These astronomical perks are merely par for that course when it comes to ‘duchessing’ our prime rolling ‘whales’ in the gambli-ng world who are able to bet up to $300,000 a hand.
The practice of duchessing got to a head this week when 18 Crown employees were arrested in China for organising gam-bling activities for Chinese Nationals overseas.
Sources revealed the workers are known to tempt high rollers, or whales since they are known in the business, with seven-figure lines of credit and assist these with looking for Australian visas to come to Australia to ga-mble.
Anna Smith*, worked as a VIP services manager, taking care of high rollers to get a major c-asino. It was actually Smith’s job to make certain the whales were well looked after.
“My goal was to ensure they stayed make the city where cas-ino was located,” she says.
“They had access to free activities, VIP tickets to shows and special occasions, a choice of private parties, and the opportunity to meet and greet celebrities that nobody could possibly get near.
“The casin-o could flex its muscles and acquire them whatever they wanted, just if they extended their stay and continued to ga-mble.”
The duchessing of whales continues to be taking place for several years. Within the late 1970s Brian Twomey was the marketing manager for exclusive London casi-no Crockfords.
Located in Mayfair, it had been (and stays) the type of place where James Bond could have felt in your house, a gaming house that was a world outside the tacky glitz of Australia’s poke-r machine dens.
“Our high rollers were induced by offers of the best seats at Wimbledon, a race day at Ascot, or possibly a ski visit to St Moritz,” says Twomey.
Nowadays the stakes have been raised and c-asinos will stop at nothing to harpoon a whale and drag it to the baccarat online. Sydney’s Star Ca-sino recently got a new $ten million yacht for high-rollers to have the harbour with cocktails and canapes. They remain in a penthouse suite which comes with its own butler, and obtain driven around in a Bentley or Rolls.
Back 2005, Crown Melbourne ploughed $ten million into keeping one among its whales happy, but in hindsight it was a profitable little earner for casin-o.
The whale, Harry Kakavas, a true-estate salesman who made his fortune flogging houses in the Gold Coast, gam-bled $1.5 billion inside a little over 12 months, throwing it away $300,000 a hand in the baccarat tables, until he is in the red for over $30 million.
As a major whale, Kakavas was courted such as a superstar. Crown flew him overseas on holidays inside their private Learjet, and even left him gift boxes containing $50,000 to present him a kick start in the tables. In a flurry, the compulsive ga-mbler lost $2.3 million in less than 30 minutes.
And then in 2014 James Packer put his hand within his pocket for three luxurious Bombardier Jets for the tune of $US100 million, to ferry around his VIP Asian customers in design and comfort.
“They do get spoilt rotten however the flip side is because they almost single-handedly float our hospitality industry some weeks,” admits Smith.
The video game of choice
It’s all a relative drop inside the ocean when considering that in 2015-16, high-rollling gambl-ers wagered around $115 billion at Crown along with the Star’s VIP tables. While bl-ackjack as well as the roulette wheel are both popular choices with high rollers, it’s with the baccarat table that the really huge funds are won and inevitably lost.
Baccarat became popular in 19th century France and is still this game of the whales. The major numbers resulted in highest returns, with all the house needing an astronomic turnover to justify the offering.
This game is pretty simple: Each hand dexmpky76 two or three cards, with all the nearest to nine the winner. Court cards count as zero and whenever a sum surpasses nine the worth returns to zero.
So, for example, a pair of cards 4 and 8 features a worth of 2 (not 12) while 6, 7 and 6 have got a importance of 9 (the perfect score) not 19.
In 2000, the greatest whale in Australia’s history, Kerry Packer lost $33 million more than a three-day period, playing baccarat on the Bellagio.