What is a Cold Table?
In gambling, a cold table is a casino table at which players are not having much luck. The phrase is most often heard in craps when players are failing to make the point or are sevening out repeatedly. It can also apply to roulette, blackjack and other casino games where most or all of the players are experiencing a poor run of luck.
Cold Table Explained
When a gambler talks about ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ tables, they are referring to how much luck the players at that table are having. A ‘cold table’ is one at which all of the players are losing more often than winning overall or one where every player is struggling to catch a break and pick up a win over several rounds. The phrase is often associated with craps, but might describe any table game such as roulette or baccarat. For example, if the house is collecting more than half of the bets in a roulette game per round, it might be referred to as a cold table.
In craps, a ‘cold table’ is one at which players are struggling to make their point – that is, to match the point number they rolled in the first betting stage. It can also describe when players are hitting sevens and ending their turns without catching any of the field numbers. Players might see cold tables differently, depending on their craps strategy. Bets can be turned on and off, and placed for and against the shooter, so a savvy player could take advantage of an apparent cold table.
There is no evidence to suggest hot tables and cold tables exist – luck is random and any successive losses or losses by multiple players come down to the chance of the game. However, some gamblers firmly believe in the effects of luck, and will avoid cold tables for fear of losing their own money. Others might seek out cold tables, hoping to break the streak at the right time.
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