March 21st, 2010
Well, today is one of the first days of Spring and this blog has been updated daily for about a month straight now, so I think it is time for a little break. I should be back on here any time between a few weeks or a few months from now to update it some more, add new content and get some of the latest promotions for casinos.
Currently, I am working on another one of my sites exclusively related to blackjack and poker. Obviously, this will require a lot of writing and work so this is one of the reason I’ve decided to take a break from craps for a little while.
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March 20th, 2010
My latest guide for precision shooting is about dice control strategy and bet management. Using good money management works well in any type of casino game, but it is especially important in craps when you are doing dice control. The same also goes for strategy when making bets since some bets will be more rewarding for this particular method.
Depending on whether you are trying to throw sevens or not throw them, there is a concept explained in the guide known as 7 exposure. It is a strategy related to how much money you are willing to lose when rolling a seven. This exposure is basically a percentage of your bankroll and is equal to what you think your overall edge is over the casino and the house. It is kind of hard to find this, but the general concept shows that when you have a good shooter who can really control the dice, your percentage gets higher and so does your 7 exposure. For example, if you have a $5,000 bankroll and the 7 exposure is 10% (which is ridiculously high), when you would be willing to lose $500 if you rolled a seven.
Of course this is not as important if you are actually trying to roll a seven. Now another betting strategy that you should take advantage of is when you are rolling more numbers with higher frequency in craps. For instance, you might be the lucky one who can easily shoot snake eyes or box cars (2 or 12). If you can set the dice correctly and precisely throw them perfectly, you can make a ton of money. The actual odds of throwing any of these two numbers is 1 in 36 rolls and it pays out $30 for every $1 bet, which actually has a high house edge and is normally a bad deal bet. If you can learn to throw any of these numbers and get them to land consistently with the rate of 1 in 15 throws or 1 in 20 throws, you can make a lot of money.
If there are other craps shooters out there, watch what they are trying to roll, if you notice that they keep messing up and not getting their desired number, but they keep landing on some other unintended number, this is known as the shooter’s signature number. This is a result of the shooter doing something wrong with their throw consistently enough (or something right as well), that they land on the same numbers over and over again. In some cases, the player may not even realize this and it happens often. So watch for any signature numbers and take advantage of it in your betting strategy. Lastly, you can learn even more by checking out the full length article on our site mentioned above.
March 19th, 2010
I read an article the other day and was amazed how much money this guy gambles with. In reading this, I learned about some interesting casino games and extremely high stakes games that I never thought even existed! Basically, a famous PGA golfer known as John Daly is one serious high roller and you could say he played with too much money that he couldn’t afford to lose. The original article was on Yahoo.com titled: Rich Athletes Who Lost it All.
Daly lost as much as $50 to $60 million all at the casinos over a period of about 12 years. The article talked about him losing $1.65 million dollars over a period of 5 hours at the casino and he also lost $1.2 million in less than two and a half hours at a casino in Vegas! The problem was that he has a gambling addiction problem that he publicly discloses, meaning he is losing more money that he can afford to lose.
In the end, he had to foreclose on a $1.6 million house, which is almost as much money as he gambled away with in that 5 hour stay at the casino. One way he is cutting back is by playing on the $100 and $500 slot machines, basically a few hundred bucks per spin. Note that he is just cutting back. Originally, he used to play at the $5000 slot machine! Quite frankly, I never even knew such a thing existed except for some rumors about the internet based VIP Lounge Casino that allows exclusive high stakes players and high rollers in.
The real lesson here is that casino gambling should just be for entertainment and to get a rush. You can even play like this guy as long as you don’t spend money you can’t afford and if you are a millionaire of course! It’s never fun losing money that you are also not willing to lose either. Gambling is not exactly the best form of financial investment, even though it’s high yield and high risk. Always play and expect to lose at a casino since the odds are already against you and you’re just there for entertainment, along with a chance for profit at the same time.
March 18th, 2010
The next article I wrote about dice control has to do with posture, stance and standing positions. This is sort of important but not the entire story. Basically the whole idea is to make sure you are positioning yourself correctly in order to throw the dice straight and level with the table. Some positions on the table will give you a better advantage than others.
For instance, there are two common types of stance known as the bender and the upright stance. Basically they are the same thing where the player just stands as close to the wall as possible in order to get as close to the opposite wall. This means you do not have to throw the dice as far. Spread your feet one shoulder length apart. If you are right handed, then put your left hand on the rail and lean forward as much as possible and toss the dice with your right hand. Just reverse the positions if you are left handed. The difference between the upright stance and the bender is the fact that when using the bender, you put your elbow on the rail instead of your hand, which requires you to bend down more.
Two other positions are known as stick right and stick left. These are positions that you take relative to the stick man, who is one of the dealers in positioned in the middle of the table. In the stick right, you try to get to the right side of the stickman and it works great if you are left handed. Stick left is great for right handed people who will be positioned immediately left of the stickman.
While these stances can be great for craps dice control and precision shooting, the main goal is to feel comfortable. Each person is different so these stances can be altered so that you can add or subtract a few elements to produce your own stance. So as long as you are in a good position for throwing, you should be fine. Although, if you are comfortable but the dice are not being thrown accurately, then you should review your stance in order to make your shooting more successful. Read the article on this site mentioned above to learn many more details about this subject.
March 17th, 2010
Playing craps or any casino game for that matter is a dream for many. It is better, more fun and more luxurious than working at an office or doing a desk job in a cubicle. Many people thing this is just a dream or fantasy, but it is very possible and is very real for some people out there. The big requirement is you actually do have to put in a lot of work and effort in order to make a living and a lot of money at craps. If you are thinking that I will just come up with some “get rich quick” craps system (which never works by the way), that is not the case. There is a different way to do it using methods that are not directly related to the game itself!
The first thing anyone should do is play the game and know everything about it, such as knowing what all the best wagers are, the house edge and probabilities. Once you got that down, then you must learn about dice control if you ever want to make guaranteed money. It is a skill similar to dice or bowling where you are trying to throw the dice and get them to land on specific numbers. This is why I said the method really doesn’t have anything to do with the game of craps, it’s just using dexterity to roll the dice very precisely.
It is much harder than it seems and it will take months or perhaps years of practice, so do not quit your day job just yet. Technically, this isn’t cheating and it is legal to do since anyone can use the same advantage. Craps players use dice control and precision shooting the same way blackjack players use card counting in order to get the advantage over a particular game. The good thing about dice control is you do not need to know mathematics! Still, you must not get caught since casinos will still kick you out, even though it is technically not cheating. Since they own the casino, they can do whatever they want to customers they do not like.
People actually have made a living and have gotten rich by playing craps but they had to get really good at dice control. Precision shooting is also safe and hard to catch, so these players can get away with it for many, many years at any casino they want. The normal betting systems you hear about never work since you are using methods of craps and playing by the house edge, which is set in stone if you are playing with pure random dice. The goal is to make the dice not so random and that is how you win. Read the articles and guides in that link above to learn all about ways to get real advantages over the casino.
March 16th, 2010
The next article related to player advantages is about dice control tips. The main concepts given here should help out precision dice throwers and better control of the dice while playing craps. Check out the article for all the tips and the more detailed explanations behind them.
One major tip is to find a table with a smaller crowd. The reason is that players will be less distracted and the shooter will be able to handle the dice more often. Although, you do not want to be the only person playing at a table because then all 4 dealers will have their attention exclusively on yourself! If this is the case, bring a few of your friends with. It is also good advice to network with other players and see if you can find other precision shooters at the table. That way you can make more money when you do not have control of the dice, of course only if the shooter is actually skilled enough.
A few things to look for is softer padding under the felt on the craps table. This is actually better than a harder surface because the dice will not bounce or make erratic movements as much. Also, the softer felt will “grab” onto the dice more often. The key is to get the dice moving as little as possible to prevent any time for random movements. One way to tell if the padding is good or not is to throw the dice and hear if it makes a cracking noise. If it does, then this isn’t good and it indicates that the table may be too hard. You should not be able to hear hardly anything if the padding is soft, which is ideal.
The age of the felt matters as well. Older felt tends to work the best with the dice. If there is new felt, it may be best to wait a month or so it gets “warmed up” more. In contrast, newer dice are actually better because they have nice crisp and solid faces and the edges are straight an unbroken. You do not want worn out dice with broken corners.
A few other quick tips is to play on a shorter table which doesn’t require as much energy to throw the dice (less problems that can go wrong) and always use the backspin to counteract the pyramid bumps on the end of the table, which are designed to produce more randomness. Read the details in the story to learn about the rest of the tips and for more detailed information.
March 15th, 2010
One of the next articles I wrote about was how to practice dice control. Many of the concepts in the article were designed for players who have never attempted precision shooting. The guide goes through skill levels such as beginner, intermediate and advanced tips based on some of m own experience.
The most advisable thing to do when first starting off is to invest in a pair of actual transparent casino dice. Otherwise check out some casinos in the area, perhaps the ones you plan on winning money at, and see what equipment they have. Check out how long the craps table is and how high it is above the ground. Then when you get home, try to design with the same specifications to simulate the actual casino. Experts suggest using a flat bed or an elevated table with a cloth on it without the wall or fancy stuff yet. You need a soft surface since the hard surfaces do not resemble the real craps table and can chip the corners of the dice.
Next get a chair or something that you need to reach over to practice a natural throw, at least so it simulates a real craps table with the height. If you are just starting out, then tape or glue your dice together and practice throwing them. You should be watching your dice in the air and making sure they do not wobble when you throw them. The need to be straight and parallel to the table. 80% to 90% of your practicing will involved just throwing the dice straight and level.
Once you get good at this, then take the glue off so the dice are separated, but keep throwing them as if they were a solid piece. Make sure your dice sets are hard way numbers as this is a great way to see if you are doing anything wrong. View the article for the rest of the detailed explanations and links to see how to properly set the dice. Also check out the story to see what you do as an intermediate or advanced player at craps precision shooting.
March 14th, 2010
I realize that there are a number of players out there looking for an adrenaline rush from some high stakes gambling. Of course Las Vegas has some ultra high limit craps tables as well as Atlantic City and a few big name casinos. The problem with these casinos is people end up having to plan long trips and take time out of their schedule to get to these places and this can be inconvenient for a number of reasons. So I will try to list a few online casinos that offer high table limits and large betting maximums.
A very exclusive online casino is located at VIP Lounge. There is nothing like it on the internet. Normally you will see regular online casinos offer players VIP statuses, which will include additional comps and other various stuff. VIP Lounge is exclusive only to the high stakes player. The benefits include very high betting limits but that isn’t all. Players can also customize their own tables and games to cater to their needs. In fact, it is sometimes possible for the casino to change the rules of the craps tables to offer better odds depending on the player.
Not only do players get their own customized casino craps games, they can also play any other casino game as well. There are some strict requirements even to be accepted into the VIP lounge, which you can read about in the link provided above. Players can actually get gifts and comps that are quite luxurious for internet casinos. In fact, some players have been known to receive full-paid vacations and trips to resorts just as a complementary. Other high rollers have gotten gifts mailed to them and even a car. Then of course there are the usual benefits such as great deposit bonus opportunities and a great comps point program.
The only disadvantage is that the VIP Lounge casino does not accept US players (that we know of). There is still Cherry Red and Rushmore casino for players located in the United States. Personally, I really like the looks of Cherry Red casino better, even though these two casinos are owned by the same company. They do not offer the same exclusive casino suite program that VIP Lounge has (again, not that I know of), but they do offer higher betting limits than normal along with a $35,000 high roller bonus. High stake players are encouraged to visit these casinos and read more about their programs because promotions and rules change regularly.
March 13th, 2010
I wrote up a few more good articles about dice control these past few days and will be posting about them shortly. One article is about choosing the best dice set. This is actually an important concept of precision shooting because choosing the right set can make a huge difference in how your dice land after they have been thrown.
Basically, the dice set is how you set the dice in your hands before throwing them. For example, you can have hard way numbers such as 4, 6, 8, and 10 on each face of the dice combination. When you set them in your hand, both of them should be snug together so that it resembles a single rectangular piece consisting of both dice. So the top surface and have both 4′s showing (hard way 8). The ends of the dice, where the axis intersects and the shape is a square, the numbers 1 and 6 should be there. Using this dice set is perfect for practicing on your precision when you are first starting out so you can see how the dice are reacting. You never want to see a 1 or 6 show up or else you really need to practice more.
The above concept is known as correlation, or having some control of how then numbers appear. Both dice should be dependent on each other, otherwise if they were independent, it would be a completely random throw in which you have no effective control of the outcome. One of the most important concepts of precision shooting is to get the dice to at least get them to land on axis. It is even better if you can get them to “stop” on axis after hitting the wall, but this is more advanced.
Check out the article to learn about the rest of the concepts such as the seven to roll ratio (SRR) and double pitch, which are excellent indicators of how well you are learning dice control and what you need to be improving on. I added a picture of a typical dice set so you can see how you should be putting them together before a throw.
March 12th, 2010
I hit up the casino again last night and one big at craps. Basically I did my normal don’t pass line bet with don’t pass odds for awhile winning even odds but then I decided to get a little risky towards the end of the night. I wagered $5 on snake eyes (rolling a 2)and the shooter actually rolled it the very next throw of the dice! We all know that pays out 30:1 odds so I won $150 right there on the spot.
That wasn’t all. My last bet of the night was to wager on boxcars, which had the same odds as snake eyes. I waited about a hour after I rolled the snake eyes in order to do this bet and this time I wagered $20 to get some big money betting for a single roll. I lost three times in a row and then the shooter actually rolled boxcars (rolled a 12)! Just from that I ended up winning a massive $600.
Even though these bets are mathematically some of the worst on the table, the can pay off big time when you just get lucky in the short run like I did last night. Like they say, when you are hot, you are hot. When you are not, you are not. Last night was just a hot night and a lot of people at the table were winning big. Normally I do not make these large bets unless it’s towards the end of the night. Once in awhile I’ll win the big ones and it’s not that uncommon since the odds of winning are just 1 in 36 for the “end of the night” bet that I was doing.
Besides craps, I played some slots and won about $40 there and won $50 in roulette. The only thing I lost at was video poker with a loss of $30. Overall, it was a better than usual night and I came out ahead around $500 or so in profit, give or take a few bucks.