|Why is there a dolly?|
Don't just take my word for it. Simply take a look at this casino game protection training video released by an Asian TV station.
It appears to be a training class for a real casino staff or regulatory body, although I am not sure. The trainer is from the NSW Liquor and Gaming Control Authority, which indicates New South Wales in Australia, but all the attendees appear to be Asian, therefore I cannot pinpoint where this happened and for whom it was given.
In any case, I have never seen such an utter display of lack of credible cheating knowledge by a game protection trainer. The woman shows nothing but low-level scams, and does a hesitating job at best. She then makes the incredibly naive statement that the dolly "will certainly stop people from putting bets on top."
She means to say pastposting or capping bets, which respectively is making a new bet after the winning number has been determined or adding chips to an existing winning bet.
The correct lexicon aside, her statement is so false that making it puts the casinos she trains at much higher risk and vulnerability to professional cheats who already feast on casinos lacking proper game protection training.
This is because the best professional roulette cheating teams only do exactly what she tells her students cannot be done--pastpost maximum straight-up bets on the number-- UNDERNEATH the dolly. I myself pastposted $100 checks straight-up underneath the dolly hundreds of times. So this terrible piece of misinformation being fed to its dealers is just one example of why some casinos remain the professional casino-cheats candy stores of the world.
I urge whoever hired this trainer...IF YOU DON'T WANT TO HIRE ME TO TEACH YOUR CASINO REAL GAME PROTECTION, AT LEAST HIRE SOMEONE WHO HAS A CLUE!!!
By the way...now that we're speaking about the roulette dolly, how many of you know that before the mid 1950s it did not exist on American and Asian-style roulette wheels? Just like with French-style roulette wheels that never used the dolly, dealers simply pointed to the number and verbalized it with "red-black, even-odd," etc.
Now that you know this, how many of you can guess why the dolly was invented?
Online there are many accounts of this, but most of them are inaccurate. Some say that it was to help people remember the last winning number in order to facilitate their betting patterns for upcoming spins. Others say by the dealer removing the dolly after all the winning bets are paid, the players know when they can begin their betting for the next spin.
Although these reasons are partially correct, they have nothing to do with the one reason the dolly was invented. In fact, the ubiquitous roulette dolly has a colorful history, and I am actually a descendant of it...so to speak.
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 named Kiki Vargas 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.
BOY WAS HE WRONG!
But in spite of that, casinos across the world have been using the roulette dolly ever since.