What is ‘Heat’?
If a player catches heat, it means that they have been reproached by a member of casino management for breaching either one or a number of house rules.
Heat refers to the act of being reprimanded or punished by a casino superior for having broken the house’s rules or breached one or some of its policies.
There are a number of reasons that a player may catch heat, some of which include card counting in blackjack or being found to work as part of a team employing a big player.
There is also such thing as heat paranoia, in which a player experiences an unexplainable feeling that pit bosses or casino managers are watching them. Sometimes, in an attempt to not draw any unnecessary attention to themselves, these players accidentally exhibit suspicious behaviour and catch heat anyway.
The trick to recognising casino heat is for the player to remain aware at all times. Heat does not tend to affect the innocent, casual casino-goer or gambler, but for an advantage player, the threats of catching heat are much more pronounced. Said to be unavoidable for these types of player, heat can have some serious ramifications.
It is noted that the first sign of heat is often unfriendliness from the security guards as the gambler first walks through the door. This is considered to be even more serious if it takes place at either an unfamiliar casino, or one at which the gambler is usually highly regarded by the staff.
Unwarranted recognition or unfriendliness at the door should be taken as a sign of trouble, and if the player continues to chase financial gain at that specific casino, the outcome could be severe.
Inside the casino – assuming the advantage player makes it that far – the individual should read the signs carefully and is advised to leave that establishment if appropriate, avoiding any further trouble.