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Date November/ December 2007
In This Edition:
A Word From Soft Touch
From the Editor
Looking for an Exit...
Relax Your Brain
Queen Bee's Buzz...
A Labor of Love...
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Soft Touch Say's
I have often heard it
said that with a winner’s attitude, a player really can’t lose. And, I
have often noticed that all the big winning players I have had the
pleasure of meeting, without exception, play with a will to win.
It has always been my
intention to inspire those players I come to meet through my sessions,
workshops and through the internet to be committed to acquiring a winning
attitude before they proceed to the casino.
I often find players
losing sight of the fact that casino craps is, very simply, a game to be
played, not a battle to be won. Craps is just a game and to win
consistently, a player must understand what makes the craps game a game,
learn this game’s real purpose and understand the rules.
For me, the game’s real
purpose has everything to do with self discovery. Sure there’s the “I
want to make money” angle and money is the energy we use to buy
experiences. Still, I will always maintain that players learn about who
they truly are by the actions they take and their response to those
actions played out at the table. How we respond to the results of our
gaming choices and/or strategy is where our discovery of self begins.
So, who do you think you
are when you are playing your game? Understand that we become who we are
at the table by what we think we are at the table. Do you actually believe
you are a winner every time you enter a game? Or, do you walk up to a
table using hope as a strategy for winning? You have to know that those
motivated by hope often never win. “Hope is not a strategy for winning”
is what you will often hear the Dice Coach say when interacting with his
students. I agree whole heartedly with him. And, if it is money through
craps that you desire, then, the reality is that a player must have a
winner’s attitude to get that winning result.
The real rules, aside
from the “how to play the game” rules have everything to do with who we
believe we are when we approach the craps table. And, our choices and
actions will create the reality of who we believe we are. I believe we
will always automatically enter games, play with people, live experiences
that will support who we believe we are at the table. This is the attitude
we bring to our craps game.
In essence, in a much
broader sense, winning has everything to do with really understanding
these two principles that make up your attitude about the game before even
learning how go through the motions of playing this game.
In our newsletters, our
contributors share their views about the game of craps. In sharing those
views, a player should come to understand that this game can be played on
many levels. Mastering this game has much to do with helping each other
understand the many dimensions of the game and understanding the essence
of what the game represents to each individual experiencing it. Helping
each other understand that each session is an adventure and as we begin
each new session, we must begin with total confidence, with the will to
win, and a winner’s attitude.
Think back to the last
time you won big at the tables. I am sure you will find that you began
and played through that session with the confidence and knowing you had
the session won before you realized it.
And if you failed, I
think you will find that you may have begun your session with a great deal
of hope and desire, yet lacked the will to win as the essential element
required. You may have justified your loss with the all too common
response of, “well, I tried.”
To those players that
utilize the “I tried” excuse, I respectfully feel that it is a logical way
for someone who is using hope as a strategy. My mentors have taught me “it
is impossible to win while trying not to fail.” A change in your point of
view about losing circumstances is all that is needed to change your game.
As our holiday season
approaches, we often take the time to reflect on our experiences in and
out of the casino, As a player, do your self a favor and reflect on your
answers to the following questions:
If craps is just a game,
why am I not having fun? How often am I really winning in this game?
Lastly, how much more would I enjoy this game if I were actually playing
at it as if it were a game? Your answers will confirm what the game means
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Looking for an Exit… From the Castle
One of my early lessons about casino games
came from my mentor Stuart Wilde. The lesson was simple enough, “know your
way around the casino”. It, however, contains five sub-parts; know the
location of the game, the cashier, the restroom, the bar, and the exit.
The five parts aren’t necessarily listed in any order of importance.
However, sometimes it is cheaper to skip the game and buy a drink at the
bar. Did you ever play a tough game, and end up paying $177 for two beers?
It was maybe three years ago; I was having
a drink with the Dice Coach at Green Valley Ranch, after playing
blackjack. We did okay in the session and I was first to color up, calling
it quits. Dice Coach wanted to know why I left the game when I did. My
reply went something like this, “I am looking for reasons to leave a game.
Reasons to continue to play should be obvious enough.” I don’t recall now
what it was, but something happened in the game that tipped me off that it
was time to leave. Dice Coach confirmed that the game deteriorated after I
left the game.
Have a look at “Today’s Wisdom”,
following this article. This short excerpt may be the best strategy in or
out of a casino. I thought I might dissect the lesson, as I understand it,
and explain how it can apply to gaming.
What is your motivation for playing a
What is your level of commitment?
What do you really want as the end
The answers will vary from player to
player, so what is the point here? Self-awareness happens by answering the
questions. Take some time now to come up with your honest answers to the
three questions above. As easy as it may appear, once you set upon the
task, it might take you to a deeper understanding of yourself as a player.
Figuring out your motivation may evade you at first, when it comes down to
writing it out in words. Oh sure, “to win money” is most likely to be the
number one reason. But is it really? Scrape away the warm and fuzzy
obvious answer and dig down a little more to uncover the inner reasons for
why you play.
Your level of commitment is equal to your
intestinal fortitude. Do you have what it takes? Do you want to expend
what is necessary to succeed? For example, what does it really take to
become a skilled dice influencer? How many hours of practice and casino
play will it take to master the skill? The answer will not be the same for
each player because we all have different abilities, understandings and
conceptions. The universal answer could be, “I will do whatever it takes
to achieve my goal.” The hitch is that complete commitment is lacking in
our culture. The tendency is to quit before achieving success and end
up settling for less. Sometimes we settle for less out of boredom, but
mostly I feel it is from past conditioning that it is okay to do less than
our best. Excellence is admired, but mediocrity is almost the standard and
norm. So, without 100% commitment to a goal, it is more likely to fail
than it is to succeed. Since failure is familiar, and we are use to it, we
accept it. Oh, well!
Is winning the answer, or is the goal to
just to have a good time? Wanting to win, in itself, is not enough.
Wanting lacks intention. It can be negative yearning, which actually
pushes the goal away. Having a good time is easy enough for us to justify
and write off with acceptance. At least I had fun… losing. In the end,
when playing a zero sum game with the odds against you winning, answering
the third question makes it as tough to be honest. What do you really
want as the end result?
The “Quickening”, as it is referred to,
has to do with sharpening your senses and your perception of reality. It
takes practice, patience and a level of commitment. The “Quickening” is
similar to learning a new language or perhaps playing a musical
instrument. It is through the speeding up of your etheric, that you are
able to touch into other dimensions and perceive information. Your
learning curve quickens with practice after achieving a certain amount of
Chasing a game, moving casino-to-casino is
expending energy. It may be necessary, in order to find the right game,
but you must be aware that you are burning energy in the pursuit of the
right path. For those of you familiar with my strategies, you may be
wondering if this is contradicting what I have said about hunting the
game, it is not. I am clarifying that, although it is important to
position yourself in a “best scenario” situation, you may burn energy in
the process. Consider this as a caution note. As you use up your energy
looking for a game, you may become frustrated finding no game, and you
chose to play just the same. The decision to play happens out of
frustrating and a feeling helplessness. Discipline is lost and
inefficiency sets in as a result. All that you know about using energy is
discarded and you play, simply because of wanting to play. (Check
what you wrote down for your motivation to play.) Playing desperate,
playing tired playing to play, because you want to, will usually end up
with you in “poverty and struggle”.
This leads me back to the opening of the
article, which speaks about the exit. It is easy enough to look
down at your chips and see that you are winning. When you are winning, it
is like “easy money”. Everything you do is working and paying off just
fine. The reason I am always on guard for the exit is to protect my
winning session. One of my many goals for a game is to keep as much
of the money won from the game as I possibly can. I play for that
challenge, keeping the money. I am not keen on losing half of what
I have won by continuing to play long after “the game” is done. It is not
my goal to write in my journal, “I could have won more if I had quit at
the right time.” Like following the stock market, I want to get in low and
sell at the top. Being on guard for the time to exit supports my
goal for keeping what I have won. It is my motivation and commitment to be
on the alert for any subtle shifts in the energy that provide me with a
hint to exit.
When it comes to gambling, anyone,
anytime, can walk up and play any game. When it comes to capturing the
castle, it is not just about the attack, it is about making it to the exit
with full pockets.
Copyright ©2007 Michel Vernon
for his books.
Stuart Wilde - Life Was Never Meant To Be
Am I trying to Capture a Castle I
Don't Really Need or Want?
"What is your motivation for taking action?
What is the level of your commitment and do you actually want the end result?
For example, are you dating the brother so that you can be close to the man
you actually love? Is it worth the effort or is there a simpler way?
In the five-day intensives called
"The Warrior's Wisdom" that we put on in Taos, New Mexico, we have a
section called the "Quickening". In it you learn to speed up your etheric
energy and to evaluate your every move in light of results and of the speed at
which things materialize in your life.
Expending energy in a wasteful way is the
road to poverty and struggle. One gets bogged down in one's own inefficiency
and eventually one's life becomes an affirmation of helplessness.
Remember, most of the paths you will be
offered are totally inappropriate for you. At every turn give yourself five
good reasons for saying no. And while walking into a relationship or project
look for the exit."
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Relax Your Brain
"Coach, I practice, practice and do even more practice. I feel good while
practicing and my dice look good, landing softly at the end of the table right
where they should. My SRR (seven to roll ratio) is 8.5/1 during practice, but
when I go to the casino I am having problems making money."
This is a common problem and one I often hear. We can master the correct
mechanics, the grips, and all the things that go along with a correct dice toss,
including correct money management and discipline, but something happens during
live play that sabotages our game.
The change from our own practice environment where we have no real monies at
risk, to the casino environment, has everything to do with our mind-set. Our
focus changes and we begin to think too much about our mechanics, our
strategies, and the money on the table. Too often we are our own worst enemies
when we arrive at the tables.
Try to relax and clear your mind. Focus only on the box numbers right in front
of you. Think about the numbers and visualize hitting those numbers. Bet in your
comfort zone and as you focus on the numbers you are hitting, the money will
Look at rhythm rollers at the tables. Not the random shooters, but the rhythm
rollers that pick up the dice the same way, with the same loft, landing in the
same spot each and every time. These players are not worried about anything.
They are not wondering if they are using the right set for the right numbers, -
if their grip is correct, - are the dice splitting. They are just using a
consistent motion for consistent results.
When you get into a rhythm the brain works differently. It switches sides and
goes into a sort of autopilot. You will begin hitting numbers and the money will
come your way.
I have several students who either don't want to put that much time into the
practice, or maybe they don't have the time to practice. They know the proper
mechanics for a correct dice toss, but they also have that carefree attitude.
They do not worry about each and every thing that can go wrong with a toss of
the dice. These students will get into a great rolling rhythm and do very well
in the casino, making money one session after another.
As a precision shooter, you want your practiced skills to become second nature,
but you also want to attain that relaxed state that you see in rhythm rollers.
Try not the "think too muchâ€ť"- just relax and let your practiced skills take
So clear your minds and allow the skills you have learned do the work. Let it
all come naturally and watch your game change for the better.
Have a great new year everyone and let me know how you are doing in the casino.
If you have any questions please let us know by e-mail dicecoachlv@aolcom
And keep sending us your trip reports, they are wonderful!
Beau "Dice Coach" Parker
Queeen Bee's Buz:
I am grateful for all the kind letters I receive. I am
also happy to have cutting edge information reported from our fans. In this
issue Harley Horn of Las Vegas provides us with a heads up about table
conditions. You know, we had lots of discussions on the Dice Setter Forum about
the kinds of things casinos might do to discourage dice influencers. I never
would have imagined the tactic you are about to read, the latest from our man on
I recently found
some new casino countermeasures to keep your dice toss off axis - Wavy Under
Layers at table end beneath the felt:
Four Queens Casino
This Downtown Las Vegas casino has installed washboards in the last 15 inches of
the table ends ....... yes I said washboards - corrugated hard material with
groves that are like mountains and valleys to dice installed under the
microfiber surface and invisible to the eye, but easily felt with your fingers.
On a recent trip to the Tunica Fitz, I found the Fitz craps tables have a
similar, yet different wavy under layer beneath the felt. Again it is invisible,
but your hand can feel a hard corrugated cardboard effect only in the
center of the table (not in front of the hooks) starting about 3 inches from the
back wall and going towards the center at least 3 feet.
In both casinos, these wavy under layer countermeasures will knock your dice off
axis - avoid these goofy tables & have a Winning Time!
Live from Las Vegas, Harley Horn
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