Monday, May 25, 2009
A Whole Lot of Craps Going On.
Craps player sets record at NJ casino
May 24 2009 03:08PM CDT
Saturday was a record-setting night for a novice craps player at an Atlantic City casino.
Patricia Demauro set a new record for the longest craps roll, hanging on for four hours and 18 minutes at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Borgata officials say she beat the previous record by one hour and 12 minutes. They say Stanley Fujitake of Honolulu, set that record nearly 20 years ago in Las Vegas.
"This was only my second time playing craps, so this was very exciting for me to be a part of history," says Demauro, who lives in Denville in northern New Jersey.
Demauro bought into a game for $100 and quickly amassed a cheering crowd. When she finally lost around 12:31 a.m., after 154 rolls of the dice, she was greeted by Borgata with a champagne toast.
The casino wouldn't say how much Demauro won.
Several heavy set, swarthy males, apparently of Italian descent were seen following Demauro to her hotel room in the casino when she left the crap table about 1 AM, carrying some $10,000 in currency with her because she was too tired to wait for a casino check.
When other guests reported the suspicious looking men following Demauro, to the Hotel Manager, they were told there was no cause for alarm, that all hotel doors were double locked for security purposes and that Ms. Demauro could call down to the desk clerk if she were being attacked, who would call local police right away.
Ms. Demauro left the hotel abruptly, sometime during the night, without checking out. Hotel employees thought Ms. Demauro probably was in a hurry to get home and give the good news to her family and that she probably took a taxi, to avoid driving late at night, which explained why she left her own car in the hotel parking garage. "We expect she'll be coming back for her car in a day or two, after the excitement wears off," said the assistant hotel manager, a pimply faced teenager hired for the summer.