Players who count cards have always been a nasty headache for casinos, and as you may have read in the past, such allegations were made about Ben Affleck, the famous actor. Allegedly Affleck was caught counting cards at Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is one of the most popular high rollers in Las Vegas, but The Palms casino is anything but eager to play host to him again after he had a sizzling hot streak at their BlackJack tables.
During his recent spree, White won $2m from the casino, and claims that after the event The Palms have been limiting his actions by limiting his stake amounts from the usual of $25,000 a hand to $5,000 a hand.
White is clearly upset by the ruling and is now carrying out his own one-man-boycot by refusing to gamble at the Palms Resort and Casino any more.
‘Casinos don’t want to gamble any more’ White stated. ‘They’re all owned by hedge funds and corporations. They want to stack the odds so much against you that you won’t play. Realistically, there’s only one place to play left in town. That’s Caesars. They will let you play what you want to play. No messing around with limits,’ he claimed.
White says that almost all of the casinos in Vegas are in the same boat as The Palms and that there are only a handful of places where he will consider gambling.
That said, even though White will not be gambling in the Palms Resort and Casino any longer, he says he will continue to dine at their infamous N9ne Steakhouse.
This is great news for the wait staff as White is one of the biggest tippers ever to frequently visit Sin City, often tipping hundreds of thousands of dollars to dealers and tipping the wait staff $10,000 on a $10,000 tab!
‘A lot of people are going to think I’m a card counter after that Ben Affleck thing at the Hard Rock, ’ White told the Review-Journal. ‘I’m the farthest thing from a card counter. ’
The Palms and the UFC boss have always had a love-hate relationship it seems, as a few years ago they had a public quarrel which went back-and-forth because the casino reduced his credit line. White responded by threatening to take his UFC events to other venues in Vegas — drama, drama, drama!
It seems though that the current situation is a bit less hostile, as White said that The Palms is having a trophy made especially for him that says: ‘Congratulations, you kicked our ass and made us tap out’!
In the interview White also claimed that the banning was more a matter of containing their risks and quarterly operating results. Who do you think was in the right regarding this feud — the UFC boss and gambling prodigy Dana White or the Palms Resort and Casino who fled from battle while licking their wounds?