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by Vinny DeCarlo

Vinny DeCarlo is the author of How to Beat Casino Surveillance Ė Insiderís 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.

Death of a Boxman

It was just a few years ago that a player would balk at the sight of a craps table without a Boxman. Itís common sense that a boat (i.e., craps table) without a Box was like playing blackjack without aces.

First, letís look at the boat crew. It takes five people to run the game; always has, always will. The Craps crew works like this:

2nd Base Dealer

The dealer located left of the stickman, who takes, places, and pays, your line, do, donít, place, and odds bets. Itís called 2nd base because if you look at the "Field" bet area, the 2 (2nd) is on the left side, next to the gator back wall and shows surveillance that this is the left side of the layout from the stickís perspective even when the camera is zoomed way in.

3rd Base Dealer

The dealer located right of the stickman, who take, place and pay your line, do, donít, place, and odds bets. Itís called 2nd base because if you look at the "Field" bet area, the 12 (1+2 = 3 (3rd) is on the right side, next to the gator back wall, shows surveillance that this is the right side of the layout from the stickís perspective even when the camera is zoomed way in .

The base dealerís job is to make sure wagers are positioned correctly, take the losing bets down, pay the winners, place playerís come bets, etc. After a player has the dice in his hand, the base dealers are required to look straight down their layout and watch for cheats making a bet after the throw or taking a bet back after it loses. They are not allowed to cross talk or casino gaze (carry on a conversation or watch the dice in the air).

(Note: Hereís some Bonus information that you may not be aware of. The reason the 6 and the 9 are spelled out, is so not to confuse the dealers because from where they stand, the six is a 9 and the nine is a 6).


This is the dealer, who holds the stick and keeps control of the dice. The Stick will offer the shooter a choice of five dice. After the shooter picks two, the stick brings the other three dice back in, places them in the bowl, and keeps his/her eyes on the dice by any and all means possible. Once the stick gives a player control of the live dice, the stick will watch the dice as they fly through the air and land. After landing, the stick will be waiting to bring the cubes back in. The stick also pays the prop (center) bets but only after he/she has the dice back and parked front-and-center of his area. After the dice are thrown, the stick retrieves them and when the time is right, slides them back to the same or new shooter, depending on what the last throw produced.


This is the 4th member of the dealing team. It may sound ironic but when the boat crew arrives, one dealer has to go on break right away. After 20 minutes, the breaker will tap in and the crew will rotate (everyone except the box).

Boxman (or Boxwoman)

This suit-wearing employee seated between the base dealers and across from the stick is...

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