Category: Casino

Craps – Masterclass

It’s 4am. Your wad is tight and your tie is loose. You take a deep breath, pick up the dice and brush them lightly on your cuff. The crowd becomes quiet as you draw back your arm. As the dice leave your hand time seems to slow down. You follow the arc and see them…



How To Play Backgammon

‘Backgammon is like life. It’s a series of boring, innocuous days just like the day before, weddings and deaths and all that, and then there’s 40 or 50 days out of the year where some really weird shit happens.’ – Anonymous These words will ring true to anyone who has ever played the board game…



Gambling psychology – Familiar faces

Back in the late eighties I did some research on the names that manufacturers gave their fruit machines. One of the more interesting findings was that over 50% of all machine names had some reference to money (such as ‘Cashline’, ‘Cashpoint’, ‘Action Bank’, Piggy Bank’, ‘Money Belt’). Psychologically, all of these machine names gave the…



How to be a Croupier

Before the 1960s, if you’d fancied commanding the gaming table in any British casino for a living you could forget about it – there were no British casinos, or at least no kosher ones. When the 1960 Betting and Gaming Act finally made gambling legal, there were so few homegrown croupiers that the explosion of…