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Table Games The craziest thing I’ve ever seen at a craps table

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by Slidey1, Feb 11, 2021.

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  1. Slidey1

    Slidey1 Low-Roller

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    So, I’m just cruising around looking for an open craps table at Cosmo while we wait for dinner. I pass a $15 table and do a literal double take. That can’t be right. It’s been $25 minimum all week long. I see a couple guys that at first glance look like a ton of chips in front of them. No spots open so I come back about 10 mins later and one is open. Still $15. I look over and see an older Asian guy with what appears to be about $300k in the rack. I slowly realize he’s got, no joke, over a million dollars in 1k, 5k and 25k chips in front of him. At a $15 table. He’s betting max, $5k pass line, max odds, and come bets at $5k a pop with max odds. During one roll he has over $100k in bets on the table. In-f-***ing-sane.
     
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    Damn, that's always an amazing sight. No fun to play by yourself, might as well have a party crowd with you while playing the max. I know I would. I loved the moments going to Vegas and playing with a mini crowd behind you. Sigh, covid, go away.
     
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    That's crazy, like the morning I went to Bally's at 6am to see if they had $5 craps because I'd been seeing it off and on that week. They had 1 table open with $100 minimum and a group of very well dressed Asian guys. I dont know that there was $1M on the table but the smallest thing on there was black chips and they were stacked on colors I'd not seen before, so I'm honestly not sure what they were betting. The black chips were on the sucker bets though like most people do with white chips, and they had 300 to 500 on two way hardways and stuff like that.
     
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    So how did he do? :D
     
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    Awesome story. I remember back in the day at Binion's seeing guys betting money like that right next to guys betting $1 on the line. It was insane.
     
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    Wow, don't think I've ever seen someone with a mil at the craps table. Biggest I have ever seen was one time I was playing by myself at a $100 table at the Bellagio when a guy walks up to the other end and takes out a marker for $400k. Very quickly, the dealers had to start shooing away all the looky loos because we were playingat the first table in the craps pit (which if you know Bellagio, you know its a busy intersection of the casino). I was doing my usual play of betting from the don't. I offered to pass the dice back to the big player each time it was my turn to shoot (he was on the pass), but he wouldn't take it. I played for about fifteen more minutes and left the table up. It wasn't fun to watch that guy lose a stack of yellows roll after roll
     
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    I've seen some of these guys. It is crazy. Always staying at Venetian I was used to a few true high rollers each trip - guys that bought in for 10k+, don't think I ever saw 6 figures there at one time (did watch a guy take out 6 x 20k markers in about 2 hours at a really choppy table - the pit even asked him on the last couple if he was sure he didn't want to take a break - that was pretty crazy). But in terms of "crazy" one chip story and one action story.

    (1) Playing at harrah's on maybe a tuesday night. For me it was a drive by from LINQ back to Venetian. That table right there in the breezeway (which I understand may no longer be there) was my favorite table at Harrahs because of the breeze/fresh air and relatively good drink service. I'm nursing my wounds, playing $10 minimums, just low rolling free drinks before bad. This Indian gentleman walks up and takes out a 100k marker - at Harrahs. He has his wife and 2 (adult)kids with him and they just stand there and watch him get killed. But I remember thinking - "why Harrahs?" I mean sometimes I love the dirty low roller vibe it had, but not my choice for a big buy-in like that. It also put the crew on panic mode. They must have gotten 2-3 verifications before they issued the marker.

    (2) In terms of crazy, funny. Also at Harrah's, same table but different trip. Playing middle of the afternoon with my ex. We join this incredibly drunk frat guy down at the end of the table who is just clueless about everything. Dealers warn us before we get there that he's late betting, winging dice, etc. My ex didn't really play craps, but she'd shoot while I bet and throw an occasional Yo. Its her turn to shoot. Our buddy has a $5 PL bet and $3 in chips which he clearly doesn't know what to do with. The ex bets yo, he late bets $3 yo - yo hits. My ex (wisely) picks up her $75 - Beta Theta Pi down there (no offense Beta's, I was one too!) screams "PARLAY!!!" at the top of his lungs - ex throws the dice - Yo!. Our new best friend screams PARLAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! - ex throws the dice - you guess it- Yo!

    Now, lets do some quick math. The first hit turned his $3 into $45. The second turned his $45 into $675 . The third hit turned his $675 into $10,000 and change. He was clearly in college, and I didn't get the feeling he was a trust fund baby or anything. My guess is that amount of money would have more than paid off all his losses, the copious amount he drank, probably he and his brothers' trips to a club or two, and still give him money for textbooks or B-EE-RR-U-N s back at State.

    Guy bets it all. I don't remember specifics. I know he was capped at that point on Yo, and the dealers were trying to convince him to take the excess. But instead he spread it around. All horn bets I think. he might have thrown some hardways in there. But we all know what happens next. Ex throws the dice and -OUT!

    Guy took it like a champ. Maybe he thought it was a Monte Carlo night or something and the chips were fake money, cause he just shrugs, and stumbles away. I remember the pit boss (who understandably had come over after the second PARLAAAAY to watch what was going on), looked at the boxman and said "what the fuck just happened." The dealers were laughing. My wife and I were both wondering why she hadn't pressed her Yo and standing in shock because we watched a dude who as far as we could tell had no real money lose as much in a single roll as we budget to lose in an entire trip.
     
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    I used to play at that table in the breezeway! Always a good time. I also have never understood why bigger players buy in large at the low roller joints. Many years ago I was playing by myself at a $5 table at TI on a weeknight whn a guy walks up and takes out a 14k marker (the largest amount I had ever seen someone have at the table to that point in my life). Even the crew seemed surprised. I think they literally had to wake up the game supervisor to start paying attention to what was happening
     
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    Such great stories. I really enjoy reading them.

    Here's a low roller story. lol.

    My introduction to Craps was on a gambling boat leaving Galveston. These allow only 3 hrs of gaming. But it took ony 20 minutes with only $50 to lose! lol.

    Aw, but the second trip was eventful even though not so much for myself.
    An item of note: A co-worker introduced me to the game. He had me convinced the game to play is Craps and to play it on the dark side.

    So, it's a very choppy table to match the Gulf of Mexico that day.
    There's only the one table open on the boat. You played that one or not at all. So I stayed. There were only about 8 of us at the table.
    I came in with only $100 because I'm still learning the game. Apparently, we're all rookies at this table but I'm the only DPlayer.
    I'm down maybe around $35 when a shooter begins his roll. I lost 3 don'ts in a row and then just watched the rest of this unfold....

    The short story is he kept the dice for ~45 minutes passing only ONE point repeatedly; during his roll, he had 6 points and every point was the 10 and passed it 5 times!
    And each time, I'm thinking the odds are 2 to 1 in MY favor!

    Of course, he was rolling numbers all over the place during this ~45 minutes and not ONE person EVER made any bet other than PL!
    In addition, I never saw a bet over the min of $5! And no one new joined the game.
    Afterwards, I'm looking at everyone's rack amazed to see no one got rich! Even the dealers were shaking their heads.

    As for me, a rookie as green as can be, I never even thought to switched sides. I was sure that if I did, I'd lose on that side too and kill the hot roll!
    By the end of this roll, we were headed back to port and they closed the casino.

    I lost around $60 and will never forget what could have been.
     
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    Some years later, I'm playing at the TI which had opened only months before.
    I'm playing on the don't side and a high roller joins me by my side and in play.
    I knew what luck I was to have at that point.
    He's playing $3-5K a roll. Some 15 or 20 minutes later, some suits ask him to step aside.
    Some words are exchanged but I can't understand them.
    When he returns, he's complaining to me that they are complaining about his play... it's not enough for his comps!
    He plays and loses for another hour or so and then colors up. I don't know what was returned, but it was in the 10s of thousands.
     
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    Two sightings.

    Back in the day it must've been the early 90's, about 93. BFF and I were walking around in the Mirage and we saw a crap table "roped off". One guy was playing an had a rack of chips. he was playing in his socks. We were later told that it was some big wig from Monte Carlo.

    Second sighting, in the Wynn, about 8 years ago. Another roped off table. A big white guy at one end and a smaller Asian woman at the other end, both with large stacks of chips. I didn't take note of the denominations, but if they're playing at a roped off table, I figure it must be high stakes.
     
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    I can understand somebody playing craps at insane denominations Downtown because you probably won't find a high roller table there. The pit critters would probably shit their pants, lol!

    I wonder why these high rollers want to play at a $15 or $25 table on the Strip. Those pit critters must have been frantically calling for more of the higher denom chips from the backroom instead of the usual set-up of more green and red at a low denom table.

    Back to topic. The craziest thing I've seen playing craps at a low denom table ($5) was when somebody bought in for 15K at MSS. It took about 10 to 15 minutes of stop play for the pit to count out the bills for the camera above to verify then count out the purple, black, and green chips then call the pit supervisor to verify before pushing them to the player.

    Then he started playing $54 across and dollar prop bets. WTF.......

    After playing for about 10 minutes, the fucker wanted to cash out. Same damn stop play happened only now in reverse.
     
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    I recall several years ago at the Wynn also seeing a roped off table where the felt did not offer any don't pass or don't come bets. A dealer told me it was special felt for a sultan that was friends with Steve Wynn (I'm guessing he was superstitious about the don't pass lol). I tried to keep an eye out for him all weekend to see what level he would play at, but never saw anyone at the table other than the dealers
     
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    Just imagine if the guy was a tipper to a hot shooter....thank him and cash out?! :D

    One of the treks I made to Tunica last year (think it was January), I was playing at a full craps table with a guy that looked like and reminded me of Snoop Dogg. I don’t think it was him, but this guy was spot on with the look (sunglasses, hair, and even some kind of colorful robe). I played at the table for 3-4 hours, went to eat and rest in the room, and came back later only to find he was still at the table playing. He must have had some funds since he was playing green chip minimums on all his bets.
     
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    Sounds like a candidate for money laundering
     
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    Sure hope they were comp'd at least a Fiji without being asked to produce their players card......

    We were staggering through MB one night (I do mean staggering) and my wife wandered over to one of the stores to buy a ridiculously overpriced drink as there were no CW around. I heard a lot of noise coming from the craps tables near escalators. Me not being a craps player I normally don't pay much attention but I staggered that way anyway. A super busy table although one person clearly was playing the balance of the action. I steadied myself as I was doing the drunk wobble and managed to focus on the rack in front of the one person that was the center of attention. I sobered up BIG time when I saw what he had in there. At least 500K. The most I'd ever seen personally. The CW that had been serving us earlier in the day recognized me and she was in street clothes. She said she was leaving and just had to watch for a while. I asked her how much he had in play, well my estimate wasn't far off. I believe (I am still hazy as I was drunk after all....) she said it was actually 600k. I just stood gobsmacked and watched it for a while. What struck me was that the player just didn't seem to be phased by what was going on. He was an average looking dude, wearing jeans and a t-shirt. My wife eventually staggered up to me and when I told her what was going on she grabbed me by the arm and said let's get out of here before you do or say something stupid. She is wise... Wise.
     
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    Great question! To my best recollection today, he hit at least 5 of the come bet payouts, so for my fuzzy math I would say close to at least $200k while I was there. The shooter was the guy to my right and clearly oblivious, he kept hitting the 6 and 5. Point was 9, he finally hit it. Rolled three sevens right after, another $15k on the pass line for OAG, then finally the shooter PSOd. The only time I saw any emotion from him was when he finally lost. I can’t imagine getting 29-30+ thousand pushed to me every roll and not being fazed in the least.

    Also some of these other stories are awesome!!
     
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    Also I think I should edit the beginning of my initial post to say that Cosmo actually kept this $15 limit table open all night, which is a miracle in and of itself! The gf ended up hitting the all small for a nice payout later last night. TR to come down the road!
     
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    Hey don't bring me into this!! :haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:
     
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    I think the HL room can be a lonely place and I’m certain the big players feed off the energy and amazement of those watching the action of somebody making a bet equivalent to a home mortgage, school tuition, etc.
     
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