$2 Million Winnings Caused Dana White’s Latest Exile From Palms Casino

Written by Tom Ngo
June 2nd, 2014

UFC president Dana White

“And the streak lives on. We beat ’em again.” Those were the last words UFC president Dana White (pictured) uttered after leaving the Palms Casino in Las Vegas with bricks of cash.

In the fifth episode of the UFC’s “Embedded” video blog, White is seen cashing out a large sum of money and tipping the cashier $500 for merely doing his job. The morning after White’s torrid run at the tables, he received a call from a Palms executive saying he was no longer welcome to gamble at the once-popular facility for the second time in as many years.

Thanks to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, we now know what it took for White to get his “walking papers.” White claims he got the casino for nearly $2 million over a three-month span.

“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 card counter,” White told the LVRJ. “Casinos don’t want to gamble anymore,” White said. “They’re all owned by hedge funds and corporations. They want to stack the odds so much against you that won’t play.

“Realistically, there’s only one place to play left in town. That’s Caesars. They will let you play what you want to play. No messing around with limits.”

The writing was all over the wall around May 21 when the Palms cut White’s limit from $25,000 per hand to just $5,000.

The Palms might think they did the right thing by punting White, but their employees must be heated. It is reported he tipped dealers almost $200,000 during his three-month hot streak.

If White’s excessive winning, tipping and exile from the Palms sounds familiar, it’s because the same thing happened in early 2012. The UFC hasn’t held a show there since.

White finally returned to their tables in May when then-Palms chief executive Dan Lee extended an olive branch to welcome him back. Now that Lee is gone and lady luck refuses to leave White’s side, MMA’s head honcho will have to take his winning ways elsewhere.

I wonder if Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta will allow White to gamble at one of their Stations Casinos?

Please click the media player below to watch White’s last take from the Palms (1:35 mark):

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