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20 September 2016
By Frank Scoblete
FROM RICK: I have your dice book "I Am a Dice Controller: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Craps!" and thanks.
My problem is when I am on a really good roll or someone else is having one, meaning the more a shooter wins, then the more he rolls, the other players wanting in on the action soon rush to the table and leave him NO PLACE to roll. The shooter gets jammed and bets are now placed everywhere.
What is the result? Soon the dice hit a stack of chips and the “devil seven” pops up.
So I say to all players please watch where you place your bets on the table and please leave the shooter some room to roll the dice.
Thanks for allowing me to vent.
FRANK RESPONDS: Good points, Rick. A good roll usually has a lot of cheers. Those cheers bring over more players and... you get the picture. Plus, as rolls get longer and longer the players at the table start making more and different bets. Things do get crowded.
One of the fundamental traditions of craps is (supposed) to be the idea that players must be careful not to disrupt the shooter. Even in a random game, there are informal rules to follow – in short, players should exhibit the proper manners.
Today it seems that many don’t.
FROM RW: I have read your articles for years and understand the RNG in slot machines.
However, a friend of mine told me that a casino was having a soft opening in Florida so I decided to go. I barely recognized it was a casino because of so much construction, but to my disbelief, the new machines were operating, drinks were being served and people were gambling.
Here is the strange thing: 90% of the machines I played hit bonuses and one machine hit the jackpot ($280). At one point, I called over the slot attendant to ask if the machines had been calibrated. He indicated that they were. I didn't believe him. I went over put in a twenty and hit max bet on Bier Haus II and received 65 free spins in front of him.
Did I have the best luck ever or were these new machines playing differently?
FRANK RESPONDS: Best luck ever and probably (maybe) somewhat loose machines too!
Is it possible that during the soft opening of the casino they wanted to win players over with generous machines? That is a possibility. I am guessing you’ll be going back to that casino in the near future. Wins bring the players in – that’s a certainty.
So be happy with your luck or your loose machines (or both) because, as I’ve written for a quarter century, winning is the most fun!
Frank Scoblete’s new books are “I Am a Dice Controller: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Craps”; “Confessions of a Wayward Catholic” and “I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack.” All available from Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and at bookstores.
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