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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Casino cheaters have it tough By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer It is not unusual to hear card dealers in gambling joints be- ing referred to as shifty card sharks who are quick of hand and capable of marking a deck to improve their odds. How then can the small soft- spoken Ed Wong advocate honesty in gambling and still become a success in a business where it isn't im- moral to take shirt off a guys According to the casino boss on the Whoop-Up Days fair its easier for a card dealer to be honest than dis- honest. If the dealer is a explains Mr. it is the house that is usually the victim of the cheating and not the public who are playing on ihe other side of the table. he have pit bosses more experienced staff who stand behind the dealers at the blackjack tables who are charged with the responsibility of preventing by dealer or player. Dealers have nothing to gain by cheating the player because they are paid an hour- ly wage rather than a percen- tage of their tables claims Mr. who is also paid a flat-rate salary by the Lethbridge Exhibition Association Dealers are paid between and 00 an hour while pit bosses on an hourly rate that varies from 34 to All the income gained from the 30 blackjack tables and the six crown and anchor less salaries and operation ex- remains in the coffers of the exhibition association. It may not be profitable for a blackjack dealer to cheat the public but it can be profitable for the public to cheat the especially if the dealer has an accomplice playing the game. There are a variety of methods by which a dealer can team up with a player to beat the house but the most common cheating practice is for the dealer to use hand signals to tip off a player or to mark the deck. During the past four years Mr. Wong says he has been gradually the dealers he couldn't trust and now has in his hand- picked crew. Mr. operator of a Calgary ticket agency for 11 months a is hired by the exhibition association to manage the casino and hire the staff This year he hired 70 dealers and pit bosses from Saskatoon and most of whom are school teachers or university and college students. He has found it better to br- ing his staff in from another location than hire and train people who reside in the area of the fair because there is less chance of dealers helping friends win if all or most of the players are strangers. players don't need to have an accomplice dealing to beat the house il- legally. There are many who try it on their own Pressing bets old trick of adding chips to a sure hand when the dealer isn't is the most frequent cheating method used by players in Mr. Wong says. Sometimes a player will study a dealers habits for a while to determine the most opportune to press bets. Others will operate with a buddy system where one of the players attracts the atten- tion of the dealer so his partner can press a bet without being seen. Old retired people and some young people must be over 18 years press bets Local man wins grant One Lethbridge resident is among- 90 university students across the country who will receive medical research council studentships. Quentin J. Pittman will receive a grant from the council for further studies. Mr. attending the University of is among 90 men and women working toward an M.Sc. or Ph. D. degree in the health more often than other age claims Mr. who has been observing people betting in casinos for six years now. The best method of eliminating cheating is for the dealers to bluntly lei the player know they are aware of what has been taking place. That usually stops the but if it the player is asked to leave the casino and isn't allowed to play again Every so often a player will and win to in an evening drop as playing the game fair and square. Mr. Wong in the long run the house is going to win The odds are in favor of the dealer so that over about a month of every that is placed on a table should re- main with the dealer. Over 30 days of the house should show substantial gains 20 out of the 30 he main- tains. Since most fairs are only of a week to 10 days casinos cannot afford to have losing days. In places like Las Vegas where casinos operate throughout the can afford losing days because they know over the long run they'll win more than they Mr. Wong points out. An alert dealer is the key to the house winning more than it loses. That is why Mr. Wong has his dealers take 15 minutes of rest after every hours work and if a dealer doesn't appear to be he or she is replaced immediately. Dealers work between eight and 10 hours a day. Mr. Wong claims an ex- perienced player would likely win more lose in long than a novice player. But he believe in hot and cold. When you're hot you're hot I'm I never get tired9 dealer Suki Gar son 'I like but I don't like to lose' A smile. A flick of the eyelash. Maybe even a pleasant comment. The tall 21-year-old blonde from Saskatoon beams with personality and is downright friendly because like but inside she is all business when on the job. don't like to says Suki a University of Saskatoon student who is deal- ing cards at the casino on the Whoop-Up Days fait grounds to help offset the cost of her education. She finds it a challenge to win against the one to five players sitting across from her at the blackjack table who have every intention of taking as much money from her as lady luck will permit. Dealing cards eight to 10 hours a day can be but I am I never get she says of the job she became attached to for financial reasons three summers ago on the advice of a friend. She makes between and for deal- ing at three fairs during the summer days Women can be every bit as good a card dealer as maybe even she suggested with a wink. If she male card sharks avoid women dealers because they think it is 'harder to fool us.' There is the odd guy who will try to interfer with a female dealer's concentration on the game by but soon learn how to handle she suggests. She has also had to handle her share of cheaters and has usually done so by assuming they don't know how to play blackjack and then explaining what they did wrong instead of accusing them of cheating. But 99 per cent of customers are real- ly she quickly pointed out When she begins dealing each summer for the first Ms. Garson says she is little for about 15 minutes because of a sudden you're not playing cards for fun you're playing for And that is tough for a young woman who doesn't like gambling her own money. She has no intention of making a career of dealing cards and is studying to become a social worker. think working in a casino will help me with my she said with a smile as she headed back to the blackjack tables where people from all walks of life were calmh playing their money against stacked odds. The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION July 1974 Pages 13-24 Guide to Whoop-Up special attractions FRIDAY 2 Puppets in Independent Midway the magic clown in Pavilion in the Independent Midway. 4 Puppets in Pavilion 6 Puppets in Independent Midway. the magic clown in Pavilion 7 Whoop-Up Pavilion. Puppets on grassed area Whoop-Up Pavilion. Can dancers in Pavilion 8 potters' day. 8 Production. Whoop-Up Pavilion. 8 in Independent Midway Whoop-Up Pavilion Puppets. Independent Midway. 9 Can dancers in Pavilion. the magic clown in Pavilion SATURDAY 12 Puppets in Pavilion. 12 Village potters' day. the magic clown in Independent Midway. 2 Village sculpture demonstration. 2 carving 2 Puppets in Independent Midway the magic clown in Pavilion in Whoop-Up Pavilion in Whoop-Up Pavilion. in the Independent Midway 4 Puppets in Pavilion in Whoop-Up Pavilion. in Whoop-Up Pavilion 6 Puppets in Independent Midway the magic clown m Pavilion 7 Whoop-Up Pavilion. Puppets on grassed area Whoop-Up Pavilion Can dancers in Pavilion 8 Whoop-Up Pavilion. 8 in Independent Midway. Whoop-Up Pavilion. Independent Midway the magic clown in Pavilion Impounding cars thankless task Night magic Lights at the Whoop-Up midway made a study for the camera. RICK ERVIN photo City police and a Lethbridge towing operation are doing their best to placate motorists unhappy after their illegally- parked cars are impounded from Exhibition Grounds. The remember-whens are flying at Ag Square By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Memories of the past and plans for the future highlight Antique Ag Square at Whoop- Up Days In the case of the young farming gleaming new farm equipment catches their eyes and their fancy while in another section of the oldtimers tour antique equipment and then sit back and reminisce about the good old days. Machinery from nine local implement dealers lines the entrance to Antique Ag Square. The most eye-appealing unit is a huge four-wheel drive tractor equipped with air heating and radio that sells for Other when interested parties are brought to life and the roar of motors and whirl of cutter bars and reels penetrates the drone of the midway. In the machines dating prior to are scattered throughout the square. And they are all in working order. And periodically throughout the owners stoke up the creaking hulks and then the talk really starts. Tony chairman of the com- mittee in said there been good in- terest in the especially during the evenings. He said the main display for the a giant steam couldn't be brought to' Lethbridge because of heavy rains in the Calgary region. The machine couldn't be brought to the main highway. Two old hooked to two threshing machines by long sit in the centre of the square and create the most interest when running. Three old two Rumley models n sit almost in readiness to take over the threshing machines should one of the older models give in. A stationary hooked to a grain will be in operation throughout the fair. A couple of grain wagons and other horse drawn units remind oldtimers of the take over of the horse by the tractor. And not all of them feel it was the best thing to happen to agriculture. One fellow at least could make money in the old days Now all a farmer is doing is working for the machinery With equipment displayed from Bow Barons and there is something for everybody. And that is the idea of the said Mr. Virginello. In the armchair section of the Frank Bates told The Herald he not only has seen the majority of the displayed machinery in put them into A retired farmer now living in Mr. Bates holds particular interest in a 1928 International two-ton truck. was owned by the man I worked he said. And that man eventually became my father-in-law. Remembering the time he started as a farm Mr. 'Bates said he worked on a five-section farm that was operated with mules. His main chore during harvest was to haul the grain from the threshing machine to the bins. From there it was taken to town. The which now starts better than it did when in use to take the grain to draws lots of questions from the said Mr. Bates. One fellow even wanted to bet it Another fellow asked how the load of grain was dumped. was looking for the grain said Mr. Bates asked him if he had ever heard of a scoop shovel and that solved his Another retired farmer from the Vulcan now living in said his father had tractors like the ones in the dis- play. He was waiting until some of the units were started so he could see them running Refusing to identify himself because he wasn't old enough to talk about the he finally got his wish to see and hear the tractors seem to recall l UrtffartH John Van't owner of Bridge Central said police are not ticketing illegally-parked vehicles and his drivers are not charging the usual after-hours release fee He said most of the dozen cars' impounded by Wednes- day night were parked on roadway near Henderson Lake southwest of the 7th Avenue S. main gate Although motorists are and tend to blame tow truck it's the police who decide to he said youth ''uses'' house while owner awav A 15-year-old juvenile will appear in juvenile court after admitting to Lethbridge police he broke into a city ate some stole some pennies and a car The juvenile told police on July 8 he broke into the home of Ken 648 20th St. who was on. holidays. He drank some wine and left but unlocked the milk shute so he could get in later. He returned in the early hours of July 9. He was hungry so he had some toast. He found some car broke into the garage and stole a 1972 Toyota. He drove the car for the rest of the day and put about 300 miles onMt. The juvenile also admitted stealing some special coins ;