These astronomical perks are just par for your course when it comes to ‘duchessing’ the top rolling ‘whales’ in the gambli-ng world who are able to bet approximately $300,000 a hand.
The technique of duchessing arrived at 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 recognized to tempt high rollers, or whales as they are known in the marketplace, with seven-figure lines of credit and assist these with obtaining Australian visas to visit Australia to ga-mble.
Anna Smith*, worked as a VIP services manager, looking after high rollers for a major c-asino. It was actually Smith’s job to ensure 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 use of free activities, VIP tickets to shows and special events, a selection of private parties, and the opportunity meet and greet celebrities that nobody else could possibly get near.
“The casin-o could flex its muscles and get them anything they wanted, just if they extended their stay and continued to ga-mble.”
The duchessing of whales has become going on for years. In the late 1970s Brian Twomey was the marketing manager for exclusive London casi-no Crockfords.
Located in Mayfair, it was (and stays) the type of place where 007 might have felt at home, a gaming house that was a world away from 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 even 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 bought a $10 million yacht for top-rollers to experience the harbour with cocktails and canapes. They remain in a penthouse suite which will come having its own butler, and acquire driven around within a Bentley or Rolls.
Back 2005, Crown Melbourne ploughed $10 million into keeping among its whales happy, nevertheless in hindsight it had been a profitable little earner for casin-o.
The whale, Harry Kakavas, a genuine-estate salesman who made his fortune flogging houses about the Gold Coast, gam-bled $1.5 billion in the little over one year, throwing it away $300,000 a hand around the baccarat tables, until he is at the red for more than $30 million.
As being a major whale, Kakavas was courted just like a superstar. Crown flew him overseas on holidays in their private Learjet, and in many cases left him gift boxes containing $50,000 to offer him a kick start at the tables. In a flurry, the compulsive ga-mbler lost $2.3 million within a half-hour.
As well as in 2014 James Packer put his hand in their pocket for 3 luxurious Bombardier Jets for the tune of $US100 million, to ferry around his VIP Asian customers in style and comfort.
“They get spoilt rotten but the flip side is because they almost single-handedly float our hospitality industry some weeks,” admits Smith.
The game of preference
It’s all a relative drop in the ocean if you think about that in 2015-16, high-rollling gambl-ers wagered around $115 billion at Crown along with the Star’s VIP tables. While bl-ackjack and the roulette wheel both are popular choices rich in rollers, it’s in the baccarat table how the really huge funds are won and inevitably lost.
Baccarat became popular in 19th century France and remains the overall game of your whales. The big numbers result in the highest returns, with the house needing an astronomic turnover to warrant the offering.
The game is pretty simple: Each hand dexmpky76 2 or 3 cards, together with the nearest to nine the winner. Court cards count as zero so when a sum goes beyond nine the significance returns to zero.
So, by way of example, a couple of cards 4 and 8 includes a value of 2 (not 12) while 6, 7 and 6 possess a importance of 9 (an ideal score) not 19.
In 2000, the greatest whale in Australia’s history, Kerry Packer lost $33 million spanning a three-day period, playing baccarat in the Bellagio.