I’m a diehard casino player, but my game of choice has to be Casino War. I don’t know if it’s the word “War” that entices me. I don’t know if it’s the adrenaline rush that comes with facing off against the dealer in a fist-to-fist battle where everyone is equal. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I tend to win a lot.
But I love it. And about the only thing I love just as much is Mixed Martial Arts. I’m a huge UFC fan so when I came across a story that involves MMA and casinos, I pretty much hit the floor.
It turns out the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has been banned from the Palms. No, he didn’t smack down a patron, but he pretty much destroyed the entire casino at the tables.
Over the course of the last few months, White won over $2 million. His hot streak caught the eye of casino management, who subsequently decided to give him the boot. At first they reduced his table limit from $25,000 a hand to $5,000 a hand, but when the winning continued, they decided to just completely cut him off.
“A lot of people are going to think I’m a card counter after that Ben Affleck thing at the Hard Rock,” White commented in a recent news story. “I’m the farthest thing from a card counter.”
White isn’t too upset about being kicked out. Mandalay Bay has extended an invitation to White, so he’ll likely bring his high rolling bankroll to the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard. But dealers at the Palms aren’t too thrilled about White’s departure.
Apparently, the UFC kingpin spread his wealth around with those who handed him his good fortune. He tipped dealers at the Palms about $200,000, a nice chunk of change for anyone working for around minimum wage.
I’ll be the first to admit it. I’m not a very good casino tipper. I’m just so used to playing online casino games that when I make the move to playing live, I forget that I’m dealing with real people. Now that I’ve heard White handed out hundreds of thousands in tips, I’ll be sure to tip my Casino War dealer a little something the next time I take down the house. And believe me, in turn UFC fashion, there will be blood on the felt.