Cashing Out

If you've set your gambling budget and goals, you know when it's time to quit playing and cash out. It's a simple process: you take your chips, tokens, or slot card to the cage cashier, who will give you currency or a casino check in exchange. If you'll be tempted to gamble beyond your preset limits, ask for a check instead of cash. It's also a good idea to ask for a check if your winnings are substantial; payment on checks can be stopped if they're lost or stolen, but cash is a more tempting target for thieves and pickpockets.

You'll need to have a photo ID with you when you cash out. Most casinos accept a valid driver's license, government-issued photo ID, or a passport. Depending on the size of your winnings, you also may need to supply a valid social security number (see Chapter 19).

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