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Dice Control and Dice Setting

Ever play a dice game and wish you could roll whatever number you wanted? How about Monopoly? When you really need to buy lots of properties at the beginning of the game, wouldn’t it be great if you could roll doubles? You can!

Just take your pair of dice and set them together with the sixes on top, a two and five facing you, and the threes showing on either end. Now put your thumb and index fingers over the threes, hold the dice six inches above the game board, and squeeze the dice lightly so the sixes come together as the dice fall from your grip. Because the dice are likely to bounce the same amount, you will get a number of doubles, and some 11’s. That’s good in Monopoly.

The dice on a craps game will act similarly if you learn to set them and throw them perfectly. Can that be done across 12-feet of green felt? Maybe. Dice setters believe it can. A person who learns to set the dice correctly, throw the dice correctly, and make wise bets on the craps game might be able to influence the outcome of numbers just enough to negate the house edge.

Just as learning basic strategy and counting cards can increase a player’s odds at blackjack, dice control may be able to increase a player’s odds at craps. And, even if it doesn’t, where is the harm? Dice setters can’t be certain of any one throw, so they can’t throw any number they want, but they just might be able to steer the dice towards certain numbers to improve their chances of winning.

Setting the Dice for Craps

In the casino, the idea of dice setting and lobbing the dice the same way every roll may seem impossible, but just a tiny advantage from trying to throw the dice so they rotate on their axis can make a difference.

Imagine you have already established a number on the pass line and want to throw lots of numbers before a seven. To take advantage of your dice control skills you now set your dice with the two’s on top and the four’s facing you. There will be five’s on the bottom and three’s where your third and fourth finger goes. Your index finger will be touching the one on the side, the other side where your pinky goes will be a six. Now you toss the dice back-handed with a flick of the wrist, palm down, so again the dice rotate as though there was an invisible bar right down the axis from the one spot side to the six side.

If that doesn’t make sense, think of paper towels on a horizontal roller. You want the dice to rotate just like the roll does with the one and six staying where they are. If you are able to perfect this toss, and have the dice hit the table with the same number facing up, you will reduce your chance of throwing a seven. It only takes a minor reduction in the number of seven’s you throw to increase you wins when you play the pass line.

Other Dice Sets

Now not all dice setters use the method of shooting or lobbing the dice outlined above. Some try to lob the dice by holding them between their thumb and middle finger so they don’t tumble at all, but regardless of what method works best for the shooter, the set of the dice is also important.

If you want to throw sevens, such as on the come-out roll or if you are betting the don’t-pass line and have already established a number, you might try the six and one up with a five and two facing you. The three will be on your left side with a four on the right, where your pinky goes. A six and one will obviously be on the bottom and a two-five on the far side. In theory, keeping the dice on axis will increase the number of seven’s rolled.

Rolling Seven

The game and odds of craps are based on the fact that seven is the easiest number to roll. Of the 36 dice combinations, six total to the number seven. For most dice control shooters, trying to reduce the number of seven’s thrown is the goal. And, since we know that with a pair of standard six-sided dice the number seven will appear on average once every six rolls, we can experiment and record our results to see if we are making any progress towards our ultimate goal of winning more money.

You don’t need your own craps table to practice your dice lob, you just need something to “catch” the dice after you lob them, keeping in mind that a wooden base with stretched felt and an “end” of the table facsimile that resembles egg cartons will work best. You can also find a craps game that is empty or close to it and just keep lobbing those dice, shot after shot, with just a minimum bet on the pass line – and maybe some odds if you feel inclined. Some local casinos still offer two and three-dollar craps, so go get your arm in shape.

Your Results May Vary

Of course your own results will vary, but it’s a fun pastime and you might just convince yourself to stop betting the hardways, the horn, and the other bets that ultimately increase the house edge to a number you are hard pressed to ever beat. Proposition bets should be occasional fun, not wagered every roll.

Keep track of your results at home and in the casino, and see if you can increase the rolls that occur between the number seven to above the statistical average of six. If you can just influence about 2% of the rolls, or one roll in 50, to not be a seven, you will be playing even with the house. Increase further and by taking 3-4-5 odds on a pass line bet you’ll have the edge. Is it possible? You’ll know if you practice and keep records.

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