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what happens if you win something BIG

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by AceRothstein80, Jan 11, 2017.

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  1. AceRothstein80

    AceRothstein80 Low-Roller

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    By Big, I am talking like a one time hit of 6 figures or more. Like a big progressive slot, a really high bad beat poker, a gigantic keno long shot, or a royal on Caribbean Stud progressive.

    Something like that. Not a whale who wins big at 50k a hand blackjack.

    Would you need a SS card to claim winnings first and foremost for tax purposes? I know personally, I never carry mine.

    I also would imagine, if you were a low to mid roller who all the sudden won a huge take, the casino would really want to comp you and roll out the red carpet for the rest of this trip and for many visits to come, to try and recoup there money.

    Before my trips, I just like day dreaming of wondering through a casino drunk at 3 am, popping a few coins into a machine I never play, and getting a giant 6 figure windfall like Nick Papageorgio!
     
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    I wish I had this problem! :)
     
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    I'm a lower to intermediate Seven Stars player at Caesars. I always get comped rooms sometimes a lower end suite in Caesars. I also have enough points to pay for any kind of meal I need. I also don't get high-end bottles of wine and personally don't think I would know the difference in an $80 vs a $1,000 bottle of wine. So I'm not sure what they could comp me that would actually make a difference. Yes, I could show a picture to friends but they'd just think I'm showing off. So give me the six figure win - that would be great enough. I'm retired and comfortable but it wouldn't change my life, but it would make me happy for a while.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    I have hit as high as $20k... and probably 100 W2-gs in NV, MS, TN, NJ, LA and never had to show a SS card or any ID other than DLic.
     
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    If you're in the system, you don't need to show anything other than an ID.
     
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    you would think so, but not always. I have read horror stories where they hate you for winning, treat you like a cheater and so on. but if they are a smart casino operator, they will do everything they can to get the money back. they would make you feel like a VIP, treating you like a king/queen. I hope to have this problem someday. as far as SS card, you should only have to provide the #, not the card. if someone demands the card, they are amateur casino operators that don't know the law, probably trying to get out of paying you.
     
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    SH0CK Stylin' and Profilin' Quasi Tech Admin

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    There's been an almost 13 year discussion on this here on the board. Pretty much, a Vegas casino won't ask for the physical card, but some tribal casinos might.

    And I would like to think they would upgrade you to a nicer room if you won a huge amount of money. Lord knows a lot of the casinos like to use jackpot winners likenesses in advertisements. The least they could do is give you a better room.
     
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    I've hit for 6 figures before. It was right at 6 figures actually. The only real difference was that they had to get someone special to come open up the machine and reset it. Printed me a check and a W2 and I was on my way. Might be a little different for a WAP like mega bucks. I'm sure more goes into checking the machine to make sure it didn't malfunction.
     
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    If it was a windfall hit like you describe, I would probably take I dunno, 10% or $10k of it and see if I could make a 2nd score on it on the same trip. Like a few big bets at bacc or roulette. The rest I'd bank and use to pay for future trips.

    If I won a large amount in a single session at tables by pressing and being lucky, I'd keep it all - I already exposed myself to the high risk.

    I've never been asked for anything other than a driver's license for a W2g. They seem to take your word for your SSN. Although I think once you receive your first W2g at some casinos, they put your info in some kind of side system and if you used a bogus SSN it probably would get back to them eventually.
     
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    If I hit/won a six figure jackpot, I would need to show my Blue Cross card. The casino could send a limo to the ER to pick me up after I was released!
     
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    Casino can and do verify your SSN with your name and DoB from your drivers license.
    If you give them or they write down a wrong one, they would immediately know it before they give you the cash.
    If happened to me more than once.
     
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    Were you intentionally providing an incorrect one or accidentally?
     
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    And if you play at a place a lot, you may not even have to show ID.

    Staying at Encore a week at a time I typically play one of three banks of machines. After one or two small W2Gs I don't even have to show ID because they know me by my last name and face. Lol. It is one of the reasons why I like the more intimate feel of Encore.

    But, back to the OP's question, before every trip I write out what I will do if I win 25, 50, 75 or 100k. It is kind of fun and helps me be a tad more discipline when I do win. I have never won 25k at a time but during my 50th birthday trip I did indeed win about 27k over the course of the trip and brought almost all of it back home. First thing I did was send a check to my church, which I did from Vegas. That felt great. That any of us gets to go to Vegas for vacation and enjoy it as we do makes us by definition blessed.

    For my upcoming trip, winning at least 25k means, among other things, traveling first class this summer to South Africa rather than coach or business class. I attach the potential wins to stuff I want to do and I also commit to a certain amount going to my church and to savings.
     
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    I can't really think of a worse idea than keeping my Social Security card in my wallet
     
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    LOL
    Are you sure about that?
    I saw people passed out on casino floor more than once. I even saw one person died on a slot machine.
    If you win a six figure or more, the casino more likely wish you never be released from the ER.
     
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    Intentionally of course. Who doesn't want to get ride off a few W2-Gs?

    Just kidding. My SSN has a few repeating digits, very easy to get messed up.
    More than once, they wrote it down wrong and then came back saying: "sorry, your social is not correct."
     
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    I asked just because there have been people who have tried stuff at local casino. As massive of a computer system that ours has I can't figure out why we have to provide it every single stinking time. Once it is in there, they should be able to retain that for future use. But no, we have to provide two forms of ID every single time. If we don't have our SS card with us, we have to sign a W9 form every single time after we have presented the two forms of ID.
     
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    @AceRothstein80 -
    OP - based on my experience, you don't need to carry or show your actual SS card - you do need to verbally provide your SSN along with one form of ID like photo ID/Drivers License and they ask if your address listed is correct.
    On future wins at that casino once you are in the system, they normally just want ID if you tell them your SSN is already on file.
    I have won many handpays in Vegas and elsewhere and have never had to sign a W9 form or provide the actual SS card. They may have different requirements for non citizens (USA).

    And when you get that big handpay and they bring the W2-G to sign, always verify that the SSN is correct on the form - they do make mistakes, only happened once to me, but I caught it and they fixed it - they had used my husband's ssn which was on file...not sure how they mixed it up....

    Best of luck!!!!
     
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    It would all come home with me. First thing: Pay off my mortgage.
     
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    Nah mortgage would stay. 2.875% rate locked. I'd put that towards the house we are building for retirement (which so far only has frost walls) as I cannot read borrow at such a low rate as the current house loan is.
     
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