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Question: Coach, how do you feel about Structured Group Play?

There are both pros and cons to Group Play.

First, let me explain what I mean by structured Group Play. It is a scenario where a group of like-minded players gather to play at the same table with a pre-determined strategy. Most often the strategy involves the pooling of bankroll monies, each one contributing a set amount to the Group Bankroll. They then decide who will manage the money and who will focus on shooting. Obviously there are many variations on this set-up, but this is the most common when using the term - Structured Group Play.

The benefits of this type of play are as follows:
  • The best shooter is given his/her most successful position at the table. The position he/she has practice at and is comfortable with.
  • The money managers are expert betters and can focus on placing or taking down bets as the game progresses.
  • Everyone in the group is on the same page. They know what is expected of them and will follow the rules set by the group.
  • Working together, the group keeps the rhythm of the game moving and encourages positive energy around the table.
On the other hand, Group Play can have its drawbacks:
  • You can't play your own game and have to abide by the rules of the group.
  • It is hard to switch from the Do side to the Don't side. Many players feel it is bad karma or negative energy to play on the dark side.
  • It is difficult leave the table when you normally would. You are obligated to stay and play until the Group designates it is time to leave. Again, you are bound by the rules of the Group.
I know we all want to win, that's a given! And many players feel that a table full of Dice Influencers (DI's) will be able to sway the game and kill the casino with their long rolls. The problem with this scenario is the peer pressure. Not only is the shooter under pressure to perform, but his companions are watching his every move. The money managers are also under stress to perform and make a profit for the group. They know that each move they make will be critiqued at the end of the session. When a player is under this type of stress, their decision making can, and probably will, be skewed.

That being said, I also know some Groups have experienced excellent results with a Structured Group Play session. If the players are all comfortable with the rules and with each other, the result can be a very enjoyable and profitable game.

Personally, I avoid Structured Group Play. I prefer to move with the flow of the game. I enjoy playing with friends and students, but I let them know up-front that I will be playing my game. That I may move to the dark side if the energy of the game shifts. And that when I feel the game winding down, I will color up and push away from the table. I also encourage them to play their games, use their own betting strategies, and color up when they feel it is time.

Bottom line, I am not a proponent of the Group Play scenario. I prefer to have options, to be able to change my bets, change my position at the table, change tables and even change casinos if the energy of the game demands it.

See you in the pits.

Beau - Dice Coach

Another 20 minute roll!  I think between that little modification and adopting your betting tactics, that this will work well in the long run.  Thanks again!  - Bill - 

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