Here are some late night writings and conversations from my interactions with various viewers on YouTube and and social media, all summed up in one place.

All this traveling and gambling really messes up my sleep rhythm. With that in mind, I wish you good morning and good night.


The question of the little black hammer has come up quite a few times.

When I asked the floorperson about the black lammer, he told me that it also acts as a roll counter to help the ship casino determine how many rolls are happening per hour. It’s a roll counter that helps to rate the players, determine the pace of play, which in turn helps the casino gauge the profitability of the table.

If that was the only explanation, you would also see this tracker on land based casino, but you don’t. They’re primarily on ship based casinos.

I suspect that what the casino doesn’t tell the players and staff is that it’s a game protection protocol that’s meant to prompt and remind the stick as to who has the dice.

On cruise ships, staff boredom and burnout is a constant concern of the cruise line. I asked some of the dealers and other staff about how many hours a week they work. Some wouldn’t answer or gave what sounded like a canned response – ‘I love my job’ or ‘it goes by so fast’ – but some told me seven days a week and a hellacious number of hours.

My experience as a business owner is that sometimes, if a position is important, but the employee may be susceptible to making mistakes because of boredom or weariness, we will create protocols for that person to do. The protocols prompts the employee and prevents them from functioning on auto-pilot. For example, at one of our businesses, we have a security guard whose job is to push buttons at a certain locations on the property every 60 minutes. Officially, the reason for the button is that it’s a check-in device (a legitimate reason), but we don’t tell him that the buttons are also to make sure he doesn’t fall asleep while on graveyard.

My suspicion is that the tracker functions also as a game protection protocol that reminds the stick of who has or is about to have possession of the dice. Without the tracker, the stick may just go on autopilot and send out the dice without thinking. That can lead to dice being stolen or lost because the stick was acting on auto-pilot, which is very possible with typical shipboard work schedules.

Of course, the ship operators are not going to admit that they overwork their staff.

There seems to be no consistency with the positioning of the lammer, as seen below. The casino just wants the lammer moved.

Another stick…



A shot taker is a person who plays unethical mind games in order to gain something, usually money. If you’re ever at a craps or blackjack table and another player blames you for their loss and then demands a refund or money for their loss, it’s a good chance they’re a shot taker.

I read a FaceBook posting about a craps player who was place betting. After 3 or 4 hits, the player tells the dealer to turn his bets off. That’s good discipline that keeps the expected hourly loss down. Greed kills, especially in a negative expectation game.

Anyways, after the player turns his bets off, the shooter, a female, rolls a seven out. The shooter’s boyfriend blames our player for the 7 out because he turned off his bets.

My thought, ‘yea, the boyfriend is a shot taker’.

I’ve been in those spots in certain casinos where the clientele can be kinda rough. They’ll look at me, the guy with the big stack, and if they can pin anything on me, they’ll ‘demand’ that I toss them some chips for their loss.

It’s best to not even talk to them. If they get close to you, put your big chips in the middle of your pile or rack.

Speaking of which…


If you watched my Part 1 Put Bet video, you saw me move around my chips so that my big chips were in the middle.

Video starts at 1:14…

You should do the same. Take your smaller chips and put them on the outside. Sandwich your bigger chips in the middle.

Don’t rely on the eye in the sky to watch your chips. The eye in the sky’s primary function is to protect the casino’s assets. The cameras are staffed by a small team humans who become tired and bored. They also can’t see everything.


I’m not a superstitious man, but if someone wants to believe that a full moon is a lucky moon, then it’s none of my business. Superstition is only a bad thing at the table if those beliefs cause a person to gamble, when they otherwise would not be gambling. Most people who enjoy gambling are going to be at the casino, regardless of their beliefs.

If the person is already at the casino, superstition usually doesn’t cost anything. Someone who trusts their hunch over the immutable math of basic strategy blackjack is probably not going to be using perfect strategy anyways, superstition or not. Being superstitious might hurt your job prospects with NASA depending on what you tell your interviewer, but at the tables, there’s little practical harm from indulging in the supernatural.

I don’t correct another player who plays on hunches, feelings,  trends, or lucky horseshoes. That person is convinced that they are correct and no amount of debate or data is going to override what their mind’s eye has already proven.

Let people have their comfort while they’re enjoying the game.


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0 thoughts on “RoadGambler Insomnia Daily: The Little Black Lammer, Shot Takers, Superstition

  • The security guard is setting his alarm one minute prior to the button needing to be pushed….humans have an innate ability to use their brain to adjust to any situation…..he is still napping and you are getting your button pushed…

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