Question on ratholing

Discussion in 'Skilled Play - Card Counting, Advanced Strategies' started by Ace007, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. aslan

    aslan Well-Known Member

    The main reason I see ploppies taking chips off the table is to keep themselves from spending them, to put them on ice. They figure if they leave them on the table, they are more subject to bet them, so it's a safety measure they are taking by removing the temptation to some small extent. I realize I am broadening the definition of rat-holing by supplying a different motivation from simply "not appearing to be a winner."

    I especially like it when ploppies are constantly putting chips in their pockets and then removing them again. It creates a presumption in the minds of the pit that any missing chips are in that person's pocket.
  2. Dyepaintball12

    Dyepaintball12 Well-Known Member

    A lot of ploppy rat-holing I've seen involves them putting chips in their pocket and then re-buying with cash.
  3. aslan

    aslan Well-Known Member

    Funny you should mention that. I did just that this past week and was marked down for losing when actually I was winning. I was a bit apprehensive when I did it-- I was afraid someone might say, "But sir, why don't you use the chips you have in your pocket." To which I would stumble and say, "Yikes! Thanks, buddy; I forget about these. :eek::eek::eek:"
  4. AussiePlayer

    AussiePlayer Well-Known Member

    A lot of ploppies think this is how comps work. Who knows, it might in some stores.
  5. Dyepaintball12

    Dyepaintball12 Well-Known Member

    It does work in lots of places. At a major casino in Vegas a host told me you would have to show around a $20,000 loss to get airfare comped.
  6. NAP

    NAP Well-Known Member

    I think he might have meant that ploppies think you get comped better based on your buy-in... hence putting more cash out there instead of the chips.
  7. johndoe

    johndoe Well-Known Member

    Untrue in my experience at large Vegas properties. I used to get airfare, and I was a healthy net winner.
  8. Wookets

    Wookets Well-Known Member

    From the casino's perspective: I would imagine that a consistent/life-time winner would be scrutinized before a schmuck who pockets a few greens per hour.
  9. AussiePlayer

    AussiePlayer Well-Known Member

    Yes, I've had this 'strategy' explained to me by a ploppy: buy in for a huge amount, play one hand and walk straight to the cashier, then buy in again.
    Ploppy logic: "I'll look like I'm gambling hundreds of thousands!!!"

    They probably haven't even been put in the computer yet by the time they leave. :laugh:
  10. Dyepaintball12

    Dyepaintball12 Well-Known Member

    It worked in the movie "Hard 8"! haha
  11. paddywhack

    paddywhack Well-Known Member

    au contraire my friend

    A lot depends on your win rate but if, for example, your ev is $50-75/hr and you can pocket 1x-2x your ev per hour, both when winning and losing, you will not, over time, show an on-paper win. I can almost guarantee that.

    Get into higher ev's and then you start having to pocket stacks of green or else black. Now it's a horse of a different color.

    If you do it enough, and well enough, it won't really matter if the PC credits you an occasional win you didn't deserve, they'll still have you as an overall loser.
  12. tthree

    tthree Banned

    Once a casino pegs you as a ratholer, you are assigned every unaccounted for chip every time you play. They have to assign them to someone and they know you have an unidentified number of chips in your pocket so they assign them to you. The best you can hope for after that is they only assign you what is in your pocket. You will only log bigger than actual or actual wins after that.
  13. Wookets

    Wookets Well-Known Member

    This is a lot harder for them to do than you'd think, especially when the player is unrated (which he/she should generally be doing if they're a consistent winner). Pocketing 1X your EV per hour is very manageable and can go easily unnoticed.

    There are other ways to manufacture losses as well; just be creative.
  14. tthree

    tthree Banned

    I have my ways but I try to avoid ratholing. My ways are much more creative and the casino is happy to see me.
  15. bigplayer

    bigplayer Well-Known Member

    I beg to differ with your differing with Sonny. His post is very very good advice. You might be a "rather good player from the get go" but your casino comportment must be lacking for them to require ID for you to cash out.

    In short...

    1. You keep chips to have betting power that doesn't require buy-ins with cash
    2. You avoid cashing out immediately so they can't match your cash-out to a session result and don't flag your cashing out a smaller amount than your session win as a suspicious activity.
    3. You cashout in increments smaller than $3000 (preferably smaller than $2500) so that no ID or players card is required. If your casino is a rare tiny one that requires ID or players card for smaller amounts than $2500 then you need to figure out what their limits are and stay below that OR just realize you won't be able to rathole very much.

    The only thing I'll add to Sonny's great post is not to accept high denomination chips and only rathole chips the casino does not track closely. You can even rathole black chips in certain instances if someone comes to your table with black you can palm a few off when they arrive and the new player will get credited with having them. I've even ratholed purple chips in rare instances.
  16. flyingwind

    flyingwind Well-Known Member

    Who needs TV sitcoms when there's so much right here.

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