What are Capped Dice?
Capped dice are dice which have been altered by a cheat using a layer of additional material or a layer of paint. This is done to deter the dice from landing on the doctored sides, thus ensuring that unaffected faces are favoured. Capped dice are one of many forms of ‘crooked dice’, which are dice used by cheats to falsely obtain money. When capped dice are being used, players often target craps games.
Capped Dice Explained
If you hear a gambler refer to ‘capped dice’, they mean dice which a cheat has altered so as to gain an advantage from them. These ‘crooked dice’ are often used in betting games, especially craps, in order to deceive the house or the players and gain money through ‘advantage‘. Capped dice are a specific type of crooked dice in which one or more surfaces are replaced by the cheat, to change how the dice will roll and to affect the chance of certain numbers being rolled.
A standard playing die has six sides, and it is designed to ensure that each side is equally weighted. When the die is rolled, there should be a one in six chance of any particular number being rolled. However, some players will switch the legal and fair dice in a game for ones which have been tampered with. These either favour a certain number or reduce the chance of a certain number being rolled.
To make a capped die, players shave a little from one or more sides and replace the surface with an identical material, but with different properties. Often, plastic, rubber or paint are used. Some caps are designed to slip on and off, while others are permanent alterations. The cap makes these capped dice bounce more often, so it is less likely they will land on the capped surface.