Dice and Combinations
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
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Stay Out of Debt
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.