Isle man's craps record ran 20 years


POSTED: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The wife of the Hawaii man who held the record for the longest craps roll said she was surprised at the news that someone had finally toppled her late husband's 20-year reign—and it was a woman who was playing craps for only the second time.

“;I think all the men should be ashamed of themselves,”; Satsuko Fujitake said jokingly. “;I think she really deserves a lot of credit. ... She must have really been lucky.”;

Fujitake's husband, Stanley, called the “;Man With the Golden Arm,”; held the dice at the craps table for three hours and six minutes and 118 rolls at the California Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on May 28, 1989.

His record was eclipsed by Patricia Demauro of Denville, N.J., who held a table for four hours, 18 minutes and 154 rolls at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., Saturday night.

Demauro bought into a game for $100 at 8:13 p.m., quickly amassed a large crowd of cheering supporters and eventually “;sevened out”; at 12:31 a.m.

Satsuko Fujitake said on her husband's historic night, he bought into the game with $50.

She said she noticed he was still out at 4 a.m. and had not returned to the hotel room, so she went downstairs to the gaming area.

“;I saw this huge throng of people round the table. I couldn't see him. ... I asked, 'What's going on at the table?'”; she said.

Fujitake said she heard that someone was having a lucky streak, and she was happy people were making money. Then she saw her husband at the table.

“;I told this boy, 'Oh, my husband is on the right table for a change.' ... I didn't think he was the one holding the dice.”;

Fujitake said she left the gaming area to play at the poker machines and only learned later that her husband had been the dice roller, when people came up to her to congratulate her.

California Hotel officials said it lost more than $1 million that morning.

Fujitake said her husband did not win an awful lot of money, and there were others betting along with him who won $100,000.

Fujitake said after the record-setting day, Stanley had several occasions when he held the table for an hour and a half, and he became the president of the Golden Arm Club, whose members have held the dice table for at least an hour at California Hotel.

She said she believes some people have a dice-rolling gift.

“;I think these people are born with the talent in their arms, like tennis players and baseball players,”; she said.

Fujitake, a retired painter for the city, died in 2000 at age 77.

Fujitake said her husband had a long run as the craps champion, and both of them enjoyed visiting Las Vegas about once a month along with an entourage of friends.

“;That was the best time of our lives. It was a big ohana. My husband had a good life. He made a name for himself.”;

The Associated Press contributed to this report.