The casino business is all about making money—if every player won all the time casinos would be out of business in no time. In any casino corporate event, private party, or fundraiser, the name of the game is fun. But in the real-world gambling scenario, the house always wants to have an edge. And so, the question remains: can the house get an edge by cutting off or banning a player who’s winning?
If you were to ask Don Johnson if he thinks casinos will ban or cut you off after winning big several times, you’ll probably get a huge “yes!” from him. In 2011, Johnson made headlines after winning $15 million after playing blackjack at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Borgata, and Caesars in Atlantic City for six months. According to Johnson, shortly after his identity was revealed, the said casinos cut him off.
However, the owner of the Tropicana casino, Carl Icahn, disputed Johnson’s claims. Icahn explained that he was planning to personally invite Johnson back to the casino and that he was always welcome to play any time.
This is a great example of how casinos treat gamblers who win using their skills differently from those who win by cheating. The point is, casinos won’t simply kick anyone out, especially honest players. But they will definitely kick out players that cheat or cash in using backhanded strategies.
One of the games that can get a player cut off is blackjack. The biggest concern is when someone hits a hot streak, it is mostly because they’re card counting. Card counting means involves counting the cards coming out of the deck in order to predict whether or not the player has an advantage. It’s not completely illegal, but most casinos ban this practice since it results in giving the player an edge over the house.
Players who are caught cheating in any manner, the casino authorities will take their names and pictures before they get escorted out of the casino. Those who cheated will not only be escorted out but they will also be informed that they aren’t welcome back. There is nothing illegal with doing this. As long as they are not being discriminatory, casinos can refuse service to anyone.
With that being said, a few casinos are known to slow honest players down the minute they are winning with these tactics:
It simply doesn’t make sense for any casino to ban or cut off legitimate players who are winning. It makes more sense for them to have the person keep playing until their luck runs out. This way, the casino can get their money back. Seeing other people win also encourages onlookers and first-time players to try out their luck.