Bloomberg aired a program yesterday about this guy Don Johnson who supposedly beat the crap out of AC casinos (and Tropicana apparently) during the depths of the recession by figuring out some "secret". Well, they teased and teased and teased the secret until the end of the hour. Up until that point, his tricks amounted to: 20% loss rebate (yeah that would help) Allowing him to make big bets (he defined this as $25k a hand x 3 hands) Dealer stands on soft 17 (lol) The big secret: He'd get the casino to agree to an odd rule here and there (like certain hand signs for hitting or staying) and then try to confuse and distract the dealers so they'd make some sort of mistake and he'd get a "free bet". He did say that occasionally dealers would pay him by mistake, but that's not what he meant by "free bet". What the hell does he mean by "free bet?" Get paid if you win the hand, don't have to pay if you lose? They never explained it. The show was mostly useless and annoying because of the endless teasing of this big secret, but a couple of other takeaways: Loveman said they do profile and store a player's skill level. Johnson said this was part of his exploit; he started out and got profiled as an average player who was willing to lose a good amount, then took his crash course and set up his strategy and they didn't catch up to him fast enough. Murren said they expect to hold 20% of a player's bets. This lines up very neatly with what I've experienced, especially when I play slots. Wynn talks all the time on conference calls about their expected hold on bacc, but this was the first time I ever heard another CEO give a number.