Every once in a while, we here at Aces Casino (A.K.A. the top orange county casino party company in southern California) like to take the time to leave our virtual world of casino game play and check out what's goin' on in the world of REAL casino play. We have always realized just how those billion-dollar casinos get built in the first place (It's because the casino games the casinos offer are severely tweaked in order to separate the player from their money), but we rarely take a look at how the casinos GET this way.
That, and you KNOW us bloggers look for the goofy stories.
Hey - We ain't the best orange county casino night party company in the biz for nuthin'. The readers of the Aces Casino Blog (all 3 of them) deserve the very best in goofy stories, and, by popular demand, here are three of the stories that we found that seemed to sum up just how tough those casino games are, and why it's best to play with fake chips, like WE do.
#1 -- "You DO know there's a POOL on board, right?"
A 51-year-old Chinese man jumped to his death from a cruise ship after apparently losing more than $386,000 in the casino. The gambler, identified as Xu, was a passenger on the SuperStar Aquarius, operated by Asian cruise line Star Cruises.
The 1,500-passenger ship was on its way back to Hong Kong after a two-day party cruise when the incident occurred, according to local news reports. Xu was seen betting at a gaming table after dinner, and remained at the table until 8 a.m., according to other passengers.
After the big losses, he reportedly wandered around the top deck of the 13-deck ship for about an hour before taking his fatal leap. A spokesman for Star Cruises says the captain was alerted someone had fallen into the sea, stopped the ship and called in rescue teams.
Sothea Sinn, 28, who won the prize on Wednesday playing Caribbean stud poker at Auckland's Skycity Casino, said he was "absolutely gutted" when casino staff refused to pay out. Sinn said that in 2004 he demanded the casino ban him and his girlfriend because he was gambling too much.
He said he thought the ban had expired, but staff said he had agreed to get counselling before readmission – and had not done so. Sinn pledged to take his case to New Zealand's gambling authorities. (Ed. Note: Yeah, don't bet on it.)
#3 -- Our vote for the man with the worst luck on earth
During a year-long gambling binge at the Caesars Palace and Rio casinos in 2007, Terrance Watanabe managed to lose nearly $127 million.
The run is believed to be one of the biggest losing streaks by an individual in Las Vegas history. It devoured much of Mr. Watanabe's personal fortune, he says, which he built up over more than two decades running his family's party-favor import business in Omaha, Neb. It also benefitted the two casinos' parent company, Harrah's Entertainment Inc., which derived about 5.6% of its Las Vegas gambling revenue from Mr. Watanabe that year.
Today, Mr. Watanabe and Harrah's are fighting over another issue: whether the casino company bears some of the responsibility for his losses. In a civil suit filed in Clark County District Court last month, Mr. Watanabe, 52 years old, says casino staff routinely plied him with liquor and pain medication as part of a systematic plan to keep him gambling.
Nevada's Gaming Control Board has opened a separate investigation into whether Harrah's violated gambling regulations, based on allegations made by Mr. Watanabe.
In April, the Clark County District Attorney's office charged Mr. Watanabe with four felony counts in district court for intent to defraud and steal from Harrah's, stemming from $14.7 million that the casino says it extended to him as credit, and that he lost. Although Mr. Watanabe has paid nearly $112 million to Harrah's, he has refused to pay the rest. He denies the charges, alleging that the casino reneged on promises to give him cash back on some losses, and encouraged him to gamble while intoxicated. If convicted, Mr. Watanabe faces up to 28 years in prison. (Ed. Note: Yeah, good luck with that.)