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Note for this issue: Some buildings do not have a 13th
floor and neither does Mad Professor's Shooting From the Don't
article. So, please do not email me asking what happened to the 13th
Here to serve,
Coach, we keep hearing about Casino "Heat".
What is going on in Las Vegas?
by the Dice Coach
I prefer to call it "casino interference", rather than casino heat.
Everyone talks about "casino heat", but when you really get down to it,
they are (for the most part) just trying to take you out of your game.
True "casino heat" is when Security escorts you to the door and asks you
to not return.
Here is an example that happened to me recently. Three of us went to the
Venetian Hotel/Casino on the strip for a session. It was early afternoon
and they were just opening more craps tables, so it was easy to find an
empty table. I was first to throw.
After a few rolls, the "Suit" in the pit said: "hit the back wall". I told
him I thought I was hitting the back wall, and continued to roll. A few
rolls later he told me the same thing again, "hit the back wall". I said
"Ok, no problem".
Now after throwing several numbers, I hit my point
number. Now the "Suit" said: "this is your last warning, after this hand
you will have to pass the dice". On my next come-out roll, I set for a
seven and threw a seven. I set for another seven, and threw another seven.
He was now watching me even closer, so I called out a whirl bet and threw
aces. The Suit looks very surprised.
I set the dice down and ask him what he would think if I were to hold the
dice for another hour before sevening out? His look was priceless.
At that point, I told him I was going to do him a favor by coloring up and
passing the dice. By this time I had doubled my buy in, turning $500.00
into $1.000.00. What he didn't realize was that the only other two players
at the table were with me. So when I colored up, they did too. We left him
standing there looking at an empty table.
I wanted to see if this was going to be a problem in the future, so I
waited three days before going back. I picked the very same time, with the
very same crew. The only difference was that it was a different day. I had
no problems, and no casino interference at all!
I think some days the pit
crew has nothing (or very little) to do, so when they see a precision
shooter, they try to interfere with his or her hand. These kinds of
problems come up all the time, all over town, and with varying degrees of
When you run into this type of situation, my advice is: Never argue, just
agree. Be nice and courteous. And if the conditions get to be too much for
you, just color up and leave. Come back on another shift, or even on
Don't be confrontational
and put yourself in a position where they will ban you from the casino. It
is their house, and believe me, this can and will happen if you try to
push them too far.
The Dice Coach
Copyright © 2006 Beau Parker The Dice Coach
DI and the
Small Market Player... Part 1: The Big Picture
By "DeadCat" Copyright
It wasn't so long ago
that if you wanted to play “legal” craps in America, you had one choice,
Nevada. You could play illegal craps in just about any city and many
rural games thrived for years, most under the benign neglect of local law
enforcement. Indeed some places, like Hot Springs Arkansas were an "open
secret" Mecca for adult fun. Of course, once outside the law, there was
little to ensure an honest game and cheating by the house and hustlers was
the rule rather than the exception at many of these places.
Then, in an effort to
save a decaying resort town, Atlantic City was opened to gaming. ten years
later, the National Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 allowed
recognized sovereign Indian Tribes the right to operate "Class 3" games
of chance. Class 3 includes craps and most other familiar table games and
Americans, often with help from foreign investors, have opened casinos on
their lands in the majority of states. Although the IGCA is a Federal Act,
reaffirmed by the US Supreme Court, the specifics of each tribe's casinos
are negotiated by "compact" with state government in which the reservation
is located. Therefore, there is no guaranteed uniformity in rules,
vigorish or pay-outs from state -to- state or even casino-to-casino in a
given state. This is something that players need to keep in mind as they
consider risking any money at tribal casinos. (more on this later)
American History is
rife with non-natives recognizing, and taking a good thing when they see
it in Native hands. There are 558 federally recognized tribes, who own and
operate over 330 casinos in 36 states. As of 2002, they claimed about 35%
of America's $42 billion legal gaming revenue. Just as with land, gold
and oil, once the rest of America saw the Indians making big money with
gaming, they have been predictably trying to cut themselves in. State
governments have tried to increase taxes on tribal gaming, re-negotiating
the compacts as they have come up for renewal. This creates added pressure
on the tribes involved to maximize their "hold" and is another factor the
small market player should not ignore. (more on this later)
As the awareness of
gambling'' strength as a potential "revenue stream enhancement" has grown
in state capitols across the country, especially as other tax bases
decline, governors and state legislatures have opened their ears to the
offers of the "Casino-Corps" the big, big entities like Harrah's and
One by one, state
governments have turned to issuing licenses to the gaming industry
corporations, who in turn give up a cut of their profits and create some
jobs. Typically these corporations are issued licenses for specific
geographic zones, like Tunica and Shreveport. For this discussion, we can
call these "Medium Markets" and include any area where the casinos are
not "stand-alone" entities but are part of "destinations" Also I would
include the Detroit land based casinos, Chicago and Saint Louis' Boats as
a "medium" markets although they are not all in one small "zone."
This is another
essential identifying quirk of the "Small Market" casino; Because tribal
casinos must be located on the reservation of the operating tribe per
federal law, they don't tend to "cluster" like those run by the
"casino-corps." This means, that when we talk about small market casinos
we are usually talking about tribal casinos, and being located in
reservations, they are usually out of the way. The remoteness does,
however have to factor into the player's plans and can affect his/her
judgment when it becomes time to make decisions regarding win goals and
loss limits. Again, that will be examined farther on.
This isolation is not
true of all tribal casinos, for instance, the Oneida Tribe's reservation
encompasses the Green Bay, WI airport and they have a Vegas-style casino
adjacent to it and a slot/bingo/card room a mile away.
The distinctions made
above are more important than they appear to be at first reading. Although
all small market casinos are not tribal, most are. Because each tribe must
negotiate a specific "compact" with the governor of their reservation's
state (an oxymoron to be sure) every tribe is under different pressures
and constraints. This is being written in Minnesota. Here several
different tribes have opened casinos. None have craps. Some have
blackjack. One even had video craps before the state had them remove it.
Once the state saw the
revenues of the first tribal casinos, they demanded higher "taxes" in
subsequent compacts for latecomers. One deal for a Minneapolis metro area
casino with 3 tribes fell apart over money issues. In nearby Wisconsin,
the Ho Chunk tribe closed their 3 table craps operation near the resort of
Wisconsin Dells because that state kept trying to squeeze more money out
of the tribe's casino. Craps went because it could not guarantee revenue
like slots set at the state minimum 80% (!) lifetime return. In Vegas or
Atlantic City if there were 80% slots offered no one would play (they
would be illegal, too) yet out in the boonies, "It's the only game in
town" and they rake it in. That "Only game In Town" mentality is
an extremely important factor that must be considered by the small market
player and will be addressed in detail later in the article.
By the way; not all
Tribal Casinos are small. Foxwoods, in Connecticut, is the world's largest
and nearby Mohegan Sun is following in Foxwoods footsteps. These palaces
were carved out of the New England Woods and in their short lives have not
only impacted the neighboring small towns, but the State of Connecticut
itself. Those two are examples of small market casinos that have grown
into medium markets in their own right, drawing players from Canada to New
York and Philadelphia. As they grew into regional economic powerhouses
they have been able to insulate themselves from the whims of state
governments that might otherwise "re-negotiate' the compacts as in
Minnesota and Wisconsin.
You can't discuss
tribal gaming in 2006 without a word about one man; Jack Abramoff.
Abramoff was a well, connected lobbyist, who pleaded guilty to 3 counts
fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials last month.
Although that's just the tip of the iceberg, his plea deal includes
assisting prosecutors with many anticipated cases. The "Fraud" part of
that conviction is significant to the small market player. Essentially,
what Abramoff has admitted to playing one tribe against another by taking
millions from tribes interested in getting gambling established and more
millions from other tribes who wanted to protect their already established
gaming from new competition. Not only was the con illegal, it was done
with open disdain and blatant racial contempt towards the natives who paid
the lobbyist. Emails have surfaced in which Abramoff and lawmakers refer
to the natives they were bilking as "Troglodytes, Monkeys and Morons"
As this scandal
unfolds, it is uncertain what ramifications portend for those of us who
play at tribal casinos. Certainly, it can't fail to bring about some more
bad blood in a long and sordid history between Native Americans and State
and Federal Governments. The fallout from the scandal may include
liberalized licensing for more casinos and it could just as easily work
against it. Time will tell.
Right now there are over 330 small (Native) and 430 commercial casinos
in the US. Most of the commercial houses are located in "destinations"
like Vegas, Atlantic City and Tunica,. There are small clusters of
"boats" in the Midwest and some cities (Detroit, New Orleans) allow a
few commercial operations. Those are the Large and medium Markets. But
for the rest of the country the closest casino is a drive out to the
reservation, to a Sovereign Nation.
Next time, we will
take a look at what that means for the Gambler, the Craps Player and most
importantly the Dice Influencer.
In the meantime, I'd
like to hear from you if you play in small market regularly or
Thanks for reading,
BoneTracker Revealed – Part I (FREE BoneTracker Program
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Now that most of the
family was settled into bed and the hustle and commotion of the house hold
began to settle down to the sleepy quite of nocturnal rhythms, I finally
had some time for personal pursuits. Gathering up my laptop I headed to
the garage where my evening’s activities awaited. Setting the laptop on
the tossing station, and flipping up the lid, the little machine began to
glow into life and start its boot sequence as I prepared the practice rig
for an evening of training.
Once the small
computer reached its ready state, I launch this month’s copy of the
BoneTracker spreadsheet. I had accumulated 108 tracked rolls so far this
month. Not an extremely significant amount yet, but a nice start.
Everything is just about ready for action. The practice station is
aligned and leveled, simulated table rail in position, and a nice pile of
fairly new shinny, sharp edged, polished casino dice sitting ready for a
toss. Just a slight adjustment to the hand mirror so the grip can be
easily checked and all the equipment is set.
launched and shows the current status of my tossing trends. Hmm, on-axis
is sitting a little below 50%. Not to happy with that, so getting over
fifty percent on-axis will be the goal of this practice session. I click
the button to launch the Data Entry Assistant and am greeted by the now
familiar six-by-six button grid representing the 36 possible dice result
combinations. The rig is ready, BoneTracker is ready, now to get myself
ready and begin the routine for my first toss.
As usual I was not
going to perform any perpetration, or what they call “warm up” tosses.
Instead, I set my feet, take a deep breath, exhale, and begin the toss
sequence. Selecting two die out of the pile, I twist the left die setting
it to the correct top and front faces, doing this as quickly as possible,
while pulling them toward me. I then set the right die to the desired
faces, getting both die set in the same formation that I’ve identified in
the BoneTracker Tossing Set section. Gripping the dice gently I move them
to my preferred launch position (which I have conveniently marked on my
toss station). Setting my head to focus on the chosen landing location, I
begin the throw itself, remembering to pay attention to my wrist and
concentrating to notice the sensation of the dice rolling off the tips of
It was a good toss,
the dice landing near the wall, hitting and rolling back in a reasonably
perpendicular motion. One die ran harder then the other and ended up
coming pack several inches farther then its companion. Hmm, better check
that grip, probably let the ring finger lift off a bit again.
The dice had landed in
a nice on-axis 4 and 6. Not a primary face hit for this set, but on-axis
none the less. I positioned the cursor on my computer screen over
BoneTrackers’ Data Entry Assistant window and click the button labeled
4-6. I was rewarded with a slight increase in both the on-axis percentage
and SRR numbers. A small victory. I picked out two more die from the
pile of dice in front of me and began the whole process again…and
The practice session
begins well and the OA% number is steadily climbing in its herky-jerky
small percentage movement manner. Keeping an eye on the on-axis figure
that BoneTracker is displaying provides one source of toss focus
motivation as I strive to keep the numbers up. After about 20 minutes of
solid tossing I begin a struggle fighting off the evening fatigue and to
maintaining focus. I don’t notice the fatigue it at first, but after a
frustrating series of four sevens in a row, I realize I need a break. I
take 15 minutes to get a drink, check what’s on the tube and to re-wash my
hands (and splash my face while I’m at it). After the short respite it is
time to head back to the rig and finish up the evenings practice session.
When I return to the
toss station, I see that the laptop has gone into screen-saver mode, so I
wiggle the mouse-cursor to re-light the screen. I set my feet, take a deep
breath, exhaled, and begin my toss sequence.
The break did me good
and after another series of much better tosses the toss counter on the
BoneTracker screen blinked red, displaying a count of 216. The red
indicates that I’ve reached another multiple-of-36 milestone, and I use
this one as my signal to complete the practice session. I collect the
dice and put them back in their bowl, pack up the toss station and cover
the receiver rig (so the damn cats don’t sleep on it, those darned, four
footed hair bags), and pick up the laptop taking it inside to review the
numbers for the past several sessions.
Checking the main
screen I see that I’ve met my session goal of keeping the OA up above 50%,
that’s the good news. The bad news is that my SRR is not where I’d like
it to be and that the Double-Pitch percentage is a bit higher then
expected. Looks like I’m still not getting my grip centered correctly,
and one die is still over-rotating. Shoot it [i]feels[/i] right. I’d
look through my notes to search for a possible solution, but I know what
my notes say, “shift index left”. Next practice, I know what I’ll be
working on. Now, time to look at the Stats screen and see which die is
A slightly stylized
version of one of my practice sessions, no doubt, but this is basically
how I perform my practice and how I utilize BoneTracker to do the roll
tracking. From time to time I get questions about one feature or another
of BoneTracker. I’m often asked for advice on how I make BoneTracker work
Now that I have given
you an idea of how I utilize the tool to do the data entry and the
“tracking” of rolls, I will present a series of articles that provide some
detail of some of the basic components and general usage of the
Next time we will take
a tour of the primary screen, the place were everything gets started; the
Roll Data Tab and the Data Entry Assistant.
Until then, keep your
roll straight and your rack full.
Copyright ©2006 Maddog
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Shooting from the Don’t…A
Journey of Opportunity Part 14
by Mad Professor
As soon as you look at a map of Canada,
it’s easy to figure out why most sane people who decide to go to Calgary,
Alberta usually fly there instead of driving. Well, they don’t call me
the MAD Professor for nothing…so of course I decided to drive;
which meant traversing a lot of prairie wheat-fields where it takes an
average of two weeks just to walk to your neighbor's house.
With Strippers Union (Local 518)
blasting in the CD-player (yes, that really is a musical group), I pulled
into the Elbow River Casino
Building First Hand Confidence…and First Hand SUCCESS
When an advantage-play dice-influencer
first walks into a casino, it is important that his enthusiasm to play
doesn’t overwhelm his ability to win.
Please understand that I am not talking
about the mindset of a normal gambler here; however having said that, it’s
not unusual for many advantage-play craps-shooters to fall into the same
giddy rush to get their money on the table just like any other
run-of-the-mill gambling desperado.
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From the Don't... A Journey of Opportunity Part 14 >