Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Dice Sliding....Effective Way to Cheat at Craps?

If you're a steady reader of my blog, you know I have not been much of a fan of so-called dice control, especially the form of dice-control cheating pushed by Frank Scoblete. It has always been my belief that if the dice are thrown according to casino regulations and make contact with the far wall of the craps table, they will tumble randomly, and with the tumble crumble all attempts at successful dice control (excuse the cheap rhyme). However, dice-sliding is cheating because the dice-slider is attempting to roll the dice in an illegal fashion. The key is to slide one die along its surface close to the back wall without touching it, or if touching it, only touching it softly so that the die does not tumble. The other die is thrown normally to hit the back wall and give the impression that both dice were thrown normally without any attempt at illegality. The goal is to keep the boxman sitting at the craps table silent, or in other words, preventing him from calling out the dice-slider's dreaded phrase "No roll!"

If this can be done, one die controlled to come out a six makes certain craps proposition bets like box-cars (double-sixes) extremely attractive at odds of 30 to 1. If you can control one die to come out six, with the odds of the other one coming out 6 on the square being 5 to 1, your total bet has been made against true odds of 5 to 1 while the casino is paying you six times that amount. Not bad, huh? And even if you screw up with the slide control half the time you still have way the best of it.

How is dice-sliding done? The slider usually positions himself right next to the stickman so that the dice have the shortest distance to travel to the wall. For some reason as well, the boxmen have a tendency to let short rolls where one die doesn't hit the wall play more than they would for longer rolls coming from the ends of the craps tables. Also, dice-sliders usually work with a partner who will try to distract the boxman or dealers just at the moment the dice reach the far end of the table, strengthening the probability that "no roll" will not be called.

My opinion: Dice sliding is the best form of dice control out there, but will only fool casino craps staffs a small percentage of the time. This means that if dice-sliding teams are patient and diligent, they will find opportunites to make their money.