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It sounds like a homework problem out of a high school math book: What is the probability of rolling a pair of dice 154 times continuously at a craps table, without throwing a seven?
The answer is roughly 1 in 1.56 trillion, and on May 23, Patricia Demauro, a New Jersey grandmother, beat those odds at Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Demauro's 154-roll lucky streak, which lasted four hours and 18 minutes, broke the world records for the longest craps roll and the most successive dice rolls without 'sevening out.' According to Stanford University statistics professor Thomas Cover, the chances of that happening are smaller than getting struck by lightning (one in a million), being hit by an errant ball at a baseball game (one in 1.5 million) or winning the lottery (one in 100 million, depending on the game). (Read 'When Gambling Becomes Obsessive.')
So, how did it happen? On Saturday, Denville native Demauro and her friend John Capra decided to indulge their yen to bet. Their Atlantic City jaunt began innocuously enough, with Demauro, only a casual casinogoer, planting herself in front of a penny slot machine on the Borgata floor and Capra going off to try his hand at three-card poker. (See an interview with the new king of poker.)
- Craps (dice) odds. Historically, Atlantic City was always the “home” of 5x odds at craps games. Las Vegas was known for 3x 4x 5x odds, with some exceptions. The craps odds at Borgata Atlantic City are no longer 5x, but 3x 4x 5x odds.
- The answer is roughly 1 in 1.56 trillion, and on May 23, Patricia Demauro, a New Jersey grandmother, beat those odds at Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. Demauro's 154-roll lucky.
By 8 p.m., a few hours later, Demauro had grown tired of the slots. She ventured into the poker room to collect her friend, who was losing money. He offered to show her how to play craps. Of the 14 available craps tables, they sidled up to the nearest one and waited for the three other players to finish rolling. Capra shot next, but sevened out quickly. Then, he handed Demauro the dice.
Craps is known as the world's most common dice game and it is played, with varying rules and sizes of table, in virtually every casino on the planet. Craps is a game of chance rather than skill, and with a low house advantage — around 1.4%, which makes it harder to beat than blackjack but easier than roulette — even novices can win. That is, if they're lucky.
According to the casino, Demauro started her roll at 8:13 p.m. She bought into the game with $100 and when the orange-colored dice came around to her, she rubbed her hands together and let them fly. Demauro says she had played craps only once before, and being an inexperienced better, followed Capra's advice when placing bets.
A craps turn begins with an initial or 'come out' roll, in which the player tries to establish a 'point number' — that is, when the dice add up to four, five, six, eight, nine or 10. Once that happens, the player must roll the point again before throwing a seven, which is statistically the most likely outcome on a pair of dice. If the player rolls a seven before the point, the turn ends.
As soon as Demauro hit her point number (eight), people started betting. She says the game moved so fast after that, she couldn't really keep up. 'There are all these terms I didn't know,' Demauro says. 'People were yelling out 'Yo.' I said to John, 'What's 'yo?' I think that's an 11.'
The table filled up and a throng of spectators gathered. Demauro rolled double sixes, hard fours, snake eyes, every possible combination of the dice. Some people called out requests and Demauro managed to fulfill them. Players from the nearby blackjack table came over to watch, and then came the casino executives, or as she describes them, 'men in dark suits.' Demauro and her audience knew they would never witness anything like this again. 'There was a woman there, and we happened to catch each other's eyes,' Demauro says, 'She smiled at me, and I smiled and said, 'I don't know how to play the game.'
Although there is no official organization that keeps track of gambling world records, a number of clubs record significant dice rolls. Before Demauro's, the longest craps roll lasted three hours and six minutes — accomplished at a Las Vegas casino in 1989, with 118 rolls. And according to gambling expert and author of Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos, Frank Scoblete, the highest number of successive dice rolls was 147, thrown by a man operating under the pseudonym the 'Captain' in 2005. The average number of dice rolls before sevening out? Eight.
Given the rules of the game, there are any number of ways to achieve 154 consecutive rolls without crapping out, though all of them are highly unlikely. Unlikely but not impossible. Stanford's Cover explains: 'Let's say we have a million gamblers trying a thousand events at any one time. That's a billion different rolls of craps.' Out of a billion different games, the probability of getting an event that special is reduced to one in 1,000. 'It's not out of the realm of possibility,' he says.
Demauro declined to reveal how much money she won, but gambling experts estimate that if she made good bets, her winnings were probably in the hundreds of thousands; expert bets would have put them in the millions. Demauro and Capra spent the rest of their holiday weekend in Atlantic City, and even returned to the same craps table two nights later — but only as spectators. 'The expectations were too high,' she says. 'I wasn't ready to be the shooter again.'
Once the shock of her good fortune wears off, however, she says she'll try throwing the dice again. After all, sometimes lightning strikes twice.
Here’s the new World Record
of Denville, New Jersey
May 23th 2009
at The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
Atlantic City, New Jersey
4 Hours and 18 Minutes
25 Pass Line Wins
Estimated Table Win – $180,000
Notes from Various Sources:
The time, number of rolls, number of pass line wins and estimated table win havebeen sustantiated to the author of this web site, each item, by two or more reliablesources.
Patricia Demauro set a new record for the longest craps roll, hanging on for fourhours and 18 minutes at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Borgata officials say shebeat the previous record by one hour and 12 minutes. They say Stanley Fujitake ofHonolulu, set that record nearly 20 years ago in Las Vegas. “This was only my secondtime playing craps, so this was very exciting for me to be a part of history,” saysDemauro, who lives in Denville in northern New Jersey. 
Patricia Demauro set a record for the longest craps roll, hanging on for 4 hoursand 18 minutes at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Borgata officials say she beatthe previous record by an hour and 12 minutes. “This was only my second time playingcraps, so this was very exciting for me,” said Demauro, who bought into a game for$100. She finally lost after 154 rolls of the dice and was greeted with a champagnetoast.
A New Jersey woman, playing crapsfor only the second time, set a record for thelongest craps roll — 4 hours, 18 minutes, the Associated Press reports. It saysPatricia Demauro, of Denville, N.J., pulled off the feat at the Borgata Hotel Casino& Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., this weekend.
Demauro, who lives in Denville, New Jersey, set a record over the weekend in AtlanticCity for the longest craps roll – four hours, 18 minutes. She blew away the oldrecord set in Las Vegas almost 20 years ago by an hour and 12 minutes. Demauro isa little stunned by it all since it was only the second time she’s played craps.She bought into the game for $100, quickly amassed a cheering crowd, and more thanfour hours later was given a champagne toast.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City said Pat DeMauro, of Morris County,bought into the craps game for $100 Saturday and held the dice for four hours and18 minutes, besting the the three-hour, six-minute world record that has stood unchallengedsince May 28, 1989, The Press of Atlantic City reported Monday. DeMauro said therecord-breaking game was only her second time playing craps.
There was finally some encouraging news to report. A Denville woman walkedinto the Borgata Hotel casino & Spa at around 8:30 PM. When she left the craps table,the night had turned to a new day. Patricia Demauro picked up the dice and beganplaying craps and she kept rolling, and rolling, and rolling. When she finally passedthe dice to another player, over four hours had elapsed. That set a new record forthe casino, which claims the old record was three hours and six minutes. “This wasonly my second time playing craps,” said Demauro, “so this was very exciting forme to be part of history.” It was also exciting for the groups of people that watchedher play, cheering her on with each roll, 154 of them in all.
Patricia Demauro hung on to the dice for four hours and 18 minutes, shattering theprevious record by one hour and 12 minutes. As a cheering mass grew, Demauro keptLady Luck on her side despite not having much experience. “This was only my secondtime playing craps, so this was very exciting for me to be a part of history,” saysDemauro, who lives in Denville in northern New Jersey.
Luck sure was a lady to Patricia DeMauro of Denville, New Jersey. DeMauro thoughtshe’d try craps, for the second time in her life, on Saturday night. She startedrolling the dice and stopped four hours and 18 minutes later. In a game that mostplayers can’t sustain for more than an hour, her win has been compared to a perfectgame in baseball, but rarer.
A player Saturday night at an Atlantic City casino set a new record for continuousplay at craps, holding the dice for over four hours. Patricia Demauro went on aserious roll, taking the dice and casting them without losing for four hours andeighteen minutes.
Officials at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City said the woman boughtinto the craps game for $100 on Saturday. She then proceeded to make the 154 rolls,spanning 4 hours and 18 minutes, before failing to make her point by rolling thedastardly “7” and crapping out. Neither the casino nor DeMauro declared how muchmoney she won during the streak. She did state this was only her second attemptto play the craps tables, and that with her winnings she was going to take her grandkidsto Disney World. The casino treated DeMauro and her friend to champagne, dinner,and a free room to further celebrate her run on the table.
The previous record for longest craps roll was held by Stanley Fujitake, of Honolulu,at 3 hours and 6 minutes, and it took place May 28, 1989, at the California Hotel& Casino in Las Vegas. DeMauro said Sunday night it was only her second time playingcraps. She was at the Borgata with a friend who offered to teach her the game. Theywent to a $10-minimum table, and her friend and another woman quickly lost theirturns. The AP says the previous record was 3 hours, 6 minutes set nearly 20years ago at a Las Vegas casino. The AP says Demauro bought into a game for $100at 8:13 p.m. and quickly drew a cheering crowd until she “sevened out’ about 12:31a.m. – after 154 rolls of the dice. Neither Demauro nor the casino would disclosehow much she won during her marathon. The previous record was set 20 years agoin Las Vegas — DeMauro beat it by an hour and 12 minutes. Neither Borgata nor DeMaurowould say how much she won but she did disclose how she’s going to spend it — takingher daughter and three grandchildren to Disneyland.
Borgata officials said that bested the previous mark of 3 hours, 6 minutes set nearly20 years ago at a Las Vegas casino.
The previous record, set in Las Vegas, is twenty years old and was over an hourshorter. That had been set by a Honolulu player in Las Vegas.
Honolulu’s Stanley Fujitake had the old mark of three hours and six minutes whenplaying in Las Vegas. “This was only my second time playing craps, so this was veryexciting for me to be a part of history,” said Demauro, who lives in Denville innorthern New Jersey. Demauro bought into a game for $100 at about 8:13 p.m.and quickly amassed a large crowd of cheering supporters. When she eventually “sevenedout” around 12:31 a.m., after 154 rolls of the dice, she was greeted by Borgatawith a champagne toast. “This was only my second time playing craps, so this wasvery exciting for me to be a part of history,” she said. The casino would not disclosehow much Demauro won during her stretch at the table. Demauro began play shortlyafter eight at night at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. She didn’t stop untilhalf past midnight, at which point the house saluted her with a champagne toast.A dealer from a neighboring casino said he had wandered through on his way home,when he saw a sizable crowd at the craps tables. “I joined them, and found she hadbeen going already for more than three hours. The pit bosses were saying it mightbe a record, and she played for an hour after that,” he remarked. Demauro says sheis new to playing craps, having only tried the game once before, and she had beginner’sluck.
I got on a roll and just kept going for about four and a half hours — and I waslearning the game as I went along, DeMauro said. Most of the men that were therewere really excited because I was bringing them good luck. DeMauro, who declinedto reveal how much money she made from the game — she said only that it was a goodnight — said Borgata officials approached her after the end of the hot streak andtreated her and a friend to Dom Perignon champagne, a free meal and a complimentarystay at the hotel. Borgata spokeswoman Noel Stevenson said that while the GuinnessBook of World Records does not list dice-shooting records, such accomplishmentsare recorded by several gaming organizations. STOKE, England, May 25 (UPI) — ABritish woman who bragged of her happy marriage on Facebook has admitted to fraudulentlycollecting welfare benefits for being a single parent, officials say. Claire Harbrone,35, Stoke, confessed to authorities that she lived with her husband while collectinghousing and tax benefits by claiming to be a single mom for nearly a year in 2006and 2007, The Sun reported. The Sun said Monday that a tip led investigators toher Facebook site and another on Friends United in which she talked about beinghappily wed and driving a swell Aston Martin car. The newspaper said Harborne hadno comment and slammed the door on the reporter who knocked on her door.
Pat DeMauro bought into a craps game for $100 Saturday night and held the dice forfour hours and 18 minutes. She threw the dice 154 times before she finally ”’sevenedout,”’ Borgata officials said Sunday. Demauro set a new record for the longestcraps roll four hours and 18 minutes of throwing numbers. In one of the mostobvious examples of beginner’s luck, a New Jersey woman set a new record for longestcraps roll in Atlantic City Saturday night. On Saturday evening, May 23, at BorgataCasino in Atlantic City, Patricia Demauro played craps for the second time in herlife and rolled 154 numbers before sevening-out. This epic roll eclipsed the Captain’sprevious World Record of 147 numbers. For all you high rollers out there, listento this, a nearly 20-year old record held by a Honolulu man was broken in the gameof “Craps”. This time, Patricia Demauro was the shooter. Her hot hand rolled formore than four hours in Atlantic City.
A newbie player at craps held the dice for over four hours at an Atlantic City casinoSaturday, setting a record for that form of gambling.
ATLANTIC CITY ”’ A Morris County woman gave a whole new meaning to the expression”’being on a roll,”’ as she broke the world record for shooting dice at the BorgataHotel Casino & Spa. I’m living for my donor. I feel it’s my obligation to doit for her and her family. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., May 25 (UPI) — A New Jersey womanbroke the world record for shooting dice by throwing the bones 154 times beforeshe sevened out, casino officials said.
Pat DeMauro, a New Jersey grandma, hit the gaming tables this holiday weekend inAtlantic City for a “little craps”. She ended up throwing the bones (shooting thedice) 154 times before crapping out by rolling a “7”.
Everyone wanted to get in on the win.”’ As she approached the two-hour mark, DeMaurosaid her friend told her about someone who held the dice for 21/2 hours at ResortsAtlantic City. He said she would beat that record. Listed below are links toblogs that reference this entry: Patricia Demauro sets craps record in AtlanticCity. Patricia Demauro is the dream of every person who has ever played craps.Unfortunately for us in Las Vegas, she did her damage to the house at the Borgatain Atlantic City.
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Dealers at craps tables keep track of how long each shooter holds the dice, andthe surveillance cameras can confirm it, Borgata spokeswoman Noel Stevenson said.Although the Guinness Book of World Records has no section for shooting dice, severalgaming organizations keep records of such events, Stevenson said. Even though DeMauro”’slucky roll must have cost the Borgata a bundle, the casino was more than happy abouther streak. ”’We are very excited to have hosted this moment for Ms. DeMauro andhave our property be a part of this historic event for the gaming industry,”’ saidJoe Lupo Sr., vice president of operations for Borgata.  Demauro entered thegame with $100 and quickly drew a cheering crowd. She had 154 successful rolls ofthe dice before her record run ended around 12:31 a.m., complemented with a champagnetoast from the casino. Demauro bought into a game for $100 and quickly amasseda cheering crowd. When she finally lost around 12:31 a.m., after 154 rolls of thedice, she was greeted by Borgata with a champagne toast.
”’I got on a roll and just kept going for about 41/2 hours ”’ and I was learningthe game as I went along,”’ DeMauro said. ”’Most of the men that were there werereally excited because I was bringing them good luck.”’ As her streak continued,more players joined the game, DeMauro said. After she had been throwing the dicefor about an hour, a crowd began to form. ”’They were in three or four people deep”’around the table, DeMauro said. Hey, all the stickman had to do was flick 1die off the table.next roll, out 7. works every time. I was at the table right nextto patsy and she rolled great. I see the comment about how much did the dealersget? Well considering all the money on the table and 1 of the dealers screwing upthe payouts and the effort of the borgata box man trying to hit the dice with hishand so she would 7 out. There lucky they received the $1,000 I tipped them. Twoof the dealers were really good 1 was totally out of his element,but seeing 3 boxpeople was crazy they tried everything to slow up those dice and to cause aggravationbut like i said SHE STUCK IT TO THE MAN. The truth is we all had a great night andno matter what type of distraction they threw at her she just kept rolling the dice.She had ice in her veins there was no rattling patsy, KARMA it was all about KARMA.
”’I”’ve visited Borgata many times. and I always have a lot of fun.”’ DeMaurodeclined to reveal how much money she and her friend won during her streak, exceptto say, ”’It was a good night.”'
Even with all of the outside distractions, the Borgata was pleased that Demaurobrought some positive exposure to the city. The casino did not reveal how much shewon while playing for over four hours, but it was just the excitement that keptpeople watching. Ms. Demauro’s roll lasted four hours and 18 minutes and in termsof time also eclipsed Stanley Fujitake’s record length of three hours and six minutes(118 numbers rolled).
Borgata Craps Minimums
Saturday was a record-setting night for a novice craps player at an Atlantic City,N.J., casino. A North Jersey grandmother entered the record books over the weekendafter a lucky streak at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City. Atlantic City casinoshave been on the downswing for over a year now. Their revenue figures that werereleased for April produced a decrease that created panic among many casino owners.Atlantic City desperately was in need of some good press. Their casinos have beengetting hammered because of the economy, and it seems like nothing but bad luckhas been occurring in the city.
The total number of rolls by Demauro without relinquishing the dice was 154. Thecasino would not say how much she won.  DeMauro said it was exciting to play.”’It was really a great table to be at, great vibes from everybody,”’ she said.When her lucky streak finally ended, Borgata staff came to take her picture andserve Dom Perignon champagne, DeMauro said. They treated the pair to dinner andoffered them a complimentary suite, which they”’ll use on another visit. ”’Thiswas very exciting for me to be a part of history,”’ DeMauro told the Borgata staff.
The previous craps world record was 3 hours and 6 minutes, and it stood for justshort of 10 years as it was set on May 28, 1989. While the Guinness Book of WorldRecords does not list craps records, there are several gaming organizations thatdo collect and report such gambling feats.  The achievement occurred last Saturdayand broke the previous record that stood for nearly 20 years.
The manager called police and Jones was found by officers and arrested within hours,investigators said. VANDALIA, Ill., May 25 (UPI) — A 70-year-old Missouri womanwho received a heart transplant in 2001 said she lived a lifelong dream by skydivingin Vandalia, Ill. Judy Kaufman of Chesterfield said she jumped out of a plane at11,000 feet Sunday at the Archway Skydiving Center with her husband, two sons andgrandsons looking on from the ground, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Monday.It was the most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done, Kaufman said after her tandemjump. Kaufman, who lived with heart disease for 10 years before receiving her newheart in 2001, said she is not finished skydiving and hopes to jump with her teenagegrandsons as soon as they are old enough. People have to know that transplants givepeople a second chance to live, she said.  Hooray for the lucky lady. I onlywonder why if this was her second time playing craps, what did she usually playbefore then? Could it have been the slots? If so, why did she choose to try a newgame? Could it have been because no one ever wins ANYTHING anymore playing slots?
SOURCES 1. The Associated Press: Craps player sets record at NJ casino 2. What acard! What a roll! – The Denver Post 3. N.J. woman sets record at craps table -On Deadline – USATODAY.com 4. Novice Sets Craps Roll Record News10.net Sacramento,California What’s Up With That 5. Watercooler Stories 6. Craps Player Rolls ForOver Four Hours At Atlantic City Casino 7. Patricia Demauro sets craps record inAtlantic City – Sports Pros(e) 8. KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadelphia – Historic HotStreak for NJ Woman at Borgata Craps Table 9. AC Casino Dice Record Set as GamblingStreak Lasts Four Hours 10. Grandma goes on 4 hour 18 minute CRAP! Gather 11.Lucky lady makes craps history in Atlantic City 12. N.J. woman sets craps recordat Borgata casino Philadelphia Inquirer 05/25/2009 13. Casino Industry News,Gaming, Gambling News You Can Bet On – Story – Second time playing craps producesrecord run – GamingToday 14. Craps player sets record roll at Borgata casino – NJ.com15. Patricia Demauro Breaks The Captain’s World Record 16. Craps: Shooting to aNew Record KGMB9 News Hawaii (KGMB9)
Stanley Fujitake (RunnerUp)
of Honolulu, Hawaii
May 28th 1989
at The California Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
3 Hours and 6 Minutes
18 Pass Line Wins
Estimated Table Win – $750,000
Notes: Mr. Fujitake is now deceased. This Record is undisputed and is confirmed bythe Marketing Department at Boyd Gaming, owner of the Calfifornia Hotel property.The number of rolls, number of Pass Line wins and the total table winnings is alsoconfirmed at the Las Vegas Museum of History, which was at one time located nearthe Gift Shop at The Tropicana. Legend, however, has it that the total winningsmay have been as high as $1,200,000 and the the bulk of the winnings were not madeby the original players at the table, but because the roll was so long that wordspread to heavy hitter players who were at Binion’s Horseshoe who had ample timeto take a short walk to The California to cash in on this gold mine. Reliable sourcescomprised of long time craps veterans in Vegas state that within the next day orso the table was taken out behind The California, chopped up into little piecesand burned. SO MUCH FOR LEGEND… The Bone Man, author and developer of this website, took it upon himself to check all of this out and in 2006 interviewed a floorpersonat The California who witnessed most of this famous roll. It was stated that theroll began in the late portion of the day shift and into the swing (night shift)and that when the day time shift bank was counted down the total table losses wereonly (compared to the $750,000 stated above in blue) $175,000. Very little elsewas paid out on winnings after the table bank audit according to this reliable source.The floorman also indicated that the original table is still there and was nevertaken out to be chopped up and burned. It is also interesting to note the numberof rolls (118) which very closely matches the still running Roll-A-Thon at the FremontCasino, also in Downtown Las Vegas, where the longest roll of record without a 7is 117 as stated by a reliable dealer there in May of 2007 and that promotion hasbeen running for about 5 years and is the only known record tracking promotion ofit’s kind.