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This is pretty much verbatim from the incident report I filed at work. Sorry its been awhile since my last post, but I've been busy with assorted bullshit like this. I figured that my report would be good reading, so for those of you who know the people involved, enjoy.
Sometimes being in management sucks.....
I arrived to start my shift in the Montego Bay poker room at approximately 11:20 pm on Sunday evening, December 19th. I observed that there were two $1-$5 Texas Hold'em games in progress on tables 1 and 3. There were three dealers present: D C, H F and K S.
I proceeded to count the bank with K and then released her to go home for the night. I took her place in the rotation and started dealing the game on table 3 at 12:30 am. I recognized several players including A, T, T's sister (Name Unknown), T's friend L, A R, another player known only as "Mr. Raise", and 1 or 2 others I cannot recall.
The player everyone was calling Mr. Raise was generally playing blind, and raising the pot at every opportunity, basically playing with his eyes closed. He was also winning most every pot. There was a lot of `table talk' going on, and the atmosphere was pretty competitive. Nothing was really out of line, but there was a lot of complaining by most of the players directed at Mr. Raise, due to his unorthodox style of play.
The first comment I heard that was out of line was when L stood up after he and Mr. Raise were heads up in a pot and yelled to Mr. Raise "I am going to beat your ass this time bitch". I stopped play and warned L that any further outbursts like that would not be tolerated. Of course, Mr. Raise won the pot and broke L, who left shortly after. T became involved heads up with Mr. Raise and lost a few hands later. She stood up and yelled at Mr. Raise to "shut the fuck up and don't talk to me." I gave T the same warning I gave L.
T quickly asked me to please tell Mr. Raise not to talk anymore. I explained to her that unless what he was saying was malicious, disrespectful or used foul language, he could talk all he wanted, and if she didn't want to hear him talk, she would have to be the one to leave. After that, the table was pretty quiet for ten minutes or so.
Over the next ten minutes, a few players had lost their money and left table 3, which became shorthanded with only 5 players. The only people left were A, T, T's Sister, A R and Mr. Raise. After a few hands with very little action, A asked me if he could move to the game on table 1. I looked over and quickly counted 7 players in that game. I explained that I was not able to allow him to move because it would be unfair to the rest of the players to allow him to move and leave table 3 with only 4 players and put 8 players on table 1. He became upset and left quickly, muttering loudly that he was going to speak with whomever was in charge of the entire casino because he should be able to sit wherever he wanted, regardless of how many players were at any given table. I found out later that he went and spoke to R in the pit. T and her sister got up and followed him out of the room.
I was left with only A R and Mr. Raise on table 3, so we moved them over to table 1 and closed table 3 for the night. I released H to be off work, but she stayed and waited for an open seat in the game so she could play. I had spoken with both H and D about what had been happening at the table 3 while they were dealing and we all agreed that it was T who was instigating the talk, and that if anyone was being disrespectful it was her. None of us felt Mr. Raise had done anything wrong other than play poker very badly. Granted he received some warnings for language, but it was nothing used in a disrespectful or malicious manner, just lots of adjectives.
There were no further problems after we combined games and I felt that the situation was back to normal (although Mr. Raise was still playing very unorthodox, but the table change seemed to slow his winning streak a little). After about ten more minutes, A came back into the room and demanded to know why I allowed A R and Mr. Raise to move to the other game. I told him that they were the only players left in the other game, so they had first right of refusal to the open seats on table one. He still wanted to play, so we placed him first on the list. Sure enough, Mr. Raise broke another player so I was able to get A back into the game with only a few minutes delay.
About 1 hour later, around 1:45 AM or so, I was dealing when I heard A, seated across the table from me and to the right, call out to F, a player seated directly to my right. A asked F if he knew what "passive aggressive" was and F replied that he did. A then asked him "Don't you think that's a chickenshit way of handling things?" F didn't really answer, and nothing more was said between them.
The remarks from A struck me as very odd, because he and F weren't conversing otherwise. I didn't say anything until about 10 minutes later when D relieved me in the dealer's box. I went to my locker for a minute and then sat down behind A. As soon as I had his attention I quietly asked him about his comment and whether it was directed towards me. He said that it was and that I should have kicked out Mr. Raise because he was "disrespecting women". I had not seen anything like that happening, and I told him so. I apologized for not letting him move to the other table and tried to explain why. He cut me off and called me a "spineless chickenshit". I immediately stood up and walked away. As I was walking off, he raised his voice and called me "chickenshit" again. I immediately returned and quietly explained that one more outburst like that and he would be removed from the poker room, and very quickly. He didn't reply, and didn't say anything further to me until he got up from the table about an hour later.
T had returned to the room a few minutes before his outburst. After I had warned him and walked away a second time, she sat down behind him. They had a whispered conversation, both of them occasionally looking at me. I briefly considered asking T to leave because she wasn't playing and had been a problem earlier, but decided against it because they were being quiet, and I felt that the situation had passed.
About 20 minutes later T left the room for the night. A continued to play for another hour or so and then left the table. He brought his chips up to the counter. I asked him if I could cash him out, but he said "No, I just need you to call J in security for me." I called J while A moved over to the side of the counter, blocking my exit with his wheelchair. While we were waiting for J, I apologized to A about having a rough night in the poker room. He didn't reply.
J arrived and A immediately turned to him and said "I want to have a witness to hear what I am about to say to Jeff". He then turned to me and raised his voice, telling me that I was the most spineless piece of chickenshit...... I immediately asked J to get him out of the poker room. A protested, but J explained that I was the boss, and if I said he had to go, he had to go. A wouldn't leave, and he continued to shout at me calling me "fucking spineless" and "chickenshit" over and over, mixed in with a few other curse words and accusations. J stepped between us, and I retreated from the counter, my back turned and not saying anything. J called Code 4 on the radio (removal), and another member of security showed up right away. A continued on his tirade, stopping in his tracks a couple of times to call me more names. As they were going down the ramp, I told J that an 86 was warranted also. After A left everything returned to normal, and I finished my shift a few hours later.
I would like to add that A was a good customer, playing lots of hours and generally being a good poker citizen. He had spent the previous week here playing poker all over town, and although he was pretty high maintenance he was generally a liked by everyone. We had a few issues with him the previous weekend regarding things like playing in turn and not slowing the game up. It seemed his favorite thing the first two days was to ask a totally unrelated question every time the action came to him, slowing up the game considerably and irritating several players. I had a very short, friendly conversation with him about it, and he stopped doing it. We had no problems with him for the rest of the week until the above incident.
Posted by J
at 7:48 AM PST
Updated: Wednesday, December 22, 2004 7:54 AM PST