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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Blind Squirrel, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. Blind Squirrel

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    Being someone who has followed the Boy Scouts motto ("Be Prepared"), I guess I have always been somewhat of an EDC'er. I work in the casino industry which makes this a challenge but am trying to adapt a system to cope. Looking forward to all I will learn from you folks here!
     
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    Hello and welcome to EDCF !!!! :) Work EDC is often a challenge....so I love making up for that when I'm off of work. Once in a while I take my EDC pack with me to work...and that's besides my work murse. I keep all my sharps and everything else away from "innocent eyes" tucked away in organizers. I keep my EDC pack close to me at all times. I hide my EDC pack under my desk if & when I for some reason have to step out. This may not work for you, but it's a system that I really enjoy and find very useful. I have come to hate not having my EDC pack with me....

    Welcome aboard !!! :)
     
  3. Blind Squirrel

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    I keep a couple items on me at the job. Gerber Dime and a Streamlight Microstream. EDC backpack in the car has most everything else except my gun (firearms are not allowed to be brought onto a tribal reservation without permission, and they're not giving it).
     
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    Welcome to the forum!!! :)
     
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    Hello, welcome to EDCF.
     
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    Hello from Glendale and Welcome to the Forum.
     
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    I didn't know that there where casinos in Arizona. Too hot for me anyway :(. What department? I run into the same problems with EDC gear, 90% of what I want to carry I can't because of my job :(

    Edit: BTW welcome to EDCF!
     
  9. Blind Squirrel

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    The heat is much easier to deal with than you'd think. Coming from Minnesota, I thought it would be rough but I actually don't mind it at all now. I work as a blackjack dealer.
     
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    Welcome, hope you'll enjoy your time spent here! :)
     
  12. Blind Squirrel

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    I am, very much! Learning how to improve my FAK and training, and lots more!
     
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    Lol......work and blackjack dealer in the same sentance. Lol
     
  14. Blind Squirrel

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    There was a study that concluded being a casino dealer was the #1 silliest job that was way harder than you think. In my 2+ decade career I've been insulted, sworn at, spit on, swung at, hit with cards, ashtrays, bottles and fists, and had my life legitimately threatened countless times. Late night/long hours, and the contempt of "holier than thou" types also goes with the teritory. I was asked not to attend "bring your parent to school" days because of the negative view of me. That being said, I've also experienced some pretty cool things. I've met sports stars, Hollywood celebs, Governors and other political officials. Talked with drug dealers, religious leaders, Playboy Bunnies, lottery winners, trust fund babies, people with terminal ilnesses, captains of industry, mafia kingpins and vagrants. I have experienced nearly every aspect of the human condition. I've seen a baby deliviered and seen people die. I've watched and participated as people won life changing money or cried while losing everything. The most honest and upfront to the most deceptive and diabolical low-lifes. Tips can go anywhere from someone winning $100,000 and tipping zero (or worse, complaining they didn't win more) to someone tipping me multiple thousands, Cuban cigars, drinks at the bar/club/strip club, half off the price of a new Lexus, phone numbers, rendezvous, etc...

    I used to manage table games for one of the largest casinos in the U.S. and would constantly see new hires fresh out of dealer school come in thinking it was a party every day and quickly learn otherwise and quit. In the 7 years working for my first casino (4,500 employees: almost 1,100 dealers) they turned over almost 20,000 employees. Over half were dealers who discovered they just didn't have the chops for it. Don't get me wrong, I love my job. I can't imagine doing something else. BUT... it is work and not for everyone. Not for most (I'd venture to guess).
     
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    Very good discription of what the job is like. I was a dealer for 6 years before switching casinos and becoming a supervisor. I've taught some courses too and always tried to tell my students that it's not about counting to 21, it's about customer service, and it's the hardest customer service job I can think of. The ynever seem to get it. So I was mostly joking, but it is hard to consider it work some days. Sometimes I wish I could go back to dealing. but my back couldn't handle it for very long :(. Other days I'm glad that I get to walk around and not have to deal to the same people for 8 hours at a time.

    btw I think I would flip if someone told me I couldn't attend bring your parent to school day.
     
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    Welcome to the forums! :) Sounds like a very interesting job you've got. :D
    Cheers!
     
  17. Blind Squirrel

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    I wasn't sure if you were joking or not. I tried climbing the casino corporate ladder and found that it gets lonely towards the top and it props you up like a target for the overly ambitious to aim at you. Being a dealer is just better for me. My responsibility ends (mostly) within 10 feet of me and when I clock out I am truely clocked out. I am also fortunate that I got myself into a good casino in a wealthy city where we keep our own tips. The money is very good if you are on the right shift and have a personality :D . I do have to admit it can be a party sometimes. Rubbing elbows with people that my social and economic status wouldn't normally allow for can be a blast. The stories I hear and experience are endless!

    Even though I broke it, it's not my back that is having trouble holding up... it's my right shoulder. Almost half the blackjack tables at my work have continuous shuffle machines, so there is never a break in the action to shuffle or load a shoe. The hands/hour go way up, but it wears out sockets/ligaments/tendons. My doctor described me as a pitcher that should be put on the injured reserve list. Being able to walk around was nice. One of the few things I miss about being the boss, other than having an office and suit with pockets galore for stashing everything!

    I did flip when I was asked not to come to school. It was actually a "Parents Career" day where I was banned. I had a meeting with my daughter's teacher, principal, and a couple other staff to discuss it. They said that I basically robbed people for a living and didn't want me to promote gambling to children. They figured I'd act like Ricky Bobby's dad in 'Talladega Nights'. I was threatened with being labled a trespasser and getting arrested, so I had to drop it. For those that are unaware, having an arrest/criminal record makes it very difficult to work in the casino industry. I would be potentially messing up my career trying to make a point to deaf ears. Not worth it. I was allowed to attend all other functions. That was 11 years ago and still a sore spot with me.
     
  18. Blind Squirrel

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    Thank you. My kids have urged me to write a book about all I've seen (and sometimes done). I doubt it would sell, but there would be lots and lots of pages! Thanks for the links, I will check them out!
     
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