A "casino whale" is big player at casinos. They are high rollers that bet big, play big and sometime win big. Many of these casino whales fly into Vegas and enjoy themselves there until they have had enough. Many casino whales also play on the internet at online casinos. So who are gamblers? Well many of them are wealthy millionaires and billionaires who love the casino action and to them betting $200 on one bet is nothing. They are the big money gamblers who get the VIP treatment wherever they go. They make a VIP bet look like nothing special, but it is, because 99% of gamblers can’t bet what they can.
In Sin City, Las Vegas whales get comped for every little thing. From free travel to Vegas (private jet), to a free limo ride to a luxury hotel that is also free, to free meals and drinks. There are major costs associated with attracting these high profile gamblers, so if the casino takes a chance and the casino whale wins then its costs can be tremendous. But in other cases, if the high roller loses, the casino's profits can far exceed its expenses for the casino whales’ visit.
How to Spot a Las Vegas Whale
Ever wondered who the big money gamblers are? Here are 5 tips to recognize a casino whale:
Bet Size: Casino whales bet huge and in blackjack casino games they own the table, no one plays at the same table as them. They would bet big and play multiple hands too with minimum bets being on average $50,000. That’s no fish playing around, like you or me… it’s a whale and it’s huge!
Line of Credit: Casino whales get a lot of credit from the casinos because the casino knows that they can pay. Giving 5 to 6 million dollars for a weekend wouldn’t be difficult for a casino to these big money gamblers, but it’s a fortune for ordinary players like us.
VIP Treatment: Casino whales receive all the comps and promotions of the casino resorts that they play at. As I mentioned before, they get comped for everything and believe me they take, even the little luxury soaps and the slippers in the hotel suites. I would too if I was them, well actually I do.
Security: They are usually accompanied by bodyguards with sometimes a whole entourage of beautiful girls and close friends. Some of these whales are famous people or big business people that need security.
Staff Generosity: Whether winning or losing in a Las Vegas gamble, everybody is happy at the end of play. Whales never think twice about giving generous tips to all the casino and hotel staff, especially if they win.
While the "casino whales" consist of just a few thousand people in the world, the amounts that they can afford to lose are highly impressive, so hoteliers train special staff for "the whale hunt". Asians make up a large part of this exclusive market, the count is about 80%.
Now you can easily spot a ‘whale’ when he is hustling around the casino spending lavishly. In Sin City, money and reputation is everything you need. The Whales have got it all!