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I am a big shot

3 October 2017

By Frank Scoblete

I am usually pretty humble — no, seriously, I am. I had humble origins and I appreciate the value of hard work in achieving anything.

In the years where my writing has allowed me some notoriety, I have received hundreds of requests to meet people at casinos or to go out to dinner with them. I’ve rarely ever done either.

Still, I made an appointment to have lunch with a member of an online message board who lives near me. In the years where I have slowed down on my 130-days-a-year playing schedule and reduced my trips to the casinos by two-thirds, I’ve gone to some websites to read posters and to occasionally respond.

Now, over the years I have ignored any criticism of me – specifically about the existence of the late Captain, my gambling mentor, who inspired me and taught me everything I know.

Despite the fact that in my new book "I Am a Dice Controller: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Craps!" I named dozens of people who knew him, some posters on this site and on other sites still think the Captain is a fictitious (or completely exaggerated) character that I wrote about to sell books.

Not so.

Finally, I thought to myself, “Why not meet one of the posters on this website and show him a picture of the Captain and his whole Crew of 22 high rollers that was taken at the Castle’s most popular restaurant on a Saturday night when the powers-that-be allowed this group to take over the whole place in Atlantic City around 1990?”

I had such a highlighted picture with the individuals I wrote about in my books. The man could read passages in my new book and I could point out who was who.

He could then tell everyone he had seen the Captain and his Crew and that would be that.

I decided to bring the guy three of my books, the above named one and also I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack! and The Virgin Kiss.

As I was leaving the house, my wife the Beautiful AP said, “What are you wearing?”


“You have to be kidding me,” she said. “You are meeting a fan wearing your sweatpants?”

“Uh,” I said. “I mean it’s just lunch.”

“At a quality restaurant. Change into a suit right now,” she said. “You don’t want to look like a bum.”

So I changed and met the guy at my favorite local restaurant Taverna Uva Rossa in Malverne. I never ate lunch at Taverna before but my wife and I eat dinner there a few nights a week. My wife and I even have our own table, number 42.

We entered the restaurant and I figured I’d get my usual big hello from Carol, a pretty young woman who designed the place, but she was not there. I did not know the greeter. I looked into the restaurant and – oh, my lord! – a group was sitting at my table! I had made a reservation. That table should have the “reserved” sign on it.

We sat at another table. The waiter was someone new too. Obviously, the afternoon crew was not the same as the night crew. I guess I couldn’t impress my fan with how I am treated like a king at my favorite joint.

The guy gave me a beautiful hand-crafted pen that used Bethlehem wood. Ah, that was nice, a gift for his favorite author (which I assumed I was). I opened the shopping bag in which were the books I was giving him and I would (with a flourish) take out my pen and autograph them.

I whipped my pen out of my pocket and…

“I don’t read,” he said.

“Huh,” I said.

“I have a case of macular degeneration,” he said. “I don’t read. It hurts.”

“Ah,” I said. I slyly put my pen back in my pocket.

“I don’t really know who you are,” he said. “I just know that a lot of people on the website dislike you.”

“A few,” I said.

“I figured it would be fun meeting you since we live so close by. Have you met any of them?” he asked.

“Uh, ah, no I don’t know who they are. It’s just a few,” I said.

“I figured you wrote a book once,” he said.

“I’ve written thirty-five books; some big publishers too…”

“I don’t read,” he said.


So I opened the shopping bag and took our the framed picture of the Captain and his Crew. “Here it is,” I said.

“Here is?”

“The Captain and his Crew!” I announced.

“Who?” He took the picture and looked at it.

“It’s the Captain. The Captain and his Crew. Look at them. I have the names with the ones I wrote about,” I said.

“Never heard of him,” I said.

“The Captain,” I said.

“No,” he said.

“But people have written about him – the Captain, the Captain – on that website. He’s right there in the picture,” I pointed.

“I don’t read much of the web stuff. I just once in a while write something but I ignore most of the stuff except for some of the people who have said mean stuff about you. But I don’t read much there. I didn’t even know you were a famous writer. I thought you may have written one book in the 1990’s.”

We ate. We had a nice conversation. I didn’t autograph my books.

When I got back home the Beautiful AP asked, “So how did it go?”

“I should have worn my sweats,” I said.

Frank Scoblete’s newest books are I Am a Dice Controller: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Craps!, I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack! and Confessions of a Wayward Catholic. Frank’s books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and at bookstores. Visit Frank's website at www.frankscoblete.com.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

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