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As I have visited Las Vegas these last few months, it is no surprise
that the economy has created a significant financial impact on the
casino environment. The number of visitors to the casinos has dropped.
With the world economy shifting, it is no surprise.
What is a surprise is the way casino management is treating their loyal
patrons, particularly the craps floor people. I mean, the slightest hint
of the dice falling favorably for the player is enough to send the floor
people of some casinos into a fear mode and unleash their verbal
warnings with the hopes of controlling the payouts. What a turn off for
those players just beginning their journey into this game.
Let me share some of the feedback that I am hearing from Las Vegas
locals and visitors alike who play in casinos with what used to be
friendly and playable craps tables. A player makes two points rather
quickly and then receives a warning from the stickman about hitting the
back wall, which she does because we always promote the "endeavor to hit
the back wall" mantra. Or, after one roll, the pit boss will come over
to the shooter and in a very aggressive way state that if so much as one
die does not hit the back wall they can no longer play there. I mean
really, who would want to shoot in that environment?
A little known dirty secret is that their own gaming consultants
concluded that dice influencers were good for the game. Dice setters are
the games most passionate fans. If the casino management makes the
decision that they must mistreat us, how long before encouragement
become discouragement? Then who will stand and encourage the players to
drop their money on the table?
I do understand that as the economy changes, so does the playing climate
in the casino. In my view, the casinos are in a state of financial flux
just like every other business and they are confused and demoralized.
And, The casino personnel are behaving as if the financial crisis is in
a state of permanence. This has caused some general grumpiness among the
craps floor management as they take on a fear based arrogance that is
being expressed to certain players in the dice community., These same
players are the very ones who are doing their best to bring new players
to the tables.
During my last visit to Bellagio, I was saddened to be informed by a
floor supervisor sitting "box" that some of my favorite box men have
been laid off. Perhaps the grumpiness is hinged to changes in job
description. Unfortunately, the floor staff are now required to do the
work of two, as they sit box. The word from the lucky few dealers that
still have a job is that some casinos have eliminated employee health
insurance benefits. While some other casinos have dropped 401K matching
Over on the Harrah's side, with the stroke of a computer key, casino
marketing has eliminated complimentary offers. The list of items the
casino management is cutting out in an effort to financially survive
continues to grow. Those casinos in that group are taking the
opportunity to misinform our playing community that dice setting is
banned in Nevada. This is totally untrue and is based on fear and anger
the pit people feel from having their jobs on the line if the payout
percentages are affected.
And so it goes. The playing climate has changed and with this change so
will the patron's "drop." Casinos vie for that "drop" known as your buy
in. If the casino staff's unfriendly behavior continues the "drop" will
be dropping and not in a good way. There won't be anything to payout if
the casino doesn't get our "drop." There is a contradiction in this
By the way, I'm surprised to know that a lot of players in our community
don't know what the "drop" means as it relates to the craps world. Just
exactly what does the drop mean to a craps game? Well, if you are
playing it has to do with the average return on the money you gamble
with that the casino keeps as profit. If you are a casino, I would think
that it should mean a lot.
Data mined from the casino players is evaluated on a routine basis. And,
in this economy, the "drop" and "result" are dropping. "Drop" is casino
speak for the amount of money we craps players drop on the table's come
line to buy in to the game. "Result" is the amount of money kept by the
craps table after the day or the game is over for a particular shift.
With these two figures the determination of the daily Payout Percentage
can be calculated. The casinos don't want to pay the player anymore than
they have to during these financially trying times. The drop and the
result play a significant part in calculating what the casino gets to
keep after players are done playing.
So sadly, casinos misinforming and misguiding players at the craps
tables is "money dropped." Not on their tables, that is.
to the Editor:
Nice article Ed in the June/July issue.
Speaking of hitting that spot... I was rolling
for a good 45 minutes. One time I landed the dice smack on big 6 big 8 at corner
of layout. They came down 5 and 5. Everyone yelled. (Lots of bettors on the hard ten)
For the record, both dice "hit the back wall Jack". Then
I threw towards the same spot on the table, angling for the back wall. I
was trying to get it just up against the wall, my normal spot. As the
dice were flying in the air, a player
puts his hands down and the dice hit his hand. He says, "Oops!" Boy,
I sevened out! I didn't say anything to player, he didn't know any
are craps players and then there are tourists. It is unfortunate that more
people do not take a little time to learn about table etiquette for the
game of craps.
certainly feel that we have enough articles addressing it at
the feeling you have during that long roll. You will have many more. Then, with the
next one, you will have recall of the experience and recognize the feeling
that tells you that you are on that "race horse" again and you will know best how to handle it
comes down the track.
as the shooter, if a player or two are making late bets or there are dangling hands
in the box, ask the stickman to announce “hands up, shooter has the dice”. Toss’em a buck or two on the point to roll hard or if not on an even
number, pick a hardway to help the stick to remember to announce the "all
clear" before you shoot….. Then roll it!
does not recognize the power they hold being the shooter. I was
playing at T.I., I had the table to myself, the boys were bored and got
chatty with me… you know…”Where ya from? Whatcha do?” The basic
Las Vegas interrogation including religion and politics. Well, I was getting a
little fed up with the distraction, so after I got the dice, I took a slug
from my beer, I picked up the dice like I was going to shoot, but then I
carried on with their conversation while holding the dice and gesturing
with them between my thumb and finger. (So they could still see both dice)
“Married? How many kids? How long ya been dealing? " It
shut them all right up without me having to say, “Boys, shut up. I came to
play dice, not twenty questions.”
dramatic here, but you get the point. Once the dice are pushed to the
shooter, the game is in his hands to control. No doubt if one were to get
silly with the dice, your last turn with the dice would be the last turn.
So, it is all a matter of cunning.
See you at
Dollar Dance Concept 5
"Because money is a major psychic symbol of security, every
thought you have which endorses your insecurity affects your money-making
abilities. Money flows toward stability and away from its converse."
Stuart Wilde - The Trick To Money Is Having Some
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