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The Vegas Strip’s Newest Game: Six Degrees of Craps

Last updated: January 19, 2011 at 11:51 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Casinos, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on The Vegas Strip’s Newest Game: Six Degrees of Craps.

There’s a new game in town, and it’s a hot one! How do we know? This blog just made it up. We call it “Six Degrees of Craps.”

The movie trivia game, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” is getting a little long in the tooth at this point, so it’s time to give the classic brain-bender a new twist, Vegas-style.

The premise of “Six Degrees of Craps” is that any actor or actress can be linked back to the game of craps (or a movie depicting craps) within six steps.

craps dice

We're pretty much sure "Six Degrees of Craps" will, at some point, become a drinking game. Just a hunch.

Here are a few examples we pulled out of thin air to make this game sound a lot more viable and amusing than it probably actually is.

To make things interesting, let’s start with a challenge. How about Steve Martin?

Steve Martin was in “The Man With Two Brains” with Kathleen Turner. Kathleen Turner was in “Romancing the Stone” with Michael Douglas. Michael Douglas was in “Basic Instinct” with Sharon Stone. Sharon Stone starred with Robert DeNiro in “Casino,” a film with a legendary craps scene. See? Fun!

Casino movie

Sorry, Mr. Pesci, not a great bet. The odds of hitting "snake eyes" are 35-to-1, but the payout is just 30-to-1, an uncomfortable 13.89% house edge.

“Another example, oh, incredibly-creative Las Vegas blog,” you say. We get that a lot.

Let’s try, say, Randy Quaid.

Quaid and Rene Russo were in “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle” in 2000. Rene Russo was in “Get Shorty” with Danny DeVito. Danny DeVito appeared with Robin Williams in “Death to Smoochy.” (Hey, these don’t have to be good movies!) Robin Williams was in “Old Dogs” with John Travolta. John Travolta appeared with Nicolas Cage in “Face/Off.” Nicolas Cage was in “Con Air” with Steve Buscemi (who, arguably, could have his own “six degrees” game). At the close of “Con Air,” Buscemi’s character, Garland Greene, is seen playing craps.

Next up? How about Angelina Jolie?

Angelina Jolie

If you must see the Brad Pitt version of the poster, go to another blog.

Jolie was in “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” with Brad Pitt. Brad Pitt co-starred in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” with Cate Blanchett. Cate Blanchett was in “The Aviator” with Alec Baldwin. Alec Baldwin shares the limelight with William H. Macy in “The Cooler,” which featured craps galore. Which, if you think about it, would make a great screen name: Craps Galore.

Here’s a riveting scene from “The Cooler.”


The list of movies featuring craps goes on and on, including “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Vegas Vacation,” among others.

And don’t think “Six Degrees of Craps” applies only to the big screen. Here’s an example of the TV version. Pick a name, any name. OK, Michael J. Fox. In 1988, Michael J. Fox appeared with Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a episode of “Family Ties.” (She played a lawyer.) Later, Julia Louis-Dreyfus become one of the stars of “Seinfeld,” and at one point, Courteney Cox played one of Jerry’s girlfriends. In the fifth season of “Friends,” Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) played craps to decide whether they should get married.

Have fun. And no fair using the Interwebs like we probably didn’t.

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