The global gambling landscape is
changing as the economic environment changes. With these
changes, so to should our playing approaches change the
way we do things at the craps tables. As players, we
plan to win more than we lose. Our ability to be
flexible and adapt during these difficult times will be
critical to our success.
I always play with an open mind to new ideas. Having a
positive mental attitude during play is now more
important than ever. I often find players clinging to
that which is familiar; assuming that what they are
doing at the tables will eventually produce their
And they hope this will happen before their
bankroll is depleted.
Not too long ago I had the opportunity to play craps
alongside some of my dice students from years past. Back
then I remember helping them re-evaluate some of their
"spray and pray" betting strategies. We had discussed a couple of ways to help them play more
efficiently and to win more frequently with less money
at risk. The overall goal being risk less, earn more.
During my recent play with them, I
was a bit surprised to see that these same students had
reverted back to their original losing ways. Shooting
the way they shot before our discussions and betting
large sums in the same past manner.
It was a bit
disappointing for me. They went through their whole
session bankroll and just shrugged it off to bad luck.
As my mama used to say;
"Bad luck, my foot!"
We all know other players who are stuck doing the same
things each and every time they are at the table while
continuing to expect different results. They are closed
off to any other possible approach. These players simply
hang on to what they know, refusing to make room for
other ideas and/or betting approaches, and yet they
still complain about not winning more often.
Perhaps they are too blind to see the game in a
different light and resist any change. Losing feels more
familiar and therefore they feel comfortable, it is what
they expected. And, just because these players had a
comprehensive understanding of an expensive betting
system they had known before meeting up with me, they
seemed to forget that there is no single system or
dice set that is always right for all playing occasions.
Playing conditions change from day to day, month to
month and even hour to hour.
In my view, when a player resists
change, they resist opportunities. The discomfort felt
around having to change, like fear of the unknown, can
literally limit the player from seeing other playing
A mentor from long ago used to say to
me; "The more you resist, the more it persists."
If the casinos resisted change, they
would not be in business.
Follow the casino's lead - be open to changes in
playing conditions and adjust your play accordingly.
The key to your success is to learn
how to “swim with the tide.” In this volatile playing
environment your goal should be to win rapidly, and when
possible get to the point where you are betting with
If your efforts at the table do not prove to be
profitable in 15 to 20 minutes of play, then you have to
switch gears. Sometimes that means you will have to stop
playing and re-evaluate the current conditions.
Remember, the willingness to be flexible and adapt at
the craps table in the present moment will always pay
valuable dividends in the long run.