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T2V High Rollers

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by weluvvegas, May 1, 2012.

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  1. weluvvegas

    weluvvegas Vegas Slot Junkie

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    I was just reading Nate's trip report and after picking my jaw up off the floor (reading abotu his betting amounts $$) I started to wonder sometihng....

    If I'm out of line asking this question I apologie in advance but I really want to know. What do you guys do for a living that allows you the luxury of playing with this kind of money in Vegas? The husband and I are apparently doing something wrong with our lives LOL
     
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  2. Nevyn

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    You aren't the only one who is wondering.

    I think the first high roller type report I read was one of BeeJays' a couple years back, and now there seem to be a bunch of them.

    I always kind of find it a bit shocking when I see those reports. My mental image of a high roller doesn't jive with my mental image of the typical active internet message board participant.
     
  3. JillyFromPhilly

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    I'm definitely not in NateDog's league but from the reactions I've gotten to many of my posts & Trip reports I'd guess most people on here consider me a "high roller" so I'll take a stab at an answer [though maybe I'm not who you're really looking for one from]

    I own a business that does consulting on and licensed reselling of large-scale medical equipment & IT systems - IMO I think you'll find most of the "high rollers" probably own their own businesses.

    Personally, I travel a lot for business, so I have a lot of time to kill on the road & find posting on here both relieves the boredom as well as allows me to take my mind off work and think about Vegas instead - Ahh, Vegas...

    But I think in general, as those who have "grown up" with and are more comfortable with the internet get older and can start to afford to be "high rollers", I'd imagine the number of larger players who enjoy posting on internet message boards like this one will probably increase.
     
  4. LV_Bound

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    It seems some people work hard for it, or lucky to get into an already successful family business, inherit it or have generous parents.

    I fall in the work hard category but unfortunately my pay does not reflect that.:eek:

    Not sure who is Nate or what category he falls under and its his own business.

    My wife and I say this all the time when we hear family members say how broke they are yet they go on expensive vacation at the spur of the moment. Meanwhile we have to save a few months for our Vegas trips and the cost is not nearly as high.

    In reference to the cash, lets say you bet $10/hand at BJ and wish you could do $100/hand. If you were betting $100/hand you would wish you could bet $500/hand. If you were betting $100/hand you would wish you could be $1000/hand. We are always wishing for me. Instead be happy you get to go to Vegas with the money you have. :beer:
     
  5. natedog666

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    I'm actually in my late 30's, had some good luck during the internet bubble (EECS background) and converted to commercial real estate in China 10 years ago....worked really hard and now this is pretty much my only entertainment besides work...sort of sad actually. In RL I don't really buy much stuff or spend much money besides on kids' education and a nice car....as long as the money I spend on my "entertainment" is within reason as a % of my cash flow it is not a problem. Being from a country (Taiwan) with no capital gains taxes at all also helps.
     
  6. ken2v

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    It's all relative. And all that matters is being balanced and comfy with what you're doing. Nate seems to be right there.

    I've become friends with a guy who I think -- in relative perspective -- is an immense roller; I'd guess he upper-middling by definition. He wants for nothing in Vegas, they send the jet, all that. If our paths cross we play golf when we're in town. I'm amazed by what he does, he's amazed by what I do.

    Balance.
     
  7. weluvvegas

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    Interesting. Yep I can see how it's relative....betting $25 a hand might be pushing it for me in Vegas...while betting $2500 a hand might be just pushing it for someone else in Vegas. I can see how being a low roller can be just as much fun as being a whale -- with the exception that I'll never see the inside of a private jet or Wynn penthouse suite. I guess that's ok tho because I still get my rooms for free and a few meals here and there. Vegas does "just enough" for me to keep me coming back and I must say by doing this, they win every time :thumbsup:
     
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    In the past this is the same thing I would be thinking... but with this generation most of the people that are now in their 30s and 40s will have pretty much grown up with computers and the internet for much of their lives.


    But for the original question: instead of just "how much money do you make?" or "what do you do for a living?" you also have to consider that each person's situation and priorities can be quite different.

    Like if you have a husband and wife who both work, have no kids, their home is mostly paid for and they each make $50,000 a year in income... thats not really a high roller level of income, but if they only go to Las Vegas twice a year and thats their major outlet of spending money then its possible they could be doing each trip with a bankroll of $20-25K, which if their trips are shorter ones like 3-4 days, would give the impression of being much higher rollers.

    I'm not saying thats where all the high rollers here are, I am sure there are a few business owners and high paid consultants among the group, but just that when the OP says "The husband and I are apparently doing something wrong with our lives" that there are other possibilities and some people just have different priorities for their money.
     
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    Having played in high-limit for the last 20 years or so, my personal experience from talking to other players is the vast majority of high-limit players either own their own business or are self-employed in some way - then the next largest group would probably be doctors & lawyers - though I guess technically for the most part they would also likely fall under the self-employed tag. When I first started gambling in AC I expected to see more Wall Street types than I've wound up seeing - I figured they gamble for a living, really - but I guess maybe that's why I don't see them at the tables as much as I thought I would - they do their gambling in the markets instead of at the tables, I guess.
     
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    i will concur. most everybody i've met at casinos doing fairly heavy gambling are business owners or investors of some kind. when i meet someone and find out what they do (or did if they're older) i don't know if i've ever heard anyone say they work for someone else.

    personally i made a decision after a bad high school job experience never to work for someone else. mostly because i didn't want someone else telling me what to do. but then i got married and found that anyway. :) but the real reason is when you work for someone else, no matter how well you're paid, the person you're working for is always paid more. i decided i wanted to be that person at the top and so far i've been lucky enough to be able to make that work.
     
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    :haha: - How true!
     
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    True knocking.

    The only reason I still work for someone else is that I'm still building up a big enough contact network to make it big for myself. I don't care what anyone else says, it really is who you know and not what you know.
     
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    Yeah I actually worded this part wrong...

    I would definitely agree that most of the high rollers, here or in the casinos, are going to be self employed or have a very high end lucrative job.

    Not sure what I was trying to say there (I blame it on a bad nights sleep, a headache and two 90 minute long boring as heck teleconfrence calls today), but what I wanted to say was that you don't necessarily have to be self employed or have some high end job like a company executive to be a high roller... but that if you are in a situation like being a dual income, no kids family (sorry, just hate using the acronym "DINK" for that) and you don't have much in the way of other financial outlets it would give one an opportunity to be a higher roller where you might not normally expect them to be.
     
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    I was very interested in the same question but had some privacy type reservations about asking. Thank you to the OP for asking and more imprtantly to you guys who do make the big bets for answering....just makes it more fun to know I guess. Also makes you realize what a wide spectrum of people we have here on this great board.

    Kudo's as usuall to Sonya:nworthy:
     
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