Wife remembers husband with the golden arm

Published: May. 31, 2009 at 7:05 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 1, 2009 at 12:10 AM HST
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Stanley Fujitake
Stanley Fujitake
Satsuko Fujitake
Satsuko Fujitake

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An Oahu man's widow shares their story about a golden moment in their lives. Stanley Fujitake is known as the man with the golden arm.

That's because he rolled his way to a craps record. He held the dice at the table for a little more than three hours.

But recently, a New Jersey woman broke his 20-year-old record. His wife, Satsuko takes us moment by moment on that golden morning.

Vegas! It's a special place for many in Hawaii. But it might not be as special as it is to Satsuko Fujitake.

Her husband Stanley died nearly ten years ago. But she remembers that special morning in Vegas like it happened yesterday.

"It was a miracle, because it's impossible to hold the dice," she said. "It doesn't happen all the time, maybe it's only once in a lifetime deal."

Fujitake says she introduced him to the game of craps. But she says he took it one step further.

"Mom, where is dad going out all the time? I said, well, he must have trouble with his stomach, he's going to the bathroom, I didn't believe that, I knew what he was doing, he was on the table every time he went out," she said.

Then on that faithful morning 20 years ago, it all paid off.

"Then I got up, his bed wasn't slept in, so I thought, I better go down and see what's wrong," she said.

She noticed a huge crowd at a craps table. At first, she didn't see him.

"He's a little shorter than the others," she said.

But soon after she spotted him.

"So I left, not knowing he was the one holding the dice," she said.

Then, a few hours later, it happened.

"People came up to congratulate me and I thought, geez, I didn't do anything, I didn't even hit a royal, why are they congratulating me? then I realized, he was the one with the dice," she said.

He won around $30,000 in those three hours. But it's not the money that Fujitake remembers the most. Instead it's the moment that she'll never forget.

"As my husband of 54 years, in my heart, he is still the champ to me and will be forever," she said.

Fujitake is heading to Vegas next week to celebrate her birthday. She and her husband used to go to the "9th Island" once a month for about 20 years. Things haven't changed that much. She still goes every other month.