Re: Reaping the Whirlwind?
- From: "Lady Shooter" <tripleflaming7s@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 31 Jan 2006 05:15:19 -0800
Mr. V wrote:
> shamelessly pirated from another board:
> One dealer runs the game and dice setting is history. Casino problem
More like two (or three or four...or more) problems solved with one
glass dice globe.
First and most obvious - no chance of anybody derandomizing the
Second - the casino has more control over the pace of the game. More
rolls per hour translates to higher profits
Third - the cost of running the game is reduced
Fourth - the casino has another game where players park their butts on
a chair and will be reluctant to get up and leave until they've lost it
What I noticed on my last trip to MotorCity was how hard it was to find
quarter slot machines. The floors were covered with spanking new
dollar slots where the quarters used to be. Five dollar slots were
prominently placed, too.
There was a gambler in front of nearly every machine by early evening.
To be fair, every one of the eight craps tables was full, too. But the
pace of craps seemed glacial in comparison, and the amount the casino
made in a given time span was a pittance compared to the amount of
money being fed into the dollar slots - many of which were multi-line
reel-types that accepted up to nine coins per spin.
MotorCity used to have table games, including a few craps tables, on
its lower level, too. They were replaced quite awhile ago by slots.
The entire floor is now a slot parlor and business is booming. Casinos
have the luxury of being able to wean craps players away from the
traditional table while wooing the ever expanding slots market. "Come
on over here. Have a seat. Push a button and roll the dice."
My guess - we're entering a transitional phase for craps. The industry
knows that a lot of players will refuse to play Pop Dice sitting at a
table like it's a carnival game. That's fine. The Pop Dice tables are
smaller and take up less space so fewer players won't be an issue.
They'll put in a few Pop Dice tables and open fewer of their craps
tables. Newcomers to casino gambling and to craps will probably be
comfortable getting the feel of the game sitting at a Pop Dice table.
Eventually, they may even *prefer* sitting at a Pop Dice table.
Then...the culmination. Why have Pop Dice tables at all, when the game
can be digitized and put into a slot machine format? The automated pay
slip system already in place will make it so easy to slide $500 into a
craps machine and start playing. Where video poker machines were once
relegated to the tops of bars and the odd corner of the gaming floor,
they now dominate large sections and (again) most I saw were dollar
The gambling public is pretty much habituated to sitting in front of a
screen or a machine and pushing a button or touching the screen to
change wagers. They don't need "real playing cards" to spend millions
on poker. And they won't need "real dice" to spend millions playing
craps. The brick and mortar casinos are keenly aware of how many
gamblers are playing RNG games on the internet. They'll find a way to
draw the "internet crowd" into their casinos, where they can gamble in
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