Watch & Win
Craps $1k from a $60 buy in shortly after my 21st birthday years ago. That was the hook moment. I was shaking walking to the cage. I held the dice for an hour, started with with no one at the table but me and the crew (8:00 am on a Saturday morning). Luckily they were basically teaching me and they got $1 pass line and max odds every time 10x (I think). I remember the dice only knew 4 or 10 that morning. Looking back it would probably would have been better if I lost that $60 that morning, but hey Sapphire loved me that night.
My biggest table game score was $49K on a Craps game split between 2 people.
My biggest craps win was $500 and that was on a $5 min table. I'm not a big $$ better and that took me about 3 hours
I'm not really a gambler, but I like to play games. Of course, I like the thrill of winning as much as the next guy. Anyhow, the wife and I took a little trip to Atlantic City (We are from NY). I am still pretty new at the game of Craps at this point and had never really played at any other casinos, besides the rinky dink little Resorts World casino in Monticello, NY. We are staying at the Hard Rock and roll up to the Craps table. There they have the All/Tall/Small bonus. I am playing along and have a gentleman next to me explaining how "good" of an investment this bonus is. I don't generally play bonuses because I see them as all being terrible "investments." I get the dice and proceed to roll. I am not playing the bonus, and the dealer, rightly doing his job, is trying to sell me on how good of a play the bonus would be. Wouldn't you know it, I rolled them all. $0 bonus for me, but I did make some people at the table rather happy. The stickman lets me know just how much money I could have won. I did have a pretty good roll so I made some money for myself anyway, organically.
Fast forward a little and the dice are back in my hands. Other people at the table, including my wife next to me, have worked their magic and talked me into laying $5 each on the A/T/S. I, again, proceed to roll. As the hand progresses, I am feeling really bad for the boxman because I am bouncing the dice out of the table left and right. But, wouldn't you know it, I come right back and roll them all again! At the Hard Rock they pay 34:1 for the Small and Tall and 174:1 for the All. So there I am with my $15 investment paying out $1,210 plus my other winnings from place bets (probably around $1,600-$2,000 maybe?). The table crew were great and seemed genuinely excited for me winning. Especially with how many times I was bouncing the dice out. The other guy at the end who laid $25 a piece on the A/T/S was also rather happy with my hand, for sure.
Color up, please!
These are the stories that make rabid dice fans. I know the feeling. Ive been excited playing Blackjack, but nothing close to my craps experiences. I can still remember many of my biggest moments on dice games.
As a dealer, and I think this is true for most dice dealers, its fun to see a big hand. If not for supervisors sweating the money or creating tension, most dealers love the action that comes with a big hand.
@David indeed. Like I said, I live winning, but also live just playing the game. My wife disagrees, though. She just wants to win. 😆
Over the course of my career I have seen a lot of young players or just new players and its uncanny how many of them seem to win their first time out, almost as if the Casino marks them for a score just to keep them hooked forever.
Its like the drug dealer who gives out free samples.
Just a few years ago I was dealing to a young man, probably 21 or 22. He came to the table with 2 red cheques ($10) and no clue how to play. Our table was dead, and I gave him a quick lesson. This table happened to have a Fire Bet, which at the time still payed 1000 to 1 for hitting all 6 points in the same roll.
He put $5 on the line, $2 on C and E and $3 on the fire bet. You probably know what happened next. He hit all 6 points for $3k.
But wait there's more...
His girlfriend came up to the game towards the end of his roll and of course was very excited he won. She took up a position at the other end of the table, put $5 on the line and $5 Fire Bet and shot 5 points for a $1250 payout. Btw, $5 was the max allowed Fire Bet at this casino.
I saw them again 2 days later playing the exact same bets. I had a chance to speak to the young man and he told me that they were able to pay rent at a nearby weekly hotel and "get ahead of some bills". A week later I saw the girl who waved. She did not look well. My Floor Supervisor, who had completed the paperwork for their winnings, came over to me and commented that winning for those 2, may have been the worst result.
My biggest win in playing craps was n Laughlin at Harrah's, about 7 yrs ago. Now don't laugh my story will b very short, just like my biggest win. This is like playing pool with a rope. Anyway I started with a bankroll of just $80 at a $5 table. There were only 3 people (including me and I prefer playing at a table with just me or one or two people at the table). The first time I got the dice I held them for almost 20min. Hit the small (of the ATS) for (I think) $35. The next few times that I tossed the dice I did just fair. Played at the table for just about 35-40min, when me wife said that we needed to head back to home, which is So. CALIF. I colored up with only $190. I am very disciplined and very conservative so my bets were not very big. Had I played like David using his triple-lux or pressing up two (2) numbers at a time I may have won 2 or 3 times that amount. But the story here is, wait for it.........I walked away a winner, no matter how big or small.
Hey, a win is a win. Thats always what we try to do.
mine? My mom had a life saving surgery 8 weeks prior, and I had spent every waking hour by her side. "life saving" means EXACTLY what I am saying. She had a 4 inch perforated colon, burst gall bladder, and all of the poison pouring in her gut. I was worn out, on verge of collapse. She INSISTED that I take $50 and go do something fun. I went to the casino used my free play money for lunch and stopped at the craps table. I had that feeling. Dont know why, didnt really feel lucky. Dropped $57 down, and first rolls netted profit. I kept playing, and then realized that I had over $1200 on the table in play. Being the guy I am, I bet for the dealers, and bet HEAVY. I was tossing $100 chips to the dealers for giving me the fun I SO needed like candy. 1 hour later, I realized that I was risking over a week's salary on the table and cashed out. I threw $300 to the dealers for security escort, and cashed out $3,100. I found out later, I donated OVER $1300 to the dealers. They were concerned why I was so generous, but I had the fun I needed, and won over $3000, so I was satisfied. they received a very generous tip. WIN win.