Grandmother Breaks the World Record at Craps in Atlantic City

Posted on May 29th, 2009

A Grandma in New Jersey, in the USA, has smashed all the existing craps records on the planet by rolling the dice 154 times in succession without throwing a seven. She was playing at in Atlantic City- the odds of doing this (assuming the dice weren´t loaded) are 1 in 1.5 trillion. Her lucky streak lasted almost 4 and a half hours.

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Just in case you don´t know how to play craps- in which case Granny´s antics won´t mean much that to you – the idea in the game is to throw a number (other than a seven) with 2 dice in the Come-out Roll. That number is your point, and you try and throw it again, basically, before you throw a seven, which ends the round. (Called “sevening out”)

Other players around the table can bet with you or bet against you.

The Grandmother´s name?- Patricia Demauro. You are more likely to get hit by lightning than this happen to you. Obviously winning at the craps table is preferable!

Craps is the world’s favourite dice game (although it´s Asian cousin Sic Bo is catching up fast) and is a game of chance rather than skill with a house edge of around 1.4% on the basic bets (Pass Bet, Come Bet, Don´t Pass bet, Don´t Come Bet). So the odds are worse than blackjack (played to a perfect strategy) but better than roulette.

Demauro began her session at 8 p.m. She bought chips worth $100 and then let the dice fly. She started her craps go with the “come out” roll, in which she established a “point number” — ie four, five, six, eight, nine or 10. Then she needed to roll the point again before throwing a seven, (statistically the most likely throw on a pair of dice). If she´d have thrown a seven before the point, her turn would have ended.

Demauro hit 8 as her point number at which point people started betting. Demauro rolled double sixes, hard fours 2-2, snake eyes 1-1, and Fever Fives 3-2. At this point people started to request numbers and requests and Demauro duly obliged.

The audience grew and grew, strarting with punters from other tables and then moviing onto the “suits” or casino execs. The average number of dice rolls before sevening out is 8 so her run was phenomenal.

So how much did she win? Well, she´s not saying, but craps experts reckon it was in the hundreds of thousands and possibly even the millions.

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