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Question:  What is the best set for a bouncy craps table?

Typically I won't play on a very bouncy table. Last month I had a situation where my students were staying at a casino where the tables are very bouncy. I knew we were going to shoot there, so I did a little study of how the dice react on these tables, experimenting with the very best sets for these types of conditions.

After the class session we headed for the casino and found an empty table. The minimum bets were $25.00. We had 14 players, although only three were shooters. One was at SL, one was SO, and I shot from SR. The dice started at SL. He made a few numbers and a couple of passes, and everyone was up several units.

The dice then went to the SO shooter and he had about the same hand. We were progressing very well, all to the positive. I was the next shooter at SR. My dice were landing and turning to the right, both off axis. The best set I came up with for these conditions was the cross 6's looking at 5-4. Left die 6/5- right die 6/4- axis L-4-3, R-2-5. When the dice bounce to the right with this set, you will get 4/2 sixes. If they bounce to the left you will get 3/5 eights.

There is nothing bad about setting a point of 6 or 8 and repeating them. I held the dice for 35 minutes on a fast moving table, as no one was betting any prop bets to slow the game down. After it was all said and done, between the 14 players, we made a combined profit of $21,000.00. Not bad for a little over an hour of play.

We had a total of three sessions in a day an half, all winning- no losing sessions.

When going to a casino you may not get the perfect table or conditions to shoot. So if you want to play, you have to know how your dice are reacting on the table at that moment. Under these bouncy types of conditions you need to throw a very soft- low arch, landing the dice about 4" from the back wall. This avoids too much kinetic energy and you will be surprised how much longer your rolls will be.

You will read in books and hear other players say: "keep the dice on axis". This is wonderful, but still will not prevent the dreaded SEVEN. Knowing the table conditions and how the dice will respond is more important because it's all about 7 avoidance.

Good luck in the pits. Keep you trip reports and testimonials coming.

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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