Baccarat is a slow game. The players are usually writing down what hand just occurred and then they try to find a pattern from it. The casino realizes that baccarat player’s take a while to bet, so the casino asks the dealer to wait a minute, then say “no more bets” and start dealing. The dealers are required to keep the game moving; if the game isn’t moving then the casino isn’t making money.
So I was dealing on baccarat one day, when I said, “Bets…” then I waited a minute and then said, “no more bets” and I started dealing. This Asian guy suddenly starts yelling at me, “Wait! You go to fast! I’m not ready. You so stupid! You can’t understand this?” Now being called stupid is the one thing that makes me lose my temper. So I looked him straight in the eye and said, “Bets”. I waited until he was about to put out his money when I waved off the table while saying, “No more bets” and I started pulling out cards (once the cards come out there are no more bets no matter what). I then pushed his bet from the circle and said to him, “Sorry sir, you’re too slow, please be faster next time.” Then I dealt the hand. This guy turned red in the face, jumped out of his chair and started screaming at me in half English half Korean. The floorman, James, ran over to the game to see what was happening and as soon as he saw I had tears running down my face he tapped out another dealer on the dead game next to me to run over and tap me out. I got put on this dead game while James talked to the angry customer. Then James came over to me and asked me what happened. I told him and he said to me, “Don’t worry, that guy is an asshole to everyone. He always has to have a problem. I told him that I was going to write you up so if he asks tell him I got you in big trouble, ok, and don’t worry nothing is going to happen to you.” I always liked James.