Monday, June 8, 2015

Of Dice and Balls ...

Of Dice and Balls ... Most states and country Gaming laws say that the dice must be balanced (everywhere except Nevada) with statutory clauses similar to the following, stating that the Dice must: 
Have its weight equally distributed throughout the cube and no side of the cube heavier or lighter than any other side of the cube;
However, we are finding too often that dice being used by Casinos, especially Indian Casinos and Nevada casinos are not balanced. The dice balancing calipers and the basic laws of gravity show that the dice are not balanced - what are the odds that the dice keep coming to the same exact side over and over and over as the gravity pulls the heavier weighted side towards the bottom:
Recently the NFL concluded that the New England Patriots and Tom Brady were using underinflated footballs or footballs that were not in accordance with NFL guidelines.
Quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL. For the violation of the playing rules, the New England Patriots are fined $1 million and will forfeit the club's 1st-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft and the club's 4th-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Patriots employees John Jastremski and James McNally have been indefinitely suspended without pay by the club.
Suspended 25% of your season games is huge !!

There was no study as to whether or not the under-inflation of the footballs, no matter how small affected the game - it didn't matter !!

Likewise, it doesn't matter one iota whether or not or how much the imbalance of dice increases the House Advantage. It does matter that the dice are imbalanced pure and simple and that is the same issue the NFL was facing.

The name of the game is football and they altered the specifications of the basic element of the game. Likewise with craps when you allow for the use of unbalanced or percentage dice in live casino play all too aften.

Many naysayers would say why would casinos cheat - they already have a large enough built-in house advantage ... Why would arguably the best team in football - the New England Patriots who have won more Superbowl championships than any other team this century need to cheat to win ... Why would Lance Armstrong who was considered the best cyclist of his time and won 7 Tour de France races need to cheat to win. The answer is doesn't matter why, but the fact is that they did !!

From NFL's letter to Tom Brady:
"With respect to your particular involvement, the report established that there is substantial and credible evidence to conclude you were at least generally aware of the actions of the Patriots' employees involved in the deflation of the footballs and that it was unlikely that their actions were done without your knowledge. 
Your actions as set forth in the report clearly constitute conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the game of professional football. The integrity of the game is of paramount importance to everyone in our league, and requires unshakable commitment to fairness and compliance with the playing rules. Each player, no matter how accomplished and otherwise respected, has an obligation to comply with the rules and must be held accountable for his actions when those rules are violated and the public's confidence in the game is called into question."


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  2. That was Brady's great indignation. Now he's headed for the SB.