There's a newsletter called the Dealer's News that is published in Las Vegas each month and is distributed throughout the dealers breakrooms at most casinos in town. I doubt if there's anything wrong with letting people in on some tidbits from this month's edition as long as I cite my source, which of course, is the Dealer's News (February 2010 edition), Ron Saccavino editor. PM me for subscription information.
In each edition he lists about a dozen casinos in town and gives a rundown of the tokes the dealers received in a random week the previous month (dealers from the various casinos email him the info). There's also random tidbits of gaming information, letters to the editor, etc. etc.
Here's some decent information from this month's edition:
*This month he ran down what dealers made in total wages/tips last year at various casinos. They are:
- Mandalay $71,000
- MGM $65,000
- Casino Royale $29,000
- Monte Carlo
- Stratosphere $30,000
The above info is what the FULL-TIME dealers make at those places. Obviously the part-time/extra-board dealers (who make up a large % of the dealers at each place) made less than what's listed. So if you're playing blackjack at the MGM, don't automatically assume your dealer is making that kind of good scratch!! He/she might just be an extra-board only getting 2-3 days a week.
*There's a place in Henderson (by Boulder Highway) called Sunset Klondike that still offers $2 blackjack and $.10 roulette! The dealers only make about $30 a day in tokes there! In comparison, dealer tips recently are averaging $196 at the MGM and $245 at Bellagio
for the first part of January.
*The state gaming board has five gaming agents personally on hand during the World Series of Poker at the Rio
to handle all of the whiny bitches that play in the event each year.
*As rich as Bill Gates is, he routinely plays $3-$6 limit hold-em at various Vegas poker rooms.
*As far as the editor knows, the oldest active dealer in Vegas right now is Larry Russo, a dice dealer at Mandalay Bay. He's 84.
*As of January 15th, the dealers at the Westin have gone "table-for-table" with their tokes, meaning the tokes are not pooled. The editor seems to agree with this idea while I think its terrible. The graveyard dealers there are going to starve to death!!
*The absolute most shocking rumor (just a rumor at this point) the editor mentioned is that both the Plaza and Las Vegas Club located downtown on Fremont street will be closing soon. He didn't say if it would be the whole operation, hotel only, etc. I don't really think I believe this rumor until I hear it from a few more sources. Anyone on the board hear about this?