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November 23rd, 2009 at 3:24:41 PM permalink
What is the best technique to use when slamming the dice shaker at a Pai Gow or Pai Gow Poker table when banking?

My goal is to get maximum force while avoiding pinching my hand between the cup and the lid, injuring a bone in my hand, pinching my fingers between the cup and the table, or having the dice fly out--all of which have happened to me at least once.
The ratio of people to cake is too big.
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November 23rd, 2009 at 4:41:51 PM permalink
I deliberately do the opposite. First I gently shake the cup two or three times, just barely enough to hear the dice clinking as they hit the top. Then I put the cup gently on the felt, not making a sound. It is as if to make a statement that pounding the table doesn't help.
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November 23rd, 2009 at 5:08:20 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I deliberately do the opposite. First I gently shake the cup two or three times, just barely enough to hear the dice clinking as they hit the top. Then I put the cup gently on the felt, not making a sound. It is as if to make a statement that pounding the table doesn't help.


When I'm alone at the table, I almost never try to slam the cup. But if there are passersby or spectators, I will do it to try to draw attention to the game since most players don't know it.

When I'm in Macau, I feel the need to prove I belong at the table. I'm sure there are some underlying psychological issues I should look into, but really I just want to know how to slam the cup without injuring/embarassing myself.
The ratio of people to cake is too big.
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November 23rd, 2009 at 5:13:34 PM permalink
My advice would be practice at home with a cup and some dice. youll probably hurt yourself or maybe your table, but it could be worth the effort.
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November 24th, 2009 at 8:14:22 PM permalink
I'm with you dk - I sometimes seem to feel a psychological compulsion to slam the cup down, as if to declare that I belong at the table. I don't fit the usual demographic of the pai gow player in regard to age, race, and bet size (because of my small bankroll).

My two cents on a technique for slamming the cup down would be place your palm on the very top and hold the bottom of the cup to the top with your fingertips, sort of like opening a big jar. My hands are probably larger than average, so if your fingers aren't long enough this may not work for you. But if you can pull it off you can slam the cup pretty hard with all the shock being absorbed by the meat of your palm.

All that being said, I have developed enough as a player (in my mind, at least) that I hardly ever slam down the cup. I realize now, like with many things in the casino, that although I thought it made me look cool to slam the cup as hard as I could, it probably just made me look like an attention-hungry goofball.

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