Walking away from the roulette wheels, Take the don’ts, pay the line, eight came easy. Coming out, same good shooter. Craps, eleven, horn bets, whirl bets, highs and lows, place your bets. Let’s go, throw an eleven, shooter.”
What’s all the shouting about? Amidst all the excitement, we see a cluster of players crowded around a large oblong table-a craps table, the most exciting of casino games. You can get more action and more bets down at the craps table in five minutes than you can at roulette or blackjack in an hour.
Belly up to the table and watch the shooter roll the dice. Notice the pass-line bet on the layout, one of the best bets, because the casino advantage is only about 1.4 percent. If you’re a beginning player, you’re probably somewhat confused by all the shouting and the myriad of bets confronting you on the layout. But, for now, place a $5 bet on the pass line and go with the shooter. After the come out roll, it’s a very simple matter to understand-a 7 or 11 wins on that first roll, called the “come out,” while a 2, 3, or 12 loses. All other numbers are points-4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10-and the shooter’s ob¬jective is to repeat that point number, 6 for example, before a % is rolled. If he or she rolls a 6, you’re paid even money-$5. If a 7 is rolled, the dealers quickly scoop up the losing bets, including yours.
Notice a tall lanky man step up to the table, to the spot where it’s his turn to throw the dice next. On his roll, he gets the dice and holds them for 45 minutes. This means that he is not throwing the losing %. He rolls number after number and is winning on almost every roll. File other players shout and scream for this shooter to roll the point. Racks are filling up with chips.
What’s going on here? Is this shooter just lucky? No. Take a closer look at this shooter. He doesn’t just pick up the dice and throw haphazardly down the table like most of the other players do. Using one hand as prescribed by the casino, he carefully positions the two die as they lie on the table in front of him, so that certain combi¬nations of numbers show on the top and bottom and on each of the other two sides. Then he picks them up and releases them with a nice easy rhythm so they gently tap the back wall.
His objective? To avoid the losing %. He’s a rhythm roller with an advantage over the casino.
After his 45-minute roll, the man places his stacks of black, green, and purple on the table and requests a “color up.” The box man counts down the chips and places seven orange ($1,000 chips), two black ($100 chips), and three green ($Z5 chips) on the table. After acknowledging the accolades from the other players and then non¬nonchalantly tossing three $Z> chips to the dealers, the man picks up the chips and walks to the cashier’s cage.