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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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 CasinoMax that allows exclusive high stakes players and high rollers into 3 tiers of their exclusive VIP Club.
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.
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.
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.
I wrote an interesting article about fixed, loaded and rigged craps dice that might be kind of interesting to read. It’s amazing how many different kinds of rigged dice there are and what types of clever tricks that cheaters will use to alter the performance of these dice. I listed about 20 different manipulations that are most common and there are hundreds more that could have been listed here as well.
The whole goal of fixing the dice is to get them to roll on certain numbers. This is one of the illegal forms of cheating unlike dice control, which is built and practiced as a skill. The dice are rigged so that they land on specific numbers. There are three main categories that I found as well that make up the majority of these crooked schemes!
The three types of dice are loaded dice, shaved dice and shaped dice. All the other kinds are basically subsets of these three main styles. A loaded dice usually consists of weight variations or something that alters the center of mass in a dice. For example, putting a small dumbbell inside a pair of dice to make one face heavier than the others so it will land on the surface of the craps table more often.
An example of a shaped dice is something that alters the form of the dice such as making the faces concave for convex. Also, cheaters can add slight variations of the ships like raised surfaces and even duplicate sides with the same number, sort of like a coin with both sides being heads.
Finally, a shaved dice is when you cut or rough up the dice in ways that certain sides “grab” onto the felt or cloth on the table, sort of like little hooks. The saw tooth edge or razor edge are two of the examples in the article that can do this. Other shaved variations include shaving off a side of the dice to make the whole general shape rectangular instead of cubic so the dice will land on the longer end instead of the short end. There are just tons of different little tricks that cheaters can do to the dice to rig them. In fact, some of them are clever enough to get away with even in modern casinos with transparent dice. Others are old and obvious finds as well.
I wrote another article a few days ago about cheating at craps. When I did some research, there was a few interesting techniques that I came across. First of all, I did not know it was so common that people would steal chips from other players at the craps tables. If you did the research, you will find quite a few cases on internet forums, blogs and message boards about people mysteriously losing chips after playing craps.
So how do these thieves get away with it? Usually they wait for inexperienced players and take advantage of their confusion over the game or their lack of attention on their own chips. Other times the crook will wait until there are a lot of people around the table and for the table to get hot. When this happens, people start getting excited and will celebrate loudly and possibly jump around a bit. Usually the focus will all be on the table and on the dice, but not on player’s chips sitting on the rail!
Stealing chips technically isn’t cheating at craps since this can be done in any type of casino and gambling game. The same goes with placing late bets at times when it is unnoticeable. Some of the real cheaters use fixed dice or dice that are rigged to benefit the player. Usually they are shaped differently or have weights inside of them in order to get the dice to land on certain numbers more often than others and you can read in the article how players can get these dice into the game as it is hard to do. There are a ton of ways to rig the dice and I will write an article soon with about 20 different ways to fix the dice.
Still, the safest form of cheating is learning dice control, as I talked about yesterday. Technically and legally, this isn’t cheating and players who can actually master dice setting can earn a lot of real respect, especially among the elite and advanced players. This is also one of the safest forms of “cheating” around because it is nearly impossible to get caught once you got the system down good enough where your throws look flawless and natural.
A few days ago I wrote a large article and guide to dice control. I think you will find the bulk of your information there but I will definitely be adding a few more pages there that will go into more details and get into the specifics of controlling the dice. If you do not know what dice control is, I will explain a little bit about it.
Basically, this is just a technique used by “advantage players” as a way to gain an advantage to the game of craps. The methods used here lie in a type of grey area between legal and illegal as well as being a form of cheating. This is synonymous to how card counting works with blackjack. Technically, dice setting (or dice control) is not illegal, but casino still have the right to throw you out if you get caught.
The whole purpose of the strategy is to control which numbers the dice will land on when you throw them. It’s a lot like bowling, pool or darts where you need to fine tune your skill and learn how to precisely throw the dice so they land on a specific number. For example, you could make a ton of money by consistently throwing snake eyes or boxcars (the number 2 or 12), the same thing goes with the number 7, which is even easier to control because of the large number of combinations available.
All I can say is read that article and just keep on practicing because it takes some serious skill, which can result in some serious payouts as well. Really, the whole name of the game is to throw the dice on an axis. Basically you just need to line up both cubes so that they stack together into a rectangular block. Then you will want to throw them as a single piece and finally you will want the dice to fly through the air as a single piece as if they are glued together. You also want them to be thrown straight and level to the table so that they bounce at the same time. This is really the whole strategy.
You also want to throw them hard enough so that they bounce off the opposite wall of the table. Some general tips is to make the least amount of contact with the dice and to apply as less pressure as possible on them. All the specifics are in the article and they should be very helpful for beginners to get started and to learn what these techniques are all about.
I headed back out to the casino last night to try out some craps again. This time I only got $20 in free bonus money from the casino, but it’s better than nothing! One thing I wanted to see is if this casino had some different variations to the normal craps rules that I’ve been talking about. As expected they have all of the same rules and all of the various types of bets, except for the fire bet of course.
Although, on Friday nights they actually do change the rules a bit by letting players win 5 for 1 odds on any seven (the big red bet) and a payout of 8 for 1 on the any craps bet. Both of these bets pay out true odds, which makes them the best bet in the house. This is why the casino allowed changes in the rules for one day out of the week. This basically attracts lots of people to the tables, including people who don’t know the game well. In the end, it makes a ton of money for the casino by just getting people in the doors and creating an exciting atmosphere.
If you have a craps table at your casino, it would probably be beneficial to see if they have any special nights like this. Even better, a casino in your area might make this rule permanent for every night. Now that I know this rule is available on Friday, I will probably come in more often that night when it is convenient.
Other than that great news, I continued playing with my favorite strategy, which is just betting on the don’t pass line and then taking maximum odds on every bet the whole night lol! I also wagered the minimum amount of $5 and tried formulating my own system but was too distracted by all the players talking to me and all the time between rolls. I will try to formulate it better than throw it on the blog sometime because I used to have a great system in the past that seemed to work well. Instead, I just reverted back to a form of the Parlay betting system which I will also write later on.
The results of betting on the don’t pass and maximum free odds gave me a profit of $60, but it was slow and took a lot of time due to the nearly 50:50 odds. I also used the free $20 and wagered it on my lucky 13 number on the roulette wheel at the end of the night like I usually do and of course I didn’t win. Still, it’s nice coming out $60 ahead by playing the best bet in craps.
One thing you should always take advantage of when going to a land based “brick and mortar” casino is their bonuses. Usually these are different than online casinos in that they just give you free money with no strings attached. Though these types of bonuses are usually smaller since they do not require a deposit or anything like that.
Last night when I went to the casino, they gave me $40 in free money. It was as simple as living in an odd or even zip code. For instance, many of these casinos will give out something like $20 for odd ball reasons like an odd or even birthday or license number and this alternates every other day as well in order to attract people to come to the casino.
Also, they gave another $20 out because of having an odd or even age as well! It just depends on what casino you are going to and what kinds of promotions they offer. The casino I go to actually gives out as much as $100 in a single night if a player has all the numbers lined up, which you would have to be pretty lucky to qualify for every bonus they are offering on a single given night.
They will also give out special bonuses on your birthday. Almost every casino has a program like this too, though last night was not my birthday so I did not get a bonus. I did remember to bring my comps card, which I talked about a few times on my other roulette game blog so they were able to automatically scan my card and put in the bonus money into that. You can put the card into the electronic slot machines and use the money right there. Though if you are playing a game like craps, you can go to the teller and they will just swipe the card and give you cash, which you can bring to the craps table and have the dealers exchange for chips. Don’t forget about these bonuses, they work out great if you take advantage of them!
This is an important topic for players located in the United States. You probably have tried gambling at online casinos over the past few years only to realize that there is a certain anti-gaming law. If you are a US citizen or player, there are a few important things you should know about this law and what it means to you as a gambler.
First of all, it is not illegal for US players to gamble. Any law like that would be blasphemy against the US constitution because no one can tell you what you can or cannot do with your own money in your own home. The law is actually directed at the US banking system instead and it works in a kind of loophole around the constitution. In one way, this law bans or impedes gambling indirectly.
Basically, the law restricts the banks from transferring money from players to casinos. It is also the banks who get punished by this law in the end and that is why many e-teller players like Neteller and big name companies like this decided to follow through and ban this kind of transaction. There are still smaller banking places that you can use over the internet who cannot be touched by this law and this is how US players can finally get back into the action of gambling.
Still, many casinos will not allow US players because it is inconvenient for them to work with smaller banks and constantly change their payment methods for deposits and withdrawals. Though, CasinoMax and Cherry Jackpot casinos are some of the best gambling places around that allow US players nowadays and I would recommend checking them out if you are a US based visitor and even for people outside of the USA. Another great benefit about these two casinos is they allow deposits by credit card. You would need to check out which other payment methods are available on these sites because there are many of them available and the list changes regularly. I know these two casinos, owned by the same company, have been known to have very convenient and quick services for US players as well.
So the bottom line is the anti-gaming laws, at least in the US, do not ban online gambling. They just make it harder for people to play online and many US players give up trying to play at online casinos due to frustrations and slow response time. The good news is that the US Congress is talking about rolling back these laws soon, so we will be keeping an eye on it in the future.