I just re-read your email response in your
March, newsletter and I wanted to thank you for your kind consideration
and sharing your years of experience and knowledge of Craps and Life. The
two are intertwined as one is an extension of the other. Craps is life on
a smaller table as are many things in life we do. I know you are not
making this stuff up as it resonates within me and confirms my own beliefs
about the game. It's like tuning a guitar, one string when in tune will
start to vibrate the next string making the same note. Thank you.
I liked your picture of the Knucklehead as
my brother, Michael, has a 1939 model that he likes to ride to rallies and
proudly stand next to as a "real bike". It's just a little hard to start
sometimes but well worth it once it turns over.
Visualizing your drive to work got me to
thinking, after I chuckled. I had a saying at work to "plan your work and
work your plan". Thinking ahead of time of what you are going to be doing
and then doing it is always a good strategy to employ. There is always
room for flexibility as conditions change but stay with the plan until the
While in college, I used to play pool and I
always played better when I called my pocket. I realize now I was
visualizing my next shot, which pocket the ball was going to drop into and
where the cue ball was going to end up. I also use this technique when
playing a round of golf. I imagine the flight path of my ball and how I am
going to strike the ball to make it travel on that path. And the same goes
for putting. Visualizing the ball dropping into the cup and then doing
it is one of the great thrills of playing golf. There are also many
gut wrenching parts to the game, but that's what keeps me coming back (in
that way it is a lot like Craps:). It's the 5 inches between my ears that
gives me the most problems...lol
But now I want to shift my focus to
something you mentioned in your response about "an intuitive whisper". I
love that phrase and I thank you for sharing it with me as I have heard
that whisper on many occasions and have named it "The Call".
In the early days of my Craps playing, I
would be at the Table and hear the whisper say hard 10. I would not act on
it and just pass it off and then boom...hard ten shows up on the other end
of the table. I would say, wow, why didn't I act on that gift from the
universe? After that experience, I tried to force the whisper by
willing it, but of course, it wouldn't work.
So I became a bit disillusioned about
its reliability and did not listen to it, until one day I was playing at O'Sheas
in Vegas. I was playing at the table right next to the sidewalk and was
standing at the south end of the table.
The shooter was at the other end and the
point was 6. I had some money on the six and the hard six. My wife, Debra,
who was standing behind me, whispered, "Bet on the hard 6." So, I hopped
the hard 6 for $5, just before the stick man pushed the dice to the
shooter. He then threw the dice towards me and they stopped cold on 3 and
3. The table when wild and everyone started asking me if I got the phone
call and I said no, my wife did!
So, Debra and I started talking about how
she knew the hard 6 was coming up and she said it just came into her head
somehow. Clear and early enough for her to tell me about it and for me to
place a bet. We started to talk about it and about being in the
"Moment" or in the "Flow" and wondered if we could deliberately get
into the "Flow" when we wanted?
We came to the realization that it
was sort of gift from the Universe as it doesn't happen all the time and
its predictability is very low. It happens when we are in the "Flow" and
listening. We also have to have the confidence to act on it quickly.
Sometimes we don't have time to place a bet as the stick man has already
passed the dice to the shooter, in those cases, I just smile when the
number is thrown. If the stick man is really fast, then I'll sometimes
throw out a two way hopper, (one bet for me and one for the crew) that
usually brings the dice back to the center of the table! We are
still listening for the intuitive whisper" and being open to its voice,
recognizing it and appreciating it for what it is...a Gift.
I was wondering how often others hear that
"Intuitive Whisper" and is there anything you do to put yourself in a
better frame of mind to be more in touch with those "Whispers" before or
during a game of Craps. I find that those "Whispers" come just before the
dice are rolled so the separation of time is not more than 10 to 20
seconds before the dice are thrown, if that long. Also, do you notice that
the "Intuitive Whisper" comes just when someone else is throwing or when
you are throwing the dice?
Thanks again for allowing me to share
my experience. After writing this little note, I think I'll be changing my
Craps name from the "Dice Whisperer", I appreciate the inspiration.
Right now I'm enjoying this nice quiet
morning with a heavy fog outside and it's dripping on the metal porch
roof, keeping time but not with a regular beat. My dog, Pup Pup, (a 90
pound Catahoula) is under my desk asleep but I think he'll be ready for a
walk soon, as it's one of the highlights of his day, and mine. I've got
about 2 inches of cold coffee in my cup but I'll warm it up after I come
back from the walk.
Take care and enjoy the moment,
The Dice Whisperer