While some of us might have moral objections to the idea of whaling, where whales are hunted for their blubber and other assorted body parts, the practice is very much alive and well in the casino industry… in a way. A casino whale is an individual with deep pockets who is eagerly targeted and hunted by large casinos, thanks to the fact that they gamble with amounts of money that would leave most of us heavily in debt for the rest of our lives. Also known as high rollers, casino whales bring in billions of dollars of revenue for casinos, and so largely play by rules that are different to the rest of us. Even Australia’s stringent anti smoking laws aren’t enforced in the high roller rooms of the casinos of Sydney and Melbourne. While you might see yourself as a seasoned gambler, do you have what it takes to be a high roller? Whether you do, and so whether you can take advantage of the amazing high roller perks offered by casinos depends entirely on your bank balance…
Sometimes a high roller happens to be spending time in a city and so might go to the casino of their own accord, betting a few million in a night without so much as a raised eyebrow. But since high rollers are so valuable to casinos (Melbourne’s Crown Casino reportedly makes upwards of $600 million per week from high rollers), it’s in the casinos best interest to actively court the whales, bringing them to the casino for a dedicated few days. If you have several million dollars to gamble with, you’ll be enticed with a private jet from your home country to the casino, a free penthouse hotel suite with a private butler and chef, and essentially your every whim catered to.
Can You Be an Online High Roller?
While it’s possible to find online gambling sites that claim to be for high rollers, they simply offer you the chance to wager significantly higher sums that the rest of the site; and while the potential wins are also significantly higher, for most players it’s just a way of losing more money at a quicker rate. In a way, the high roller experience isn’t actually about the gambling, since the so-called online high roller games don’t offer lavish hotel rooms and elegant private gambling rooms where attractive serving staff offer you complementary glasses of scotch that are older than you are.
Who are the High Rollers?
While Vegas is synonymous with celebrities, and high profile business people such as Donald Trump are also heavily associated with the gambling industry, the vast majority of high rollers are wealthy private individuals who have made their wealth in business (and most of them are businessmen). China has become an emerging land of high rollers thanks to the many newly wealthy entrepreneurs in the country, and while many of them flock to Macau to gamble, international casinos are doing to their best to entice them to the gaming rooms of Las Vegas, Australia, and to a lesser extent, Europe.
Arguably, anyone who has the funds to wager several hundreds of thousands of dollars, and even several million, on a single bet, but while this would destroy most of us in the likely event of a loss, a true high roller would just shrug their shoulders and order another glass of vintage scotch.