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    QUESTIONS & ANSWERS 

        

This page will hopefully answer any questions you might have about the classes we offer.  If you don't find the answer to your question here, please use the form on the contact us page and we'll get back in touch with you.

Q. Does dice setting really work?
A. It's been posted that if you can only control 1 roll out of 43 rolls, it gets you to the break-even point for the 6 & 8 place bets. From there you enter the advantage zone. (Ref: Sharpshooter) With a little practice you can do much, much better than that.

Q. How often do I need to practice?
A. It depends on how good you want to become. Like any other skill, the more you practice, the more proficient you will become at this skill. The Mad Professor recommends 10 hours of practice for every hour of in-casino play.

Q. Where can I practice?
A. You can virtually practice anywhere. Shortly after I became a dice setter, I went on a trip with my wife to Arizona. She's a late sleeper and I had nothing to do, so I simply put a pillow up against the wall and tossed the dice on the floor. I had a number of rolls in the 20 -30 range. Some setters have suggested lining a chest drawer with a towel and tossing the dice into the drawer. I've been known to remove a drawer and place it on a bed. Of course, the best way is to build or buy a practice table. Dicesetter.com has all of that information.

Q. What is the distance from various table positions to the back wall?
A. It depends on the length of the Craps table. I prefer the 12-foot tables and would suggest this as a starting point for new setters. From stick right to the back wall is approximately 8 feet 2 inches. Some stick people will move back out of your way (especially if you're betting for them) and let you lean to the left. I'm right-handed so it really shortens the toss by a good foot or two.

Q. Why should I track my toss sessions every time?
A. As you become more proficient at tossing dice, both your SRR (Sevens to Rolls Ratio) and your signature numbers will probably change. TossTrack has a number of options that allow you to look at your SRR and Signature Numbers by date range, set and grip.

Q. What's so important about Signature Numbers?
A. Determining what your own personal Signature Numbers are helps you determine how to bet when you are at the tables. While the 6 and 8 are the easiest numbers to throw (other than the 7), if you consistently throw 5's, you need to be betting on the 5 and maximizing your profits based on this knowledge.

Q. How do you compute the SRR?
A. I compute the SRR by dividing your total number of tosses by the number of sevens you throw. Thus, throwing six (6) sevens in 36 rolls computes to an SRR of 6.0. Check out http://www.aglitter.com/TossTrack/. You'll find a FREE online method of determining your SRR.

Q. How many tosses should I throw in a practice session?
A. When I first started practicing, I would try to throw in groups of 36, 36, 72, 108, etc. That way it made it easy to compute my SRR for each practice session. Now, with TossTrack it really doesn't make any difference how many, or how few tosses I throw. If practice isn't going well, I take a break (just like in the casinos) and try later.

Q. I got a certificate for a class in the mail. How do I use it?
A. The certificate is good for The Basics or Dice Setting class. You can select a class you want to go to and use the certificate like a credit card. When you check out, you'll be able to use the certificate to pay for the class you selected.

Q. Can I take both classes on the same weekend?
A. There are no restrictions on taking both classes on the same weekend. However, we would suggest you take The Basics class first and the Dice Setting class at a later time after you have had some experience at the tables.

Q. Can my wife come to the class with me just to observe?
A. Space is somewhat limited so only those who have signed up for the class may come and participate. We'll be running some husband-and-wife specials, so be sure to sign up for the "keep me informed" list.

Q. Do you provide smoking facilities?
A. Smoking is not allowed in the Craps Pit, but we do provide smoking facilities.

Q. My dad is a Craps shooter but doesn't set the dice. Can I get him a gift certificate?
A. Yes. We'll send you your sign-up packet with a "transferable" certificate and instructions on how to use it.

Q. Can I sign up for the Grand Opening Special and schedule my class at a later time?
A. Yes! Sign up now and take advantage of our Grand Opening Special and schedule your class at a later time, up to 12 months in the future! We send out your packet right away. If you elect to attend a future class, you will receive a certificate good for 12 months.

Q. I notice that you charge a "transportation fee." I'll have a rental car. Can I drive myself?
A. Yes. After you sign up for a class, you will be mailed a packet with that information in the packet.

Q. Can craps be played at online casinos?
A. A handful of new casinos offer this as one of many games. The international site newcasinos.com feature a handful such sites.


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