A couple nights ago I was watching an old movie: Flame of the Barbary Coast. John Wayne is a rancher-turned casino owner in 1906 San Francisco. I noticed the craps tables didn't have the little pyramids on the walls which got me wondering when they were added. I couldn't find any info on-line so I figured maybe somebody whose been playing the game longer than I have might know.
Movies often are as realistic as possible given time and budget constraints , but if the public expects poker in the movie its hard to force them to watch a Faro game.
If a scene is shot on location a window with 'established 1950" painted on it may be sprayed out with water soluble black ink, but they won't construct a building just for a realistic shot.
Craps is legally known in Vegas as 'bank craps' because the house takes all bets. Originally even a constructed craps layout was only a Right Way game. Along San Francisco's Barbary Coast a pyramid studded table would be of little concern. Nobody would fuss with those pyramid shaped studs, a Mickey Finn and a Knife would be more likely.
I was under the impression that the casinos introduced the pyramids on a craps table within the last 20 years or so. I'd be fairly confident the pyramids weren't around in 1906.
At Amazon sorted by 'newest arrivals' he hasnt had a book out since 2015.Quote: beachbumbabs
Anybody heard from him lately?
... and another photo shows a 1940’s table without.Quote: Tanko
One photo in this collection shows an early craps table, circa 1910-1020, with pyramids.
... and another photo shows a 1940’s table without.