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Losing money the wrong way

In a perfect world, you’d never have to worry about thieves in the casino. Or if you did, everyone would be on the same team trying to cheat the house, and not each other. Such is not the case in reality, though, especially in cities like Las Vegas or Atlantic City, where gambling and alcohol not only attracts the cream of the gambling crop.

What am I getting at? Well, at the craps table, unless you’re aware of your surroundings, leaving your chips without a plan is like laying out cheese for a rat. With the pit crews watching the players everywhere for signs of a cheater, it’s less likely they’ll focus in on a quick thief as much as you’d like to believe.

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And in the world of craps, where you’re probably standing up, cheering with the mob, watching waitresses go by, paying attention to the board and the roll for longer than you should – it all makes an ideal setting for a talented thief.

It’s your responsibility to keep a close eye on your chips. Because getting them stolen is just going in the hole the wrong way, and it can be prevented. The thieves can be just a professional as the players at the blackjack table, and they, too, often work in teams. One will distract, one will create a diversion, and before you can look back a third person has made off with half your stack.

Surely, your attention can’t be on your chips the entire time, and if you’re there for a while, you’re going to have more than you can hold in your hand, so how else can you protect them? The other players aren’t interested in watching over your money, neither is the dealer. So your best course of action is to minimize the opportunity for a major loss. I read a great tactic that I highly recommend, called capping. This involves putting a souvenir, $1 chip on the end of each roll, and always keep your chips in a plastic house – tightly packed. Have extra $1 chips to ensure your stacks stay tightly packed. Yeah, it takes constant attention, but a thief is much less likely to risk exposure trying to grab some loose $1 chips. In addition, they know it’s extremely difficult to take packed chips from the middle of a housed stack. It’s not even worth risking. And if they pull one out from the end, it’s a $1 chip that you’ll notice is missing (because it’s a different color than the other chips) – so you lose nothing but gain the knowledge that it’s not a safe playing environment.

Getting to grips with holding the dice like an expert

If you are partial to throwing the dice at the craps table when you visit a casino, you may or may not realise that there are actually three factors in controlling the dice effectively; setting, gripping and then throwing. By following the tips mentioned here you will be able to grip the dice correctly after setting them, and thus ensuring that your throw is a lot more accurate.

You should start to prepare you gripping procedure from the moment the stickman starts to push the dice in your direction. In order that you can produce the desired result, you have to grip the dice in a certain way that ensure they both leave your hands correctly and stay together when thrown.  The first step is looking at the dice to see which numbers are facing upwards. Then visualise what you have to do to the dice to turn them into the position you want them.

If you are following a rule of the pros and tipping the dealer, you can ask then to give them as ‘all sixes’ one of the easiest positions to manipulate. All sixes is exactly how it sounds; both dice have a 6 facing up, the 1 will be on the bottom, and the combinations of 4/3 or 2./5 will be on the sides.

You should buy a pair of regulation size dice and practice with them when at home, this allows you to speed up the setting after the stick man returns them and avoid holding up the game by fumbling about. Many boxmen will complain if you take too long over your setting and the last thing you want is to alienate the dealers.

When the current shooter hits the sevens, watch what the stickman does. He returns the dice to the bowl then chooses 5 dice and pushes them in your direction. If you are looking for a hard way set, look for the dice with a 2, a 4 or a 6 facing up, enabling you to set them quicker. Once you have established a point however you will have the same dice returned every time, and have to set them even faster.

The easiest method to set dice quickly is very simple; just remember that the opposite sides always add up to 7. Also remember that it all has to be done with one hand, and if your other one comes anywhere near the dice you will suffer the wrath of the boxman who has the power to take the dice off you if he suspects they have been touched by both hands.

Once flipped, you have to make sure they will travel together on parallel paths. The only way to do this is to ensure that your finger pressure is equal, something that comes with practice, and should be tried out as much as possible at home. When you have mastered the gripping, setting and throwing you can take your place on that table, and become a player instead of the spectator.