Counterfeit Casino Dice: Loaded Dice

 

This is a pair of counterfeit casino dice bearing the logo of Caesar's Palace Casino, in Las Vegas. These craps dice are gaffed in two different ways. First, the dice are loaded with tungsten weights under some of the spots. Additionally, the cubes are also beveled; this work is produced with a beveling tool, commonly called a dice shaper. Loaded dice are commonly known as "weight" and beveled dice are simply called "bevels."

 

counterfeit casino dice: loaded dice

 

If you look closely at these dice you will notice that some of the white spots that are visible through the transparent cubes appear slightly thicker then others. These are the spots that are loaded with miniature tungsten weights. The difference is clearly visible on the second die (the one on the right side) at the upper left edge. If you compare the two white spots you can easily see that one is clearly thicker then the other.

So, a closer look at these dice should make it obvious that they are loaded. But there is another inconsistency on one of the cubes that is easy to spot from across the table. If you look at the first die you can see that the orientation of the deuce is different from the way it appears on the other die. The proper way that the deuce should be laid out is so that one of the spots meets at the same corner as the trey - the way it is laid out on the second cube. There may be two reasons why the deuce is laid out "incorrectly" on that first die. One reason may be to mark the cube, so that it is easily recognized (by the cheats, of course). But it is unlikely that this was the reasons to switch the orientation of the two spots. The more likely reason is that it was necessary to put the load in that corner to achieve the necessary balance. On a white cube the desired result would have been achieved by simply drilling deeper into the adjoining spot on the 4 side and placing a larger load under that spot. But on a clear cube this is not an option, so the only option may be to switch the orientation of the deuce and put the load under the spot that ends up in the wrong corner.

One may argue that the incorrect orientation of the spots is an obvious giveaway that the cube is crooked. It is hard to know exactly how obvious this discrepancy may be in a rowdy craps game. Of course you may ask yourself how long it took you to realize the orientation of the 2-spot was incorrect. Did you see it right away, as soon as you looked at the photo? Or did you realize it only after you read the description?

Experienced dice makers and dice hustlers will tell you that beveled dice are much better then any kind of loaded dice. At the time when I purchased these dice I was told that these were loaded, but the fact that they were also beveled was not mentioned. It is quite possible that the guy I bought these dice from didn't realize these were bevels.

 


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