Dice Setting Craps Advantage- 5 Resource Articles

CrapsAs a novice craps player, I admit knowing what bets to place, when to place them, and then shooting the dice to hit the wall and not obliterate the table of chips is daunting enough!  Let alone the nuances on how to shoot the dice.

Shooting at the Craps Table
Shooting at the Craps Table
Great Podcast fpr Craps, home poker games, and all sorts of gambling advice.
Great Podcast fpr Craps, home poker games, and all sorts of gambling advice.

Last year at VIMFP (the Vegas Internet Mafia Family Picnic – click on VIMFP to found out what it’s all about) I was introduced to those two craps fanatics, Mark & Dr. Mike from You Can Bet on That introduced me to craps.  An important note here – the best way to learn how to play craps is to play with someone who knows what their doing.  It’s a fast game with tons of quirks, rules and jargon that will boggle the novice craps player’s mind.  They were the best – thank Mark & Dr. Mike.

As i continue to get better at knowing the game, I came across the technique of “Dice-Setting.” Dice-setting, or the concept of “controlled shooting,” goes beyond simply “setting the dice” prior to shooting. It’s study and practice is to limit the rotational characteristics of the dice.

dice-settingThe theory is that if the dice are properly gripped and tossed at the correct angle they will land just before the back wall of the craps table, then gently touch the wall, greatly increasing the probability of their remaining on the same axis. If executed properly and consistently this technique would be able to change the game’s long-term odds from the house’s favor to the player’s favor.

To me, this sounds like the odds involved in Luke Skywalker’s chance to take down the first Death Star!  The chances of altering the odds when the dice bounce off a surface of rubber pyramids are probably much slimmer than blowing up the Death Star.

I call shenanigans for three reasons: 1) I seriously doubt that any human being has that kind of motor control; and 2) If someone were taking the casino for a ride, he’d have been spotted and banned, and the casinos would have instituted some kind of work-around so no one else could reproduce the feat.  3) Craps tables are not a consistent length. Some casinos are now offering extra long tables to get more players at one table with the same number table dealers.
But there is definite dissension among players.
The rule in casinos is that the both dice must fly through the air and bounce off the back wall of the table. That wall is made of rubber covered in many little pyramid shapes, specifically designed to randomize the action of the dice. Dice control systems all seem to depend on the assumption that a player will be allowed to ignore that rule. Without going into whether or not a person can develop such precise motor skills, I can tell you that even if you can, you will not be allowed to use them.
Dogs Playing Craps - Love It.
Dogs Playing Craps – Love It.

So, knowing I have gone as far as I can go in understanding the “voodoo” of dice-setting, I have links below to sway your interest one way or another.  Careful – you can’t always believe everything you read on the internet!

Have fun with these five articles/podcasts, then see what you think:
You Can Bet On That at iTunes – podcasts #98 & #60
Dice Control – The Craps Coach
The Dice Setters Training Room (extensive article) – AhCraps.com