Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Who knew Craps was so complicated
I'm starting to have a clear picture painted in my mind about why casino's are always looking for good Craps dealers and why it is the best game to learn if you want to break into the casino business.
Luckily I have played the game numerous times in the past and have taken the time to learn a lot about the game including bets that I would never just so that I could have a basic understanding of the game.
Craps is a thing of beauty to me, there are a ton of bets and there are a million different ways to play the game and different "systems" that you can use. It's easily the most complicated game that the casino runs and for that reason being a dealer requires a certain amount of skill. This is what I never fully comprehended until the last few days.
The one thing I now realize I failed to pay any attention to (or at least very little attention) was the order in which everything occurred. Strange because since I started playing and falling in love with the game I'd kind of day dreamed about one day dealing it as well - you'd think that I'd pay attention and study what they were doing and how they were doing it (like when you are young and you watch your dad's every action as he is driving a car - imaging in your head that one day he'll just turn to you and say "ok, get in the seat and show me what you got) but I completely overlooked it.
Today was my first day actually dealing the game (and being the stick man) with the rest of the class and I can tell you that my first two days of class helped tremendously and I was still very overwhelmed when it was my turn. The great thing about class is that they throw every damned thing at you that they can think of and when they can't think of it the teacher just adds some random shit in there to fuck up your day as well.
EVERYONE places every non point number in the game and everyone uses a different denomination to do it as well. Everyone is making come bets and backing them up with different amounts of odds, people are playing the don't pass and the don't come and there are always at least 3 bets in the field. Your playing (paying) area is littered with a ton of bets from every player and with every roll of the dice you are trying to remember routine, payouts, hand movements, chip cutting, odds, everything. It's great. Most crap tables don't become anywhere near as active as this practice table unless someone is on a huge roll.
This class is putting me through the paces at a rate which is kind of amazing to me and I feel like I'm keeping up fairly well even though I know I have a lot of improvements to go through. However, I will definitely be prepared to deal a real game after she finishes chewing me up and spitting me out and turning me into a world class dealer - after that it's going to be up to my personality to shine and do the rest ..... I might be in trouble.
I can't wait for the mental exhaustion to start to fade