Do you feel safe in the casino? If so, there are things you can do to feel safe in the casino. Today we offer this great article by Frank Scoblete, author and owner of Casino City Times concerning Casino Visit Security Tips.
NETG ran a series last year on Mondays to bring you a Gambling Post from someone else. Generally speaking, it was to peak your interest casino and gambling topics. Some of posts included information on Cruise Casinos, Federal Tax reform and even“US Presidents Who Played Poker” We called it, what else but “The Monday Link.”
Here’s a link to a Frank Scoblete post on GamblingTeachers.com. At GT, you can discover success secrets from professional gamblers. Gambling Teachers’ Mission is to remain a free online learning Center, teach Learn to Win programs and lessons of value and retain our GT team of top gambling professionals. King Scobe as he is called, is all about casino gambling. His books include Beat the Craps out of the Casinos, Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution, and Beat the One-Armed Bandits and are staples for your gambling library. He has written and appeared in television documentaries as well as written numerous columns for gambling magazines and websites. Equally important are Frank’s series of videotapes and DVDs, with most of his work being about craps and blackjack.
Safety in Casino Parking Garages is the first critical step to a successful trip to the casino. Planning your paring experience is essential, even though you can’t wait to park and get gambling. And, so many people leave the casino unaware of their surroundings. Remember, wherever you park, you just have to be aware. People walking through the parking lot don’t pay as much attention as they used to. Heavens Forbid! that we should put our devices away and look up! So, when parking in a casino parking garage, treat it as a day of Holiday shopping filled with busy travelers and a few people with bad intentions.
This post is not to make you paranoid. There haven’t been a hike in casino parking garage crimes. But it’s good to be careful. Here are some suggestions and reminders:
1) Be choosy where you park – finding a populated area is usually not a problem (but a good idea) in a casino parking garage. Make sure it’s well-lit. Ie suggest you park away from corner parking spaces so some overanxious gambler or inebriated grandmother doesn’t smack your ride with their vehicle as they’re navigating the loops/ turns in these huge concrete caves. Safety in Casino Parking Garages suggests you plan your parking concerning all of these above and leaving time.
2) Put money, devices, credit cards out of site before you get out of the car. And take a quick look around before getting out of the car. One thing you will see in Casino Parking Garages are people in their cars taking a break, sleeping, or even checking out who is coming and going.
Some older garages, like the El Cortez in Las Vegas, can be poorly lit and make you feel a little nervous!
3) Lock & Stow – Many parking-lot thefts occur because drivers neglect to perform the simplest task: locking the car and closing the windows. Don’t allow your car to be an easy target for thieves. Hide valuables such as GPS devices, cell phones, laptops, and iPods. Trunks are great places to hide things of value. Safety in Casino Parking Garages includes keeping things out of sight for any potential break-ins.
4) Stay Focused – Instead of checking e-mail or making calls, look to your front, side, and rear when walking to and from the casino. Make your call or text once you get in the car. Being aware of your surroundings lessens your chances of becoming a victim, both going in & coming out.
5) Be certain to WRITE DOWN the floor level and accessory indicators (eg 3 A, B, or C, etc.) as you leave the parked vehicle or take a ticket of what floor you have parked on. It’s very easy to forget specifically where you parked when you return from the casino-hotel, partially because some of these garages are monstrous in size; look over your shoulder at some visual landmarks such as the general direction.
One way my wife and I have fun remembering is having a short “saying” to help remember. Since we both play video poker, we like to use things like “quad floor” for 4, or “two pair” for 2. Try movie titles – we prefer “Three Amigos” for floor 3.
6) If you win anything that is substantial in the casino, you must know someone has seen it. Casino security will always be happy to escort you to your car and see you off to be sure you’re safe as you leave. Don’t feel guilty for asking and don’t hesitate if you are concerned. It’s their job to make sure you’re safe.
7) Don’t “dilly-dally” – yes, you know, wandering around, even if you don’t know where your car is. You might as well yell “I’m Lost, Come and Get Me!” ( sarcasm, don’t yell that, really). Have your car key in hand, lock the doors immediately and drive off.
8) Optional Idea – Valet Parking is much safer (especially at night), plus you’ll feel like a VIP. This approach is well worth a $2-$5 tip vs. a potential problem or worry. If you are arriving with a large bankroll, use valet. Safer getting in and safer getting out.
So, before I give anyone any cause to be paranoid when parking their car, just use basic common sense. Be aware and careful out there.
I don’t usually go to the casino on a Saturday night – too many people, too many freaks! But, we had a show to see, so we took our chances and went to Mohegan Sun. The real entertainment ended up being the crowd of people on an extremely busy Saturday night.
Remember the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie (Episode IV) and the infinitely different cast of characters in that lounge? Well, it’s wasn’t completely the same inside Mohegan Sun, but….
Star Wars Bar Scene
PEOPLE WATCHING – it’s what you can do when you’re not gambling, or just walking around, or even taking a break and sitting down for a while. PEOPLE WATCHING – try it, you won’t believe what you will see. (careful, this might seem judgmental – and it is. But when a person goes out in public, there are some areas that are just odd or downright funny.)
Here’s a few of our memories of the night and some conclusions from those recollections – some of which are unfortunately burned in my brain for eternity:
THE DEMISE OF THE MIRROR INDUSTRY
This, I am sad to say, must be true. I believe there must be a lack of mirror availability – maybe even on the verge of mirror extinction! After what I witnessed Saturday night, people can’t be buying mirrors. Are they too expensive? Are they illegal? Can you only find them on the black market? After what I witnessed Saturday night, I am convinced they must be a rare commodity, indeed.
THE TINY BLACK SKIRT BRIGADE
This must be a cult club, or something. I think it goes hand-in-hand with the disappearance of mirrors. I always wondered why females – young and older – would wear clothing that seems to be uncomfortable, tight, short and uncomplimentary – making the person wearing it completely self-conscious and, well, UNCOMFORTABLE! Then, I got it – stronger arms. Women wear these styles for the physical benefits. No, not those physical benefits (get your mind out of the gutter, this is a family blog). Physical as in building those biceps and triceps with the constant pulling up the top, pulling down the bottom. Ingenious. My wife thought of the cult’s new name – we will from this day forward refer to these ladies as “the Tuggers.” One question still remains – at what length (or lack there of) does the dress actually turn into a shirt?
DRESSED FOR SOUP-CESS
Here is the story of a perfectly dressed couple, (like, ready for opera dressed, or something really classy,). As they are standing line to order, the dapper gentleman yells back at his lovely wife saying, “hurry and get that table” referring the self-serve seating area. The establishment they are in line for? – Soup Man in the Food Court.
ANNOYING OR POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS?
“I won, I won!” (scream, scream, scream). Either it’s:
Somebody freaking out over getting five cherries in a row on a penny slot – with a 25-cent bet (ah, newbies), or
Someone really winning a large jackpot and letting everyone know – including those who may compromise that person’s safety later in the night (not very smart.)
A reminder – if you win big, don’t televise it. Ask for an escort when you go to your car, or use the safe in your room. OH, SECURITY!
HERE’S A NEW ONE
The restroom is a new millennial lounge area, or so it was this Saturday night. I walk in, and three young guys, all with drinks, just hanging out talking guy stuff – in the restroom. Not at the urinals, not washing their hands, just leaning against the wall, one sitting on the sink, drinking and chillin’. This could be an anti-cult (or other halves) to the TUGGERS.
A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR….
Seriously…the guy was so drunk he missed the seat at the VP bar, fell forward, and hit his head on the bar. Luckily, the bar & video poker machine were spared damage – not so sure if the man knew what hit him.
We left, just shaking our heads and smiling……. Oh, the Humanity!