I have been following your
site for many years and have spent many hours reading, studying, and
practicing. I have built a practice box based on the plans on your site
and have been practicing for about an hour a day for about a year now. My
shooting is progressing and the dice are traveling well and I think I am
getting closer. The main problem I have now is that the surface of my
practice box is much too reactive and the dice are bouncing way more than
they do in the casino. I have tried to double the felt and still my dice
have way too much bounce.
A few years ago (on my
old practice box that I built from MDF) I turned a piece of linoleum
upside down and the surface was softer and smooth, but I don't know how
the surface would react with a softer base of birch plywood.
Any information you have
would be exceptionally helpful.
Hi Chris, Ed
here. Getting a practice situation comparable to the casino table is hard
home practice, your goal is to develop your shooting style and get to the
point where you can critique your toss, make adjustments, and respond to
any table conditions as needed.
going the wrong way with your thinking about padding for your practice
rig. That is why your dice are dancing.
have a hard wood base and felt only, no padding of any kind.
You can buy
a craps layout. Old style will be felt, (wool) newer styles with synthetic
to micro-fiber. Some have a thin rubber backing some are a heavier
material, some are like ladies’ nylons.
I have a
custom micro-fiber layout on one table and felt layout on the practice
micro-fiber is thin, fast and hard. The dice do not bounce. The felt is
more casino like, but again, with no padding added, the dice react
my practice rig is too good, compared to the casino tables. That is why I
mention learning to make adjustments based on how the dice react on every
purposely use layouts that have a thin rubber backing. Makes for a bouncy
table and very random dice.
check a surface by rapping your knuckles a couple of times to determine
how hard or soft a landing area will be. Of course, after your fist toss,
you will know for sure how the dice react.
* We also have
several articles published here at Dice Setter addressing the toss. Many of them are in
the archived newsletters and a bunch are listed with the coaches. One
place or the other, you should be able to find one or two articles
about adjusting your toss according to table conditions.
Editor / Dicesetter.com