be a sign of easy money; you want to be the shark swimming around spotting the prey.

The following points are some of the main ways to get scammed, but keep in mind that there are countless other ways. Pay heed and watch out.

1. The Voucher Scams

The first tip seems easy enough: protect your voucher, or in the case of some of the older casinos, protect your coins.

In any place of ostensible desperation, there are always going to be desperados walking about looking for an opportunity to engage in any number of “hit and run” type thefts of your hard-won cash:

  • Quickly grabbing your cash as it comes out of the machine
  • Snatching the voucher from your hand, purse, pocket, or otherwise on your persons
  • Distracting you while at a machine long enough to grab your voucher(s) and walk away

2. The Attractive Woman that Roofies You Scam

However much it may be a hit to your confidence if you are already struggling to keep a tight grip on the shale cliffs of sobriety and you even suspect that the woman that is feeding you that liquor is disingenuous, the chances are she is.

This is especially true if you have any modicum of a bankroll that you have been foolishly flashing around to the world. If the scarlet-dressed woman before you is insistent on taking you up to her room, try waiting an hour or two just to be sure she didn’t slip something into your drink so as to ensure your trip to a 12-hour coma.

3. The “I Found this” Scam

The best way to deal with scams is to assume the following: anyone and everyone who offers you any sort of deal, transaction, opportunity, or the possibility of anything involving the money you now have or might win in the future, intends to scam you in some way or another. It’s really that simple.

Some of the better known examples out there:

  • “I have $5000 in chips. I can’t go into the casino, but you can have the chips for $100.”
  • “I found this ring worth $5000. I’ll sell it for $100.”
  • “Hey, I won a couple free meals. Let’s charge them to your room. I will pay after I get back from the bathroom.”

You get the idea: if it seems too good to be true, it most certainly is. These days especially, nothing in Vegas is ever unconditionally free.

4. Scamming Yourself

“Vegas fever” is not just an expression; it is a phenomenon that transpires, regularly, and certainly not only within the bounds of the city of Las Vegas.  Though more commonly attributed to tourists, nearly anyone can get caught up in the excitement such that they forget to eat, sleep, or even get enough water. Arguably the worst type of sucker is the one who scams himself out of a proper meal, sleep, or even just a trip to the bar to grab a bottle of water.

Every day, people pass out on casino floors from digital exposure because of their own lack of self-control, and the casino is one of the last places that you want anyone to find you when you are unconscious. Someone or another is going try to rob you, or worse. Should you fail to keep yourself lucid and aware, you can probably say goodbye to your wallet and hope you don’t wake up in a ditch on the side of the road.


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.