Dana White's Vegas tipping habits 'changed lives'

source: lvrj.com

A Las Vegas Review Journal piece about UFC President Dana White cutting ties with the Palms touched on White's outsized tipping habits. The Palms had been the traditional home of the "Ultimate Fighter Live Finale."

One of the Palms' biggest gamblers since it opened 11 years ago, White's tipping habits were legendary.

"He changed people's lives," said one of the sources.

Dealers and wait staff were among the hardest hit by White's departure. During one two-month hot streak, White tipped dealers more than $100,000, sources confirmed.

"Anytime he came in, we knew it was a big payday," a Palms employee said.

A regular at N9NE Steakhouse, White routinely ran up dinner tabs of $15,000-$20,000 and tossed in $10,000 tips. That happened three or four or times a week, the sources said.

"He rarely accepted comps, not just at the Palms but all over Vegas," one source said.

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The piece said White severed ties with the Palms after his credit line was cut in half. UGer CindyO asked White what was behind the story, and it turns out the credit limit was imposed not for losing too much, but for winning too big.

From: CindyO
Member Since: 2/10/06
Posts: 20485

I asked DW what happened and he said it was because he kicked their asses by winning BIG a few times within a short period of time so they chopped his limit (he's aggressive in his bets) in half. This isn't the first casino that has done this to him and I doubt it'll be the last.



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CindyO site profile image  

11/2/12 12:12 AM by CindyO

^^^ Me too=) I'd say he waited 6 months too long to try and make things right. Should have shown up before it hit the media.   Cindy

Kid Salami site profile image  

11/1/12 6:52 PM by Kid Salami

LOL.  I'm curious as to what Magliarditi had to say to Dana in their most recent meeting.  Would have loved to be a fly on the wall for that conversation.

CindyO site profile image  

11/1/12 6:16 PM by CindyO

LOL@ the crickets now!   Cindy

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11/1/12 9:42 AM by CindyO

Update on this story: Posted: Oct. 31, 2012 | 2:03 a.m. Updated: Oct. 31, 2012 | 8:38 a.m. Palms President Joe Magliarditi showed up in the lobby of UFC headquarters on Monday, apparently on a mission to defuse a conflict with UFC President Dana White. The meeting took place after it was reported here on Monday that White cut ties with the Palms six months ago, after the humiliation of having his credit line reduced by half, according to sources. The Palms on Tuesday sent a statement to KVVU-TV, Channel 5, that read: "Palms is disappointed in the article because of its inaccuracies. Palms has been and remains a supporter of the UFC." White, reached by telephone, confirmed the meeting with Magliarditi and stated, "This is something I really don't want to get into it," White said. But, he added, "everything written about me and the reason why I left is true. "Since the story came out, we (he and Magliarditi) had a face to face, a sit-down, and we had a good conversation." Asked for a response to White's comments, Palms spokesman Alex Acuna said in an email: "As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on guests or customers of Palms Casino Resort." The Palms was asked to comment Sunday on the initial report but did not respond. When the Review-Journal asked for a copy of the statement sent to Channel 5, the request was denied. What triggered the fireworks? Sources said White was on a huge run, then lost more than a third of it. When he asked for more credit, he was abruptly informed of the downgrade. Several veteran gaming executives who spoke on the condition of anonymity said most gamblers would consider that beyond bad form. White, one of the biggest players in town and a exorbitant-tipping Palms regular for a decade, was livid. He left a fiery letter for Magliarditi, according to sources, informing the new president that all UFC events were being pulled out of the Palms' 2,000-seat concert hall, which was popular for its intimacy. White is known as a highly disciplined blackjack player who, when he won early, would walk away. That practice is known to drive casino operators crazy, especially in these budget-slashing days. http://www.lvrj.com/news/ufc-boss-confirms-ties-cut-with-palms-176554421.html   Cindy  

Ninja Tea Party site profile image  

11/1/12 9:38 AM by Ninja Tea Party

It was a comment in jest precisely because I know it's something that gets thrown at Americans with little thought. I don't think the general American public has any control over these things, you have a choice of 2 parties who are both going to take you in pretty much the same direction. You don't have much control of a car when the only directions it turns in is right and slightly less right.

nomoRomophobia site profile image  

10/31/12 6:27 PM by nomoRomophobia

Tips are only tax free if you choose to break the law and evade taxes.

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

10/31/12 6:23 PM by LilBrockonmychest

I'd be curious too.  Again, I can tell you for a fact the "$15- $20K at N9ne Steakhouse with a $10K tip, 3-4 nights a week is a complete lie.  I can't comment on the gambling/tipping dealers as I've never worked on that side of things but the N9ne numbers are ridiculously off. 

WoodenPupa site profile image  

10/31/12 5:51 PM by WoodenPupa

I wonder who the sources were for the story.

The Sauce site profile image  

10/31/12 4:12 PM by The Sauce

Haters gon' hate

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

10/31/12 3:23 PM by LilBrockonmychest

Regarding the recesssion, I'm sure it did hurt many casinos and restaurants but N9ne never seemed to be one of them.  If you'd ever been in there on a weekend night, you'd see what I mean.