For quite a few years, I have worked with some very
motivated students interested in adding precision
shooting to their craps game. These players come to me
already holding the belief that we can influence the
dice in a consistent mechanical fashion and just wish to
capitalize on the potential profitability of adding this
element into their game.
As I initially began my involvement with workshops, I
worked with players on how to practice the mechanical
elements of dice influencing, assisting them with the
understanding that this dimension of the game does
require some practice in order to acquire enough skill
to perform consistently at the tables. All good
precision shooters will admit it takes a lot of practice
to understand the kind of influence we can potentially
exert on the dice.
So, with a working knowledge of how to practice
precision shooting, my students have been able to apply
their newly acquired skills with tremendous success,
creating long, out of probability dice rolls. I have
received wonderful feedback on how many of my students
have "monster rolls" and how they made a bit of profit.
Still, there are some students who are tremendous
shooters and sadly report back to me that they could not
capitalize on the profitability of their roll. They were
too focused on their shooting and were unable to
incorporate proper betting strategy. Their "trip report"
of having held the dice through numerous stick changes
ends with the statement "but I didnít make any money."
In my view, the shooter had achieved his comfort zone
with shooting but had not allowed his betting to enter
into his/her comfort zone.
I began to recognize that long rolls were of no benefit
to me, either personally or financially, if I was not
going to capitalize on them. That is when I started to
realize that it was just as important for me to study
and practice what I would be doing with my chips in
between my rolls.
Realistically, in a live game, we do pause in between
our throws to manage our chips for placement of bets and
retrieving our payouts from the dealers. And we should
be doing this in between our practice throws as well.
Whatever your strategy, be it an "up and pull" betting
strategy or applying a pass line progression system, it
should always be practiced in the same fashion as you
practice your shooting skills. As a player, this part of
your game should be committed to memory and in time you
will play the game with a sense of detachment from the
Serious players should invest in practice chips. I have
always believed that focusing on practicing what you do
with your chips is equally, if not more important, as
focusing on how you throw your dice. Visiting Vegasí
Gamblerís General store is a must when it comes to
purchasing practice chips. Invest your money on chips in
denominations you actually play with in a live game.
Because I am big on visualization, when I first started
my serious practice, I bought green and black chips. I
did invest in white and red but I found myself always
practicing with the green and black ones. It did not
take me too long to feel the pull toward those quarter
tables. For me, buying these chips was money well spent.
If you are truly serious about your game, an investment
in chips is an investment in yourself. Please buy some
chips, get familiar with them and practice making money.
You are worth it.