floorman's job is varied. Being the one executive
in constant touch with the players, he is supposed
to put on a friendly front and to chat and be courteous
to the gamblers. At the same time, he watches the
games and makes certain that no cheating is going
on, that no card counters are hurting the casino's
bankroll, and that the bankroll is being protected
at all times.
job can be both grueling and boring at the same
time and the suspicious and unsmiling faces a player
often encounters while at the table are not those
of pit bosses, but of floormen.If a high roller,
a stranger to the casino, is at the table, floorman
may hover around, getting acquainted with the player
as best he can, offering him the services of the
hotel so that he continues gambling at that club.
However, with the rise of monumental, thematically
designed gambling palaces in recent years, such as
the MGM Grand, Mirage and Treasure Island in Las Vegas
and the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, to name just a
few, the overhead or "nut" is tremendous.
Entertainment alone costs these hotels millions of
dollars per year, and the free drinks, cheap food,
and other services offered the players to get their
"warm bodies" into the casino runs into
To feed this constant
nut, the big and opulent casinos need action from
gamblers, and their definition of action isn't players
who are going to try their luck at the tables with
a series of $2 and $5 bets for a couple of hours.
The casinos do make money from these players, but
what they really want are the big bettors, the high
rollers, who will think nothing of losing $50,000
or more at the tables in the course of a couple of
If they can't get
the $50,000 players, the $30,000 gamblers will do
as well, and if they can't get them, a $10,000 limit
player is still preferable to a grind that loses $40
at blackjack after getting three free drinks, eating
the special buffet lunch, and cashing in a free coupon
for a lucky buck or a roll of nickels.