I’m not going to say where this happened because I’d like to protect the anonymity of the parties involved.
Last Saturday I was at a casino playing craps at a half-full table. This casino was what you might call a ‘local’s’ casino, where the staff knows the player’s names.
An older fella was playing at the end of the table and apparently having a very bad night, or so I thought.
Another gentleman and I were on his half of the table. I had just bought in and squeezed in between them. Right before they are about to pass the dice to him, another player on the other end of the table decided to buy in. The dice were not yet sent out, but the stick held up the dice so that the new player could buy in for his single $100 bill. That’s a quick buy-in. The dealer takes the single bill and gives the player a stack from the bank. Boom. Five seconds.
The shooter on our end says something under his breath. I’m not sure what he said, but I did hear the word, ‘mother*cker.
First roll is craps 3.
Next roll is craps 2.
Next roll is craps 2.
The shooter nearly loses his mind. I’m thinking, ‘Come on fella, it’s $30 total you lost. It happens.
Next roll is point of 4.
Next roll is 7 out.
The guy goes on a rampage and curses out the guy who bought in. I’m talking full on cursing out, like swear words out loud directed at the guy. And he wasn’t cursing at the air and venting; no, he was cursing at the guy.
While this is happening the dealers and box do absolutely nothing. No admonishment, no requests to calm the language, just pure silence. Dice are passed to the next person and it’s a point seven out – the infamous ‘PSO’ – as its known.
The guy loses it again and starts cursing directly at the shooter!
Dealers and box still say nothing.
The next shooter isn’t so hot either. He tosses four or five numbers before the 7 out happens. The guy curses at that person, ‘f*cking #ssh*le, piece of sh*t blah blah blah insult’.
The dealers and box still say nothing and do not intervene. I am thoroughly confused and perplexed by the staff actions or lack thereof.
The dice are now offered to me, however, I’m just curious because if I pass, the dice will go to our crabby friend.
I’m not an instigator when it comes to social settings. You never know when someone has a weapon and fist fights that start as fist fights don’t always end up as fist fights. I have personal experience with this and, if you ever met me in person, you’ll find that I’m always calm at the table and away from the table.
I tell the gentleman, ‘I’m passing to you, I assume you know better.’
He doesn’t say anything back to me. I rarely root for a point seven out to happen to us, but in my mind, I’m rooting for a point 7 out so I can ask the guy what happened.
He goes on a 20-minute tear.
If there were dice gods, they are cruel dice gods.
After he throws a 7 out, he curses out the dealers, takes his chips and walks away. As he’s walking away, he tosses the dealers a pair of red chips, which I found not consistent with his rather rude and crude behavior.
Out of curiosity, I ask the box why they didn’t say anything.
His answer was the guy had been a regular for years, and that his wife had just passed away and that he also had cancer. The box further explained that usually, he isn’t so loud about it. Another player at the table, who apparently was a regular, agreed and vouched for the box and said, ‘we just let it go, he’s really a good guy, going through bad times.’
Hmmm. Now the situation was more complex. I sorta felt bad for the guy.
About ten minutes later the guy comes back and takes the same spot and starts with the same crude behavior. There was nothing to indicate that he ever berated people under his breath. It was outright, direct, and severe.
Eventually, he curses me out after I seven out. I thought about it and didn’t say anything.
I found the situation a bit complex. On one hand, the fella had been through and was going through a tough time, but at the same time, circumstances usually do not give one the right to be a big d*ck to those around oneself.
I’m pretty sure that I was right to not say anything. The casino is in a tougher spot, though.
If you were at this table, considering the circumstances, what would you do?