Dana White has been banned from four different Las Vegas casinos, including twice from the Palms Casino.
The 52-year-old is widely known as a blackjack master and has earned millions in a single night of gambling. Joe Rogan once said in his podcast, “Dana White is a notorious gambler, but he wins millions of dollars sometimes. I think he said he lost as much as one million dollars and he‘s won as much as seven million in a night. They’ve banned him from a bunch of casinos because he’s really good at blackjack.“
Despite his skills on the table, his winnings didn’t sit well with the casino owners. He was presented with a Blackjack Championship belt and was asked not to return to the venue.
“Instead of just asking me to leave the way that the previous owners did, they gave me this. Undisputed Blackjack Champion. 24-0. This is a cool way to say get the f*** out of our casino and don’t come back.” said White regarding the soft ban.
The Palms Casino, one of the casinos that once banned White, tried to make up with the UFC boss by sending him an expensive bottle of wine and lifting the ban. But when White returned to the casino and won $2 million in three months, they once again asked him not to come back.
White then expressed his disappointment about the ban, claiming that the casinos are messing with their guests for their own profit.
“A lot of people are going to think I’m a card counter after that Ben Affleck thing at the Hard Rock. I’m the farthest thing from a card counter. Casinos don’t want to gamble anymore. They’re all owned by hedge funds and corporations. They want to stack the odds so much against you that [you] won’t play. Realistically, there’s only one place to play left in town. That’s Caesars [Palace]. They will let you play what you want to play. No messing around with limits.“
Luthfi Prawiro is a writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a strong passion for combat sports and a BA in Psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on the Sports Psychology of MMA.