Craps! No, it is not an expression of frustration, but a fast-paced casino game where players really do risk it all on a throw of the dice. Players normally do not win on every throw otherwise the casinos would be out of business, but Patricia Demauro changed all that.
On May 23rd, 2009 Demauro went out to an Atlantic City Casino only for the second time in her life. At the end of the night, she had beaten the game, winning 154 consecutive throws on the Craps table and walking away with a large sum of money, in the 100k range.
The lucky streak ran for approximately 4 hours and 18 minutes and broke two different world records; one for longest consecutive Craps rolls, and the other for most successive dice rolls without “sevening out.” The New Jersey grandmother did really beat the odds that night as her chances of successfully winning all 154 rolls were 1 in 1.56 trillion. In fact, there was a greater chance of her being struck by lightening that night than there was of her winning all 154 consecutive throws.
So, how did this really happen? This grandmother was by no means a gambling genius, just a simple New Jersey grandmother who was out for a night of fun. Demauro and her friend John Capra say they were in Atlantic City just for a bit of fun; neither of them avid casino goers, this having only been the second time Demauro had ever set foot in one.
The night started with penny slot machines and three hand poker; Capra losing his money and Demauro becoming bored waiting for her friend. During Capra’s “last round” of poker the grandmother decided she would try her hand at the Craps table. Neither of them knew that four hours later the woman would be much richer than she was walking into the casino that night.
Demauro followed her friend’s betting advice, only entering the game with $100.She claims she had only played Craps once before and never thought she would be as successful as she was that night.
Craps is one of the most popular casino games, easy for novices to win if they have luck on their side, but very hard to understand the advanced bets. The game begins with one player rolling the dice and trying to establish a point number; which is when the dice add up to four, five, six, eight, nine, or ten.
If the player rolls a seven before they reach their point number they have “sevened out” and their turn ends. Seven is the most common number for a pair of dice to add up to when rolled, making the game strictly based on luck and fairly difficult to win.
Demauro reached her point number quickly into her turns and that’s when she claims the people around her began placing bets. As the minutes ticked spectators from all over the casino came to see the New Jersey woman just keep rolling. Double sixes, snake eyes, and every other combination of dice came from Demauro, but no seven. The Craps table was soon the most popular spot in the building, Demauro becoming the entertainment of the night. “I don’t even know how to play,” she told a woman who was standing next to her.
The rules of the game are simple which means there are many combinations that can be rolled in order to not “seven out.” However, rolling these combinations over 100 times is highly unlikely, statistics showing that most people “seven out” early in their turns.
Demauro has never revealed exactly how much her winnings added up to, but some professionals suggest it was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars; possibly even millions. Although she did not throw the dice again that weekend in Atlantic City, she maintains the thought that she will return to the Craps table again, hoping to just have a fraction of her previous success.