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The Dice and Combinations
 

Casino craps is played with two dice, each die a nearly perfect cube having six sides, and each side of each die is imprinted with from 1 to 6 dots, representing the numbers 1 through 6. Thus, with two dice being used in the games, the possible combinations that can be thrown are 6 x 6, or 36. The highest possible number that can be rolled is a 12, while the lowest possible number is a 2.

Casino dice differ from ordinary dice used in games like backgammon in several ways. First of all, casino dice are bigger, usually three-fourths to an inch square on all sides, and the edges, unlike backgammon and other games dice, are sharp and pointed.

Casino dice are usually red in color and made of a hard transparent plastic. The dice are transparent for a very good reason, since any tampering with the dice by weighting them (loaded dice) is nearly impossible if one can see through the cubes. To safeguard the dice further, each die is imprinted with the casino's logo and name and, in most cases, with a coded number.

All of these serve a direct purpose. Not only do they identify the dice as belonging to a particular casino, but should dice be switched by cheats during a game, the casino employees can verify their authenticity by examining and checking out the code number. It is the duty of the boxman, the seated casino executive who is in charge of a craps table, to look over any die that has fallen or been thrown off the table, checking not only for dents or imperfections, but also for the coded number to make certain that this was the same die that had just been rolled at that particular table.

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Although no trick will substitute for self-discipline, here's a who know they have a weakness for credit cash advance machines (and who have more than one credit card. It's risky to travel without a credit card), It’s risky to travel without a credit card, because now when you might really need one. If you know you lack discipline, though, take a spare credit card and sand off the magnetic stripe. You can still use it for goods and services, but ATM machines won't take it.

Probably the best person to borrow money from is yourself, and that's no bargain either. The credit card cash advance machines in casinos charge outrageous fees, even if you pay the money back instantly. If you don't pay it back instantly, the interest charges, although tiny by loan shark standards, will grow and multiply faster than you believe possible.

A good way to learn how to stay away from credit card cash advance machines is to wander over to one sometime when you don't need money. Just pretend you're exploring the idea of walking around with $1,200 in your pocket, instead of $200, and take a look at the fees you'll incur. Then, take whatever the fee would be, remove that money from your wallet, borrow a cigarette lighter, and burn the fee money.
 
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