To the unaware, a Golden Arm in the casino world means a craps player who has rolled dice for over an hour without losing. Our hero for today, a grandmother from New Jersey named Patricia Demauro fits this description of this casino gambling term and more!
What is Craps?
Craps may sound something different but casino enthusiasts and casual gamblers know this a celebrated dice game where players bet on the outcome of the roll, or a series of rolls, of a pair of dice. Players bet chips against each other called street craps, or against a bank called casino craps, table craps, or just craps. Due to its simplicity, particularly with having two dice as its only equipment plus a regular table, street craps may be played in any informal setting outside casinos.
Is it possible to roll a dice for a continuous 154 times without throwing a seven? The rules of probability states that the odds equate 1 in 1.56 trillion, or in layman’s term close to zero. However, Patricia Demauro did just that.
In 23 May 2009, Demauro defies the odds and the casino gods by playing at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. An impressive four hour and 18-minute streak with 154 rolls without throwing a seven. This incredible feat, according to Stanford University statistics professor Thomas Cover, happens at a chance smaller than getting struck by lightning, or being hit by a foul ball at a baseball game, or even winning the lottery. Holy craps indeed.
Her win breaks the previous record by one hour and 12 minutes set 20 years prior by a certain Stanley Fujitake playing at Las Vegas. The winning total remains a secret but rightfully and deservingly so.
Casino Gambling Game
The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa declares that for $100, Demauro started her roll at 8:13pm. She’s seen rubbing her hands at the start with the dice before she lets them loose. Her incredible achievement becomes even more impressive as she had played craps once before.
A craps turn starts at an initial “come out” roll, where players try to establish a point number. This point number is established when the dice adds up to four, five, six, eight, nine, or ten. When achieved, the player must roll as many rolls without throwing a seven.
Demauro’s point number, an eight, got people around her betting. She professes that after the initial betting started she couldn’t keep up as everything happened so fast.
Although the amount of winnings stays hidden, casino experts estimate that she must have raked at least a couple of hundreds of thousands, some even put it as high as millions.
Demauro completed her weekend stay at Atlantic City and even went back to the same craps table after two nights. This time she spent the night only as a spectator as according to her, the expectations of her winning again is just too high and she isn’t ready for that. She swears she’ll come back and play again someday.