casino employs a basic staff of five people to service
any craps table properly. There is a crew of four
dealers, three of whom are always at the table, while
a fourth, in rotation, is on a break. With this crew
is a casino executive known as the boxman. The boxman
is not part of the crew and may not work with a particular
set of dealers all the time, while the crew is a functional
unit, trained and kept together to work fluidly.
The boxman is a casino executive who is in charge
of the craps table. He supervises play, and his word
is final in any dispute arising between a player and
Unlike the other personnel at the table, who wear
house uniforms, the boxman generally wears either
a suit or sports jacket. Also, unlike the dealers,
he remains seated during the course of play.
Near him, under his constant supervision, are most
of the casino chips for the games. His principal duty
is to protect the casino's bankroll at the table,
and he keeps both arms close to the stacks of chips
under his supervision. The boxman's other duties are
way you'll know how you do in each variety of poker.
You don't necessarily have to keep track of table
changes if you go from one game to the same game at
the same limit, but if you do very well at one table
and poorly at the other, you may want to log those
results separately to help track the factors that
make the difference.
You don't have to be as precise in your records about
a home game, particularly a small-stakes social game,
but you still ought to keep track of hours played
and how you did. You might want to keep separate track
of the games played and how you did in each for later
Do you, for example, generally lose in the games with
many community cards, but do well in the various flavors
of draw? You can attack this problem in a couple of
different ways. First, try to improve your play in
the community card games. You might fold earlier and
more often, or perhaps play more aggressively when
you have the best of it. Alternatively, you can avoid
the troublesome game by calling some other form of
poker when it's your turn to deal.