making any money at the tables? Many in the dice community respond by
stating the player needs to practice more.
A number of students of the
game have gotten lost in the idea that practice ultimately determines
their outcomes in the casino. In a way, the answer is yes, no and both.
It all depends on what you believe you should be practicing to be a
My good friend Charlie
Westcott contributes a quick article on his idea and approach to
practicing. About practice, he writes:
“Is it all worth it? The
results on the casino floor should tell you. Are you
winning more than you are
losing? If your answer is no, than maybe you need more practice or
maybe you need to change your method of practice.
If your answer is yes,
maybe you could improve your winnings with more practice or changing
your practice routine.”
You can scroll down to read
the rest of his article. My point for quoting his opening paragraph is
that I feel that we each need to define what we choose to repeatedly
apply to our game to become proficient players. If our usual way of
playing at the table is not working for us, then perhaps it is time for
a change in what we practice in our lives and in the game.
First, what does it mean to
practice? Practice what and how? There is no right or wrong answer.
Believe it or not, there are times when practice can fail you because it
is not about quantity. It is about the quality of exercises you apply to
your gaming approach.
Practice only works when I
apply what I practice to the game. In my reality, my practice takes
place in the casinos at the craps tables with just a little preparation.
When I search for ways to
improve my level of play, I focus on strategies that I know to work.
Instead of reading book after book, taking workshop after workshop in an
attempt to know everything there is to know about the game, I understand
that I will never get around to actually using everything I‘ve learned
at the craps table.
I meet a few people that
have become experts on every gaming strategy there is. They can explain
these strategies and why they work and even for them, I observe their
game not improving much. So, I encourage that the player only practice
what they can apply to their current game.
So, pick a few strategies
that make your game interesting. Become familiar with those that
interest you and know how you can or would like to apply them with your
next game. This keeps the fun in the game.
Some strategies will take
you a long way into a game at the tables. Michael Vernon taught me a
strategy a few years ago that keeps me in the game a long time and for
those going to the September party, be sure to ask him to teach it to
Next, practice watching the
table! Make an effort to be a good “watcher”. Sometimes at the tables,
things aren’t always as they seem. Watch closely for the times when
your gaming strategies and toss, will work for you. Practice this
discipline and your game will surely improve.
Smile! Remember practicing
something else? Even though you may find practicing this task difficult
or uncomfortable, SMILE at the table. Always practice smiling when you
play, when you hold the dice, and more importantly, when your hand ends.
Regardless of the length of time you hold the dice, practicing this
simple and genuine gesture can keep the fear factor out of your game.
Other things to practice in
preparation for your game are conscious breathing, use deep belly
breathing. Drink plenty of purified water. Trust yourself, believe in
yourself… and my list can go on and on. My main point is: You are what
Many of you have played, and
“practiced” this game for years. For others, this newsletter reaches
those of you who have not played that long in terms of years. From your
own heart-felt feelings, every player determines in their own way what
is necessary to reach a positive outcome.
Positive outcomes will
always stem from realizing that you always have a choice in everything
Now, about my “PlayShop”
on September 30th 2006, don’t forget to RSVP no later that
September 10th. It is important for us to know if you are
Our party is a way for us
to freely come together and teach each other what is really important
about the game. This party will sure to be different and we will be
supporting each other differently. This will be an event you will not
wish to miss. So,
Those that RSVP will be
sent a separate e-mail message regarding the details at the beginning of
September. Hope to see you members and friends there!
Enjoy the rest of the
summer because were going “back to school” my friends.
Call Toll Free
866-342-3626 to register and RSVP for my “PlayShop”!