Roll Charting the Tables
During our last Dice Busters workshop we
introduced the value of charting a table to the
The purpose of this exercise was to focus
attention on what is happening in real-time at
the tables. This way we are able to keep our
students fixated on the present moment and teach
them how to respond to the energy of the table
and more specifically what the dice rolls are
indicating in the moment of a particular
Charting is a simple way of gathering
information. It is a valuable way to understand
the prevailing energy of the table and whether
it will support the type of play a player wishes
to apply to a session.
Since bankroll preservation is our priority,
charting before entering a game can make or
break our session buy-in within the first 18
rolls. With patience and discipline we gain
insight as to what is happening at the table at
that specific moment in time.
We often call this qualifying the shooter
and the table.
Although there has always been much discussion,
both pro and con, as to whether anything can be
gained by gathering charted information, I
personally have always charted the tables I
play. I fell into the exercise of recording
rolls at the table since my coaching days with
Jerry Patterson and his
group. This was in the early 2000's and I found
at that time, and still do now, that I am able
to get a better sense of direction of what
numbers will be rolling.
saved myself a lot of chips by doing so and in
most cases taken my profit off the table at just
the right time.
Back in those
days while working with the students and
charting their rolls at the Fremont Casino in
Downtown Las Vegas a pit boss approached me to
inquire about what I was doing. I showed him my
note pad and told him I was recording the dice
rolls. "For what?" he responded. Well, I really
did not want to share that I was there helping
the players refine their tosses, so I simply
said "It helps me know what the next number will
The pit boss shook his head, smiled and said
"okay, what will the next number be?" I quickly
glanced at the rolls and responded "it will be a
four." As predicted, the next roll was a four.
Laughing, Mr. Pit boss walked off and left me
alone. That four wasn't the only roll I could
sense as the next roll. I could get a sense of
patterns of numbers appearing with some
regularity that could present betting
Since that time, I realized that there was a
greater value to roll charting than just
documenting what the left and right die were
doing as the student released their toss. There
seemed to be a greater influence being exerted
beyond just the mechanics. Perhaps a player
could get a sense of signature numbers and
patterns during a session by documenting the
patterns of the rolls.
I have to admit there was a time period when I
decided to leave the note pad at home with my
own personal shooting sessions. At that time I
was focused on refining other parts of my game.
I decided to take up charting once again after
cleaning out my closet and finding my old note
pads that documented rolls from my
coaching days and from previous Dice Buster
workshops. For me, I am able to bet more
strategically with note pad in hand than without
As I reviewed those old charts, I came to the
realization that the dice speak volumes about
their behavior. The key is to understand the
information collected in real time and make it
work for you. Trust what these two little cubes
are saying and then make the leap by betting
accordingly. Granted, there is a huge personal
paradigm shift that has to occur in order to
make this work.
Do we trust the information we see unfold before
us and act, or watch the opportunity just slip
If you are a player who believes he or she
influences the dice, then charting can be an
essential part of your dice playing tool box.
each player focuses their influence can be
debated. Some players believe we can influence
the dice through mechanics and other players
believe otherwise. Some players will believe
that charting has validity and others will think
there is no value in it because each dice roll
acts independent from the previous roll.
Here's a recent roll I recorded during a session
with my students. The session is recorded from
the time I bought-in at the table with a group
of students from our workshop. Does anything
"pop-out" at you?
2- 5- 9- 7- 8- 10- 10- 7- 8- 9- 9- 62
8- 10- 9- 6- 9- 5- 5- 6- 8- 11- 8- 9
3- 4- 5- 9- 6- 11- 9- 9- 3- 7- 3- 8
10- 4- 6- 6- 9- 6- 9- 10- 7- 8- 6- 4
7- 2- 3- 11- 8- 7- 6- 4- 9- 9- 5- 6
4- 3- 5- 5- 10- 7- 9- 5- 7- 6- 5- 8
9- 9- 4- 4- 5 -2- 2- 8- 9- 7- 11- 5
3- 11- 7- 5- 6- 7- 5- 9- 4- 4- 7- 9
5- 11- 11- 7
Here are some of the things I noticed:
10- 10- 7-
9- 9- 6
9- 6- 9- 5- 5- 6- 8- 11- 8- 9
3- 4- 5- 9- 6- 11- 9- 9- 3-
10- 4- 6- 6- 9- 6- 9- 10-
2- 3- 11-
4- 9- 9- 5-
3- 5- 5- 10-
9- 9- 4- 4- 5 -2- 2- 8- 9-
3- 11- 7-
9- 4- 4- 7-
5- 11- 11- 7
Of the 100 rolls, 13 are 7's.
Within normal probability, this number
should be 16.6.
Since the 7's are less than the probability, one
would think we have a hot table.
But look at the numbers again. There is
only one natural come-out 7.
There were only 2 passes made and 12
Don't passes made. In this case, betting against
the shooter would be the way to go.
Also look at how the numbers fell.
10's 9's are signature numbers
9's and 5's are signature numbers
9's are still signature numbers
6's and 9's are signature numbers
6's and 9's are signature numbers
5's are signature numbers
9's and 4's are signature numbers
4's are signature numbers.
Watch the game closely and selectively and then
bet the signature numbers for only a limited
time. In this case you would have made money on
When something happens enough times at the
tables, how many times does it have to keep
occurring before players decide to act upon it?
This goes beyond the "see a horn, bet a horn"
mentality. It has to do with reading the
prevailing energy and observing the signature
numbers occurring in the moment and being able
to weave in and out of the game as the seven
cycle comes through. Or, with this information
in hand, a player can simply hold back and wait
for a better playing opportunity.
Watching this most recent documented session
unfold, it was easy for me to weave in and out
with my bets. And at certain points I called-off
those bets to preserve my profit.
Some observers scratch their heads believing
that documentation doesn't work. That's okay
with me. I won't debate the issue with anyone as
I count the profit from my session while other
players sigh from a draw down all from the same
The best player I know that has learned how to
weave in and out of the game through charting is
the Dice Coach. Having been to the craps tables
for as long as he has, charting has become a
valuable tool for him and I have watched him
profit more often than not.
Another valuable message was shared by Michael
Vernon, aka The Professor, during our last Dice
He said "nothing in life has meaning
except the meaning you give it."
This is very true in both the game of craps and
in life. If things occur during the game and
grab your attention, then it is up to us to
assess whether it has meaning to us or not. That
is the same with charting. If taking a pen to
paper during a game has no meaning to you then,
as The Professor also likes to state, "Take no
As for me I try to notice all things, - with pen
and paper in hand.
See you at the tables.