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Volume VIII :
Date September 2008
In This Edition:
A Word From Soft Touch
Signs Not Superstitions
I Ain't Superstitious...
Queen Bee's Buzz...
A Labor of Love...
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Soft Touch Say's
When it comes to playing craps, if I had to rely entirely on my logical
normal mind, I would never step foot in the craps pit of a casino. Do
not misunderstand, logic, math, probabilities and rules are all
important in how this game is played and should be learned. Yet, to
really prosper during our sessions, more is required of us. That "more"
of us happens to be our perception, coming from our energetic self.
In the process of learning how to play this game, it has been so
important for me to see, hear and even smell things that are not
ordinarily visible, audible or smellable in the casino and at the craps
table. And, as crazy as it may seem to some players, I ask those who
choose to be my playmates at the table to look beyond the physical
planes of the game so that they may find for themselves their higher
power of perception within the game. Michael Vernon, The Professor, is
one of my favorite playmates and is a wonderful player who really knows
how to play this game with an expanded awareness like no other player I
I have interacted with so many players who find it easier to consider
their approach to this game as work, forgetting that this GAME is
meant to be PLAYED. It seems that most players would rather work
than play making their enjoyment of the game serious business. I respect
However, in my view, the game is not meant to be work. It is
meant to played. And, it is meant to be enjoyed. Honestly, there is
really no right or wrong approach to winning. Still, I do know one
thing, the more I play this game with lightness and playfulness, the
easier it gets. The lighter I become, the more I "see" and the more fun
I have playing this game. (Is it not so strange that this concept seems
to hold true with anything in life?)
So, until next time, I hope the articles in this edition helps you see the game with "new eyes"
and helps you play in a "new light".
When we look around the craps pit with different eyes, a whole new game
opens up to us.
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Among our community there is always a lot of talk about superstitions at
the table. Stick changes, dice tossed off the table, waitresses
interrupting the shooter, are just some of the frequent events that take
place during a session of craps and many believe that, as superstitions,
these occurrences may have an impact on our game. There are various
lists of superstitions that have been written about and many feel they
have no impact on our game. But, do they?
For quite some time, I have been stating that belief in craps
superstitions should not be a part of a serious player's game. Still, as
a student of energy, I believe that there are energetic indicators,
signs, expressed all the time, that are subject to a player's
interpretation. It is natural for all of us to look for signs to guide
us into what we perceive to be an unknown aspect of the game.
Through observation and perception in the present time, we work to
understand our gaming environment as we play. It is just part of
figuring out the game as we play along.
Most players believe that superstitions and signs are the same thing.
Not really. I personally do not attach any meaning to superstitions
because, as players, we attach the emotion of fear to them. We are
afraid something will a happen if we don't follow the rules of that
particular superstition. And, fear is power in the hands of the casino
and they love nothing more than having the players adhere to fixed and
rigid beliefs that have turned into superstitions. Casinos love scared
So when players ask me about whether I have superstitions about the
game, I share that we have to understand that superstitions are just a
reading of a sign according to someone else's interpretation that is
rooted in the past. I play in the present.
After all, a novice player would not necessarily be bothered by their
dice falling off the table unless someone has told him that it is a
superstition if they do not ask for the same dice or a seven will soon
follow. In the past, that may have held true for that player and what
ensues is the perpetuation of the belief that when dice fall off the
table, a seven will follow.
It is not unusual for me to see a seven out after dice fall off the
table. However, I know that the seven out occurred for energetic reasons
not explained by superstition.
I know that superstition does not exist in present moment. And, since I
am only dealing with the dynamics of the table in the present moment, I
interpret outcomes are due in part to thought energy shared, expressed
and introduced into the players game and arguably, has some influence on
the shooter's outcome. Simply put, there is a sign that the shooter may
have lost his focus as we witness the dealers and the players deciding
whether the same dice will be used or not.
If a player were to understand that certain events will occur, like dice
falling outside the table while playing, there may be a connection
between that particular event and the sense of something to come.
Here's what I generally ask myself when I see a sign: Is there a
connection between what I am seeing, sensing and feeling and the outcome
I am expecting? Obviously, we are anticipating an extended roll and has
something disrupted the energy to achieve that? Answers come to me in an
instant. This is the difference between knowing and believing.
Remember, thoughts stem from beliefs. And, thought energy is a topic
best reserved for another article. I just need players to understand
that knowing and believing are two different things that impact our
gaming reality. We give off energy all the time that attracts whatever
we happen to be focusing on because of our beliefs.
Being in the present, the interpretation of signs expressed at the table
is the opposite of superstition. Seeing, feeling, witnessing something
during a game is rooted in the present moment. It is a momentary
occurrence we see, reflect and then become aware of its significance to
I see signs at the table all the time. Some of us act in response and
have a favorable out come and others who simply disregard these same
signs take the financial hit. This is when we catch ourselves stating,
"Darn, I knew that was going to happen."
We say this not because of superstition. Because we knew of an energetic
influence, expressed as a sign, and had a choice to act according to our
beliefs or from a knowing of current energetic influences. In other
words, I see a sign of shift in energy, I can choose to shift my
Next time I'm playing a session of craps, I will most likely change my
bets on the table if I see a buxom waitress, with a beverage, tapping
the shoulder of our shooter during his hand. I may even turn my bets off
because when I know the shooter has lost his focus, through the course
of this action, I know the game has changed and his hand will change not
because of superstition, but because the energy of the present moment
has changed the dynamics of the game.
Next time you play your game, know what to do with your "moments of
reflection" instead of believing in someone else's superstitious
experience. It will definitely take you to a whole different level in
From the parables of Don Guangoche, the
old sage defines awareness as being in the present moment. To be in the
present moment, you must be alert to everything around you. You listen,
look, smell, feel, and even taste, to be aware. Additionally,
you perceive energy on its way as it travels towards you in wave form.
It is in this perception that you will notice the subtle hints of what
is moving forward that can direct you to right place, right time and
I chose to consider a superstition as an
outward manifestation of an event with a subtle message. Pushing your
feelings out and a head enables you to perceive information in the
So, when the dice go off the table and
the seven rolls, I expect that occurrence as an acceptable aspect of
playing the game. When the game does not seven out after the dice leave
the table, I take notice and say, “Ah ha!” Some other superstitions you
may know… seven follows craps, an interruption ends the game, arguments
ends the game... breaking the energy will end the game.
I was shooting craps at the Cannery
Casino. The table had been ice cold and finally someone was popping a
hand. Oddly enough, it was me. The stickman started to move the dice
back to me when suddenly the crook of the stick went around the dice and
they were pulled back to the center of the layout. Some guy at the other
end lost track of his $5 prop bet and wanted to know what happened to
it. The game came to a halt over his confusion. By the time he finished
arguing with the dealer and boxman, I had finished my beer, gone to the
men’s room, bought a pack of smokes and was just getting ready to light
up when I finally got the dice back to shoot. My point was “4”. My next
toss was a perfect 5/2. (The result came with one die out 180 degrees)
Is this a superstitious event? Nope, just the way of it with break
energy… the game breaks down for $5 bucks because someone stopped a game
because of their lack of attention to their own bets. The game never did
recover after that hand. The following shooters returned to the previous
pattern of quick outs and a losing table for the pass line players. (For
the record, I was not drinking or smoking and I did not leave the table,
I just waited for the dice as detached as I know how to wait.)
Here is the tricky part. Does the
seven-out occur because I am superstitious of the seven after the
interruption of someone stopping the game? Or, is the seven-out my a
perception of an event about to happen. How much of what we experience
in a game is influenced by the power of our thought… or is it the power
of fear? At first, it seems to me the events are independent. Otherwise,
how come when I focus on the point, then roll the dice, it does no happen the same way a “superstition” manifests? In the
example above, did the game break down because of the moronic player, or
did it have more to do with my beliefs of a stalled game? If the “seven”
can “materialize” by a person’s thought, emotion, or superstitious
belief, then it should follow that the same process would be just as
easy to “will up” for a winning result. Who says it isn’t so? What if it
is just the fine line between beliefs… superstition verses intention?
One thing for sure, I believe that
everything is an expression of energy. If you want to know the truth
about any given situation, you only have to touch into the energy of it,
and ask. Ask and the energy will tell you everything you need to know.
Those little events that we like to identify as superstitions in a craps
game are really just expressions of energy. They are simply the kinds of
things that happen in a craps game. It is when you able to glean
information behind the events that they become something more than a
superstition. It is in the recognition of the information that a
“superstition” becomes more than a joke and holds valuable information
for the game you are playing.
As you learn to pay attention to all
things happening in the game, you will develop the skill of
"reading a table". In the beginning you have to be patient. Some of the
information may hold a meaning for you and some of it may not. You have
to be detached emotionally to sort it out honestly and decide which is a
superstition and which is an expression of energy. It is in the
awareness and being in the present moment that you are best able to
perceive a feeling of things to come. Learning to do so will add to your
advantage and help you to gain an edge in the game. As for me... I ain’t
superstitious… unless I’m playing craps!
Copyright ©2008 Michael Vernon
Queen Bee's Buz:
As expected, we had a lot of feed back on the Feng Shui
article in last month's newsletter. It stirred new interest and we are happy for
your inspired thoughts. I just want to respond to those asking about shooting
positions from stick left and stick right.
Of course it is fine to play at any position. The Feng
Shui article gives you more information and allows you to have an additional
edge knowing about the design of casinos, dice pits and how moving energy can
affect you while playing the game.
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