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> Out of curiousity, how does one "fix the dice" in backgammon, assuming
> you are using shakers with the trip edge as well as dice with rounded
Excellent question. It's an important practical one too, because the
knowledge can be used to detect cheating in your opponent.
The most common dice-cheating method is called "placing". The cheat
places one die in the cup, and turns the other die to the desired
number. The die is shaken in the cup and bounces againt the
predetermined die to produce the familiar dice-rattling sound.
Then the die is shaken onto the table, and the cheat simply places the
predetermined die on the table while the other die is bouncing around.
On reading this, a probable impression is "I would never be fooled by
that." However, it does work in practice.
Many backgammon clubs provide their own equipment. Hence the cheat
knows the design of the dice in advance, and that makes cheating easy.
The cheat simply obtains loaded dice with the same design as the club's
equipment and uses sleight-of-hand to switch them as needed. Switching
back and forth from straight dice to loaded dice is clearly much easier
than most sleights of hand that anyone with even a passing interest in
conjuring can do.
- Advantages of online play (Donald Kahn, Nov 1999)
- Avoiding loaded dice (Gregg Cattanach, June 2000)
- Collusion in Monte Carlo (Kit Woolsey, Aug 1995)
- Dealing with live-play cheating (Gregg Cattanach+, May 2006)
- Dice magicians (Paul Weaver, July 2010)
- Dice manipulation (Paul Epstein, Nov 2005)
- Dice manipulation (Kit Woolsey, Jan 1995)
- Gamesmanship vs. cheating (Albert Steg+, May 1994)
- How to tell when somebody's cheating (Michael Halpenny+, Feb 2001)
- How to tell you're playing a computer (Douglas Zare, Dec 2003)
- Premature roll and late pick-up (Ian Shaw, Feb 2002)
- Taking advantage of computer players (Matthew J. Reklaitis, July 1997)
- Using computer to aid online play (Paul Weaver, July 2006)
- Using computer to aid online play (Ken Arnold+, Mar 2006)
- Using computer to aid online play (Patti Beadles+, Jan 2003)
- With a baffle box (Joe Russell, Aug 2009)