Your Questions About Casino Chips Colors

Chris asks…

Where can I buy high quality poker chips with a transparent inlay similar in color to transparent casino dice?

admin answers:

Check out www.casinosupply.com and see if they have anything you like. Alternatively, you can get them custom made check out www.alibaba.com or www.made-in-china.com

Ruth asks…

casino chip cookies..?

my friend is having a casino themed party for her 18th. so i thought id make cookies in the shapes of chips and add food colouring to the mix so that they are coloured. What cookie mix should i use and what 3 colours should i use?

admin answers:

Try this recipe for vanilla wafers.. They look like casino chips
and use red, blue and green food coloring
http://www.ezrapoundcake.com/archives/3545

William asks…

Have you ever seen blackjack dealers cheat people in a casino?

I don’t mean dealing the cards from the hard. I mean the way they “color up” a player’s chips. For example, if you won and have a lot of $5 and $25 chips in front of you, it’s common to have the dealer color them up so you’ll have $100 or even $500 chips (or fewer chips) to take to the cashier. In the past, I have seen dealers cheat people by placing an extra chip on top of each stack. Dealers normally have a way to count chips. They stack $5 chips in 5 in each stack for $25 and the green $25 chips in 4 in each stack for $100. But if they stack 6 $5 chips in each $25 stack and 5 $25 chips in each $100 stack, if you are not paying attention and since the chips are so small, you may not notice. Like one time, I seen them color up a player’s green $25 chips as $300 when actually he had $375. Also, another time I just happen to count my chips (all $5 chips) and thought I had $180 when the dealer color them up as $150. I just assumed I miscounted and went on because I saw 6 stacks of reds ($5 chips), but I bet there was an extra chip on top (never thought of looking closer to see if there are 5 chips in each stack).

Also, if a player has several hundred in $5 chips, they’ll stack them in $100 stacks after counting 4 stacks of $25 and I have seen stacks that seem higher than a normal stack of $100 in $5 chips.

Also, when you buy in for $100, I had a couple of times they’ll give me $80 in chips for a $100 buy in and I just happen to count my chips those times.

These incidents were a few years ago and were at a casino in Wisconsin and in Tunica, MS. I’ve never been to Vegas.

I since then made it a point to always count my chips before having them colored up and watch closely as the dealer colors them up. I may have been cheated in the past, but not anymore.

I haven’t had an incident or seen any of this in the last 3-4 years. They may not do it anymore, but I haven’t been in one casino that I’ve seen this in awhile.

I’m just wondering if anybody have seen any of this that I talked about? Or have they tried to cheat you like this? Or do you expect you were cheated once?

If there are any blackjack dealers on here that remember your boss told you to cheat a player like this or any other way, please answer.
I can tell with their and the pit bosses body language that it is not likely a mistake and what if it happens too often. I’ve heard this is more likely to happen in small casinos that don’t have much profit compared to Vegas casinos. It’s true the dealers don’t have anything to gain, but I think they are likely following the orders of their boss and their job is on the line if they don’t do what their boss asks them to do. A lot of dealers need the job.

admin answers:

As a proffessional that has been dealing Blackjack for years, I can tell you that this is honestly a case of miscounting-mis-stacking. The job is mentally exhausting, and all dealers know by touch/feel exactly how much a stack of 20 chips feels like in their hand. Sometimes while cutting the chips, we simply misjudge the amount of chips we are “feeling” in our hands, and accidently cut in stacks of 6 rather than 5. Typically, we catch our own mistake right away, but as we are human, sometimes we don’t, so it’s important that you watch buy-ins, color changes, and etc. It’s for your own protection as well as our own. Always know how much money whether in bills or chips you are pushing our way. Just earlier this week, a player bought in $160 in twenty dollar bills. I laid it out, called out “changing 160”, and my supervisor was standing right there watching the entire time. About 20 minutes later the player claimed he was certain that he actually gave me $180 and that I pocketed the missing twenty. Despite rewinding the tapes and proving that he only bought in $160 and that I had given him the correct amount, he still refused to believe it and called me a cheat. He refused to reason that he was mistaken about the amount of money he originally bought in. Some people want to call dealers out as cheats even when there is no evidence of it.

Honestly, if I accidently stack 6 chips instead of 5 of your $5, I’m cheating you of a whole measly $20? My job is not worth squirreling away $20 at a time when I can easily walk away with $500 of honest tips a night. Also, I have no idea what you mean by body language between the dealers and pit bosses. First off all, you don’t even have the rank right. The people in the suits that manage a small grouping of tables and dealers are Floor Supervisors. Their bosses are called Pit Managers/Pit Bosses, and Pit Bosses manage a couple of pits at a time and mostly handle opening/closing tables, handling difficult situations, and changing cards.

For every “boss”, there is someone higher above them. Would I ever cheat a player because my Floor Supervisor is telling me to? No. If so, then I report them to management, and it’sTHEIR job on the line, not mine. I cannot be punished for refusing my supervisor’s orders to cheat a guest, especially since all legal establishments the country over are regulated. If I cheat BECAUSE my supervisor tells me too, then my job is on the line because I went along with something that I knew to be illegal, not visa versa.

Honestly, I think your concerns about dealers cheating are based on age-old distrust for dealers and their establishment. Remember this, the casino only pays me a lousy $5.15 an hour to take your money. But I have a chance of making a lot more if I am paying you and receiving gratuity. I tell my players all the time, I am working for them, not the House. I also say, if I could cheat, then there would be certain regulars of mine that would always win, and jerks that I never would let win. But since I don’t and can’t cheat, everyone has the same odds. You’re either lucky and are making the right bets at the right time, or you’re not. It’s either your night, or it’s not.

Betty asks…

Dish Network TV2 Color Bleed?

I have a 65″ HDTV as TV2 through coax. The picture has a lot more color bleeding compared to cable when I run a live comparison. Any other folks experience this?

Color Bleed: colors pour out of their lines. Left green border lines on people’s faces and yellow objects. Pink then green ghosts on a stack of red casino chips.
Convergence is already adjusted on the TV. I see a lot less color bleeding on cable signal (through coax as well).
The TV2 coax input is outputted from receiver (connected to TV) through di-plexer.

admin answers:

I’m assuming you’re not comparing picture quality from TV2 output to the signal from an HD cable box as the output on TV2 is standard definition.

The level of signal from the TV2 output is very high so that it can be distributed to several TV’s. The level may be to high for your TV. Dish packs a 10db attenuator in the box with the receiver. It looks like a chrome tube with a male connection on one end and a female connection on the other. Connect the attenuator to the TV2 output and then connect the coax to the attenuator.

You might also want to try another channel for TV2. You can change the output channel by pressing Menu 6 1 5 and then choosing the channel you want.

If neither of these solves your problem and you’re confident your TV is ok, have Dish replace the receiver.

Charles asks…

Do you tip casino dealers?

I usually never tip the dealer in the casino. I play blackjack and sometimes when I color up around $500 to $1000 in chips, the dealer looks disappointed when I walk away without tipping. But I have a few times (only 3 times out of 100s of tables) toss a $5 chip the dealer’s way (because I liked the dealer at that table), but the way I see it is why should I cheat myself out of my winnings by tipping because when the casino is winning (I’m losing), they don’t tip me. I also have my own reasons for not tipping. Also, I’m still down in overall blackjack and when I get ahead, then maybe (and that’s only a maybe) I’ll start tipping only tables that I win good at.

So, do you tip the dealer or place a side bet for the dealer?
I’ll like to add just because I cash out for $1000 doesn’t necessary mean I’m winning. I could be close to even or still down and cashing out for $1000 is just getting part of my money back. One time I figured I needed $1800 in chips to get back to even and I cashed out for a little over $1000 without tipping the dealer and I still was $800 down. The problem is most dealers don’t know how much you’re in unless you buy in all the time with the same dealer, which is unlikely because dealers take breaks and you play at different tables.
I agree with the answer that I think the casinos should pay the dealers more and isn’t it illegal to pay less then minimum wage? I heard in one casino the dealers make a little more than minimum wage.

admin answers:

Dealers make minimum wage or less. They only survive on their tips.

If you search this topic on this forum, you’ll see some folks saying they tip the dealer EVERY time. Some folks even tip when they lose! (I totally disagree with that!)

You should find a spot somewhere in between rarely and always. If I’m really doing well at a table, I’ll start betting a buck or 2 on each hand until the luck starts going down again. Sometimes I’ll wait until I actually am ready to walk away. This is probably better because you can actually see what you’ve won.

Last time I responded to a question like this, folks were saying they tip up-where around 5%. I still say that’s too much. The house advantage is way too much to start doling out 5% when you win! 1% to 2% is sufficient, I think. This means if you walked away with a $1,000 profit, I really think 10 bucks for the dealer should be a minimal gesture of appreciation.

It doesn’t matter that they had nothing to do with you winning or losing. Cards are cards. What matters is that these folks are trying to make a living. Also keep in mind that just about all blackjack dealers are pooling their tips. If you get a dull dealer, still tip them if you’ve won a lot.

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