Heavy's Dice Set
Distributions 
You often hear Advantage Shooters talking
about the various dice sets for controlled rolling. The flying V3's for example,
or the Yo set with the sevens facing up and down table. What we often don't
recognize, though, is that those two sets are exactly the same. The dice are
oriented on the same axis. The shooter simply has different numbers facing "up."
The Irish Setter shows photographs of his six favorite sets in the dice setting
area. Well, the fact is these are the ONLY sets.
That's right. There are exactly six different axial sets. Again, the only
difference is which number the shooter chooses to have "up" or "facing down
table." For simplicity
sake I have arranged the sets in the chart below showing the axial faces of the
individual sets. Remember, the axial set refers to the numbers showing on the
SIDES (left/right) of each individual die prior to the toss. The objective is to
toss the dice "on axis"  as if there were a steel rod driven through the two
dice like an automobile axle. The dice tumble or roll forward without any
excessive bouncing, pitch, yaw, etc. Granted, the toss is a challenge, but you
only have to control one roll out of 43 to turn the odds in your favor.
Let's look at the
3434 set first  the left die will have the 3 on the left face and the 4 on the
right face. The right die will have the 3 on the left face and the 4 on the
right face. If you have a pair of dice get them out and orient them like this.
For the sake of this example, let's put the hard ten facing up  the twelve
facing your chest, the hard four facing down  and the aces facing toward the
computer screen. This is a preferred set for the come out roll. Why? Look at the
distribution of numbers it yields when rolled on axis.
There are four
ways to make the seven and two ways to make the eleven. Instead of 8 naturals
out of 36 combinations on a random roll  you have 6 naturals out of 16
combinations. The math of this should be obvious, even to those handicapped by
advanced degrees.
Okay, let's assume
you throw five naturals before establishing a point  which turns out to be a
ten. What do you do next?
You have your
choice of two axial sets. The first is the 5252, which provides you with two
ways to hit the ten when rolled on axis. But look at the incidence of sevens in
this combination. There are four ways to make the sevens with this set  when
rolled on axis.
So a better choice
is to switch to the 3416 set  which reduces the incidence of the seven to two
ways. Suddenly, instead of having 21 odds against winning on the ten  it is an
even money bet. Suddenly, you have a 21 ADVANTAGE over the house on the free
odds bet on the ten.
That, my friend, is what dice setting and controlled rolling is all about.
COMBINATIONS PRODUCING THESE DICE
TOTALS

DICE SET 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
10 
11 
12 
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3434
(straight 6's) 
1 
2 
1 
0 
2 
4 
2 
0 
1 
2 
1 
5252
(parallel 6's) 
1 
0 
2 
2 
1 
4 
1 
2 
2 
0 
1 
1616
(PARR all 7's) 
0 
0 
1 
2 
3 
4 
3 
2 
1 
0 
0 
3452
(crossed 6's) 
1 
1 
1 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
1 
1 
1 
3416
(mini V) 
0 
1 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
1 
0 
5216
(V 3's) 
0 
1 
1 
2 
3 
2 
3 
2 
1 
1 
0 
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