Seriously, there might be a market for "locking rail covers" A clear lucite box that could be placed over their section of rail to cover their chips. It could have a slot to display their players club card as ID. I guess applying the lock and taking the key could be optional.
When you go to the design table, I suggest two models, one straight and one curved. I just came back from Vegas and the box lady at the Cosmopolitan was complaining that their rail covers didn't fit the corner spot.
By the way, that was the first time I ever saw a box used, I have only seen towels. Though the Peppermill in Reno did have nice purple towels with their logo and the phrase "We've got you covered". No lock as on the towel as far as I could tell.
Problem is, that would encourage players to leave the table but keep the spot locked up rather than cashing out and freeing up the spot for another player.
I could see this going either way. Someone who wants their spot saved will come back and, according to the mathematics, lose back some if not all of that money. On the other hand, someone is told to take their chips, and comes back to a full table, is likely to cash out.
So it boils down to either keeping a person who obviously wants to continue gambling their money, or hoping that the next player in line is going to gamble as much. If the current player has $200 in chips on the rack, and you know from past experience that he will most likely gamble until that money is gone, then by not saving his spot, you are hoping that the player who replaces him will gamble at least as much. If the replacement player is only willing to lose $50, then you haven't gained anything.
It's similar in practice to the idea of keeping an existing customer or trying to obtain a new customer in the business world. I know from experience that keeping an existing customer is worth more money to me in the long run than ignoring that customer in order to try and get a new customer.
Usually won't leave anything larger than a green on the rail. If I leave a black it I will usually bookend it with whites and reds.
I have never left more than $200, and any black chips went in my pocket.
Are there any rules/etiquette regarding temporarily stepping away from the craps table for things like a restroom break, etc.?
Specifically, if you are a low roller playing at a $5 table and the table is PACKED, will the dealers save your spot if you need to step away for a short time? Or is it inappropriate to even ask to have your spot saved when the table is full with other players waiting to join the game?
Such a great question. Had two entirely different experiences with this one. I was doing well at the table which was relatively empty. I was DYING to take a leak, but the table was hot. Naturally, I held it in and no pun intended. It got to the point where I was like pivoting side to side until finally I asked the pit where's the closest restroom and can you watch my chips. The pit replied to go down the hall to the right and don't worry about your chips. Then I ran to the bathroom to take a piss. When I came back, all my chips were there. And yes I counted them to make sure. I figure if I was off by 1 or 2 it wasn't too noticeable since I was up a fair amount. There was only like 3 other people at the table. The pit didn't put any cloth on it or cover. I am only a low-roller.
My other experience was at a slightly more packed table. 5 other players including me. They would not hold my spot. They pretty much bluntly said you can color up and the restroom is down the hall. Oh well. Less tokes for you boys.
Only five players at the table and they would not hold your spot? That is very poor customer service. Care to identify the miscreants?
Casino up in the NorthEast. I shall not say more or Joe Pesci would not be pleased.