Craps is the word

Oct 14, 2003 2:19 AM

A few readers have contacted me via my website (mentioned at the end of each of my articles) and clicking the "Contact Author" link on the navigation bar. I want to thank those who had kind words and to respond to some of your questions.

What do you think of dice setters, can they really improve their chances of winning?

If someone could throw one less seven out of thirty-six rolls of the dice, he could reduce the house percentage of a place bet on the six or eight from 1.52 percent to zero. There are many skilled crossroaders who can do far better than that using controlled shots.

The only problem is the rubber pyramids on the wall of the craps table. As far as I know no scientific study has been done to determine if there are people that can still throw a controlled shot off of the pyramids. I think if you take a good look at the pyramids you will find it hard to believe that someone can alter the course a die takes after it hits them.

The sad truth is too many people read about "dice setting" and think they will try it on a live game. The unfortunate reality is that most of these people don’t realize that the opposite sides of a die add up to seven, so they take too much time setting the dice. While most dealers and supervisors are willing to give shooters a certain degree of latitude pertaining to the "pick them up and shoot them rule" too many "grown adults" have not quite grasped these key concepts: All games have rules; in games played for money, the rules are more important than the games of Monopoly they played as children; and, the house is the one that makes and enforces the rules, not the players.

And of course the rule pertaining to the shooter hitting the end wall with both of the die is an absolute rule that certainly can’t be waved by any craps crew or the suits. As I said, some crossroaders are talented enough to make mincemeat out of casinos that don’t force shooters to hit the end wall. Since some shooters have this talent, casinos can’t be put in a position to decide who looks like a crossroader and who doesn’t, all shooters must try to hit the end wall.

I notice that the name of your book is Precision Crap Dealing; why isn’t it called Precision Craps Dealing?

After much consideration I decided to go with the "old" method of expressing it. When I started dealing in 1977, I never heard anyone say "craps dealer" or "craps table." Everyone always said "crap dealer" or "crap table." It certainly sounded more natural and less effeminate to do so.

More and more in books on the subject since the seventies, writers started using the term "craps dealer." Frankly, I don’t know what the big deal is anyway. Some have started calling themselves "dice dealers" I think just to avoid deciding which to call themselves. I have started using the terms "craps dealers" and "craps table" in my articles, just to avoid what I think should be a non-issue in the first place.

I decided to play a match play coupon on a table and I got the impression that the dealer was mocking me in the way he smiled at the other dealers. Should I not have played it?

The dealer should not have behaved that way. The casino gave you that coupon and you had every right to play it. Unfortunately, coupons have gotten a bad rap over the years because of the number of players that have abused them. Some people jump from table to table to avoid being caught playing more than the usual allotted one or two coupons per day. Others have even gone as far as betting the pass line with their coupon while having their wife go to the other end of the table and betting the don’t pass with their coupon.

I personally dislike coupons because I understand that the casino gives them to players that possibly have never played table games before, in the hope that it will encourage patrons to give them a try. While this is a noble concept, I have rarely had a player come to my game and say, "Hey, I always wanted to try this game and since I have this coupon, I might as well have you teach me how to play." More often than not, players use coupons in an attempt to get something for nothing.

(Dale S. Yeazel is the author of "Precision Crap Dealing" and "Dealing Mini-Baccarat." Full color E-books on CD-Rom available for only $20 each (plus tax) at Gamblers Book Shop and Gamblers General Store in Las Vegas.