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Volume VI : Issue I

Jan. 2006

In This Edition:

 

A Note From Soft Touch

Newsletter Upgrades

Mindful Living Part V

Shooting From the Don’t Part 11

Brief Summary of non-Detroit Michigan Casinos

Long - Table to Short-Table to Long-Table Shooting Adjustments

A Labor of Love...

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From The Soft Touch To The Dice Community
 
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 Mindful Living, Mindful Shooting ─ Part V

By Jeffrey47

 

Each of us plays the mental game by our own rules, depending on deep-seated ways of thinking and living.  Accordingly, some will be more drawn to exploring the mental side of DI than others.

 

Whether we change our mind in any particular way while perfecting our DI skills, how we might go about it,

and what it means, are personal things we discover for ourselves.

 

Toward an Ecology of the DI Mindset

 

Developing an appropriate, practically oriented DI mindset requires effective stewardship not only figuratively “between our ears,” but quite literally beneath our skin.  In Parts III and IV we’ve seen how proprioceptive awareness plays a critical role in our DI skills because it bears on what we know about how we move, feel,

and think.  We simply can’t escape always being under the influence of our own awareness, or any lack thereof.  Our self-image making mind is sometimes referred to as the motoric ego―mind and body

combined to make us who we are. 

 

The mental and physical demands of advantage craps vary substantially from one moment to the next.  Most notably, we’re “within” delivering the toss one second, and then we’re back “out” implementing our game strategy the next.  In a future installment, I’ll be talking more about how our physical skill actually benefits

from this continual process of repetitively modulating the focus of our attention.  But for now, let’s just bear

in mind that the ease with which we shift gears among these different mental behaviors affects the quality with which we accomplish each of them, and vice versa.

 

Motoric Understanding:  A Brief Moment of Truth

 

Our sense of our mechanics and our observation of the dice remain paramount, of course.  The feedback

from each shot is critical and it is most vivid only for a very brief instant while it’s fresh in our mind.

 

The clarity we’ve talked about achieving is secured incrementally―one shot at a time―through intermittent short bursts of “motoric understanding.”  We not only come to know how we toss, but we begin to sense it, too, without thinking about it as much.

 

In the face of an iron-clad guarantee that each of our turns with the dice always hastens its own eventual demise, that recurring brief moment of understanding derived from our toss fortifies our skill with the information and the inspiration to survive for one more roll. But our attention on tossing is inevitably interrupted with other concerns.  There may be commotion and noise distracting us.  And even in the best

of circumstances we have to attend to our wagers.  Through it all, we have to stay in touch with what we’re learning in the course of our turn with the dice and we always have to navigate our emotions.

 

It’s That Balanced Attitude Thing Again

 

Thus, we’ve got to have a relaxed enough overall attitude to keep from getting uptight about the resistance

we inevitably run into.  We’ve got to keep our cool.  But we’ve got to keep the fires burning at the same time―we want easy access to that molten intensity we rely on for executing each toss.

 

Thus, for a relaxed attitude to support precision performance, it must remain informed by the intensity of our engagement.  Without intensity to draw on, relaxation too easily degrades into a mere failure of full attention.

 

By the same token, intensity without that feeling of effortlessness can quickly become rigid and exhausting; we can find ourselves trying too hard.

 

Like a biological eco-system sustained by the organisms competing for survival within it, the DI mindset doesn’t long survive if any of its constituent parts is allowed to commandeer an upper hand over the rest.

 

Spurious Thoughts When Shooting the Dice

 

Among the obstacles we encounter, self-imposed distraction is one of the biggest, of course.  In Maddog’s excellent nine-part DI chronicles, Maddog’s Journey, the problem was succinctly noted.  Maddog wrote:  “I’m convinced that the quickest way for a DI to lose control of his toss mechanics is to start thinking about his bets.”  And then he concluded, “These spurious thoughts are extremely disruptive.


Maddog has identified something we need to be intimately familiar with: Those disruptive thoughts of ours.

 

But the solution is not as easy as shrugging and trying to look the other way.  There’s always another distracting thought lurking in the other direction.  If we want to manage our distracting thoughts, we’ve first got to know the beasts we’re trying to appease.  You’ve heard the sage advice about facing our own demons.  While I wouldn’t go so far as to characterize my thoughts as demonic, they sure seem to have a helluva lot to do with “the devil” popping up sometimes.

 

So let’s examine a little further the problem of disruptive thoughts.  Let’s see what other kinds of thoughts and emotions―in addition to worrying about our wagers―might be messing with our concentration, maybe

without our even knowing it.

 

Smile!  It’s a Wonderfully Complex Undersea World of Barely Conscious

Thought Creatures

 

Sometimes as I’m preparing to shoot, I’ll realize that my mind has wandered and grabbed hold of some pretty ridiculous “ideas.”  I usually kind of smile inside because upon realizing I’m distracting myself it’s fairly easy to just gently regain focus.  Realizing what’s going on serves as a kind of anchoring point―a perfect reminder

to relax and get down to business.

 

Other times, however, getting focused can be more of a struggle.  Thoughts sometimes seem to be swimming along without particular form.  I can’t dispense with these thoughts as easily, because I’m not fully aware of them.  Instead, I can just sense that I’m not completely settled in.  And then, once I realize I’ve been half-following a barely conscious, but definitely distracting thought constellation, it seizes the opportunity to suddenly come into full relief and spin itself out of control, taking me along for the ride.  Of course I don’t make quality tosses with such a diffused, distracted, and tentative non-presence of mind.

 

What is it that is so different about the thoughts we can just smile about and forget, compared with the thoughts that succeed in unsettling our concentration?

 

To me, thoughts of every kind seem to be routinely running a very slick under-cover distraction-importing operation.  They want to hijack our concentration but  avoid detection in order to ensure their own survival in spite of our intentions to clear our mind.  And when we resist paying them the attention they seek, they’ll fight for it harder, cloaking themselves with a ferocious quality of absolute urgency and importance.  Naturally, we either accord them our attention at that point, rather than staying focused solely on our toss,

as we’d hoped to do, or else we just feel frustrated knowing we’re subtly distracted.  The nerve of these guys!

 

Our clever minds manufacture all kinds of machinations perfectly suited to calling attention away from what we’re trying to do―which is just toss the dice with an uncluttered mind.  Concentration and intensity tend to “turn up the volume” of everything in the mental landscape.  Learning to navigate a smooth course through the variegated mental substrate that emerges is a challenge unto itself.  As I learned to embrace this mental dynamic more objectively rather than fight it, I began to see and invariably enjoy the irony involved.  So acknowledging pesky thoughts without getting rattled about the momentary distraction they can cause is a key step to reducing their grip, and easing ourselves back on track.  

 

I Told You There Was a Party, But Did I Mention It Was a Masquerade?

 

Here are some of the thought-creatures that emerged in surprisingly vivid and sometimes amusing contours

as I first began focusing with more intensity on every toss.  Maybe some of them will seem familiar to you.

 

  • First, there’s the Meticulous Instructor, the quintessential distracter because of the utter relevance of what he’s always talking about.  He’s got plenty of experience and lots of good ideas.  I trust his advice.  “Not too much backspin.  Don’t over correct.  Square it up.  Remember your follow through.  Lock on the target.  Visualize your trajectory.”  The problem is that while my Instructor is busy reviewing shot-making perfection, I can’t just toss.

 

  • There’s the over-eager kid, full of vim and vigor―and performance anxiety.  “I hope my shot is on. 

          Okay, think positive, I just won’t mess up.  Here goes.”   With this attitude, no wonder the Kid strikes

          out swinging on three pitches to end the inning with the bases loaded, every time.

 

  • Then there’s the Showoff, exhorting anyone within earshot to “get a load of this.”  He’s talented, and he knows it.  He’ll show us how it’s done.  “You want a hard eight, pal?  I’ll roll you a hard eight.”  How his head swells when I hit one of “his” shots.  Bravado may feel like it’s helping, but it’s a monumental distraction from where our focus needs to be.

 

  • And there’s the Banker that Maddog mentioned.  He’s all business, and has only our best interests in mind.  “What about all that dough on the outside?  Maybe we should’ve pulled back before this shot.  But then, we could really use a nice win here―to make up for last night.”  As we all know, thinking about our wagering, or bankroll, or earlier sessions can be among the most difficult of distractions to overcome.

 

  • Oops, let’s not forget mom and dad―or is it our spouse, or a teacher or some other “role model.”  Especially if we’re falling a little behind―there they are, arms folded, “Tsk, tsk!  Why do we waste our time like this?  Consorting with ne’er-do-wells, pursuing such nebulous dreams.  Surely, ruin is lying

          in wait.”

 

  • Here’s a tricky one.  It’s taken a real effort to realize that even my thoughts about the mental game―and about expressing my thoughts about the mental game―are all just another clever gambit

          of my thinking mind, trying desperately to gain sway as I try instead to focus solely on shooting.  If

          you’ve ever thought about a trip or practice report while tossing, you know exactly what I mean.

 

  • And the Obsessive Narcissist.  This chump seems to think the world revolves only around him; every little thing gets him totally bent.  From grim-faced dealers to the antics of other players, from the color and finish of the dice to the style of the music in the lounge; he’s so focused on finding something to make excuses about, he’s never comfortable.  Just try shooting with this guy hanging around your neck.

 

Uninvited thoughts.  The ”crap” between our ears.  It’s a bit of a paradox, but I found that my initial efforts to increase my focus just on shooting ended up increasing my awareness of the very kinds of thoughts and emotions I wanted to keep from intruding on my game.  It was that increased awareness, however, that seemed to eventually open the door to more relaxed and consistent shooting.  As I became more familiar

with my own resistance, it became manageable, and my shooting improved in ways I’d earlier only hoped for.

Inconsistent physical skill is the result we should expect if spurious thoughts and their emotional charge are allowed to steal the upper hand and muddy up the ecology of our DI mindset.  It’s especially true if we’re just so laissez-faire that we don’t even realize how they’re affecting our shooting.

 

Next time around, we’ll look at a number of things some shooters have reported helping them to achieve a quiet, shooter’s mind.  I’ll describe a method or two I’ve found helpful for jump-starting the process right at

the practice rig.  We’ll further consider how mental convergence leads to skill emergence.

 

In the meantime, if your dice game already has you hearing voices, don’t worry.  You might not really be losing your mind.  It may just be the storm before the calm.

 

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 Shooting From The Don’ts…A Journey of Opportunity - Part 11
by the Mad Professor

 

I made an informal pact with a group of players who frequent the small tribal casinos of Northern Michigan

and Wisconsin.  We agreed not to openly trumpet just how incredibly good the tables are in these known-only-to-a-few gaming-houses, if everyone in the group agrees to strictly keep their betting-levels within the

tight win-tolerance comfort-level confines that these Indian casinos operate under.

 

As such, I’ll keep the details about the outstanding playing-conditions in Northern Michigan and Wisconsin

to an absolute minimum, and instead focus on the technical aspects of how and why Darkside-shooting

can be incredibly lucrative with less effort and less actual “influence” to accomplish the same or better

profit-objectives than Rightside-shooting requires.

 


Your Source of Influence Is Also Your Source of Profit

 

At its most elemental source, dice-influencing is all about affecting the number of 7’s versus the number

of other non-7 outcomes that you produce. 

 

      Ø    The Rightside-shooter wants to produce less 7’s and more non-7 outcomes during his point-cycle;

             thereby putting his Do-side bets into positive-expectation territory.

 

Ø    On the flip-side, the Darkside-shooter wants to produce more 7’s and less of the other numbers

       during his point-cycle; thereby putting his Don’t-side wagers into positive-expectation territory.

 

The Darksider’s contrarian perspective actually has a pretty strong advantage-play rationale:

 

Ø     If you can influence the dice at all; then why not influence the one number that is already

       dominant over all the other possible outcomes?

 

Ø     The 7 is the only number that fits that requirement.

 

Ø     The 7 requires the least amount of influence to increase its appearance-rate the most

 

Ø     Again, no other single number fits that requirement better; so why not put it to work for you

       instead of continually fighting against it?


Darkside-shooting can be the quickest and most efficient route to consistent advantage-play profit.

 

Ø     It is far easier and much quicker to become proficient and profitable as a Darkside-shooter than

       it is to get everything right and steadily advantageous as a Rightsider.


Shooting FOR The Seven

 

As an advantage-player, you always have to be asking yourself, "Where will my betting-dollars do the most

good and provide the best return-on-investment?"


In many cases, especially for the modestly skilled dice-influencer, the answer invariably comes back to

Darkside-shooting. 

 

Ø     As a Rightsider, we try to broaden and increase our Sevens-to-Rolls Ratio (SRR) when

       we are shooting.

 

Ø     As a Darksider, we try to narrow and decrease our Sevens-to-Rolls Ratio (SRR).

 

Ø     As our Darkside SRR decreases, our chances of intentionally rolling a hand-winning 7-Out

       during the point-cycle, increases.

 

Ø     As a Rightsider, we use certain dice-sets to stave off the 7 during our point-cycle (post

       Come-Out) shooting.

 

Ø     Meanwhile, the Darksider usually uses a different dice-set that assists his effort to hasten

        the appearance of a 7-Out winner.

 

A dice-influencer who has already validated his level of Precision-Shooting skill as a Rightsider, can easily

transpose and convert that skill into Darkside shooting.

 

This equivalency chart shows how easily 7-avoidance is convertible into a 7-supportive scenario:

 

Rightside-to-Darkside Skill Conversion

Rightside SRR-Rate

SRR

6

SRR

6.5

SRR

7

SRR

7.5

SRR

8

Darkside SRR-Rate

SRR

6

SRR

5.5

SRR

5

SRR

4.5

SRR

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

The skill that it takes to produce a Do-side SRR of 1:8 is exactly the same skill that it takes to produce a Don’t-side SRR of 1:4.

 

Let me express this another way:

 

Ø     If you have a Rightside point-cycle SRR of 1:8 and you still find it difficult to avoid the 7; imagine

       what it would be like if you took that exact same toss-dynamics influencing skill to intentionally

       produce more 7’s…to the tune of an average of nine 7’s per thirty-six outcomes. 

 

The upside is that the Don’t-sider only has to influence ONE number (the 7) to get to the honey-pot of profit, while the Do-sider with multiple bets on the layout usually has to influence several numbers and often has

to hit them multiple times just to break-even.

 

Take a look at how the number of 7’s increases as we use our dice-influencing skills to intentionally lower

our Sevens-to-Rolls Ratio:

 

Sevens Appearance Rate

Appearance Ratio

SRR

6

SRR

5.5

SRR

5

SRR

4.5

SRR

4

Probability

per-roll

16.67%

18.19%

20.00%

22.22%

25.00%

7’s-per-36

6

6.55

7.2

8

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Rightsiders fear the point-cycle 7; Darksiders embrace it.  If you think the 7 has a dominance against

a random-roller at a per-roll expectancy of 16.67%; imagine the impact it would have if you converted your

Rightside SRR-8 shooting into a one-7-in-every-four-rolls (25%) SRR-4 Dark-betting juggernaut.

 

Ø     The Darkside possibilities of taking the random appearance-rate from six 7’s and increasing it

        by 50% to nine 7’s looks downright mouth-watering from an advantage-players perspective.

 

Ø     When a Precision-Shooter uses his dice-influencing skills to encourage and increase the

        occurrence-rate of the 7; he is taking an already dominant number and making it even better. 

 

To my mind, if you take the single strongest number on a pair of dice and add just a little bit of positive

influence to it; then you are working with the strongest bet on the table, bar none.

 

 

Roll-Duration Accretion-Rate

 

On the Rightside, our SRR-rate determines our per-roll probability of rolling a 7-out.  Even though our

roll-to-roll skill remains fairly constant, the ever-present 7 has a direct and over-riding effect on our

actual roll-duration. 

 

Ø     We measure the cumulative effect of the 7 as the roll-duration “decay-rate”. 

 

Ø     As Rightsiders, we can use that decay-rate to determine the optimal bet-reduction trigger point

       for regression-style wagering where we reduce our large initial bet down to a smaller one, thereby

       locking up a profit. 

 

Ø     Likewise as Darkside-shooters, our chances of throwing a 7-Out also INCREASES as our

        point-cycle roll progresses…and for us, that’s a good thing.  In this case, the decay-rate

        actually works in our favor, so the more we can help it along, the better.

 

Ø     As much as Rightsiders want to avoid the 7 during the point-cycle portion of their hand;

       Darksiders want to hasten and encourage it’s appearance. 

 

When viewed on a per-roll basis, the random-rolling SRR-6 shooter has a 16.67% chance of a 7 showing

up during any given single roll.  However, we also know that the domination of the 7 is such that long hands

are the exception rather than the rule.  That’s why long rolls are so darn memorable.

 

On a per-roll basis, the chance of a random 7 showing up remains locked in at exactly 16.67% on each

and every roll; however the CUMULATIVE roll-ending effect of such a dominant number means that for

each subsequent roll when it doesn’t show up…the chances of it showing up increases with each and

every subsequent toss after that during a given hand. 

 

This approach has nothing to do with due-number theory and everything to do with the math of the game,

the law of large-numbers, the cumulative probability of occurrence and the sheer power of one dominant

number over all of the other possible outcomes.

 

It takes very little influence to intentionally tip the 7 more in your favor…and in doing so we can derive all

kinds of profit from it.

 

Whether you like it or not, and regardless of your SRR-rate, your chances

of hitting a 7-Out increases with every subsequent point-cycle roll. 

 

Again, your per-roll chances of throwing a 7 is dictated by your Sevens-to-Rolls Ratio and that per-roll

number remains perfectly static; however the cumulative effect of a string of non-7 outcomes, means

that the accretive (accumulating) rate of a 7 occurring, significantly increases with every subsequent

non-7 outcome.

 

For example, if you graphed your point-cycle roll duration, you would see that the number of your hands

that last 3-rolls outnumber the ones that last 10-rolls, but the 10-roll hands far outpace the ones that last

30-rolls, however the 30-roll hands far outpace your point-cycle hands that last for 100-rolls.  That in a nutshell, is HOW the cumulative power of the over-riding 7 affects roll-duration regardless of your SRR-rate.

 

As a result, the Rightsiders who recognize how certain betting-methods can profitably harness the power of even the most modest dice-influencing skills despite the SRR-indicative roll-duration decay-rate (as

chronicled in the ongoing 18-part Regression Avoids Depression series) learn to profitably live with it;

while Do-siders who don’t recognize or harness it, continually moan about the disconnect between their

shooting-skill and their retained profit.

 

In that same vein, Darksiders who recognize and properly harness their dice-influencing proficiency love

how the cumulative accretion of expected 7’s turns the SRR-indicative roll-duration decay-rate into an

undisputable money-maker.

 

A Darkside dice-influencer simply forces that already-dominant number to become

EVEN MORE DOMINANT; and as a consequence, profitably exploitable 7-Out

results follow.

 

So instead of negatively looking at this as a roll-duration “decay-rate” as is done on the Rightside; we as Darksiders, more appropriately look at our intentional sub-random performance as an “accretion-rate”

where our chances of rolling a 7-Out during the point-cycle mathematically accumulates on each

subsequent non-7 outcome.

 

Again, the per-roll chances of rolling a 7 is indicated by our SRR-rate, and that percentage-of-occurrence stays steady

on any given roll that you make.  However, the totality of a 7-Out is measurable over the entire expected duration of a dice-influenced hand and as you’ll see in a moment, that number is FAR from static.

 

Take a look at the already validated accumulative effect that the 7 has on a random shooters roll-duration

and compare it to how the 7’s appearance rate is incrementally accelerated by even the most modest of positive dice-influencing inducement:

 

 

Darkside-Shooting

Sevens Accretion-Rate

Point-Cycle

Roll Count

SRR

6

SRR

5.5

SRR

5

SRR

4.5

 

SRR

4

1

16.67%

18.19%

20.00%

22.22%

25.00%

2

19.45%

21.50%

24.00%

27.16%

31.25%

3

22.69%

25.41%

28.80%

31.19%

39.06%

4

26.47%

30.03%

34.56%

40.57%

48.83%

5

30.89%

35.49%

41.47%

49.58%

61.04%

6

36.04%

41.95%

49.77%

60.60%

76.30%

7

42.04%

49.58%

59.72%

74.06%

95.37%

8

49.05%

58.60%

71.66%

90.52%

119.21%

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9

57.23%

69.26%

86.00%

110.63%

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10

66.77%

81.86%

103.20%

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11

77.90%

96.75%

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12

90.88%

114.35%

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13

106.03%

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As each rolls proceeds without a 7, there is less and less chance that the 7 will stay away.  As a Rightsider that isn’t so great, but as a Darkside-shooter, that can be a VERY lucrative thing. 

 

As I said, though the per-roll chance of a 7 showing up always remains exactly the same at 1-in-6 (16.67%) for a random-roller or 1-in-4 (25%) for a SRR-4 shooter; the accumulative effect that it has on roll-duration is absolutely unmistakable. 

 

The profitable Darkside exploitation of these incrementally accelerated expected-7’s by even the most modest dice-influencing efforts is something that an ever-increasing number of advantage-players no

longer ignore.

 

Simply stated…

 

Cumulative probability outweighs individual roll-expectation.

  

“We’re Not In Detroit Anymore Toto”

 

Once you venture out of the urban milieu of Motown, the softer, bucolic side of Michigan prevails.  Most

of this state’s casinos are north of Detroit…and some of them are waaaaay north, to the tune of

~400 miles north of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  That approximates the distance between Dallas and

Jackson, MS, or Los Angeles to San Francisco, or Knoxville to Charleston, SC, or Omaha to St. Paul.

 

Although some substantial driving distances are involved when traveling between all of these far-flung

gaming-outposts; to my mind, the effort is definitely worth it.  A tour of all thirteen MI casinos (where

craps is currently available) involves a bit of logistical planning.  I temporarily suspended my cross-

continent Darkside journey after the Detroit/Windsor leg in order to take care of Ms. MP and to

better organize the Michigan, Wisconsin, and Manitoba segment.

 

Without having to deal with the Eight Mile Road BLT-posse (“born losers with a twenty”) that populate the

Detroit casinos during certain hours; the Indian casinos of Michigan can focus on offering outstanding

customer service and equally outstanding dice-shooting conditions.  I promised not to say that it’s a

dice-influencers paradise…so I won’t.

 

Though the upper betting-limits at these Native casinos may not always be as high as one might want;

the more frequent shooting opportunities afforded by the dealers not having to book anywhere from 30 to

110 hop-bets before each and every roll of the dice (as they frequently do in Detroit) definitely makes

a huge difference in game-pace and shooting rhythm.  Added to the fact that their tables are generally

uncrowded at most hours, I had plenty of shooting opportunities on an around-the-clock basis.

 

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Here’s the Briefest of Brief Summaries of the Non-Detroit Michigan Casinos:
by the Mad Professor


Leelanua Sands Resort and Turtle Bay Casino in the middle of the Traverse Bay area are both operated

by the Grand Traverse Band.  The table at TBC may not be open until 12-noon during the week, but hums

24 hours-a-day on the weekend.  LSR has one particular table that rivals some of the most consistently

exploitable layouts that I’ve ever played on.


Ojibway Casino Marquette and Ojibway Casino Baraga both offer 5x odds with a $2-$200 limit.  The

crews are not as skilled as some of the other casinos in MI, but their good attitude more than makes up

for any shortcomings.  All I’m going to say about their tables is that I LOVE them!

 
Bay Mills Casino in Brimley is right on the waterfront and offers a $5 game with 10x-Odds, however, your

max flat-bet is topped out at $100.  Comps are fairly easy to get for low-to-medium green-chip action, and

causes absolutely no heat or looks of concern from the pit.  There aren’t any high-end restaurants in Bay

Mills, but their lower-end Diner, Grille and Café provide passable offerings.


Chip-In Island Resort in Harris has two craps tables (one stand-up tub and one 16-footer) that are usually

set at the $2, $3, or $5-minimum/3x-Odds/$200 max-bet mark, but they only open around 11 am during

the week.  Their Island Club players card offers the usual food, lodging and entertainment comps, along

with same-day free gas comps and extremely generous mail-out cash vouchers. 

 

Little River Casino in Manistee has a $5 to $500 game going most of the time, although if one or both

of their two 14-foot tables are standing empty, they will often lower one to $2 or $3 if you ask nicely. The

free-Odds situation at LRC is a little quirky.  You are allowed 5x-Odds on flat PL-wagers up to $100.  Past

that point, your free-odds are limited to 2x. They have a palatable enough range of food offerings that are

all compable for mid-level play, as is their lodge-style hotel.

 

Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant has an exquisite mini-tub table that has to be seen and played

to be believed.  I encountered no heat, no concern, and no problem in using this table numerous times as

my personal cash-register during the three-and-a-half-weeks that I spent on the Michigan leg of my

Darkside journey.


Victories Casino in Petoskey has one table, and although the casino itself opens at 8 a.m., the table

doesn't usually open until a little later.  Their Bakinaage Players Club is more generous than I ever

anticipated, and their dining options, although severely limited in scope, are outstanding in quality. 

 

I found the table was initially a little tough to get dialed in on.  To be fair though, I had spent the

better part of a morning man-handling a new set of Scorpion 345/60’s for the LM002, so

transitioning to lightly and accurately throwing the dice took a little bit of re-acclimation.

 

Kewadin Sault Ste. Marie requires a surprisingly low play-threshold to snag a run-of-the-mill hotel room

comp, while sustained green-chip play will bump you up to a Jacuzzi suite.  Their Northern Rewards

players card is of the cross-property type, which means you can use the comps you’ve earned at

one Kewadin casino, at any of their other four properties. 

 

Kewadin St. Ignace offers 10x-Odds just like the other three Kewadin casinos that offer craps (the two

Kewadin casinos in Christmas and Hessel do not currently offer craps).  Their almost famous Lakefront

Inn may not look like anything from the outside, but the actual guest-rooms that overlook the water are

downright inspirational, with stone fireplaces, walk-out balconies, and views that stir the soul. 

 

Please Note…

 

The three Kewadin casinos that I played at all offer exceptional shooting conditions, and as with the other

Indian casinos of Michigan, there is absolutely no heat or pit-concern as long as your betting-levels are

kept within reason (green-chip play with $25 PL w/10x-Odds and up to $330-Inside or $390/$405-Across

for Rightsiders, and $75 DP w/12x-Odds for Darksiders); and within their win-tolerance comfort-level

(<$1500 per session/no more than one max-win session per day, or <$500 per session/no more than

three sessions per day).

 

Kewadin Manistique does not have its own hotel, but there are four or five nearby motels that are

compable through your casino host; however be forewarned that we are talking about Comfort Inn/Budget

Inn type accommodation.  The Kewadin tribe is also the owner/operator group of Greektown Casino

in Detroit.

 

Lac Vieux Desert Casino in Watersmeet has a couple of low-limit tables that are almost always open

24 hours a day during the tourist season, but whose operating hours fluctuate in the off-season.  LVD

has very limited weekday food choices.  You can expect a steady stream of mail-out room comps for

their Dancing Eagles Resort (which is really just a tarted-up motel) for minimal play.

 

There are another dozen or so casinos in Michigan that DO NOT currently offer craps, and therefore I

didn’t visit any of them during ~25 days of Michigan play.

 

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Long-Table to Short-Table to Long-Table Shooting Adjustments

 by the Mad Professor

 

The number of excellent tub-tables in Northern Michigan is slowly increasing, while the number of tubs,

mini-tables and sit-down Crapshooter™ layouts in Las Vegas is quickly shrinking. 

 

My fifteen-part Mini-Table Craps Tour With The Vegas Ghost chronicles all of those LV tables both

past and present.  More importantly though, that series is filled with tips, pointers and all kinds of effective

advice about getting the best dice-influencing results possible from small tables. 

 

It covers everything from dicesetting even where it is strictly prohibited, to betting in proportion to each

casinos bet-tolerance and win-tolerance limits, how to adjust your toss-dynamics to best suit short

throwing distances, and much, much more.  However, the one thing that it doesn’t include, is how to

rapidly adjust from shooting at short tables and then immediately switching to long tables and vice

versa.

 

Since a growing number of North MI casinos have a mini-tub and a longer 12, 14, or 16-foot table too,

you never know in advance which one will be open and which one won’t.  Now you can call the table-games

pit in advance like I do to find out which is available at various times of the day or night, but I also

recommend practicing and preparing your shooting for both mini and maxi sizes just in case the situation

changes in the interim, as it often does.

 

I recommend doing some pre-casino warm-ups by shooting from the most likely tub-distances of 3.00,

3.75 and 4.50-feet, and then switching to normal-tables distances of 6.00, 6.75, and 7.50-feet. 

 

Ø     Once I dial my shooting in from the shorter distances, I like to throw perhaps a dozen or so

       more tosses, and then switch over to the longer expanse. 

 

Ø     Then, when I’ve got my shooting on track for the longer distances, I switch back to the

        shorter ones. 

 

Ø     By swapping throwing-distances back and forth, I am able to improve and transfer my toss-

       dynamic malleability to various table lengths much more easily, especially when I walk into

       a casino that has two very distinct table-sizes.

 

Ø     Equally, this warm-up is a tremendous help when your favorite table-position is not available.

       You can develop this to the point where no table-position is “out of position” for you or your skills.

 

Ø     This exercise combines physical adaptability with psychological conditioning.  The more

        confidence you have in various-length throws, the better able you are to concentrate on making

        each throw the best throw that it can be.

 

Ø     Increased skill-validated shooting-confidence means increased dice-influenced profits.

 

Darksiders who recognize and properly harness their dice-influencing proficiency love how the cumulative

accretion of expected 7’s turns the SRR-indicative roll-duration decay-rate into an undisputable money-

maker; and the more table-size lengths that you can do that at, the more you’ll be able to take advantage

of it.

 

By mildly influencing the already-dominant 7, the Darkside-shooter takes a strong number and makes it

even stronger. By fully recognizing the “accretion-rate” (where his chances of rolling a 7-Out during the

point-cycle mathematically accumulates on each subsequent non-7 outcome); he puts himself into a

more accessible position to take profitable advantage of his D-I skills than a comparably proficient

Rightsider can.

 

We’ll explore this phenomenon quite a bit more as we motor into the dairyland state of Wisconsin. 

I hope you’ll join me for that.  Until then, Good Luck & Good Skill at the Tables…and in Life.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Mad Professor

 

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