Counterfeit Casino Dice: Tops
These three dice come from a set of counterfeit casino dice with the logo of the Caesar's Palace Casino, in Las Vegas. Apart from the fact that the dice are crooked they appear like genuine casino dice; but only at first glance.
Crooked craps dice are commonly called passers and missers, depending on how they are gaffed and which combination of two dice they are used. These dice are called miss-spotted dice or tops (not to be confused with spindle tops). One of the cubes only has the even numbers (2, 4, 6) and the other two cubes the odd numbers (1, 3, 5). The first two cubes will only roll the totals of 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11 and the other two cubes will only roll 2, 4, 6, 8, 10.
The idea is to switch the dice in and out of play. But these will never pass in a casino unless it is a big inside job. The kind of inside job that is necessary to make this scam work is not likely to happen in any major Las Vegas Strip casino. The reason why casino craps tables are fitted with a mirror is precisely so that the boxman can spot these kind of crooked dice. And that is also the reason why the stickman always rolls the dice between rolls, while the wagers are being settled. The patrons may not notice the fact that the dice are missing some numbers, but the dealers are trained to spot these kind of baloneys.
If you look closer at these enlarged photos you will notice that the dice are spotted incorrectly on the sides facing away from the camera. Since these dice are clear, the irregularities on the number and placement of the spots can be seen through the dice, near the edges.