You’re killing me

I’m always talking about all the mishaps, bad behavior and douchebags at my table. When you get the guys that don’t tip its a pretty easy fix as far as telling them to stop throwing cards or chips. If they are swearing or berating other players it’s my job to get them to stop, as it’s not fair to the quiet guys that are just there to play their cards. The casino has all kinds of rules for etiquette as well as game protection and player and employee harassment rules.
I know all the rules and I’ve got a pretty slick tongue as far as getting these guys to stop. If it get too out of control I can always just call a floor. I can turn take any arguments side and win.
On the other hand I get my favorite players, the ones that are very generous and very nice to everyone. When the cards turn bad most times these guys just turn the other cheek and take the beat like a champ. Sometimes things just build up to the point where the finally snap.
I’ve had them launch cards across the room or at other players. This one is pretty easy to handle by just calling the floor and generally because they have no prior offenses they are let off with a warning. Some of the tougher ones are arguments with other players or swearing at them. Usually it’s a douche that sets them off. I rarely see a nice guy snap on another nice guy. While I usually nip it in the bud, it’s hard to be the bad guy and tell them to stop.
I feel like a parent when they say “this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you” when I have to discipline a nice guy that goes off. Every once in a while a nice guy gets too drunk and breaks a bunch of rules. Again it kills me to be the bad guy and give them all kinds of rules and warnings. It brings along another saying “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”. The generous players are the ones that really keep my paychecks nice. I understand it’s my job but it’s such a moral and financial dilemma when my favorites get out of line.
What is nice though is usually they will apologize later that day or the next time I see them for their behavior. It just proves everyone has their breaking point. How you deal with it after, shows a lot of character.

One thought on “You’re killing me

  • December 1, 2014 at 4:38 am
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    Great post and I appreciate the honesty and realization that sometimes what can be seen as a bad person is in reality a good person having a bad day. Totally agree with your sentiment re: how they deal with it after being the true test of character.

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