The Pink Dice

It was back in 2005 that I blogged "Vegas Vacation Recap, Part 4 – The Pink Chip" (along with four other articles from the same Vegas trip). The thing that made that vacation unique was my receipt of a pink ($500) chip instead of 5 black ($100) chips in a "color out" (combining lower-value chips for bigger-value chips) when leaving a craps table.

Well, my pink adventures are certainly not at an end.

On my last trip, I found myself in Bill’s Gambling Hall (for you Vegas old-timers, it used to be the Barbary Coast, and for you Vegas aficionados, it’s owned by Harrah’s). I was playing Craps at a $5 table (my usual pastime and level) and, for some reason, raised the ire of a boxman (the guy who sits across from the guy with the stick) because I wasn’t hitting the far wall when throwing the dice.

Note to Craps noobs: the house does want you to throw the dice with sufficient "style" to hit the far wall, to ensure a random bounce. I wasn’t doing this intentionally, and certainly did hit the wall as often as I can remember, but, no matter.

After two warnings (I was busily collecting winnings at the time), the guy reaches into his pocket and pulls out two tiny pink dice, explaining to me that if I lacked the strength to reach the far wall, I could use these .. the ladies’ dice; he went to great pains to describe these akin to the ladies’ tees on the golf course.

Of course, it cracked the table up (myself included), and I promised to do better. The next few throws went over the far wall (again, not my intention), which was more than enough fun for the evening.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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