
You
Can’t Shine a CowPatty…or CAN You? When
President Lyndon Johnson used to say… You
Can’t Shine a Cow Patty …it
was LBJ’s inimitable way of saying that if something was a piece of crap…you
could dress it up all you wanted to, and package it all fancy like…but at the end of
the day…it would still be a piece of crap. Today
we are talking about the Iron Cross bettingmethod. It’s
often been said that if used on an “every player, every situation” basis; then
this play is one total piece of crap, and no matter how you try to shine it
up; it still looks like crap, smells like crap and basically remains a piece of crap no
matter what you do with it. The crap part
being that if used in that “every randomroller, every table, every trend”
situation; it is a stonecold loser. Under
those allencompassing conditions, I have to agree with that brutal assessment. On an “every player, every
situation” basis, the Iron Cross IS a piece of crap!
Period! Many
people think the Iron Cross (also known as the Umbrella or Anythingbut7
Method) is a cow patty that you are wasting your time on if you try to shine it up into
something it’s not. That’s
where I disagree. In
fact, for a semitalented PrecisionShooter, the Iron Cross can be one heck of a strong
and powerful play. Let’s
find out if I’m on the right track, and if we can indeed put a high shine on this meadow
mine of bettingmethods. If
You Need a Primer… I’ll
assume that you already know how the Anything But 7, Iron Cross is supposed to work, and
why it looks so good on paper when you compare the 30:6 ratio of hitstolosses. I’ll also assume that you understand why it
is generally regarded as a piece of fly covered crap when applied to random rollers on a
wholesale basis. If
not, I will point you in the direction of Irishsetters
Betting Strategies page, where you’ll find an excellent little primer
on what the Iron Cross/Anything but 7 (aka “Umbrella Method”) is. The
Validity of the Iron Cross
If
we agree that the Iron Cross when used on every randomroller, and in every tabletrend
situation; is a stonecold loser…can we also agree that in the hands of an
accomplished dicesetter, the IC holds tremendous profitpotential? Let
me make a statement, then I’ll back it up with proof: If
used by a skilled PrecisionShooter with a verified, but still modest advantage, the
IronCross can be an OUTSTANDING moneymaker. Here’s
why: If
a moderatelyskilled and bankrolled player has an SRR of 8:1 while using the X6
(crossedsix set) during his Pointcycle; a modified Iron Cross (as set out below)
should generate about $8 per roll. That's
not $8 per hand, that's $8 per ROLL. Can
I make myself any clearer…that’s $8 on average every time the dice leave his
hand, and that’s with a very modest SRR of 8:1 (with the X6 set) and an equally
modest starting bankroll. If
all of this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because we discussed this in one of my
recent articles. To refresh your memory,
here's a cut and paste section out of my The When,
Where, Why, What and How of Signature Numbers  Part Four article which
explains how to capitalize on that advantage in a little more detail: Ø We’ll assume you are at a $5
table allowing 3x, 4x, 5x, Odds. Ø If your Pass Line bet is one of your
Top Four SignatureNumbers, you’ll back it up with maxOdds; otherwise you’ll
only wager 1xOdds (if any at all). Ø Given that CrossedSix (X6) set; the
InsideNumbers (5, 6, 8 & 9) constitute 50% of your onaxis probabilities, while Field
Numbers (2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 & 12) also constitute 50% of the onaxis probabilities.
There is an overlap/overlay on the “9” which holds a place of honor in both
categories. The “7” makes up for that overlap with it’s own 2outof16
(1:8) probability. Ø In that case, a strong argument could be made for the following bet:
o $25 Placebet on the 5.
o $30 each Placebet on the 6 & 8.
o $30 bet on the Field. Ø With an SRR of 8:1, this yields an expected ~$8.12 profit per roll.
You’ll
notice that there is nothing fancy, exotic or unduly risky about those bets that I just
mentioned. You’ll notice that they don’t require quadruple parlays or
powerpresses. In fact, all it requires is nice, steady tossing on your part, and enough
turns with the dice to make it worth your while on an hourly basis (depending on how often
you get your hands on the cubes). Now
here is my question for you: How
much soloshooting or frequentshooting should you be seeking out, versus the time and
money that you spend betting on randomrollers in your pursuit of profit? That
being the case; If
your current SRR is at or near 8:1, yet your average netprofit per roll isn’t in
line with those numbers (or isn’t in proportion with the size of your current average
bets); then it ISN’T your shooting that is holding you back, IT IS YOUR BETTING. Okay,
since there’s been a lot of recent interest in the Iron Cross (in the hands of a
skilled shooter), it deserves a closer examination. A
Behind The Scenes Look at This MoneyMaker
To
show you WHY this method (as SPECIFICALLY set out above) works so profitably for a
PrecisionShooter with a modest SRR of 8:1 while using the X6 set for his Pointcycle
roll; we have to take a look at HOW the money is actually made: Let’s
ignore for a moment that you will be adding maxOdds if your PasslinePoint is one of your
Top Four Signature Numbers (with the X6 set), and consider only the math behind the
expected outcomes. Of
the 16 onaxis possibilities with the X6 set:
Ø
The
2 shows up once, but we’ll get a 2xpayoff for a netprofit of $60 (based on the
abovenoted $30 Fieldbet).
Ø
The
12 also shows up once, but we’ll get a 3xpayoff for a netprofit of $90 on a
3xtable and $60 on a 2xtable.
Ø
The
3 and 11 show up once each, so they spin off a $60 netprofit of onaxis revenue for every
16 onaxis Pointcycle rolls.
Ø
The
4 and 10 also appear once each, so they too throw of a $60 netprofit from the Field for
this SRR 8:1 shooter.
Ø
The
5 shows up twice in those 16 rolls so the $25 Placebet pays $35 each time, but when you
replace the lost $30 Fieldbet, the 5 only generates a $5net, so you only receive a $10
netprofit from those two results.
Ø
The
6 and 8 also show up twice each, so their $30 Placebet also throws off a $35 payout, but
again it only generates a $5net with each outcome, so you only receive a $20 netprofit
from those four dicecalls.
Ø
The
9 shows up twice out of sixteen onaxis conclusions, and as a result this Fieldbet
produces a $60 netprofit.
Ø
Of
course the 7Out shows up onaxis twice for a skilled SRR 8:1 player, so it wipes out the
entire $115 Placebet/Fieldbet Iron Cross combomethod two times. Let’s
do the math:
Ø
$60net
from the 2, $90net from the 12, $60net for the 3 &11, another $60net for the 4
& 10, plus $10net from the 5, $20net from the 6 & 8, and $60net from the 9.
Ø
That
comes to $360 in netgeneration from all of those onaxis winning outcomes. However, we still must subtract the two huge $115
whacks that we have to endure when the 7Out shows up.
In this case, we can expect it to wipe out all those wagers twice, so the
resulting $230 deduction leaves the SRR 8:1 player with a netprofit of $130 for every 16
Pointcycle tosses of the X6 dice.
Ø
That
means that each and every onaxis throw using the X6 set (including the two 7outs) will
generate a NETPROFIT of $8.125 per toss of the dice.
Ø
I’m
happy to round it off to $8/toss of the dice.
Ø
That’s
a steady rate of return of ~7% on each and every toss of the dice. I’m not talking about an annualized
percentagerate, I’m talking about a perroll percentage rate. It makes for a compelling argument that the Iron
Cross may indeed hold vast potential for the X6 SRR 8:1 (or better) PrecisionShooter. Obviously your mileage may vary.
Ø
If
you play this method in a casino that only pays double on the “12” instead of
triple; then your profit is reduce to $6.25 perroll…still an adequate rate of
moneyproduction. See
Heavy’s well laid out DiceSet
Distribution page if you need a defined chart of the expectancy for each
onaxis diceset. Knowledge
Is NOT Implementation Now
that we know the HOW and WHY of the Iron Cross, we come to the “SHOULD
WE?” part of the discussion. Let’s
go back to why it was we took up dicesetting in the first place. We
wanted to reduce our losses and increase our chances of winning. In
the casinocontext, that’s a significant challenge, but if you’ve proven the
validity of PrecisionShooting to your own satisfaction; then you know that the whole
basis for it is to keep the dice onaxis as much as possible. A SevenstoRolls ratio of 1in8 is not all that
ambitious for the person who has dedicated themselves to steady practice and continual
refinement of their skills. So
let’s get some caveats, cautions and concerns out of the way.
Ø
The
X6 set is not the “ultimate” and only set to use, nor am I saying
that it’s the most perfect and ideal moneymaking set out there. It is good, but it’s what YOU do with
it, and how YOU bet with it; that determines YOUR ultimate profitability or
failing.
Ø
For
the sake of this study, we’ve looked at only onaxis results. Obviously some of your tosses will be OFFaxis,
but we have to start somewhere as a reasonable base of comparison. We’ll be looking at this whole
onaxis/offaxis ratio and percentage situation from a technical standpoint in an upcoming
Shooting Bible article, but for now let’s agree that onaxis is good and offaxis
ain’t as good.
Ø
Let’s
also agree that a doublepitch 7Out is the nemesis of almost any Pointcycle baseset,
and the X6 is no exception. These numbers
take all of that into consideration as well. With
an SRR of 8:1, you can expect an onaxis, doublepitch 7out, to occur twice (on average)
within the CrossedSixes 16 onaxis possibilities…that’s just the nature of the
beast, especially if you aren’t able to control rotational variance to any
discernable degree.
Ø
The
$8.125 profitperroll figure is based on the AVERAGE of what this X6 set can do for the
SRR 8:1 roller (using the abovenoted bettingmethod).
It does not mean that someone whose Signature Numbers of 6 and 8 (with this
set) won’t dilute their winnings somewhat because of all the Fieldbet replacements
that they have to make. Likewise, it
doesn’t mean that someone who throws more Extreme Outside 2’s, 3’s,
4’s, 10’s, 11’s and 12’s won’t make more than the eightbuck/roll
average that it projects out to.
Ø
Likewise,
I’m not suggesting that a player who throws lots of those same Extreme Outside
Numbers wouldn’t be better served by concurrently Placebetting the 4 and 10, and
considering a MILD (and I DO MEAN MILD
progression on the Hornbet when it is frequently recurring). Instead, what this little exercise does is to
illustrate a bettingmethod that is at once, extremely simple; yet INCREDIBLY
profitable when compared to the total dollars wagered and when considered as part of a
moderatelyskilled PrecisionShooters overall gameplan.
Ø
It
also means that you don’t have to resort to all sorts of exotic
Press/Parlay/Progression/Regressionstyle bets to make steady money from this game (and
from your talents, even if they remain modest). Please
understand that I LOVE using an initial SteepRegression, especially when combined
with subsequent aggressive pressing and collecting. However,
I want you to see that all the Powerpresses and Parlays, and exotic Propbets aren’t
an absolute necessity to generate steady profits with relatively humble onaxis
performance. Let me quickly add that the
profits from using this IC approach piles up and multiplies INCREDIBLY quickly. How
quickly?
Ø
Well,
on average, with no Pressing and just the steady collection of bets and the replacement of
your Fieldbets when necessary; this method spins out a golden profit of $56 during each
Pointcycle hand. That means that if your
Pointcycle SRR is 8:1; then you can expect that on average, your bankroll will increase
by approximately $56 every time the dice come around to your table position. With an average of $115 in wagers on the layout;
that equates to a 48.7% returnoninvestment PER HAND. We’ve
seen the basics of how you can make the Iron Cross steadily profitable for your own
PrecisionShooting, and it’s a pretty good way, but is there an even better way? I
guess I’m actually asking:
Can
You REALLY Shine This CowPatty? I
think you can. Let’s take a look… Tailoring
Your Bets to Your Current Skill
I
spend a lot of time talking about the importance of matching your current
PrecisionShooting skills to bets that are equally appropriate. The
reason for this is that as a savvy casinoplayer, you can’t afford to be inefficient
with your wagers. That is, even an
accomplished dicesetter has to make the most of the limited number of non7 rolls that he
throws. To
do so, he has to consider what numbers his current skillset (and obviously, his
Pointcycle diceset) will generate, and then design a bettingapproach specifically
suited to that. His practice sessions
together with his realworld outcomes, will tell him where and how
much of his wageringweight should be positioned on certain numbers. To a similar degree, his practice/realworld
results should also indicate which bets he should specifically avoid. Let
me give you an actual reallife situation where I took the basic X6/IronCross idea and
customtailored it to suit the shootingstyle, personalityprofile and dicesetting talents
of a particular player; and turned the IC into something quite spectacular (and extremely
shiny to boot). Ms.
MP’s Modified
“FullSpread” Iron Cross Method Mad
Professor, I read in one of your articles a while back (The Lady Is a Pro)
that your girlfriend threw a lot of trash numbers (2, 3, 11 & 12). You said something
to the effect of "I showed her how to take advantage of that", but you didn't
specify how. I seem to throw a lot of those
same numbers and I wondered if I should just play the Field or is there something else? Yes,
Ms. MP does tend to throw a lot of “trash” or Hornnumbers, due to her preferred
use of the X6 (CrossedSixes) set during her Pointcycle rolls. That led us to a bettingmethod that I tailored
to suit her particular disposition, comfortlevel and shootingskill… The
Modified “FullSpread” Iron Cross
To
take advantage of her talents, Ms. MP uses a Modified “FullSpread” Iron
Cross. The
PlaceBet Component
We
start with a sort of pyramid arrangement on the value of her acrosstheboard Placebets:
Ø
$5
each on the 4 and 10
Ø
$10
each on the 5 and 9
Ø
$18
each on the 6 and 8
Ø
All
of the Boxnumbers are covered, and the bets semireflect the fact that the X6’s
onaxis 4 and 10 are expected once each, while the 5, 6, 8, and 9 are expected twice each. We’ll discuss the reasoning behind the “ramped
overweight” on the InsideNumbers in a moment. The
Passline and Odds
Obviously
she won’t have any Placebets on her Passline Point (unless this is her second,
third, or fourth, etc. PLPoint), and instead will have single, double or triple Odds to
reflect the pyramids initial (starting) value:
Ø
1XOdds
on the 4 or 10
Ø
2XOdds
on the 5 or 9
Ø
3XOdds
on the 6 or 8 The
Basic Field Bet
She
will also have a $5 bet on the Field at ALL times during her Pointcycle, but as
you’ll see; very rarely does she have the need to press her Fieldbet. On
the ComeOut rolls, all of her Placebets are “Off”, and therefore she does not
have a Fieldbet in action during the CO either. Like
me, she uses the ComeOut portion of the hand as a separate and distinct profitcenter
(part of my Game Within a Game concept).
Therefore, those CO bets stand alone, and do not carry over or affect any
of her pointcycle bets. For this discussion,
we’re just looking at the Modified FullSpread IronCross, and not her
CO action. Obviously, when the PLPoint is
established, she once again starts to rewager her base $5 bet on the Field. Partially
Reinvesting Some Placebet Revenue
Once
the PLPoint has been established (or reestablished if this is her second, third, or
fourth, etc. PLPoint) the first hit of any NONPlacebet Fieldnumber (2, 3, 11 or
12), she’ll rack the full payment. On
the first hit of ANY Placebet number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10), she’ll also rack that
full payout too, but from there, she’s fairly aggressive in her pressing. If
any of her Placebets reroll for a second time, she’ll press it by one unit
($5 or $6), and she’ll keep on pressing it by oneunit whenever it comes in again. She’ll do that for ALL of her
Placebet action whenever one of them comes in. Yes
she does this each and every time they recur.
That way, she locks up her first hit, and then uses a portion of her
winnings to make subsequent singleunit presses every time they come in again. All of her presses are for single units ($5
increase on the 4, 5, 9 and 10 anytime they hit, after the first one; and $6presses on
the 6 and 8, again, only after first collecting infull on the first appearance of any one
of them). If
she successfully repeats her first PLPoint and the second PLPoint is different from the
first, she will Placebet that number for the baseamount that is called for in her
original betting regimen ($5 on the 4 & 10, $10 on the 5 & 9, $18 on the 6 &
8). If
one of her Placebets has been hitting with a good frequency, and therefore has been
pressedup to a decent size, and it subsequently becomes her next PLPoint during the same
hand; then she’ll remove a portion of the Placebet money from that number, and use
it for maximumOdds on that corresponding new PLPoint. Concurrently, she’ll leave
the unused balance of the pressedup Placebet on that same number. Yes, we both realize that this “overlay”
approach to betting may not appear to be the mathematicallybest tactic or best
utilization of wagering monies, but it pays extraordinary dividends which sustain (and
redoubles) the rationale behind it. An
Example
Let’s
look at just one Placebet number to see how this works.
Ø
The
5 starts out with a $10 Placebet on it.
Ø
When
it hits the first time, it pays $14 but only nets $9 because the $5 Fieldbet has to be
replaced. The Fieldbet is replaced each and every time during her Pointcycle throwing
that it falls. Netprofit: $9
Ø
When
the 5 hits again, there is another $9net payout (after replacing the Fieldbet once
again), but she’ll use $5 of that money to press her Placebet 5 by $5. Net profit:
$4, Cumulative profit: $13
Ø
When
the 5 comes in again, her (now) $15 Placebet spins off $21 but $5 of that goes to replace
her Fieldbet, and another $5 is dedicated to pressing her Placebet 5 again for
another $5. Net profit: $11, Cumulative
profit: $24
Ø
On
the next appearance of the 5, her $20 Placebet generates $28, but again $5 is earmarked
for a Field replacement, while another $5 is used as a oneunit press on the 5. Net profit: $18, Cumulative profit: $42
Ø
When
the 5 rolls in again, the $25 Placebet pays $35, but as usual with every roll during her
Pointcycle, $5 goes to a singleunit press, and another $5 replaces the Field. Net profit: $25, Cumulative profit: $67 At
first glance, this appears to be a very INEFFICIENT way to make money, what with the
constant replacement of the Fieldbet; but in fact, I wanted to show you the worst aspect
of this method first. In
the event that the 5 becomes her new PLPoint during the same hand, she’ll take some
of the Placebet money off of the 5 so that she can wager fullOdds behind the Passline. The unused balance of the Placebet money will
remain in action directly on the number as a nowreduced Placebet. Inefficiency
versus Frequency
Though
the 6outof16 onaxis outcomes that the 5, 6, & 8 make with the X6 set does appear
to make it look like this is an unproductive approach; the fact that the Field represents
another 8outofthosepossible16 outcomes (50%) begins to show why that is not the case
at all. However
we have to take it two steps further to explain why it works so well for her. By
fully spreading her Placebet action to all the Boxnumbers, she is able to collect
double, in quinellatype fashion, on the 4, 9, and 10, along with the normal double pays
when the 2 or 12 appear (and trebly on the 12 at a “downtown odds” 3xpays
casino). By
starting out with more money on the nonField 5, 6, and 8 (along with her other X6 Top
Four SN of 9), the dilutionfactor of the Field is minimized, but not entirely offset or
eliminated. Where she further makes up for
that shortcoming is with the hopingtorepeat Hornnumbers. In
simple terms, we recognize that the profit that the 5, 6 and 8 gives us is partially
offset by having to replace the $5 Fieldbet each time one of those three (the 5, 6 or 8)
show up. However we are prepared to live with
that because of the positive “added profit” effect that occurs when a
Field 3 or 11 shows up, and doubly pleased when the 2, 4, 9, or 10 show up, and trebly
happy when the 12 appears. In
other words, this Anything But Seven approach is betweighted in such a way
that it takes full advantage of the distribution of outcomes that we can expect with the
X6 set. Distribution
Dictates Decisions
To
decide where your wageringweight should be placed, your OnAxis Distribution of numbers
should be what dictates where your money should be bet.
That
is: YOUR
diceset distributionresults dictate where YOUR bets should
be. Now
there are a couple of ways of looking at the X6 onaxis distribution of Placenumber
outcomes. You could reason that because the 4
and 10 pays so well (9:5 as a Placewager, and 2:1 on a boughtbet at the $20+ level), a
person might be tempted to put the preponderant weight of their wagers on the 4 and 10
simply because of the higherratio payout. Of
course, the other way of looking at the lowerratio (7:6) payout that you get from the 6
and 8, might lead you to think that it needs more money to be wagered on it to get an
equivalent “bang for the buck”. You
further reason that since you’ll be continually replacing the lost $5 Fieldwager, it
makes sense to start off with more money on the nonField 5, 6, and 8 in anticipation of
that constantly required Fieldreplacement offset. In
Ms. MP’s case, the latter approach works quite a bit better than the former. By
starting off with an $18 6 and 8, the profit racks up much faster and the dilution of the
replaced $5 Fieldbets has less and less significance as her hand progresses. Likewise, she is “double collecting”
when the 4, 9, and 10 hit because both the Placebet and her Fieldbet is paid at the same
time. This allows her to rack more profit,
yet still ratchet up her Outside Placebets (in fact, ALL of her Placebets) at an
accelerated rate. Yes,
this is a VERY aggressive way to play; but for a skilled PrecisionShooter with a
validated edge over the house; it is one way to get aggressive with your wagers, yet still
restrict losses on the occasional shortlived hands. You
have to be mindful that once you reach a certain point in your dicesetting development,
you no longer look at losing the way you once did; and instead, you start looking at each
and every hand, and each and every roll for that matter, as a probable moneymaker
(instead of just a “possible” earner). In
those situations, you have to look at some of the more aggressive betting approaches that
are out there in order to maximize each opportunity you get with the dice. In Ms. MP’s case, she looks at each hand as a
potential moneymaker from the outset, and she understands that a relatively small amount
of money at the start of betting can become mountainous if the hand turns into something
special (but that even the relatively short ones will still be moderately profitable). Though
this and other aggressive pressingmethods do leave a lot of cash on the table when the
inevitable 7out shows up; it also rakes a greater and greater amount of money off of each
and every subsequent acrosstheboard (scaledup by singleunit Pressing) Placebet hit. It’s
that “glass halffull or halfempty” perspective that you have to comes
to terms with BEFORE you consider implementing any assertive bettingmethod like
this. Let’s
turn to how she handles those “other” numbers that also have a tendency to show
up when a skilled player uses the X6 set. Handling
The Horn
I’ll
be the first to tell you that betting on the Horn (2, 3, 11 & 12) during a
randomrollers hand is an awfully bad wager (to the hideously insane tune of 12.5%). Yes the houseedge is THAT high on the
Hornbet. However,
for the skillful player who throws a preponderance of Hornnumbers; then the Hornbet CAN
make sense if used CAREFULLY and RESPONSIBLY, and is specifically geared to reflect your
VERIFIED and STEADFAST sessiontosessiontosession advantage over the house. I
cannot overemphasize the importance of validating whether or not you truly do have a REAL
advantage over highvig bets of this type, or whether it’s merely a perceived and
wishful HOPE that you do. For
a very revealing look at just HOW GOOD you have to be to take advantage of this by
way of a steady stream of Propbets; I would strongly urge another look at my How To GET
It, and How To KEEP It – Part Six article. It may open your eyes, and save you a heck of a
lot of money in the process. Strangely
enough however, Heavy’s “See a Horn, Bet a Horn” method can
be applicable to a skilled and proficient
X6 shooter. Let me show you how. As
far as Ms. MP’s Trash/Horn numbers are concerned:
Ø
If
a 2, 3, 11 or 12 rolls, then she’ll take $4 from her Fieldbet revenue that just came
in, and make a $4 Hornbet. Her $5
Field–bet also remains in action.
Ø
If
one of those numbers repeats again, she’ll make additional $4 presses on the Horn on
each subsequent appearance.
Ø
That
means if a Hornnumber immediately shows up after betting on it, she’ll raise her
Hornaction to $8. If another one shows up
right away again, she’ll throw another $4 press at it, and so on.
Ø
If
a nonHorn number appears; then her Hornbetting is finished until another 2, 3, 11, or 12
shows up during her roll, and then the process starts all over again.
Ø
Though
the Hornnumbers represents 25% of the possible onaxis outcomes for the X6 set, she
tends to throw them in clumps of two, three, or four in a row; so there is even more
efficacy in using Heavy’s approach. From
a revenue standpoint, the See a Horn, Bet a Horn approach accounts for roughly 32%
of her overall netprofit while using the Modified FullSpread Iron Cross. The
balance of her netprofit comes from repeated PLwinners and pressedup Placebets, which
admittedly can rise extremely quickly. Just a
few hits on the 6 or 8 sees them rise from their starting point of $18 to $24, then $30,
then $36 and $42, etc. For a shooter who
throws numbers right across the Placebet spectrum, this approach uses only a portion of
the payout to pump up the volume of the number that just hit and to replace the Fieldbet
that just fell. The rest of the payout is
racked as retainedprofit. As
the nonField Placebets (5, 6 & 8) escalate in size, the significance of the replaced
$5 Fieldbet decreases (as a percentage of the diluted Placebet grosspayout). Where the strength of continuous pressing of the
Placebets show their best face, is when a “doublecovered”
Field/Placebet (4, 9, & 10) comes in. DoubleCovered
Field/Placebets
The
4, 9 and 10 are what we can call “doublecovered
Field/Placebets”. That is, we have
action on them in the Field as well as in the Boxnumber Placebets. When one of them rolls, we collect twice; once
from the Placebet and again on the Fieldbet. We
treat these Fieldnumber Placebets the same as we treat the nonField Placebets. That is, every time a Placebet comes in (after
its first appearance where we rack the entire Placebet and Fieldbet payoff), we increase
the Placebet by oneunit, and we keep on pressing it by one unit each and every time it
shows its face again. The base $5 Fieldbet
stays at that same level throughout all of her Pointcycle play. Again,
this is very aggressive pressing that we are talking about here, and we are admittedly
using a fair bit of our initial payoffs to fuel even bigger bets; but for the
PrecisionShooter who wants to take absolute full advantage of the averagelength
mediumtolong rolls; then this line of attack is one of the best ways. Obviously
there are more aggressive and more conservative methods that a player can use to take
advantage of their skillful dicethrowing, but I wanted to give you a realworld example
of how Ms. MP’s betting is tailored to reflect her shooting skills (and her
moderatetolow betcomfort level) while using the X6 Pointcycle set. Why
the FullSpread IC Works For Ms. MP
ü
By
pressing all of her Placebets (including those that are doublecovered in the Field) only
when they hit, her Placebets grow in proportion to the number of times they are
repeating, yet the “dilution” of the Field–bet is minimized as the hand
progresses.
ü
That
means that the more the nonField Placebets (5, 6, and 8) show up, and the further they
are pressed (by oneunit each on every subsequent appearance); the less intense that
dilution effect (of having to continually replace the $5 Fieldbet) will be. And since they start out larger ($10 on the 5, and
$18 on the 6 and 8), they have a legup on that whole dilution issue right from the
beginning anyway.
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When
a string of trash/Horn numbers do show up, she’s there to take advantage of it, yet
she’s not constantly chasing the Horn in HOPES that each roll will be THE
one. That way, she takes what her roll is
giving her, yet she presses the Horn in a way that gives her maximum growth potential if
she gets backtobacktoback outcomes as she sometimes does. Conservative pressing of subsequent Hornwins
reflects the fact that those double, triple and quadruple repeats do not happen often
enough to justify a more aggressive betstance. Proof
Is In the Pudding…or At Least In The PROFIT
I’ll
keep this part short and sweet. Using
this method, Ms. MP makes on average just over $100 ($112 to be precise)
every time the dice come around to her.
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Yes,
that includes all the times when she goes Pointthen7Out.
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Yes,
that includes all the times when she throws a couple of paying hits, but still
doesn’t make any NETprofit.
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Yes,
it includes all the times when she breaks through the netprofit threshold, but
doesn’t make much beyond that.
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Yes,
it obviously includes her average rolls where she is able to build up her Placebet wagers
and Hornbet “repeats” to a point where her profit hits well beyond that
$100+/hand average.
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And
yes, of course it includes her hands where the Placebets are assembled to such a high
peak where it is hard to remember that they started out at such lowly amounts. All
in all, it is a good and consistently profitable approach that is tailored to her X6
diceoutcomes, but moreover to her temperament and betcomfortlevel as a player. At $100+ per hand, you can see once again WHY it
is important for the skilled PrecisionShooter to seek out empty or sparselypopulated
tables, and not waste a lot of time or money on randomrollers. Is
The Iron Cross Practical For YOU?
Okay,
we know that the Anything But 7 Method is not an every shooter, every table, every
trend, every casino bettingmethod. Which
that brings us back to the seminal question: Can
you shine this cowpatty? Well
let’s have a look:
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If
you prefer to use the X6 set or one of it’s permutations, and,
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If
your average Pointcycle shooting often results in midtolong length rolls (10 to 30
rolls) on a consistent basis, and,
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If
you are getting an even distribution of Boxnumbers across the spectrum, along with a
large amount of Field numbers (both Box and Horn numbers), and,
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If
your Hornnumbers show up in clusters, instead of singularly;
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Then
the Iron Cross, and specifically Ms. MP’s Modified FullSpread Iron Cross might be
profitably applicable to your gameplan. If
your shootingskill validates it; then I say you can put quite a shine on this particular
cow patty. A
Word of Thanks and Gratitude
As
a sidenote to this whole article, an ongoing illness has kept Ms. MP away from the
tables for quite a while now. I want to thank
all of you who have kept her in your prayers. I
decided to share her method with you as a bit of a dedication for the incredible amount of
latitude, patience, freedom, understanding, consideration and most of all for her ongoing
love and support that she has shown to me over our years together. Sincerely, The Mad Professor

