Soft Touch Says
Hello again everyone. Somebody put the brakes on old engine #2013. It
seems as though I was just wishing y'all a happy and prosperous New
Year. My goodness, I feel like Dorothy waking up from her Kansas trip. Was
it just a dream? I think I read somewhere that the world is spinning
just a bit faster. Causing shorter days and longer nights. Oh well, at
least we still have Las Vegas where the lights are always on. Speaking of
which, for those of you planning a Las Vegas holiday vacation, this is one
of my preferred times of the year to visit. After Thanksgiving and before
December 23, the City of Dreams is a wonderful... well, wonderland. The
halls are decked in boughs of holiday spirit, but the swam of gamblers has
yet to arrive. It is kind of like being in the calm before the storm.
Looking at the calendar for this year, the 20th may be the start of
holiday arrivals. Just the same, if it fits for your schedule, I recommend
a holiday trip before the actual holiday. Happy Thanksgiving and Peace on Earth!
Shooting at 45º
I’ve built a practice rig as I live near Mohegan Sun Casino. I understand
dice setting, but I need one question answered. When throwing dice, to
maintain a 45 degree launch, would you say height of throw is height of
arm cushions or lower. Thanks, Art / Taftville, CT
angle of assent should be from the layout surface. Shooting off the deck
gives you several benefits. Just a few listed here.
You have a consistent starting point. A
consistent point of reference .
No matter what position you are
shooting from, you are always starting from the table surface.
Establishes consistency with your form.
You shoot from an anchored position.
Important for hand, eye coordination.
Once you are dialed in, you can use the
same location to begin your toss.
You can observe the alignment of the
dice, each time, before shooting.
You can make last second adjustments if
You can move your launch point forward
or backward in most shooting positions. (Shooting from table end has
From an anchored starting point, you
have more control of the rest of your arm. (hand, wrist, elbow, and
you did not ask, and not to confuse you here, if the 45º toss is working
for you, that’s great. Keep doing it. I do not consider the degree of arc
when I toss. Table conditions vary and dice react differently to various
toss techniques. Forty-five degrees may be too steep and too long of a
drop for example. When shooting closer to the back wall, a lower
trajectory can achieve a softer shot and landing with the dice, for
table end, you have to have more energy on the dice to get them all the
way down to the back wall. See, two different distances and two different
tosses? You need to be able to make adjustments to the table conditions.
Read some of the articles here at DS.com. Also, I listed some
others to read, below.
thing, it is also important for you to observe how your dice fly in the
air. If they are not parallel and not together… that’s how they will
Hey Ed, thanks so
much for your personal response....about dice launch angle...you've won me
to you're site above all others. I live two minutes from Mohegan Sun
Casino in Connecticut. I have been practicing with my rig a couple of
hours a night for a month now. I’m a long time craps player and loser.
Almost no one sets the dice here. I went over the other night just to
observe the game. Most shooters just grabbed the dice, shook’em, and
promptly sevened out!! I've had many rolls of 20's, 30's, and a monster of
52 rolls on my practice table. I think I’ll try it for real next week. I’m
tired of casinos taking my money. Art / Taftville, CT
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