Unbelievable! Indian Casinos Have NO Accountability!

My advice right now is simple, stay away from Indian casinos and Indian gaming reservations.  I wrote a previous post specifically about the ambiguity surrounding the Indian casino Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina (Click Here to read).  As I continue to research Indian casinos further and talk to more and more people, the lack of state oversight and regulation is horrifying.

Indian Casinos

I can’t lump them all into one group because there are differences amongst some Indian casinos in different states.  However, I will provide the general consensus.  Casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Biloxi, St. Louis, etc. have state mandated laws that they must follow.  Such as: slot machines must be set at a minimum payback, usually between 80-85%.  This is where some of the ambiguity sets in for Indian gaming.  I’ve heard several versions.

  • Version #1: Indian casinos do not have to abide by state mandated regulations because their reservation is not controlled by the state.  They only have to answer to the Tribal Gaming Counsel which is composed of fellow Indians.  Yes, they are self-regulated.  Boy, that really makes me feel confident.
  • Version #2:  Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina simply pays a fine each month (instead of being shut down) when they don’t meet the state requirements.  It’s much more profitable for them to pay the fine and keep the machines at a lower payback.  Ask around, visit message boards, and you will find a general consensus that Harrah’s Cherokee casino has some of the worst payback machines.  Whenever Harrah’s Cherokee is brought up, people usually say something like, “It’s a very beautiful place in the mountains, but their machines sure are tight.”

Other stories have emerged where customers who were winning too much had their money confiscated and accused of card counting (Which is NOT Cheating and perfectly Legal).  If this happens to you, guess who decides your fate, you guessed it the self-regulated Tribal Counsel.  I’m sure you’ll get a fair trial.  Yeah right!

In Las Vegas they will simply ask you to leave if they feel you are card counting, in AC they can’t even do that, but casinos in both jurisdictions know they can’t take your money.  Indian casinos don’t abide by this.

I’ve discussed the difference in Class II and Class III machines (Click for previous article), and it’s bad enough that most of the Indian casinos use Class II machines, but combine it with all these other questions, to me it’s not worth it.  You will not see me at any Indian casinos in the near future unless there is more oversight by the state, and they use Class III Machines.

If you have some information regarding any of this, please let me know because I would really like to get to the bottom of this so people can know the facts BEFORE they make a choice about what casino to play at.

About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at www.GREGELDERAUTHOR.com I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

2 Responses to “Unbelievable! Indian Casinos Have NO Accountability!”

  1. Really like this blog as its original. Thought at first you meant India, country but read on and caught the story. Made me want to read more

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