While visiting Vegas last month I
noticed that the minimum bet for craps had been lowered. It must have to
do with a hope of attracting players to the game. Most of the casinos I
visited during this time were fairly empty, which is no surprise to
me, while our nation lives through this temporarily depressed economy. I
saw some tables with one dollar minimums that would normally be at five.
Wow…Seeing these lower table limits makes me feel a bit nostalgic. It
made we realize how fortunate I was to have learned the game when I did.
You see, back in the late ‘90’s, I had a
great time learning my basic betting strategies to this game and
practicing my tosses because the tables offered low limits like what I
am seeing today. Over a decade ago, it was not unusual to find a twenty
five cent table at the Plaza in Downtown Vegas. Back in those days I
could find those twenty-five cent orange chip tables downtown and off
the strip. Having caught the craps playing bug during a typical “virgin”
shoot, I remember how after reading a few books about the game I had a
desire to invest as little money as possible to gain some confidence
with particular betting strategies that most players will find within
the Dice Setter website pages.
Essentially, I was looking for cheap
tuition to attend “Craps College.” It is one thing to diligently
practice my tosses, betting strategies and approaches at home with
virtually no money at risk. It was quite a different story to go to the
casino and invest my money on what, in theory, should yield a profit at
the craps tables. So, back then, those quarter craps tables allowed me
to afford a great craps education with little financial investment in
My typical buy-in in those days was one
hundred bucks. For that amount of money I found myself playing marathon
sessions at The Plaza. I practiced my sets and dice deliveries from
numerous spots and employed various versions of steep regressions, iron
crosses and ‘doey-don’ts” all on the cheap. It was great. The dealers
and box men were great and no one “sweated” the money.
Allow me to digress here regarding
sweating the money. Craps dealers back then were bright and cheerful
and welcomed everyone to the game and were eager to teach. And, if
casino personnel are reading this newsletter and wish to have a lot more
players at the table, they might want to read the article from
Okay, I don’t think players in Vegas
will find a twenty-five cent minimum craps table today. Those days are
long gone. The only “quarter” tables a player can find use green chips.
That’s twenty-five dollars. Still, Vegas craps players can find one
dollar to three dollar minimum craps tables at a few casinos some having
better than “strip” odds.
Here’s a list where you’ll find some low
minimums provided to me by one of the professional craps players in
Vegas that keeps me posted on the current events inside those Vegas
craps pits. He writes:
As the casino floors in Las Vegas need
less vacuuming, casinos are starting to beef up their marketing ploys
to get the carpets dirty again. At the craps tables, some of the
marketing promotions include:
Binions - $1 table near the front door, but it quickly changes
$3 and $5 as the
crowd gathers. Freemont - $3 table 24/7 Golden Gate - $3 table started the trend downtown Sam's Town - $3 table Eastside Cannery - $3 table
Many of the local non-Strip and non-Downtown casinos still offer $3
Plaza - new Crapless table Vegas Club - new Crapless table Harrah's, Bally's and Rio can be found with $5 limits at
various times including Friday and Sundays
Perhaps this is a good time to try your
unconventional tosses and expose yourself to those steep regression
strategies for a lot less than you would have had to invest a few years
I am hoping to get some feed back about dice
influencing. I've seen umteen setters at the tables and read lots of books. My
son and I have spent many hours on our home rig and several hours at the
casinos. I've seen some hot hands, mostly from "Randies". I have yet to see
what I would expect to see from an experienced DI player. Then again, maybe I
have and I just don't know what to expect. Please don't take this the wrong
way, I am having some doubts about dice influencing. Thanks, Frank
Okay, Frank here are some ideas for you.
Dice influencing, … well, let me say this,
many a player has taken up the hobby but they really did not grasp the depth
all is involved to be successful. There are a few reasons for this.
1.It takes a lot of practice and real
practice get boring real fast.
2.Like golf or a similar sport, if
you learn it wrong, you will do it wrong.
3.Very few dice setters know how to
critique their own toss, let alone make the necessary adjustments for
4.Most dice setters put too much
importance on their own ability and disregard other players. (as you noted
with "Randies" and hot hands)
5.The longest rolls that I have
witnessed were from random rollers. Dice is a random game.
6.Dice setters tend to measure
success by the clock rather than by results. That is to say, the number of
times the paying numbers roll and especially repeating points is critical, not
7.I have heard too many stories like, “I held the dice for twenty minutes!”
Nice, but you know what, in those twenty minutes, they only rolled maybe eighteen times.
If you figure in a few crap rolls, the come out roll, and the ending seven, you have a
hand with maybe ten or twelve paying rolls. That could be okay, depending on the numbers rolled and
8.If points are not rolled, well,
the seven is always live. It is important to have the come out roll every 6-8
rolls. Having the safety of a seven on the come out works to the players'
When you think about a dice influencer's mission in the
game, it has to involve controlling the game as much as possible. Being able to avoid the seven
when it is deadly and influence its appearance on the come out rolls, well, in
effect you are altering the odds, but at the same time keeping the dice in
with the sevens showing up when they are welcome. Make a note the next time
you see a long hand, notice if the come out rolls had sevens. Then look at the sevens
to roll ratio.
My last time out, my dice were perfect. My results were point and out or 4 or 5 rolls and
done. In truth, I knew I was not aligned to play. I did not “feel it”, but
driving one and a half hours to the casino, I played any way. As a result, I received my confirmation. I stopped shooting and
switched to the Don’t to win back my losses. There will be
times when your dice look good but the results are ugly. Then there is the
flip side to this, ugly dice but great results. Probably why it is called a
The secret to tossing good dice has to do with
consistency. If you study your shooters and you should, you will notice those
long rolls, even by random players, usually happen when the shooter does the same
thing with every single roll. Yeah, even random rollers will hit a groove, like a train on a track,
just like we do when we are "on" with our sets. If you watch closely, when they
finally do seven out, it is usually because they changed something with their
Frank, I know what you are saying. What you are
looking for is to develop your own consistency with better results. Relax a little, draw it to
you, don’t chase it and it will come. Practice and learn to scrutinize your
toss. Remember the best practice takes place in a live game when it is for
real. (See Soft Touch's article above) Homework is necessary, that goes without saying. Keep it up.
is where you perfect your grip, pick-up and learn how to lock the range. Home practice provides
you with the talent to adjust to any table position, and any table conditions.
Consistency and adaptation is the
true mark of a dice shooter who can influence the outcome.
"Your weaknesses can then become your strengths. For
example, instead of condemning yourself for being so stubborn, think of
stubbornness as over amplified determination. This is a wonderful quality that
you can call upon when you need to complete a project or get through a
Denise Linn - Secrets and Mysteries
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