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Can the dice be controlled by the shooter, legally?

23 January 2003

Can the dice be controlled by the shooter, legally? That's a question that will come up more and more and a technique that is making some waves in craps pits. Seasoned table game execs scoff at the idea and in this corner, there is a high level of skepticism. Of course, should it become a factor that is negative to the house, you can bet that barriers will be raised by casinos to oppose such shooters. Just as blackjack card counters now run into stiff opposition when uncovered.

Be that as it may, it is an interesting concept, not a new one mind you, but one that is now being used by a handful of serious shooters, notably an anonymous craps player known only as the SHARPSHOOTER. This gentleman is not some back alley shooter, but comes with high credentials. He is an engineer, schooled in math and physics, who knows his way around casino craps tables as well as he knows his way around mathematical theorems. He has published a book, GET THE EDGE AT CRAPS (Bonus Books) that rapidly became the best-selling gambling book on the market because it's all about how to control the dice, a dream of all craps players, but one that has been never fulfilled. Or has it? Sharpshooter was actually banned from a Las Vegas casino so he must be on to something.

DON CATLIN, an esteemed professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of Massachusetts, is not only a gamer himself, but is retained by gaming developers to provide mathematical analysis on new games. He has written in RGTgaming.com the following, which is a substantial endorsement from a bonafide expert source:

"Now I'm sure there are skeptics among you who wonder if there really is a guy named Sharpshooter and if he really can control the dice. I can tell you from personal experience that he certainly does exist and because I saw him in action I'll say it clearly. He is one terrific shooter ... he would carefully set the dice, deliver them smoothly, and they would come to rest after gently hitting the end of the table. His concentration was intense. Lots of points were rolled by this gent. When he finally did seven out, the players at the table simply passed the dice right back around to him. It was an experience. I noticed the box men becoming antsy and I guess the shooter did too because he finished his roll and stepped away from the table."

There you have it. SUNSET STATION in Las Vegas just hosted this past weekend an event called "Beat The House" and FRANK SCOBLETE, America's number one gaming author, hosted it and told us that the advance sign-up was over 500 and up to 2,000 eager craps players were expected as we went to press before a final number was in. Seems there is more than a passing interest in dice control technique. Scoblete, a driving force behind the Sharpshooter seminars, plans to hold a SHARPSHOOTER CRAPS FESTIVAL in TUNICA as he has rented space at SAM'S TOWN for March 14-16. It won't be free, but if you want to venture $95, you can call (800) 257-7130 or (800) 944-0406. You can also send a check or money order to JPE Inc., P.O. Box 236, Gardnerville, NV 89410. I guess I will have to check it out myself. Here's hoping I'll develop carpal tunnel syndrome from too many repetitious rolls of money-making points.

It's been a long time since a casino held a cigar smoker with a great fight, but GOLD STRIKE is about to hold such an event on Saturday night, Feb. 8, if all the poker players from the BINION WORLD POKER OPEN have vacated the ballroom by then. NANCY DARCY, director of player development, tells us that not only will a great fight be shown, the HBO middleweight match-up featuring SUGAR SHANE MOSELEY vs. RAUL MARQUEZ, but also on the ticket will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, cigars and samplings from the JACK DANIELS DISTILLERY. We also heard there might even be a celebrity appearance by four-time world champ VINNYPAZIENZA. The "PAZ" has held titles in four divisions and is still punching their lights out. All this for only 10 bucks? Yup, that's what the lady sez. Get your ticket at the Gold Strike box office on the second floor of the casino or call (877) 24K-PLAY.

When BRENDAMOORE won $407,286 at a WHEELOF FORTUNE (quarters) MegaJackpot at SILVER STAR CASINO in Choctaw, Miss., it was the eighth to be awarded at Silver Star in 2002, with a total payout of over $2.8 million.

Another notable jackpot ... IRIS SOUTH of Memphis, Tenn., celebrated Elvis's birthday at HORSESHOE by hitting an Elvis MegaJackpot machine for $1,618,783.

She plans on passing on some of the goodies to her seven children and 15 grandkids.

We knew PHIL SATRE when ... but he's moved on to Vegas at the helm of HARRAH'S ENTERTAINMENT where he was just honored with THE AMERICAN GAMING SUMMIT LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, presented by CASINO JOURNAL and GEM Communications. That's what 22 years in this business will get you. Attaboy, Phil.

Check it out ... goodtimesradio.com. And, check this out if you haven't already. Go by the second floor ballroom at GOLD STRIKE and peek in (it's open free to the public) at the action going on until the end of the month at the FOURTH ANNUAL JACK BINION WORLD POKER OPEN. There's a million bucks awaiting the winner of the championship event on Jan. 31. If you want to see the real characters of the gaming world, and some living legends, as well, it's all there.

FROM THE QUOTABLE GAMBLER, The Lyons Press:

"I worry about compulsive gamblers, but I don't know what to do about it. They don't come into the casino wearing scarlet letters."

—JIMMY PARRY, CASINO CEO, as quoted in Timothy L. O'Brien's Bad

Rudi Schiffer

Rudi Schiffer is a long time columnist and contributing writer for Jackpot Magazine, the South’s leading gaming publication, and for casinocitytimes.com, the world’s leading casino industry internet news distributor. He is also owner and co-host of the 20-year-old Goodtimes Radio Show, now simulcast on Fridays from 3-6 PM Central Time from Country Classic 1180 AM, Memphis networked with KMIS 1050 AM, and 103.9 KGLU FM from Kennet, MO covering parts of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. His radio show is also archived at audiovegas.com. A Boston University Journalism graduate, he resides in Memphis, TN. Known as the "Voice of Tunica" for his support the gaming jurisdiction for two decades, he was also recently named to Memphis Business Quarterly Magazine’s 3rd annual “The Power Players, Who’s Who” of Memphis.He is also a contributing writer for Southern Gaming & Entertainment and Mississippi Gaming.

Rudi Schiffer Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com
Rudi Schiffer
Rudi Schiffer is a long time columnist and contributing writer for Jackpot Magazine, the South’s leading gaming publication, and for casinocitytimes.com, the world’s leading casino industry internet news distributor. He is also owner and co-host of the 20-year-old Goodtimes Radio Show, now simulcast on Fridays from 3-6 PM Central Time from Country Classic 1180 AM, Memphis networked with KMIS 1050 AM, and 103.9 KGLU FM from Kennet, MO covering parts of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. His radio show is also archived at audiovegas.com. A Boston University Journalism graduate, he resides in Memphis, TN. Known as the "Voice of Tunica" for his support the gaming jurisdiction for two decades, he was also recently named to Memphis Business Quarterly Magazine’s 3rd annual “The Power Players, Who’s Who” of Memphis.He is also a contributing writer for Southern Gaming & Entertainment and Mississippi Gaming.

Rudi Schiffer Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com