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The sister stops the game

 This is one you may have to know a bit about craps to fully appreciate. It happened around 1970 in PI Casino when we not only had those huge ungainly New York layout crap games, but operated them with a ladderman. A ladderman is a supervisor who sits on a raised platform directly behind the […]

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Financial surgery

Pom Pom was not his real name. No one actually knew his real name except perhaps the clerks in the payroll office. He told all and sundry that he was Pom Pom and it stuck. Pom Pom, who was a man of a certain age, was on staff from when the Casino on Paradise Island […]

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A small communications gap

Gerry Cohen sent this story from the mid-seventies. You may be interested in the following story from my early days at Charlie Chester’s. You may even know the punter in question – Ray remembers her. Anyway if you like the story, feel free to use it. Lady Chappel was a regular at the blackjack tables […]

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The Magician

This story is in the “How dumb can you get?” category. Shortly before I started working at Charlie Chester’s in London, another man who was shall remain nameless started working there. He chose to work as a dealer as a backup earner while what was to be his main career got going. What was to have […]

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Packer loses a bet

This one was just told me by one of our big players. It stars that complete Australian degenerate, the late Kerry Packer. Packer was in Vegas at one of the big Casinos on the strip. He was playing at a very high limit crap game and he had friends with him. Kerry was being the […]

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Richard Mayhook

Yesterday Richard Mayhook who worked at PI Casino for a single year, but whose uncle Peter worked there for 34 years, was killed when the scooter he was driving was rear ended by an SUV. It was a hit and run, Richard was thrown a hundred feet. Like me he was trying to write a […]

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Another Packer Gem

Kerry and another whale were at one of the really big Vegas Casinos on the strip and Kerry had done his money. Now that means he had blown his whole credit line, at least one extension, any front money he had put up and any cash he actually had in his pocket, although that most likely […]

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How to deal with reticent customers

This happened recently at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in South Florida. They have only just introduced Blackjack as their first table game and they have been seriously swamped. Getting a seat at one of their forty B/J tables has been difficult. Business being business when it gets busier in the evenings they raise the […]

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What I didn’t want to put on this site

Since my accident I have been writing what I hope will eventually be a publishable book about all the things that I preferred not to put on this website. It is also a vehicle for a lot of the stories you have already read on this site. People tell me, “make a book” so that is […]

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Hiatus

Readers, Sorry about the break but I knocked the crap out of myself crashing my bicycle training for a charity event. Did 50 miles and raised about $1,700 but it all went pear shaped afterwards. I will be writing again, but not at the frenetic every other day pace I set before. I hope to […]

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