Out the Lights…
I received an email “demanding” that Dice
Setter cease and desist from its Internet presents. The allegation
proposed that DS.com was leading to the eventual demise of the game of craps.
Chicken Little said it best...
Is the game of craps really in jeopardy
simply because 1% to 5% of the dice players out there attempt to play with an
“advantage”? I happen to think that notion is simply baloney. There are not
too many craps players out there dice setting. The number is, in fact, very
small in comparison. It’s more like a pimple on a rhino’s butt. So I’m going
to make up a theory. Casinos do not fear us. The attitude, sometimes is
directed to dice setters as “casino heat”, has more to do with players lacking
the necessary skill, and incompetent players holding up the game. The rest of
my theory combines a divorced pit boss, bored with nothing better to do, than
to stand around in tight Italian slippers, in an Italian suit, while trying to
look important. If they can find a player to hassle, then the game is on. (I
can feel the hate mail already on its way. I should have left the Italian shoe
makers out of this.)
Once up on a time, I was playing quarter
blackjack at the Mirage. A “suit” was giving me the “where ya from, are ya
staying here, bla, bla,” 20 questions routine. I placed my cards face down,
stopping the game, while the pit boss went on doing his thing. When he noticed
that his “little money machine” had stopped pumping oil, he told me, “Go on,
keep playing.” “Oh, okay”, I said, “And would you mind getting me an orange
juice, no ice, pleazze?” The last thing “Mr. Ego” wants to do is play a
butler, fetching cocktails for a player. That ended his game of twenty
questions. He left, and was not to be seen again. A cocktail waitress brought
over the OJ. Although, I do not consider this a best example of casino heat, I
share the story to support my theory of bored casino personnel.
Craps is an exciting, hand on experience for
the player. (Remember? One hand on the dice.) The player is a dependant
variable in order for the casino to have a game. Yes, I know that there are
those hooky pop-up-dice games with monitors for the fad seekers. But, I say
dice players play the game for a since of engagement by actually being
involved in the game. Getting to roll the dice, the player is instrumental,
and it is something not done in any other game…and that is to initiate
The notion that dice influencing is such a
threat to the casino, and it will close the games, opting instead for
technology, is an illusion. For anyone that thinks the boxman will run the
game from a Yatzee cup…that’s not happing either. Boys and girls, do you
really think that true, blue, craps players, are going to continue to play
craps, if they no longer get to touch the dice? I reference what happened to
the blackjack game after E. Thorpe’s book came out, “Beat the Dealer”. Casinos
got scared, they screwed up the game with unnecessary rule changes, and
players stopped playing blackjack. Of course the casinos eventually returned
to the old rules after discovering that players were not reading Thorpe’s
book, let alone hurting the bottom line.
Out of 1000 players, what percentage is
really effecting any damage to the casino’s bottom line with dice setting?
Besides, without some winners, there would be no casinos period. Casinos
should be welcoming dice setters, and thanking them for all the damn free
advertising promoting the game of craps.
Changing the rules of a blackjack game is
relatively easy, and most players would never know from a dealer hitting a
soft 17 from having to stand on all 17’s. But for casinos to mess with the
rules and protocol of craps game…. They may as well place their order for the
new slot machines that will fill the void, once they move out the empty craps
Dice influencing, dice setting, or advantage
play, is not wrecking the game. The sky is not falling. Casino dice games are
here to stay. If it turns out that I’m wrong, the person that sent their
demanding email, will likely get their wish. Hey buddy, do you want to make a
bet on it? I didn’t think so.
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