Sunday, August 07, 2016

A Little history Lesson on Roulette Cheating--The Dolly

Never stopped pastposting
You all know that every time the dealer spins the roulette ball, he marks the winning number on the layout by placing the dolly (or number marker) atop the chips straight-up on the winning number or on the naked surface if there are no chips there.

But do you know the history of the this roulette dolly?

Prior to 1955, there were no such dollies in existence. Roulette dealers would simply point to the winning number on the layout, announce it, and then begin sweeping the losing chips off the layout and the process of paying the winners, first the outside winners then the inside winners.

The early and mid-fifties were the heyday of roulette pastposting (placing late bets), especially straight-up on the numbers. In fact, it was like a roulette cheating epidemic. The biggest roulette pastposting cheats at the time were Henry Classon, a cheating ancestor of mine, and a mute gentlemen named Mumbles, both inducted in the Casino Cheats Hall of Fame.

This pair terrorized casinos in Las Vegas, Reno and Puerto Rico to the point that a fed-up pit boss at the Americana casino in Puerto Rico decided to do something about it: he invented the roulette dolly.

His idea was that if the dealer placed the dolly atop the chips on the winning number or on the naked winning number, roulette pastposting cheats would no longer be able to manipulate those chips or place ones on the number that weren't there before the ball dropped.


But in spite of that, casinos across the world have been using the roulette dolly ever since.