If you ask a group of craps players if they would rather be on a table with a rhythmic roller or a dice setter, they will almost inadvertently tell you a dice setter. This is because they have most likely played with numerous dice setters with some grade of success and secondly, because most people will think of rhythmic rollers as just somebody who picks up the dice and gives throws them across the table.
In all my years at a craps table, I have only seen two “true” rhythmic shooters. The rhythmic shooter can control the dice and cause an unbelievably consistent outcome by rolling in a rhythm. The first one I saw was average and the other one simply astonishing.
I first played craps with her a few years ago in Tunica, Mississippi. She was playing on a table by herself early at The Horseshoe and I sat down at a nearby slot to keep a keen eye on her. I could tell she was doing well because her red chips went to green and then started to go black.
The first thing I noticed was that she kept her left hand at an angle on the table all the time with her palm down on the felt. She then seemed to pat the felt in some sort of rhythm, but not really. It was quite strange but it worked. Keep in mind, most rhythmic rollers do not stay in this same position patting the felt, but she did.
I suppose where she tokes the dealers, she gets them to “keep the dice moving” but I never heard her say anything like that at all, but the bets she placed for them were quite
noticeable, especially with a dealer bet $54 across. You better believe the stickman kept the dice moving, even with the stick change, they continued to move the dice quickly in her direction. This can help a Rhythmic Roller.
She held them for another thirty minutes on that roll, seemed agitated and called it a night. The next morning, I asked the dealers on the next shift if they had seen her, I described what she looked like and they immediately said she went over to Hollywood to visit friends. Feeling like a leech, but down quite a bit on my luck before I met her, I rushed right over.
The only thing I noticed was that little hand tapping out some sort of rhythmic beat while she hit number after number. When I asked her how she learned to play so well, she said, “Oh, I’m not that good really, it’s just my lucky hat”.
I have been fortunate enough to play with her perhaps five or six times now and I’ve come to the conclusion she is wearing my lucky hat too!