What is a ‘Stroker’?
‘Stroker’ is a term most associated with craps, describing a player who is intentionally aiming to mislead and confuse the dealer. Strokers tend to target new dealers or those with a busy table to manage, looking for opportunities to take advantage through misleading on their wagers, through giving unclear instructions and by using the rules and loopholes of the game to their benefit.
If a craps player is described as a stroker, this is certainly not intended as a compliment. A stroker is a player who has the sole intention of taking advantage at the tables. This kind of player will use any tactic they can to mislead and confuse the dealer, goading them into making mistakes and then calling for fair compensation if those mistakes do happen. Strokers often hope to be overpaid and will make confusing and unusual bets, or set their stacks to hide large chips, or otherwise cause a disruption that can create an advantage in their favour.
These strokers often work in pairs, betting against each other to maximise table time and to get as many comps from the house as they can. They also look for the new and inexperienced dealers who can be taken advantage of more easily, or for the busiest tables on short-staffed nights so they know the pressure is high and the dealer is more likely to believe they have made an error. Using a confusing mix of systems and strategies, strokers hope to be overpaid for bets due to sneaking rainbow bets onto the table (mixing chip values in one stack to hide a low chip in a high bet, for example). They also take advantage of situations such as betting late and then declaring it a change request if the bet doesn’t fall their way.