H - So what are some other stick calls that you have heard?
Jon - Well you know...there’s “90 to 9 feel fine, field time, need a 9”. That’s a regular one. “Yo 11, field the come”, “Book bets, Bobcats, 12 caps”, “Come away, come another day”, “Double a bubble, comes in trouble”.
H - Oh my gosh that’s fast.
Joh - I used to deal in... back home and there’s a lot of Chinese gamblers and they used to play the horn and the center action bets and they didn’t like 3 crap because they would get paid less. So they would call it, no good 3. And then Chinese, lap, sap, sam. So that became a call. “3 Crap, lap, sap, sam”. It became a thing, right? Or “No field five. In behind. Down behind. Comes too.” And so it is, “Ocho, easy way. Field don’t pay. The red gets fed, In Behind. Down Behind. Comes too.” All that counts too. It was all like, how do you throw it in that. The “Ocho, easy way”. So they are resulted from ones I suppose.
H - Cool. Okay. So, if you guys are watching in the comments, in the live chat, people are putting some of their craps stick calls in there so if you want to take a look go for it. If you're watching this in the replay, go ahead and put your craps stick call in the comments so that way we can gather a whole bunch of stick calls all in one place. So people can see what other people use. Now before we end this live stream, is there anything else you want to add to stick calls, the different stick calls that you have heard? Or anything else you might want to tell people, when it comes to Craps stick calls?
Jon - To be honest, I have always found...functionally you just have to call the number and announce winners and losers. And that’s really the base level. But being on stick is more than that. It depends on how you say it. The inflection and enthusiasm. It’s supposed to be an exciting game. Instead of saying the same calls over and over. Like, “8 out, 8 out 8’s”, “Mike and mike they look alike square peg.” etc. All these different things, right. And do this running commentary. You just need to be enthusiastic, right! You're the one that’s trying to build the atmosphere of the game, and the pace of the game. That’s how I feel. I have know some dealers where the game just dies when they came on the stick. You see the players and they are like oh man boring. I remember one time I spent an entire shift on stick. The boss was like Jon can you stay on stick? Ok, I’ll do it. But I need to drink, I can’t talk without a drink. So literally I had a glass of water on the rail.
H - I thought you were going to say whiskey.
J - No that’s a different story. But, yeah. I’m drinking water and putting it down, and then make calls. That’s what I think is the most important part of the game. You are there to make this game exciting. The calls are good. And it’s the witty stuff. That’s all great, but I’ve seen people be monotone...9 in the 9 in time (mono tone). Winner, winner. It’s like Sherman in Office Space.
H - And the stick call....the stick man, he really keeps the game moving. He is the flow of the game. If he is talk-a-tive and excited and happy and has some good stick calls, and he is moving the dice. You could really get the game going with a good stickman. Like you were saying if you have some stickmen where they are slow and boring it affects the whole table.
Jon - It’s kind of like an unconscious acceptance by the players and the dealers, when they are on stick they like ok….it’s the only game where you don’t have control the pace of the game...the guy on the stick does. When you go on, they come on to you...well this is how Jon is going to deal it this way and at this speed and I’m going to say these things. Or Heather you're’ going to do all these things. And they come to this. Eventually the casino will get known for, like this is a fast paced game. The dealers are good and do a lot of stuff. I just think there’s a lot of subtly in being on stick apart of saying some cool calls. It’s definitely an art form.
H - As a stick man you do not run over your dealers. If you run over your base dealers they are going to be so mad at you. You gotta watch them. You gotta make sure dice go out at a good time when they are ready. Not when they are in the middle and their hands are still in the middle of the table. There’s so much to think about being a Craps dealer. I don’t think players realize that.
J - Oh for sure. A lot of times...where...especially land based casinos here...like I said I worked a lot of cruise ships so you getting...I am sure it is the same as Vegas where you get a lot of traffic where you don’t see them that much...maybe once then never. On the land based casinos like here you get used to the players who know all of the bets and some of that. So then, you know that that dealer is good so you're on one base, and I know that you're going to be good and do all these things so you can pay out quickly. You can move those dice quicker right! Because they are like oh my Heather’s got this totally under control, she knows exactly what these guys are going to do. Back of the bets and all that kind of stuff. Then you need to increase the pace of the game.