Chances are slim that you will ever play in a casino game with crooked dice at today’s casino. However, once in a while, some idiot tries to cheat the system by inserting crooked dice into the game. By sticking with strict policies for controlling the game, casinos eventually catch even the most skilled slight-of-hand artists.
Each player must handle the dice with only one hand and should never bring the dice outside the table. Both of these simple rules make the cheat’s job extremely tough. To make it more challenging, the table has a mirror along the entire length of the wall opposite the boxman so the boxman is able to see if the shooter is “palming” dice. Additionally, whenever a die leaves the table after a roll, the die doesn’t come back into play until following the boxman thoroughly inspects it. Graphic Octagon Trays are replaced randomly times during the day and typically don’t remain in play for a lot more than 24 hours.
Crooked dice come in many forms, such as loaded, painted, capped, tripped, bricks, and floaters. Loaded dice are heavier on one side. Painted dice have a solution applied to one side to make it stickier. Capped dice are shaved using one or more sides and the removed material is replaced by a material with different bounce characteristics. Tripped dice have their edges altered so they’re not absolutely all equal. Bricks (a.k.a. flats) have one side shaved to lessen the surface area of the adjoining sides. Floaters (because they float in water) have an off-center hole included. Shapes are dice that aren’t perfect cubes (some or all sides are either concave or convex).
The intent of crooked dice, regardless of their form, would be to alter the likelihood of certain numbers appearing. Even a slight change in the odds of a certain number appearing could be enough to change a little house advantage into a small player advantage. “Passers” are crooked dice modified to favor point numbers, while “missouts” are modified to favor the quantity 7.