Yep, I’m still there, High Limit Heaven…gag, snort, whine. Every night I’m going to deal to those beauties at some point in my shift. Well enough of the ‘heavy sigh’ thing. A recap of the last few days.
I can deal for months and never make a mistake…I’m not talking about failing to ask someone if they want to post…I mean a mistake in which the Floor has to be called to ‘fix it’. Let’s face it, if you did something 85,000 times in a year, you’d have to be inhuman not to make a mistake. But when I make them, they’re usually great.
$75-$150 7 Card Stud 8 or better – four players. I dealt 5 hands before one of them realized that it was 8 or better. He thought they were playing straight Stud and he was in the game when I got there. Yippee!!! Wish I had a buy-in for that game. One of the players is Russian, speaks no English, Notaris, he’s played at Bellagio before…no bonus for a dealer and none for a player either from the looks of it.
This particular game is where I made one of my ‘Class A’ mistakes. Notaris was heads up with a player; on 4th street the other player was high and checked; Notaris bet; I was in brain lock and tapped the table, burned, and turned off the next up card to each player. Don’t worry, no one tried to stop me until the card had been delivered to both players…then Notaris said, “I bet!” Funny how they can’t speak English but they know bet, raise, etc.
I called for a decision. My shift supervisor, Suzie Lederer, came over to make the decision. I told her what had happened and she said the last card came back from each player and was out of play. I pulled the last card back, into the muck. The other player called Notaris’s bet. Notaris looked at me and said about eight words in Russian.
I said, “I don’t understand that.”
He then stood up and flipped his cards across the table, picking up his chips as if to leave. Suzie said, “Notaris, you know the cards don’t play.”
I pushed the pot to the other guy after mucking Notaris’s hand. Suzie stood there as my protector – thanks, Suzie. I got pushed.
I dealt another game to Notaris that night. No problem from him, he acted as if he didn’t even know it was me and the best part of it is…I believe he has no idea who’s dealing to him at any point of the night.
I then pushed into a $30-$60 Holdem game which was 10 handed and had a ‘run in’ with Ronnie about 15 minutes into my down. Ronnie is a wonderful, magnanimous bag of bull shit when he’s winning but God if he takes a beat or misses a draw, he’s a lunatic. Mumbling, fidgeting his cards, swearing silently that his luck is so bad and he’s stuck with this miserable, piece of shit dealer…and on and on.
I’ll admit that I’m armed and ready for war when I deal to Ronnie. About the 2nd hand I dealt, it was raised pre-flop…Ronnie was in 2nd/3rd position and just called – what do you think he had here??? I think K-Q off-suit or some miserable limping hand that would be played on the Button. If he’d had a hand, he should have put a raise in instead of cold calling. I can’t even remember the flop but as soon as it hit, he yelled, “Right on Time! Right on Time!”
When a bet came to him, he folded. His exclamation was directed at me and I knew it although I doubt that any of the players knew it.
We picked up two new players and about the 8th or 9th hand I dealt, the bet was raised twice pre-flop again. Ronnie called each time. The flop came. The 1st player and 2nd player checked, Ronnie started fidget/shuffling his cards, mumbling and wouldn’t act on his hand until I looked directly at him. When I did, he gave me the look from hell and said vehemently, “I check!”
He looked at Bert sitting on his left and said, “She’s the best, isn’t she?”
I’ve put up with this little poker slug for a long time and I was ready for war. I replied, “As long as you’ve been playing, you should be able to figure it out.”
Ronnie told me to just ‘deal’. Not to say anything, not to talk, just deal.
I said, “Don’t talk about me when I’m dealing.”
Ronnie replied, “I’m not talking to you. I’m talking to him,” as he motioned towards Bert.
I find this to be totally ridiculous…we live in America, we work in America…where is it written that we can be discussed and treated as if we were cattle or a chair. I live in this country because I have rights…just because I work for a living does not make me an 2nd class citizen. Why would someone think they can say anything they want about you and you have no reply option?
I said, “You are talking about me. Don’t talk about me when I’m dealing.”
Ronnie continued, his face turning red because I wasn’t on my knees in the subservient position that he expected. “Just deal the cards. Don’t say anything.”
I called for a decision. My Supervisor, Boba, came over. I explained that I wanted Ronnie to ‘not talk about me when I was dealing.’
Boba asked Ronnie to abide with that. Ronnie told Boba that I had talked all the time I was in the box and didn’t pay attention to the game…LIE, LIE, LIE. Boba told Ronnie that I was a very good dealer and not to talk about me while I was dealing. THANK YOU, Boba! The player in the 1 seat patted me on the back because he knew Ronnie was Jack ASS.
Ronnie then carried on a “I’m relaxed, well adjusted, how are you?” conversation with the guys sitting next to him until my push came up. He told the dealer coming in, with extreme excitement and veins popping in his head, “Good, you’re here. She doesn’t have to deal another hand.”
I looked at her and laughingly said, “He’s your new boss. Take your direction from him.”
She knew exactly what I was talking about…and guess what, during her down she had to call the Floor Man on him too. Go figure.
I survive all these jerks. To all of the wonderful people that I really enjoy, do not think you are included in any of this…you are not and most of you like to play with the jerks because you know they are the losers…I don’t blame you a bit. I appreciate knowing that you know what I go through and what it’s like in my seat night after night.