Apparently, the Palms Resort & Casino will welcome gamblers with open arms if they lose regularly. The more they lose, the more enthusiastic the welcome.
But when a gambler is as successful as UFC president Dana White has apparently been recently, things aren't so welcoming. White told Norm Clarke, the Las Vegas Review-Journal's gossip columnist, that he won nearly $2 million gambling at the Palms since March. And, as a result he said, the Palms has dramatically cut the amount of White's action it will take.
According to Clarke, the Palms didn't give White the boot fully, but they cut his playing privileges from $25,000 per hand to $5,000. As a result, White has opted not to gamble at the Palms any more.
This is the second time in two years that White's success at the tables has led the Palms to boot him. The first time, it not only cost the resort the opportunity to host UFC fight cards, but many of its employees turned against it.
White is a legendarily generous tipper, and Clarke reported about rumors that White tipped dealers $200,000 during his management-ended three-month winning streak. Clarke reported that White will continue to dine at the Palms' trendy N9ne Steakhouse, where he has been known to tip staff $10,000 on a $10,000 tab.
He said Mandalay Bay has reached out to him and wants him as a customer, but White said there are few places in Las Vegas willing to take serious action any more.
Casinos don't want to gamble anymore. They're all owned by hedge funds and corporations. They want to stack the odds so much against you that you won't play. Realistically, there's only one place to play left in town. That's Caesars. They will let you play what you want to play. No messing around with limits.
White denied he has a gambling problem and told Clarke his gambling hasn't had an impact upon either his personal or professional life.
- Dana White