What is a ‘Base Dealer’?
A Base Dealer is one of the primary elements in a Craps game at a land-based casino. On the Craps table, there are 4 employee positions, which are stickman, second base, third base and boxman. All are primary components in a game of Craps.
‘Base Dealer’ Explained
Second and third base dealers, plus the boxman are all situated on the same side of the table, facing the stickman. The boxman is in the center, seated behind the chips, with second base dealer to the right, and third base dealer to the left.
That makes 3 dealers and the boxman. The 3 dealers all rotate bases around the table in a clockwise direction. The amount of time spent on each base varies with the casino, however 20 minutes on each base is normal. Aside from the 4 Craps table employees, there is also a floorman overlooking each Craps table on the floor.
A Craps table is divided into 2 sections, and these sections are each serviced by a Base Dealer, the second base dealer and the third base dealer. The stickman distributes the dice to the shooter, gathers the dice after the roll, handles the proposition bets in the center of the table, and also the hardway bets. Part of the stickman’s job is to also make sure the dice are being rolled correctly.
The second and third base dealers handle bets on their respective sides of the Craps table, and they assist the boxman by passing cash to the box, and checks to the players. The boxman drops the cash and exchanges it for checks, and also keeps track of the bets on the side where the dice come from. The floorman keeps track of the bets on the side of the table where the dice land. Keeping track means to make sure the bets are placed correctly, as well as played or cleared properly.
At a Craps table, bets are booked and placed according to where a player is standing. The Craps table is divided in half, thanks to the layout being divided into box sections where dealers place the bets, and these boxes must be kept in an orderly fashion so that the stickman, boxman, and both the second and third base dealers can stay on the same page. This also includes the floorman.
The Craps table is unable to accommodate putting all player’s bets in line, so each base dealer puts the bet either on the front or back part of the number box, which brings us to how a player’s position is determined.
The placement of the chips is what determines whether the base dealer places them to the front or to the back. Just for kicks and giggles, if you happen to have a base dealer that acts like a big jerk, you can keep moving your chips from one side of the split to the other side to drive him crazy. This forces him to move your chips back and forth from the front to the back each time you move your chips.
The base dealer puts players to the front, or to the back of the table, based on the placement of their chips. So, if you are in the front, you belong to the stickman, and if you are in the back, you belong to the base dealer.