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 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Pat DeMauro bought into a craps game for $100 Saturday night and held the dice for four hours and 18 minutes. She threw the dice 154 times before she finally “sevened out,” Borgata officials said Sunday. 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 playing craps. She was at the Borgata with a friend who offered to teach her the game. They went to a $10-minimum table, and her friend and another woman quickly lost their turns.
“I got on a roll and just kept going for about 41/2 hours — and I was learning the game as I went along,” DeMauro said. “Most of the men that were there were really 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 dice for about an hour, a crowd began to form.
“They were in three or four people deep” around the table, DeMauro said. “People were watching and trying to get others to take bets for them, but (the players) wouldn’t do it. Everyone wanted to get in on the win.”
As she approached the two-hour mark, DeMauro said her friend told her about someone who held the dice for 21/2 hours at Resorts Atlantic City. He said she would beat that record.
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 and serve Dom Perignon champagne, DeMauro said. They treated the pair to dinner and offered them a complimentary suite, which they’ll use on another visit.
“This was very exciting for me to be a part of history,” DeMauro told the Borgata staff. “I’ve visited Borgata many times ... and I always have a lot of fun.”
DeMauro declined to reveal how much money she and her friend won during her streak, except to say, “It was a good night.”
Dealers at craps tables keep track of how long each shooter holds the dice, and the surveillance cameras can confirm it, Borgata spokeswoman Noel Stevenson said.
Although the Guinness Book of World Records has no section for shooting dice, several gaming organizations keep records of such events, Stevenson said.
And even though DeMauro’s lucky roll must have cost the Borgata a bundle, the casino was more than happy about her streak.
“We are very excited to have hosted this moment for Ms. DeMauro and have our property be a part of this historic event for the gaming industry,” said Joe Lupo Sr., vice president of operations for Borgata.
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