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by Vinny DeCarlo

Vinny DeCarlo is the author of How to Beat Casino Surveillance – Insider’s Secrets for Card Counters. He is a retired veteran casino man with over 20 years of upper management experience. His expertise covers the pit, security, surveillance, and he even served as a General Manager. Currently, Vinny travels the states as a freelance reporter and a personal consultant to many Indian casinos. He also appeared on the "Getting the Edge" radio show from Las Vegas. According to Vinny, there are two types of casino employees - those that know him, and those that claim to know him; therefore, never believe what you hear.

"Those dice have sharp edges; I don’t like that. Get the other, cheaper brand. Nobody will know the difference."

Oh, but they did. It wasn’t so long ago that a certain casino supervisor decided to buy foreign-made dice because the top quality, precision made, and manufactured cubes by Bud Jones and Paulson companies had sharp edges. Paulson has become synonymous with casino gaming at the highest quality. These are the premiere brand of dice used by almost every casino in Las Vegas, and not because Paulson is conveniently located in town, but because of their consistent roll quality and classic look. Each die is a precision instrument made to stand up to abuse. This has been challenged and proven by both the company making them, and the abusive shooters that throw them on a daily basis at the craps tables in Las Vegas, Detroit, Atlantic City, and elsewhere.

You don’t fix something that’s not broken and you don’t replace a part or piece that’s working…unless you’re a casino executive.

One day, a casino executive decided to buy inferior dice from the foreign market to save some money and eliminate those nasty razor edge cubes, and so he did. The dice he purchased were of the same color (and that’s about it).

About three weeks later, the dice arrived in a cardboard box, not the wooden, nailed-tight, crates the big boys pack them in but a simple cardboard container, one of which appeared to have the corner dented, in which, when unpacked, it was discovered that several sticks of dice were destroyed/crushed and/or chipped.

Now stop and think about this ... the trucking company can take these dice, which are packed in cardboard, and inadvertently destroy a couple dozen sticks just by tossing them around in the truck. Now if dice came with instructions, they might read like this:

Take dice out of package and throw against a hard surface. Pick up and repeat for at least 8 to 10 hours. Replace when you feel it’s needed.

Now the fact that the dice they purchased seemed to explode upon impact wasn’t the worst thing about these…these…these things. Here is the short list of why I (while working in security) felt these cubes should have been recalled and then destroyed (perhaps by playing craps with them)...

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