was also watching the other shooters with a more observant
eye, attempting to discern those shooters that could
hold the dice for a while. we noticed that, at some
tables and during some sessions, we couldn't do anything
right, while in others we couldn't do anything wrong.
Everything came together on a trip to Turning Stone
casino in July 1996. we watched a shooter hold the
dice for 25 minutes with a controlled throw. we didn't
just watch, we participated in the excitement the
table cleaned up. Then we got "in the zone"
and held tile dice for ?0 minutes.
we shared m findings with my associate, Eric Nielsen.
The next day we invited -him to watch me play. We
waited a fem minutes for me to get the dice -and then
we quickly sevened out.
But we wasn't discouraged, because we felt good. The
next time we got the dice, we held them for 20 minutes.
Eric was amazed. The table was cold when we got there,
with player after player walking away muttering to
My second time with the dice turned it from cold to
hot, and the shouting began. When we left the games,
you couldn't get near the table, it was so packed
with players all wanting to get a piece of the action.
On my wasn’t home to Carson City from that trip,
we stopped at the Reno Hilton. we got our spot at
a table with a few players, but not much was going
on. A player to our right, on the end of the table
to the right of the stickman, got the dice. Then we
saw the most beautiful exhibition of a controlled
throw we've ever seen, including my own. He held the
dice for 25 minutes and everybody was cleaning up,
including the dealers, whom he was taking generously.
You could see the casino's chips evaporating with
each successive throw, including the 20-chip stacks
of blacks. Three pit bosses were hovering behind the
boxman watching the payoffs. It took 20 to 30 seconds
between each throw to pay everyone off for the last
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new player may slow roll inadvertently. The first
player exposes his cards and he looks at the hand
for several seconds trying to figure out what the
other player has. Then, when he realizes he has the
winner, he spreads his own cards. If this happens
to you, apologize immediately by saying something
like "I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to slow-roll
you, I was having a problem reading my hand."
In some tournaments, exposing a card, even accidentally,
means an automatic penalty Sometimes the first instance
brings only a warning. Different games and cardrooms
have different rules about what order to expose hand
on the showdown. Usually the last player to bet or
raise must show first. If there was no bet on the
last round, usually hands are exposed in order starting
from the left of the button.
Table or fold your cards promptly and in turn, so
players get the information to which they are entitled;
the exception, as mentioned, is that it's considered
particularly sporting to table the winner right away
if you know you have it. If you're not sure if you
have the winner, when you table your hand the dealer
or other players will say whose hand wins. If you're
sure you have a loser, don't hold onto your cards.
This makes everyone wonder if you're finally going
to turn over a winner.