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When you find a penny on the ground with heads up, do you pick the penny up for good luck?

When a black cat runs across your path, will this will give you bad luck?

It is bad luck to walk under a ladder?

When the dice leave the table, do you call off your bets on the next roll?

When there is a stick change, do you call off your bets?

When the cocktail waitress brings the shooter a drink, do you call off your bets?

When the shooter is interrupted, by some other person in the middle of his or her roll, do you call off your bets?

Are these signs or superstitions? Well, I guess it depends on your beliefs? I personally believe that when something happens at the table that affects the shooter, you as a player must consider that break in focus and respond to it. 

When something disturbs the shooter, it takes them out of their rhythm or zone. I believe it is all about focus. When the shooter is not focused, their performance goes down hill fast, generally with negative results.

This is particularly true of dice setters and rhythm rollers. 

When you know your shooter and what dice sets he or she uses, you should also know what results should be appearing. If the shooter is using the 3V, with the 5-1 and 6-2, hard 8 on the bottom, and a crap number comes up, the shooter needs to make an adjustment with his grip and release. If the adjustment is made and another crap number comes up, then I call off my bets. This is not a superstition; this is a problem with the shooter not being focused.

A good illustration of this break in focus happened a couple of weeks ago when Sonny T. and I went downtown to the Golden Nugget to shoot.

I had accidentally left my player's card in the other car, so with my buy-in I handed them my driver's license, informing them that I had just forgotten my card. We played at this table for a while and then decided to change tables to the other side of the pit. I was the shooter and had already established a number by the time the "Suit" came over to talk about my lost players card. Although this conversation only lasted about 60 seconds, it was the first "sign" that I might be out of my zone. I was at SR and during this time, the stick man had returned the dice in the center of the table. When play resumed, he passed me by, and gave the dice to Sonny T. at SL. I ask the Stick what he was doing as it was still my hand. He said he was sorry, gave me the dice, and that was "sign" number two! I had $130.00 across with a $5.00 pass line bet with $25.00 odds. I knew I should call my bets off, but thought that I could overcome the situation. Well you guessed it; my next throw was a 7 out - line away.

I am sure if you look back at your own sessions, you will remember similar situations, and probably with similar results. 

It is all about your focus as the shooter. The things that bring you out of your zone, out of your rhythm, will turn your good roll into a negative result.

So yes, I do believe the penny, the black cat and the ladder are all superstitions. 

But the things that happen at the dice table that changes the focus and or the rhythm of the shooter are "signs". They need to be heeded, and it is a good time to consider calling off your bets. 

This is just good common sense, and definitely not superstitions.

The 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 - 

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong - but that's the way to bet. -Damon Runyon-

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