The California Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, has a wall of plaques dedicating craps players who have had long rolls. The long roll players are called Golden Arms. This illustrious handle started in 1989 when Stanley Fujitake held the dice for over three hours for 118 rolls. There is also a cast of Fujitake's arm on the casino floor.
The Fujitake roll started shortly after midnight on May 28, 1989. The quiet man from Hawaii was to set in motion the Golden Arm.
The California had a rule that the casino manager, John Repetti, was to be called (at anytime) when excessive losses were incurred on any casino game.
After shooting the dice for an hour, Repetti got the first call at home. The casino was down over $200,000. Repetti advised the pit to call when losses mount to $100,000 intervals. The next call came fifteen minutes later, then another fifteen minutes later, and then another fifteen minutes later. After the fifth call Repetti decided to get dressed and go to the casino.
The numbers on the crap table were completely packed with chips that the numbers could not be seen. Naturally, the table was also packed four deep. The action was heavy and the casino was now out of $1,000 chips. Fujitake's roll finally ended after three hours and six minutes. The California had lost over a $1 million from that table that night.
If you are heading to Las Vegas this weekend and you have been prepping your shooting arm, get plenty of rest--you just might be the next Fujitake. Your mission: 119 rolls.
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