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.
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.