Craps
 

We'll get to a more detailed description of the games in a later page, but for now notice a tall lanky man step up to the table, to the spot where it's his turn to throw the dice next. On his roll, he gets the dice and holds them for 45 minutes. This means that he is not throwing the losing 7. He rolls number after number and is winning on almost every roll. 'File other players shout and scream for this shooter to roll the point. Racks are filling up with chips.

What's going on here? Is this shooter just lucky? No. Take a closer look at this shooter. He doesn't just pick up the dice and throw haphazardly down the table like most of the other players do. Using one hand as prescribed by the casino, he carefully positions the two die as they lie on the table in front of him, so that certain combinations of numbers show on the top and bottom and on each of the other two sides. Then he picks them up and releases them with a nice easy rhythm so they gently tap the back wall.

His objective? To avoid the losing 7. He's a rhythm roller with an advantage over the casino.
After his 45-minute roll, the man places his stacks of black, green, and purple on the table and requests a "color up." The box man counts down the chips and places seven orange ($1,000 chips), two black ($100 chips), and three green ($Z5 chips) on the table. After acknowledging the accolades from the other players and then nonchalantly tossing three $25 chips to the dealers, the man picks up the chips and walks to the cashier's cage.

 
Telling Lies and Getting Paid
 
Using this language, players try to get their opponents to pay them off when they have good hands and to fold when they have bad hands. This is when the deceit and lying come into play. If a bet truly meant, "I have a strong hand," then that would be the end of it unless the opponent had a very good hand of his own. Poker is a game of incomplete information with a lot of built-in deception, though, so confrontations are frequent. Good hands get paid off and bluffs succeed.

Of course, because most players are aware that everyone is trying to deceive everyone else, good hands often don't get paid off and bluffs frequently do get called.

Perhaps because of this underlying acceptance of deception, questionable ethics can creep into other areas of poker. These are situations for which there are rules and these rules and ethical guidelines need to be enforced for the good of the game.
 
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