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  Las Vegas Casino Surveillance Report Card, Spring 2005: Part I
By The Vindicator and the Las Vegas Surveillance Mafia
© 2005 Blackjack Forum Online


[Editor's note: The Las Vegas Surveillance Mafia is a loosely-knit group of respected Las Vegas casino surveillance agents. This report card reflects both their opinion on the game protection capabilities of their fellow casino surveillance colleagues, and their view of the conditions under which their colleagues must work. In some cases, while their opinion of a surveillance department may have been high, they gave a low grade to a casino because they believe the surveillance department there is hampered in its duties by inept personnel and procedures in other departments.

Players may notice that the ratings of these surveillance experts in some cases differ significantly from their own opinions. Again, these ratings are not based upon these experts' experience at the tables, but on their perspective as surveillance personnel.

Disclaimer: All of the information in this chart is based on the observations and subjective opinions of individuals whose information may be incomplete or inaccurate. Use this as a guide only, and bear in mind that conditions within the casino industry are constantly changing. --Arnold Snyder]

Las Vegas Casino Surveillance Report Card
Part I

Griffin Agency Facial Recog. Computer Evaluation Casino C.V.I. Overall Rating and Comments
A
=Top notch surveillance department.
B=Average. Take a shot.
C=Card counter heaven.
Yes Yes Yes Aladdin Yes B Day and Grave shifts are easy.
Yes No No Arizona Charlie's Yes C Normal action is red to green.
Yes No No Arizona Charlie's East Yes C Green is big action here.
Yes Yes No Bally's Las Vegas Yes C Floor people don't know surveillance's phone number.
No No Yes Barbary Coast No A Floor is well-trained in detecting counters.
Yes Yes Yes Bellagio No C Big place, nice dealers, little surveillance.
No No No Boardwalk No B Hit and run; green stands out here.
No No No Boulder Station Yes C No floor to surveillance communication.
Yes No Yes Caesars Yes C Timing is everything here. Employees hate change.
No No No California No C Don't let them color you up to purple.
Yes No No Cannery Yes C Surveillance lacks; floor is slow.
No No No Circus Circus No C Name says it all.
NA No No El Cortez NA B Caution! Tired of being picked on.
No No No Excalibur No C Kiddie's theme, run by kiddies. Anything goes here.
No No No Fiesta Henderson No B Caution! Tired of being picked on.
No No No Fiesta Rancho No C Now a classic Station attitude. A red action place.
No No No Fitzgerald's No C A turnstile for casino employees. Have fun!
Yes No No Flamingo LV Yes C Disorganized.
No No No Four Queens No C Keep it short. Stop by often.
No No No Frontier No C Keep it short.
No No No Gold Coast No B It's a Coast casino. Land of the paranoids!
No No No Gold Spike No C No protection high or low!
No No No Golden Gate No C Laid back people just doing their time.
Yes Yes Yes Golden Nugget Yes B Was once a force to reckon with.
No No No Green Valley Ranch Yes C Full of macho attitude.
No Yes Yes Hard Rock Yes B They think they know what they're doing.
Yes No No Harrah's LV No A Tough and experienced people both upstairs and downstairs.
Yes No No Horseshoe No B They see mainly red action.
No No No Imperial Palace No C Easy to get lost in.
No No No Jerry's Nugget No C Great for silver to red.
No No No Klondike No B They never got over that party. Still suspicious of anyone who walks upright.
Yes No Yes Lady Luck No B Hell hath no fury like a Lady Luck scorned.
NA No No Las Vegas Club NA B Suspicious observers, low limits.
Yes No Yes LV Hilton Yes C Where we'd go to play.
No No No Luxor No C Luxor means "Back 'em all off, let Pharaoh sort 'em out."
No No No Main Street Station No C Good brewery.
No No Yes Mandalay Bay No C Too big! So many tables, so few people.
Yes Yes Yes MGM Yes C Again, too big! So many tables, so few people.
Yes Yes Yes Mirage No C They have the wrong objectives.
No No No Monte Carlo Yes B Average surveillance, weak floor.
No No No Nevada Casino No C The right act will pay.
No No No Nevada Palace No C Camo gets the money.
Yes Yes Yes New York New York Yes C Ruled by Grand Poobah. Take your time, make $.
No No No Orleans Yes A Coast owned. Trained in detecting counters.
No No No Palace Station No B In disarray. Hit day/grave shifts.
Yes Yes Yes Palms Yes B Good protection, but some leaks.
Yes No No Paris No C Takes big action well.
NA No No Plaza NA C Conditions are in flux here.
Yes Yes Yes Rio No C Clueless upstairs and downstairs.
No No No Riviera Yes B Avoid day shift.
No No No Sahara Yes C They fired the smart ones. Have fun!
No No No Sam's Town No B Comps are easy. Smart players will do well.
No No No Santa Fe Station No C Bring a lunch, play all day.
No No No Silver Nugget No A Too small.
Yes Yes Yes Stardust Yes A Surveillance is tough.
Yes Yes Yes Stratosphere Yes C Take your time, quick to flyer.
No No No Suncoast No A Coast group.
No No No Sunset Station No C Communication problems! Take advantage!
No No No Terrible's No A Some here are sharp.
Yes No No Texas Yes C Tolerant at lower stakes.
Yes Yes Yes Treasure Island Yes B 
No No Yes Tropicana Yes C Best to milk with small wins.
No No No Tuscany No B Some good memory on the floor.
Yes Yes Yes Venetian No B Play day and grave.
NA No No Western NA C Do what you want as long as it's red.
No No No Westward Ho No C Small action well tolerated.
No No No Wild Wild West No C Nice dealers, bad surveillance. ♠




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