Road Trip: New Mexico and Colorado

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  1. eDiceGuy, Apr 19, 2018

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    My wife and I recently took a road trip to visit my sister-in-law near Denver. We planned to stop in Santa Fe for one night before and after the Colorado visit. A secondary goal of the trip was to explore Casinos along the route. My personal goal was to locate inexpensive live Craps (ideally $3 minimum) and/or bubble Craps (ideally InterBlock).

    Our first casino stop was Fire Rock casino just east of Gallup off of I-40. It was around noon and although they had a Craps table it was not open. Nor did they have bubble Craps. I played penny poker videos and left after an hour and half, up $10.

    Next stop was the Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino about 20 miles north of Santa Fe on 84. Beautiful hotel, great location. We walked through the casino and I noticed that there were a few people at the Craps table. I thought I would stop there after dinner and try my luck.

    After dinner I made my way to the table, noticed it was $5 minimum and bought in for $100. It was then I noticed the other players were in the process of cashing out. The next thing I knew I was all alone and the stickman presented me with the dice. I am not a DI or, for that matter, a very good dice thrower. I try to focus on keeping the dice in the Casino, let alone on the table. I consider a good throw is when someone doesn’t lose an eye. Needless to say, I walked away about a half hour later down $50.

    Next day we left early for CO. We planned to spend 3 full days then return to Santa Fe. As it turned out, my sister-in-law had a doctor appointment and we found ourselves with time on our hands for half a day. We decided to visit Central City and Black Hawk, 2 historic mining towns which also allowed gambling. Just about every building in these 2 towns were some kind of casino. We stayed in Black Hawk which had several newer Casino hotels.

    Couldn’t find any bubble craps and most live tables were at least $5 minimum. I was about to give up when I discovered a $3 live craps table in the Monarch. I stepped up to the rail and noticed that there were several bets in place and the next roll would be a come-out. I bought in for $60 and made a $3 pass bet. The dice were returned to the guy immediately to my left and I could tell he was a DI by the way he held the dice.

    For the next hour and half, him and his buddy threw mostly hard 6’s and 8’s, with a few of the other numbers in between. I played my usual game, a conservative Full Monte. Twice I pressed the 6 and 8 3 times. At one time, I had all the hard-ways covered and won several. I was filling both front and back aisles on my chip rack. I colored up after about an hour for $240.

    Unfortunately, on our return trip I didn’t do as well. Visited 2 other casinos near the Hilton, neither of which had Craps in any form. Played again at the Hilton and lost about $80. Stopped at the Sandia, but the tables were $10 minimum, too rich for my bank-roll. Good news, I hit a $50 payout for 5-of-a-kind on a Joker Poker penny machine.

    Stopped at the Route 66 Casino, just west of Albuquerque. Played at a $5 table and lost another $80. Started out winning; however they were training in a new dealer who was having trouble figuring the pays on some of the Place and Buy bets. It was getting frustrating so I gave up.

    On my way to the Men’s room I passed an Aruze bubble Craps machine. I shook my fist at the Gods of Craps as I passed it by.
     
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  2. Liman

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    nice report, wait, you bought in for 60 dollars the 2 guys rolled for 1.5 hours and 6 and 8s and you walked with onlyl 180 profit?

    I don't mean to be rude or obnoxious, but I believe you might want to rethink your betting strategy.

    simple place or come betting would really take off with those kind of rolls.
     
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  3. eDiceGuy, Apr 19, 2018

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    Thanks Liman. I used to be a pass/come better then switched to pass/place(inside). I like this 6/8 strategy for live craps. A 3X win for me is huge.
     
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    Everyone has their own way to play craps & experience playing the game, different financial resources & responsibilities, time commitments, etc. So hopefully you had a enjoyable trip and were happy with how things turned out at the craps tables.

    In the future, if you think someone is on a roll at the craps table, consider being more aggressive in pressing/making additional bets, provided your financial situation and other factors allow you to do so. You only get so many opportunities when someone at the table is on a really good roll.
     
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  5. von duck, Apr 19, 2018

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    Nice report. :) Now, down to business. Exactly why, do you prefer the Interblock bubble, over the Aruze bubble? ANSWER ME! :D
     
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    The obvious answer is so he doesn't have to hear "Push the button! Come on, push the button!!" ad nauseum.

     
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  7. eDiceGuy, Apr 19, 2018

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    Let’s start with the user interface. No horns. No woman’s voice telling you to push the button. To paraphrase Sheldon from the Big Bang theory “if cats could play craps...they would hate it too!”

    Next the betting process. IB is all touch to bet and swipe to remove.

    In addition ib provides inside, outside, across and press buttons for ease of use. And, if you lay the line on the come out and win you can press the repeat and double bet buttons for easy multiple pressing.
     
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  8. eDiceGuy, Apr 19, 2018

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    Did I mention the bar graph. When 7 is dominating its like the machine is giving you the finger, daring you to play the dark side.
     
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    Never have seen the IB bubble, but yeah, that push the button shit really does ware on you. Then there are the ones that won't push the button, that's when I stand up and say, PUSH THE GD BUTTON YOU ASS AROUND SOB. :D
     
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    That's it, I gotta find one of these things. :)
     
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  11. eDiceGuy, Apr 19, 2018

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    Just to be clear, these guys didn't hold the dice for 1.5 hours, that is how long I played. I passed when the dice came to me at least twice. I remembering shooting a couple of times but they were quick SOs.

    Had they held the dice for a substantial time, I would have eventually covered the numbers and add a horn bet once in a while.
     
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  12. Bases loaded, Apr 19, 2018

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    you'd like my button style... I push the button before the 'P' of "Push the..." is complete
     
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    Did you play at that Harrah's in New Mexico??
     
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  14. eDiceGuy, Apr 19, 2018

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    Did not play at a Harrah’s this trip. I was not aware that there is one in NM. I will be at Harrah’s ak-chin AZ this Monday and Tuesday. I believe it is the only AZ casino that still has an Aruze craps machine.
     
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    that makes a huge difference, but you did the most important thing, you had a winning session.

    there is no such thing as a bad dice thrower, no one should care how they look when they throw the dice......I do remember once, long time ago in AC in trump taj, some guy, he admitted first time playing, tossed the dice like he wanted to break down the far wall. One die kept sailing and actually chipped a tooth of someone on that end, the chipped tooth guy was a good sport, he just laughed and told the guy, hey, look, my tooth brought you some good luck, as the die turned onto a good number for him.

    I also remember getting hit right below my eye, glad it wasn't right smack on my eye.
     
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    The only one that (still) has an Aruze craps machine? What's the story behind this? What happened to the rest of them? :) Not in some scrap pile somewhere are they? :cool:[/QUOTE]
     
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    Well mr duck you would have been standing up today at Pechanga for 54 rolls the bubble was giving us the finger when the (you are the shooter) came to me I let the machine bounce them my hand went 8 rolls when the dice went to the next player he did the same and it went for 54 ;)..and not car 54 :confused: ;)
     
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    I will do that sometimes too
     
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    The voice on Push the Button. Is she a known person. My granddaughter has a toy that I swear is the same voice as push the button Girl. She's making some cash with that annoying voice.
     
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  20. eDiceGuy, Apr 19, 2018

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    [/QUOTE]

    Probably shipped them to Nevada :)
    The Gila River casinos had two. Replaced them with IB multi-game stadium systems. The biggest one has 4 games.

    Harrah’s is the only casino that shows up on the aruze locater tool. I suppose they have to walk the corporate line.
     
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