Anyway, Sal and I are at the Ameristar hotel for a midweek evening of playing craps while Mrs. Sal is away. Sal grabs a spot at a busy table while I take an empty table, wanting the opportunity to throw the dice more and practice my controlled shooting. I buy in for $400 (being sure to give them my Players card). There is one other person shooting. On the come out roll I lay a $30 bet on the 5 (plus a $1 vig), hoping for a seven. To my dismay the shooter rolls a 5. Already I'm down $31! Not a very good start to the evening.
I must have rolled the dice 5 sessions during my 2-hour playing time, and I think the best I could do was hitting my point once in a couple of sessions. I did have a string of 3 sevens during my come out roll that my lay bet paid off on, which was sweet. However I felt my dice control was no better than a random roll. I could't get my backspin down and the dice were hitting the back wall too hard. I've had a few hours of practice time at home, obviously not nearly enough to have any effect on the dice. With more practice I am still optimistic I can have some influence on the dice.
Near the end of my play I counted up my chips and discovered I was up by... $4! Well, at least I wasn't in the hole, but I was a bit disappointed at my dismall performance. I contemplated calling it an evening, but my turn to throw was coming up and I decided to roll one more time. When all was said and done, I was down $47 for the evening. An acceptable loss within my stop-lose range, but a disappointing evening at the craps table. Sal, however, had a record evening and went home with an extra $142. Sal said he would have gone through his $100 stake in about 10 minutes if he didn't start betting the don't come. He stayed pretty even until his last roll, where he hit 4 points.
I wasn't too happy with my playing experience at Ameristar. The dealers were very inattentive. They were chatting with each other and not really giving their full attention to the game or the players. It didn't bother me during my rolls, because I felt they didn't care how much time I was taking to set the dice. However I was appalled at what happened when a shooter next to me hit on a hard ways bet. The stickman indicated to the dealer with a tap of his stick how much to pay out to the shooter, but the dealer didn't give him his winnings. The player didn't seem to be worried about it. I was confounded and couldn't understand what was going on. Was he being giving credit to his account? Was there a new electronic crediting system they were trying out? The second time it happened I looked at the dealer and she was watching the action at the next table. This happened one other time. This was a FAIL for the dealer for not paying attention, but also for the stickman and boxman for not properly overseeing the game. Not good, Ameristar! However, the player was just as much at fault for not paying attention.
Poormman's Cardinal Rule #4: Pay attention to the game! It is the players responsibility to make sure he gets paid correctly.
I also saw a first. A player joined the game and bought in for $5. He placed his bet on the pass line, rolled and crapped out, then left in a huff.
Poorman's Cardinal Rule #5: Always come with a sufficient bankroll to cover the ups and downs of the game.