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Volume VIII :
Date May 2008
In This Edition:
A Word From Soft Touch
Queen Bee's Buzz...
Who Ya Gonna Call...
A Labor of Love...
Newsletter Archive Links
Soft Touch Say's...
I thought as everyone gears
up for visiting Vegas in the spring and summer, it would be nice to
provide our readers the Dice Coach's Top Ten List of his playable craps
tables in Vegas with some added commentary from me. Keep in mind, while
Dice Coach and I share very similar approaches to the game, we still
have our differences about table selection and where we each
individually perform the best. So, the list, in general, should be used
as a guide to help our players form a basis for table selection.
If you like fire bets,
Bally's, as well as most of the Harrah's properties offer them on the
craps tables. I know a number of players in our community that do a
great job of accomplishing this bet and it is a real treat when our
players bet for the dealers. When the fourth pass is completed there
are a lot of happy faces all the way around. Happy dealers add to
positive winning energy. One thing though, you won't be "grand fathered"
at lower limits.
I've always liked Treasure
Island's tables with their hard surfaces. You can take your pick of
green felt or blue micro-fiber surfaces. For the most part, dice setting
players are treated very well by the staff. However, I sometimes get
reports that there are a couple of temperamental dealers and if you are
a temperamental player, you may encounter a problem with butting heads.
My advice: go with the flow. For the most part, they like us.
Bellagio is still my
favorite. There are twelve 12 foot tables there and I love the table
surfaces. They do "grandfather." Local players are reporting that the pyramid walls are
being systematically changed with super bouncy rubber. I'll have to
check this out for myself.
Here's Dice Coach's List:
Coach's Best Strip Casino's
4- 12' tables
Fire Bet max bet $10.00
$5.00 to $3.000.
Fire Bet max bet $10.00
Fire Bet max bet $10.00
4-12' to 3- 14' tables
Opens 12 noon, earlier
PS If you have any suggestions for the
new Dice Setter website or newsletter please send them to me at
and I'll have a look and see how we can incorporate them into our future plans.
Queen Bee's Buzz:
Dear Readers, I received this email
just a few days before my editor put the finishing touches on this edition of
Dear Queen Bee,
I enjoy your newsletter and I
provide the following comments for your information.
I just returned from a week in
Vegas mostly shooting craps and I observed a change in casino efforts to
counter dice control.
First, there are many casinos that
have replaced the green felt With a "tan felt". It Is exceptionally bouncy.
Second, along with the new bouncy
felt, the back walls have a new shinny black material that is also
Combining all of the above provided
for the liveliest craps tables that I have ever experienced. The observations are real and at
many tables I played at, the players were complaining about the exceptionally
bouncy condition of the tables. Seeing dice bounce back past the middle of the
table was the norm for the hard throwers.
I tried to counter the liveliness
of the bouncy tables by slowing my normal soft throw. When I only hit, kissed
or slightly missed the back wall with one die, I'd get hammered with comments
like "Sir, both dice must bounce off the back wall",
One casino went as far as saying
"Both dice must bounce at least a foot off the back wall."
I've been attempting to "Control
Dice" for 20 years and I tend to throw quite a few 11's. When hit the Yo on a
come out roll, several times the stick man commented "Another dice
controller". I had this experience at several different Casinos. These
comments must be instilled into them by casino management.
I also checked out the tables at
the 4 Queens and yes significant ridges have been ground into the table ends,
about a foot and one half. With some wear on the tan bouncy felt, it's easy to
see the tops of the grooves. I had my wife run her finger over them and she
was shocked. I did not play these tables and I recommend that others do not
Vegas did not seem quite as busy as
usual. The craps tables at the 4 Queens were empty or hardly used most of the
times I walked through there.
Bottom line, the casinos are in
action to counter dice setters, and increase their take on the craps tables.
Feel free to use the above in your
newsletter should you wish to.
Another newsletter reader writes:
Dear Queen Bee,
A few weeks ago I played with a friend that was playing with scared money and
he started losing on the first roll whenever he put in big money. Another
couple of acquaintances were also at the table and soon they colored up and
sat down a few feet away at some slot machines until we finished playing.
A few days later I asked why they left the game and sat out for awhile - his
immediate answer was that he could see fear in my friend's eyes and face
Then this past weekend, I am playing the DP line but am getting killed on
naturals on the Come-out toss. So after charting the table for almost an hour
I decided to take a page out of John Patrick's book (near page 237) and
decided to lay the least hit number on the Come-out toss to protect my DP bet.
I noticed the 4, 5 and 10 were the least hit numbers over the past hour from my
charting, in that order.
Well, I lost my next 6 of 7 come-outs rolls to the lay. I moved around my lay
bet to the different numbers - but where ever I moved it, it lost 6 of 7
times. You see, I feared that my in game adjustment to the Patrick system
would dilute the profit on my system, and sure enough, what I feared occurred.
I did not realize this until after I decided to freeze since my adjusted
system was losing, but I still played out what I would do in my head -- Lay
the 4 - and poof - the 4 was thrown - I would have lost again. It's then I
realized that what I feared occurred more than what I was trying to focus and
Since fear seems to be more powerful in getting something to happen, is there
a way I can channel my fear to get my accomplishments ??
How can I explain to you that your mind creates thoughts that produce
results at the table?
I'll begin by stating that when playing craps, I have to always remember that
it is essentially up to me to decide whether I will play the game with love
and acceptance or fear and ego. Trust my ego and a loss will surely result.
Where there is fear, there will be doubt. Play with money you can't afford to
lose and you will surely lose it.
Fear is your ego's friend and an interesting emotion because it helps to
protect us from what we perceive as dangerous. So, it focuses on the things
that could potentially hurt us, like loss of money. Personally, it is not an
energy I would channel toward making something happen at the table. I don't
feel you would enjoy the results you get when motivated by fear. Instead, I
would suggest you find what makes you feel passionate about your game and
channel that positive energy.
I see this all the time among dice students. While shooting the dice, once
establishing a point, they focus on avoiding the seven in order to not lose
their money. They think to themselves, "anything but a seven." That's all they
worry about as they shoot or play as their nervous energy hails that seven.
The converse also holds true. Once a player lays a number, that number rolls
shortly thereafter. The player finds himself "zigging" when they should be "zagging."
Playing the don't when they should be playing the pass line. The player can't
stand the direction they are going in, yet, refuse to change the direction
they are going in. Worse yet, the player is left with doubting his or her
playing ability, fearing a continued loss of their bets. The player's
confidence, if they had any, is shaken or all but gone.
Fear is a poison to our game. At a time when it is imperative that we are
aware and take notice of everything going on with the game, fear will hinder
our ability to seek out possibilities, resources, ideas that could be
beneficial to us at the time we enter the game. Fear filters out possibilities
a player has available and interferes with our awareness. Fear suppresses our
passion for winning.
Sometimes, players fail to see the connection between the action they take
based on fear of what might happen at the tables and the losing results they
get. Ironically, a player takes action with the betting strategy driven by
their fear and this action results in the very thing they don't want. In your
case, it was a continued loss of your lay bets. What number were you thinking
you wanted at the time? They were the ones you did not want, right?
Unless a player plays with passion and begins to focus their mind on what they
need to positively do in order to obtain the chips they desire, the session
result will be left up to whatever their underlying subconscious beliefs feel
they deserve. Believe you are playing with scared money and you will attract
scary results. Be passionate about achieving a winning result and your mind
will get you there. Win or lose, you will get there.
Here is my suggestion.
I want you to begin by asking yourself this question right now. It is a
question all winners ask of themselves and I have shared it with a number of
students. The question is, "How can I be a winner?" I promise you, as long as
you keep your focus on how you can be a winner, you will accomplish your
positive results. You will start to head in a positive direction regardless of
what type of betting approach you utilize because you're focusing your
thoughts in a direction that will support the kind of player you wish to be.
You must choose to allow your mind to focus on the things you need and wish to
do at the table. "What's your number shooter?" That's a simple question to ask
yourself while you work your way to completing your point after the come out.
What you focus on will create your outcome.
It is as simple as shooting on the come out and focusing all your attention
doing what you need to do to achieve that point. The net result of your dice
session is based on where you predominantly placed your attention. Place your
attention on that point, if you are betting on it.
When I'm the shooter, I enjoy focusing on the hard way numbers. All my
attention from the moment I touch the dice is focused on achieving a four or
ten. I expect to achieve this. When Dice Coach and I play together at the
table, we already know that once we've placed our bets on the four and ten, it
is just a matter of time when we will enjoy the pay off during our turn
tossing the dice. Our focused energy already has us reaching for the dollar vig needed in exchange for our two for one pay out on that green chip. We
always anticipate the best possible outcome.
What is unfortunate for some players is that they focus their attention on
what they fear the most and don't want to happen. They become upset and blame
outside forces for randomly selecting them to be losers. And as if losing
wasn't bad enough, they get to feel bad and poorer for focusing on not losing.
What a mental penalty.
By continuing to ask your self the all important "How can I be a winner"
question, you will be forced to take action in a direction that gets your
intention in gear. How do you intend to be a winner? Your mind then comes up
with thoughts and ideas of how to best apply your betting strategies or how to
know when to hold back on those strategies. Intention sets your mind in a
direction that suits your reality and you begin to notice those things that
support a winning game. How do you intend to win?
In a game, by focusing attention on what you desire, and in this case it is
moving the chips from the boxman's side into the rack in front of you, your
mind will develop the ability to sense ways of becoming aware of signs coming
at you. These signs only become useful to you if you know what to do with them
at the time they present. Choose betting strategies that support taking action
when a winning opportunity presents. Remember, fear will interfere with your
ability to sense the positive signs facing you and mess with your ability to
utilize your betting strategies.
Our mind is a very powerful goal seeking tool. Give it a goal, positive or
negative, and it will figure out how to get it done. Lack any conscious or
intentional control and it will run on autopilot for you. Come to the table
with the fear of losing money, your mind will easily accomplish that goal. The
casinos clearly bank on this.
Your thoughts express energy that create a result. When thinking about how to
win, I found a good article for you to read in The Professor's archives:
Thank you for your question and for allowing me to publish it in our
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