Quebec and entering Ontario is physically uneventful.
One sign thanks you for visiting their province and the other one welcomes
you to theirs.
there is a psychological eventfulness that does accompany that passage for most
players. I think its related to the
fact that you are re-entering the rest of Canada where English is still the primary
spoken language, and leaving behind a province where French dominates.
a craps player who has tossed the bones at places as far flung as the Tinian Dynasty Hotel
in the Northern Mariana Islands and the Allure Resort in Myanmar, all the way to the
Hilton Madagascar in Antananarivo and the old Benin Marina Hotel in Cotonou (when both of
those places still had craps); it doesnt really matter to me what the primary
language of any jurisdiction is as long as I get to shoot the dice my way and
Im paid correctly when I do. However
Ive noted a palpable sense of relaxation in other players when they return from
layouts where the game is called in more than one language.
Though an English-only game may have less continental flair to it, most players
seem to take greater comfort in the more prosaic game-calls
and in that vein, I too
was glad to be headed back to a more familiar tongue.
one hour north of Toronto lays this sprawling resort that is owned by the Ontario
leased to the Mnjikaning
tribe of Indians
and operated by Penn National Gaming.
know Penn as the company that also operates Casino Magic and Boomtown in Biloxi/Bay St.
Louis; Casino Rouge in Baton Rouge; and of course the three Hollywood Casinos in Tunica,
Shreveport and Aurora.
their seven full-fledged gaming operations, I would put this one pretty much on top of the
heap, although it does have a couple of shortcomings that are more related to convenient
access than to anything related to gaming or resort-operations.
casino is well laid out and easy to maneuver around.
The staff here is unfailingly outstanding, and there are more than a handful
of VERY skilled shooters who call Casino Rama their home base. That potent combination makes their craps tables
an ideal no-hassle place for some high-dollar day-in, day-out withdrawals. Ill have much more to say on this subject in
a few moments.
they only have four tables here, all of them are of the same length and have the same
bounce-characteristics; which means that if you can master one, then you can master them
early morning usually sees only one $5 table open, but if a second one is in operation, it
is almost always of the $25 variety.
mid-day there is never a lack of players, and additional tables are brought online (of the
$10 or sometimes $15 variety) especially during the summer cottage season which stretches
from mid-May through to late-October and then re-ignites from mid-December through to late
March for the skiing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing and winter-sports crowd.
you wont always be able to get into your favorite position on the cheap tables, the
$15 and $25 variety offer a decent selection of prime shooting spots a fair percentage of
Darkside shooting, these tables are excellent.
the dice dont move around the table as quickly as you might like especially on the
crowded $5 tables; the dice roll so smoothly and rebound off the wall so slickly,
that it is very tempting to endure additional dice-cycles around the table just to be able
to shoot another great looking (and good paying) hand.
feel perfectly at home while playing on these tables.
perform similarly to the 12-footers at Bellagio, Mirage and Venetian. Smooth, sweet and straight dice-travel with silky
on-axis rebound from the backwall result in some dice-reactions that initially unnerve
semi-skilled shooters because these types of tables can make you look incredibly skilled
due to the neutral reaction that they impart. Many
dicesetters arent used to that.
that is not to say that it will turn a bad throw into a good one. Rather, it will take your good ones and
turn them into consistently great ones, and to me that makes a huge
difference when it comes to tallying up your profit at the end of a session.
not magic, its just a matter of marrying your throw-dynamics (force, trajectory,
spin, apogee, landing-angle, and rollout energy) with Casino Ramas somewhat
accommodating (dare I say, forgiving) bounce and straight-tracking
table-characteristics to make your dice-influencing skills coalesce (come together and
work in harmony WITH the table) instead of having to fight against an oppositional (or at
least dynamically-disturbing) layout that drives many players to distraction.
Darkside Shooting Requires LESS Skill to Succeed
an accomplished dice-influencer, Darkside-shooting is noticeably less risky than it is for
an equally skilled Rightside shooter.
is to say, successful Rightside and Darkside shooting does not require equal skills
to mirror each other in the money-making department.
first blush, the house-edge that both sides have to overcome (based on PL vs. DP
house-edge) is pretty much the same. However,
the preponderance of a 7-dominant set (with four
possible 7s on-axis), outweigh the Rightsiders strongest 7-avoidance set
that sees a maximum of any particular PL-number maxed out at three on-axis appearances.
example, youll find three on-axis
6s or 8s (while using the V-3 or PARR A-7 set if you are shooting for a
PL-Point repeater of 6 or 8), and a max of two on-axis appearances of
your PL-Point if it is either the 4, 5, 9, or 10 (while using the V-2 or X-6 set).
other words, not only are the dice mechanically skewed towards the 7 in a randomly-rolled
game, but in the hands of a skilled dice-influencer it is easier for him to throw an
intentional 7-Out (with four possible on-axis 7s) than it
is for him to throw any particular PL-Point winner where there is a maximum of either two
or three on-axis PL-win opportunities.
obviously were only looking at the PL and DP in total isolation from all the other
bets on the layout, but I think that it is important for you to understand the basis on
which I made the Darkside-shooting requires less skill to succeed
things being equal, it is easier to 7-Out (using an appropriate 7-dominant set)
than it is to repeat your PL-Point (using an appropriate 7-avoidance set).
the Darkside-shooter has a 4-in-16 on-axis chance to get a desired 7-Out.
how does that 1-in-4 (25%) appearance-rate compare to the Rightsider who is trying to roll
have a look:
Rightsider trying to repeat his PL-Point of 6 or 8 has a 3-in-16 on-axis chance (while
using a prime 7-avoidance set like the V-3). While
still turning in a strong 18.75% appearance-rate, it doesnt quite offer the same
attraction as the Darksiders 25% per-roll win-opportunity.
about if the Rightsiders PL-Point is a 4, 5, 9, or 10?
using the appropriate 7-avoidance set (like the V-2 or X-6), the Rightsider has a 2-in-16
on-axis chance of delivering a 4, 5, 9, or 10 PL-winner.
That equates to a 12.5% appearance-rate which only offers one-half
of the Darksiders 25% per-roll win-opportunity.
dont get me wrong
I still shoot from the Rightside, and in fact the lions share
of my profit still comes from Do-side shooting, but I wanted to illustrate again just how
much easier it is to obtain a win for a Darksider than it is for an EQUALLY SKILLED
definitely something to think about when you are considering your current skill-set,
weighing various win-objectives and considering a range of betting-options. Since this series is all about shooting from the
Darkside, a clear-eyed look at what it takes to succeed on it obviously has to figure into
As with any casino, youll find a high percentage of random-rollers at Casino Rama
who have absolutely no idea of how to control the dice.
of course is no surprise.
IS a surprise is that youll almost always run into a least one semi-skilled
Precision-Shooter at Ramas tables. That
in and of itself presents a legitimate money-making opportunity for any keenly aware
its necessary to pre-qualify ANY shooter that you choose to bet on, you can
sometimes use past-performance to indicate future potential (but not
unconditional profit assuredness) in judging various betting options.
Casino Rama there are a handful of talented Precision-Shooters who ably deliver a steady
flow of hand-after-hand reliable performances, and in doing so, their demonstrated skills
offer some fairly tasty betting prospects.
important to note that its not necessary for an advantage-player to offer-up a
dazzling array of mega-hands in order to make consistent money from this game. Though this message is largely lost on aspiring
dice-influencers who think that jumbo-hands are a requirement in order to make money;
reliable profit can be more easily found in the mundane (and far more frequent)
less-than-headline-making hands that are the stock-and-trade of journeyman
and those are the kind of fellow dice-influencers that youll
see at Rama.
you are interested in learning more about the intriguing (and profit-making part) of
dicesetting that derives steady profit even from Rightside-shooters with relatively low
SRRs, I would invite you to have a serious look at my
Frequency Compensate For Shortness? article.
any event this tour is about Darkside-shooting where we are aiming for as low of a
Sevens-to-Rolls point-cycle ratio as possible; so lets pick up the dice and take a
shot at an early 7-out here at Rama.
actually spent my entire shooting-day by bouncing between three tables where the $5 one
was fairly crowded and the other two were only moderately-populated.
I was shooting from the Darkside and I wanted to get my hands on the dice as often as
possible, I was willing to get set up at one table and shoot when the dice came to me, and
then immediately depart for an open position at another table as the dice were cycling
nearer an equally advantageous throwing-spot.
ended up doing that for most of the afternoon.
enabled me to increase my throwing from 1.3 hands-per-hour (by just standing and waiting
for the dice to cycle back around at the busier $5 table), to just over 3.2 hands-per-hour
by shootin and scootin by way of immediately seeking out greener
pastures on a different table where the dice were nearing an open player-position.
Table Game Supervisors here are pretty observant and will keep your Rating Card open and
active as you move about the craps pit. That
way, your comps will continue to rack up just as your more frequent shooting-opportunities
should continue to rack up self-made throwing profit as well. More frequent shooting is also a great way to keep
a keen edge on your sharply-honed skills. After all, you are the one with a
shooting-advantage. You came to shoot and
not to stand around while everyone else who doesnt have an advantage has
their turn. Anything you do to increase the
frequency or utility of your positive-expectation skills, the more profit youll end
up putting in your pocket.
will readily admit that my constant departure and re-arrival at a table did cause a few
audible moans and groans from players that had semi- permanently stationed themselves
there. In truth, they were none too happy to
see me arrive at their table again and none too sad to see me leave.
unhappiness was not unreasonable.
you have someone who comes into their game
sets up a big wager on the World (and the
Dont Pass of all places) and proceeds to throw a few Pass-line eroding Come-out
2s, 3s and 12s (along with a few Pass-line plumping 7s and
and then he lays some big money as DP-Odds
and he subsequently
proceeds to throw a quick 7-Out
before abandoning the table before the next shooter
has even picked out a pair of dice from the five that the stickman is offering.
I can understand their unhappiness
especially when the same player pulls that
identical Im-only-here-to-shoot-one-hand move again and again and
were a couple of times when guys who normally only take up two or three rail-spots with
their girth miraculously morphed into a rapidly-spreading rail-glacier that managed to
take up more table-rail real estate than a Barnum & Bailey circus elephant.
was undaunted by their behavior and they were undaunted by my DP-shooting.
continued to bet on the Pass-line, and I continued to shoot and win on the Dont
Pass. It wasnt exactly a symbiotic
relationship and there definitely werent any group-hugs being organized; but they
grudgingly tolerated my presence.
was kind of surprised that there was barely a handful of Rightsiders who would switch over
to join me on the Darkside when I was shooting. There
was one table that I jumped on time and time and time again, and in each case it took no
more than six or eight throws for me to 7-Out, yet not one of them changed their usual
Rightside betting-pattern. Were not
talking about a time or two when I went to that table and shot from the Dont while
they watched their PL line-bets, Odds and Place-wagers all fall
about well over a dozen or so times; yet it was the same story
and the same result EVERY time
yet they never varied their
betting-pattern by one iota. Go figure!
silently wondered to myself just how many times I would have been able to do that before
at least ONE OF THEM (at that particular table) caught on and went with my quite-obvious-by-now
was keeping accurate track of how many rolls it was taking me to throw the desired 7-Out
(once I established my DP-Point).
I was satisfied with what I would term my LOW-average (if I factored
out the aberrant and somewhat worrisome long hands), it was higher than I wanted it to be
when those long-hands were factored in. Obviously
I wanted to give my Darkside dice-influencing the most objective of appraisals if I
honestly wanted to find additional ways to improve my anti-Point rolling. Those occasional deviant long hands were showing
up just often enough to prove to be somewhat distracting.
Though it was not enough to disrupt my income, it was enough to distract me
from betting more during times when I knew that I should be putting more wagering-weight
on my actual advantage.
decided to end my last session of Day One a little early when I started thinking too much
about this particular subject. I headed up to
my suite to mull it over; to review the days results, and to make plans for dinner.
suites here are actually a very easy-to-get mid-week comp, although the same suite for a
weekend-stay raises the minimum-play requirement quite a bit higher.
there are no regular rooms here
just suites; there is a range of them to cater
to every budget.
basic and most plentiful run-of-the-mill suites are what I would classify as a Vegas-style
mini-suite. Their Players Club suites come
with upgraded amenities and a Jacuzzi; while their best suites are held for full-ride
premium-players (or people who are actually willing to pay upwards of $800 a night during
mid-season). Each suite (no matter what its
hierarchal status) has its own individual gas fireplace and a wide-vista pastoral
offers a bit of a twist in that you can order off of their regular room-service menu, or
you can order directly from five of their premium restaurants (out of their nine
on-premise facilities). That enables
their Asian clientele (or those who enjoy traditional Asian cuisine) to enjoy some of the
more exotic specialties that you wouldnt normally find on a run-of-the-mill
completed my session-notes for the day and reviewed the results.
three separate sessions had eaten up more than six hours of table-time and yielded a
substantial net-profit (especially when gauged on a per-throw and per-dollar-bet basis),
but what really stood out was the amount of money that I had made off of several talented
shooters that had thrown some truly memorable hands.
though I was shooting from the Darkside when I got the dice, I was perceptive enough to
recognize and capture some additional casino-cheque treasures whenever a skilled
Rightsider was influencing the outcomes in an exploitable way. Surprisingly, when I was the one handling the
dice, very few of them followed my lead in switching all gears and all wagers in favor of
my quite obvious Dont-side intentions.
one session on the $25 table, one clearly-skilled shooter threw hands of 27-rolls,
19-rolls, 38-rolls, 8-rolls, 23-rolls, and 41-rolls during one block of time when only he,
I and two other players were at the table. I
was shooting from the Darkside, with my Come-Out cycle averaging almost five rolls (4.8
average) before establishing the Point, and finding the 7-Out within three to eleven rolls
(5.3 rolls on average) after establishing my DP-Point (that figure includes the setting of
the Point as well as the eventual 7-Out roll).
I was making decent money on my C-O rolls as well as my anti-Point DP-shooting; it was the
stellar shooting from the guy at the other end of the table that proved to be a generous
profit-contributor insofar as generating about half of the money that filled my rack with
almost two full loaves of big-dollar ($100) chips.
also reflected on the fact that it was sometimes taking me up to ten or eleven rolls
before bringing about the 7-Out during certain hands.
Though I never shot myself in the foot by throwing a DP-Point repeater, it
was a bit disturbing that I twice hit the 11-roll mark.
I finally figured out that my best Come-Out rolls (where I was making a
steady stream of Horn-hits), were ending up as my most difficult-to-7-Out hands. My initial interrogative-deduction was that I was
relaxing a bit too much when I had just made a pile of money on the C-O, and
therefore I had been letting down my shooting-focus a bit as soon as I established my
little bit of reduced focus was adding at least three additional rolls to my Point-cycle
before I was able to bring it back on-beam and then throw what should have been a
five or six-roll point-cycle 7-Out.
kind of chuckled to myself that I still suffer through some of the same things that plague
novice Precision-Shooters when their dice-influencing starts to show tangible results for
them. I was pretty sure that realizing the
problem went a long way to making sure that I didnt repeat it on Day Two.
at Rinaldos (their semi-gourmet Italian restaurant) was as passable as
I had previously experienced, but it remained uninspired in a pedestrian sort of way.
had a late start on Day Two.
to some commitments outside of the casino, it was nearly 1 p.m. when I first stepped up to
the tables. The $5 one was completely jammed
while the $25 layout that I had played yesterday now hosted just three guys including the
stellar shooter from the day before. If I
didnt know better I would have guessed that he had stayed at the table all night
long. His five-oclock shadow from the
previous day had grown into a full-blown Miami Vice era Don Johnson stubble, and his rack
was filled with black, purple, orange and gray chips, so his slightly disheveled
casino-pall appearance could be forgiven.
had my money and my Players Card out and ready to throw down on the table when I noticed
it was no longer a $25 game. I must admit
that I hesitated for more than a moment when I realized it was now a $100-minimum game. I also realized of course that my already in-hand
$500 buy-in wouldnt be nearly enough either, so I increased that to $1000.
in reality, a $1000 buy-in on a $100 game still isnt sufficient, but I didnt
want to jump in too deeply before I had a chance to test the water, and I further figured
that if the table wasnt performing to my liking, I could bail out before too much
damage was wrought.
didnt bet on anyone until the dice came to me.
It was a good thing because all the random-rollers stunk. Save and except for the great shooter from
yesterday, these guys could chicken-feed just as bad as the low-rollers at the nearby $5
table, but they were losing five-times faster (or at least for five times as much money)
in the process.
the dice came to me, I had to reconfigure my Come-Out action to better reflect the
high-minimum that was now sitting on the Dont Pass line. I opted to go with $50 in World-action because my
normal $25 on that combo wouldnt cover a C-O line-bet loss nearly as well as it
should. I even considered bypassing the C-O
prop-action completely and trying to quickly establish a tough-to-repeat DP-Point. I also considered doing a slight Doey-Dont
Offset (where Id have $100 on the PL and perhaps ~$125 on the DP), but also opted
not to do that.
did a bit of a quick self-appraisal to figure out if I was too spooked by the higher
bet-level requirement in order to shoot properly. Since
I wasnt, I decided to proceed with my normal course of action, albeit with a
significantly modified bet-level.
hindsight things worked out, but if they hadnt, Im sure that I would have been
admonishing myself for NOT using the D-D Offset play. Though its human nature to congratulate
yourself for outstanding wisdom when things work in your favor, and to curry excuses when
it doesnt; I was fully cognizant of the fact that it could have gone either way if I
had dwelled too much on the amount-of-money-at-risk versus the required skill-of-shooting. In this case, Ill take the glory from
shooting a modestly decent hand (8 rolls before I 7ed-Out), but readily admit that I
was not all that comfortable with so much money ($100 DP plus $300 in less-than-full
laid-Odds) for my first roll of the day.
my C-O World action failed to generate anything on my first hand, it performed quite a bit
better when the dice came around on subsequent rotations.
an example of my second go-round with the dice on this table:
C-O 11 (for a net-profit of $10 after everything was paid for and replaced) was not enough
to justify any World-action increases, but the second toss brought out a reversed-mirror
C-O 3 (which gave a little more satisfaction on the profit-front for a further net-win of
$210). That, in and of itself was not enough
of a confidence-builder to warrant a World-pressure increase, although in a $25 or under
game it certainly would have prompted a move to the $50 bet-level that was currently in
next two tosses resulted in a C-O loser 7 (providing a combined net-loss of $200 from
those two), while the following 12-midnight result took a bit of the sting off of it by
providing a bit-better-than-an equalizing-wash of +$60 in offsetting the two
previous throws. I came right back with
another 3 and then an 11, so although my C-O cycle was long, it wasnt providing the
kind of money that it should have been (considering that I had thrown the dice seven times
so far on this hand, yet the DP/World combo had only produced a net-profit of $500).
understand that Im not turning up my nose at a $500 profit, its just that with
that kind of money ($100 on the DP and a $50 World), and seven C-O tosses; youd
expect a bit more from the profit-department. Im
always harping about betting properly, but in this case I KNEW that I wasnt wagering
properly, yet I was committed to NOT putting more money on the layout (especially
not on the World-bet even though it was producing results) simply because the entry-fee
for this level of play (at a $100 table) had spooked me a bit more than I had realized at
the back of my mind, I knew that I would become desensitized to the high table-minimum in
fairly short order (and then look back on this moment and kick myself for not betting it
up when the opportunity presented itself), but I also didnt want to kick my
confidence in the ass by being too aggressive on a table-minimum that I hadnt played
at in more than few months.
ended up staying at the $100 table for several hours.
I restrict my session time, but I eventually got into a comfortable groove with my own
shooting in addition to making some really outstanding money from the stellar
Precision-Shooter (who I thought would fall asleep in between the times when he was
waiting for the dice to come to him). I asked
him if he wanted to join me for lunch (as a subtle way of getting him to leave the table
while his two feet could still support him and as a way of thanking him for the great
profit that his good shooting had provided to my bankroll) instead of watching him lose a
big chunk of his winnings (as he was definitely starting to do now). He politely declined, but what I found
interesting was that although I was betting WITH him (by wagering a table-minimum
$440-Inside on his dominant Inside Place-numbers and slowly ratcheting them up)
when he was shooting; he was sticking to his
PL/Full-Odds/Place-bets-converted-to-traveled-Come-bets-with-Full-Odds approach when I
every dollar that he was making during his own hands
he was giving back at least half
of it every time that the dice came to me.
everyone is free to bet their own money in any way they want; I would have thought that an
astute dice-influencer like him would have recognized and modified his wagering-approach
when another Precision-Shooter with an entirely different game-plan was doing his own
thing with the dice.
well, each to his own.
he managed to drop about eight to twelve thousand on more than a few of my hands; when he
finally decided to call it a day, he still colored out with a net-profit of just over
so he still took away a sizeable win no matter how you look at it.
soon as he left, the chief cook/bottle-washer/acting Pit Boss had the Boxman pull the
tables black rate-card and replace it with a more reasonably colored green one.
that we were back to the more comfortable $25 level, I knew that I could apply a bit more
betting-flexibility to my game. At the new
lower level, it was akin to switching from a $25 game and moving down to a $5 table. I know its mostly psychological (oh, and somewhat
economic), but the lower stress of having less money on the table gave me a renewed sense
hard to explain it, but the new lower minimum-bet requirements allowed me to ramp up my
Odds-bets (as a percentage of my base DP-bet) and actually draw more profit off of the
table (as a percentage of my exposed betting-action) than I had at the higher table-limit. Although that may sound counter-intuitive, it
makes a lot of sense when you realize just how tight my wagering had been (when I was
shooting) while the bet-requirement was at the higher $100 rate. Though I was making tons of money off of Mr.
Stellar-Shooter during his hands, I was a little hesitant to go past the third
progression on my C-O World-pressing (like we discussed in
Three of this series) when I was the shooter. Now that we were back to a more comfortable
starting-bet level, I was able to run that Come-Out progression all the way up to the
sixth level (twice) with nary a concern about the amount of money that I had on the table
(or any indication of anxiety from the Pit-dwellers either).
about fifteen minutes of grasping the fact that the high-roller table was now back to its
more usual $25 level, it filled up with a half-dozen players who had been frozen out by
the previously high price of this one, yet shut out of the other too-crowded-to-breathe $5
table on the other side of the pit.
had a saddlebags worth of chips which I colored-out after my last hand (which lasted
just four Point-cycle rolls before I managed to throw the DP-winner 7).
felt like eating the biggest slab of prime-AAA cow that I could find
and I knew
exactly where to look for it.
at Casino Rama had exactly what I was looking for
and they gave it to me exactly how
I wanted it. In this case I was looking for
the rarest (and thickest) piece of slow-cooked Prime Rib that they could cut, and then to
high-temp grill it just long enough to imprint some dark char-marks on both sides. The 22-hour slow-cook process imparts the
tenderness, while the 3-minutes of flame-sear grill time imparts added character,
taste-dimension and flavor.
third day at Rama can be characterized by two words
played three mid-length sessions on D-3 with a new focus on the Odds component of my DP
Come-Out action was going well and I had a good handle on where it could take me
financially in the future. I was averaging
close to five C-O rolls before establishing the Point, and since the table I was on was
back to its normal $25 level, I felt comfortable enough to run my usual World-bet
progression. That element was working out
beyond anything that I had expected as far as sustainable and pretty huge profitability
Point-cycle shooting also remained on track although my p-c average wasnt going down
by any marked amount. I was averaging just
over five rolls (including the creation of the PL-Point) before I was able to destroy it
with a DP-winner. To my mind, that was an
acceptable number, and it was clearly showing a demonstrated DP-shooting advantage that
warranted even MORE wagering-weight. Yesterdays
performance at the $100-minimum confirmed it, as well as boosting my higher base-bet
confidence even further.
brings us to the matter of Odds.
first glance, using Odds as a force-multiplier (yes, even when they are the inverse of
their Pass-Line counterparts) should be a fairly simple assessment for most accomplished
and in truth it is, but there are some subtleties that allow even more
profit-extraction from a straight-forward betting proposition like DP-Odds.
Odds on the Dont
we get into the details, let me give you my philosophy about Laying Odds on Dont
your Precision-Shooting gives you a validated advantage over the house, and
choose to shoot from the Donts, and
play at tables where the dice cycle round to you quickly enough in order to get your paws
on the dice often enough, or if you are stopping at successive tables or additional
casinos to do a quick Hit n Run DP-raid, and
dont have any misgivings about shooting from the Donts, or feel any pangs of
guilt when your good Dont-side shooting knocks off all the other rightside-players
money (even if it is BIG money), then
LAY MAXIMUM ODDS on your DP-bets
and roll that SEVEN.
remember that Im making this statement after just telling you that I was hesitant to
Lay max-Odds when I was shooting from the Donts on the $100 table, but the fact
and the fact remains
that if you have a discernable and present edge
over the house on any given exploitable bet; then it is in your best interests to
capitalize on it. In this situation, we are
talking about taking maximum advantage of free-odds to your highest comfort and
having said all of that, it is CRITICALLY important for you to balance EVERY bet-decision
against your current bankroll, your current shooting-skill and your current bet-level
comfort. In my situation, my bankroll is
perfectly comfortable with the highest of bet-levels, yet psychologically as a player, I
am nowhere near that point as far as my comfort-level is concerned.
lets put this in context
you are betting at a level that you (and your bankroll) are comfortable with; then
max-Odds for a skilled dice-influencer (who has a verified and substantive edge over the
bets that he is making) is the best bet that you can make.
much do I believe in this concept?
some cases, I'll even "over-Lay" my DP-Point by adding an
additional Lay-bet against the Point. That
is, Ill make a further bet against the same number that Ive already
established as the Point.
in addition to putting the fullest of allowable Odds to back up my DP-bet (if I firmly
believe that I can bring about a 7-Out before accidentally repeating the Point), then
Ill put my money where my Precision-Shooting faith is.
that case Ill make a Lay-bet against the Point for an amount that reflects that
faith in my shooting. Even when you factor in
the cost of paying the vigorish for this type of bet, it is nonetheless a strong play when
you have a validated shooting-advantage over the casino.
that concept flies in the face of conventional wisdom based on the low
House-Advantage/Expected-Value on a DP-bet once the Point has been established, versus the
much higher HA / EV against a "bought" Lay-bet; it makes outstanding economic
sense (read: PROFIT!) for me to do that on certain DP-Point numbers.
Day Three I experimented with varying amounts of Lay-bets that coincided with the Point,
though I didnt do it every time that I got the dice.
My decision was based in part on how my throw was actually feeling during
the just-completed Come-Out portion of my hand, and partly on the actual number that I
established as the anti-Point.
found that betting against (and winning on) the No-5 and No-9 was quite often easier to do
(while using the S-6 dice-set when 5 or 9 was the PL-Point) than winning against the No-4
or No-10 (when either of them was the Point I was trying to avoid).
that I mean that I was able to bring about the 7-Out by at least a roll or two SOONER by
using the Straight-Sixes set while shooting against 5 or 9, than it was taking me to 7-Out
when shooting against the 4 or 10 using any of the 7-dominant sets. As a matter of fact, it was just as easy to 7-Out
against the 6 or 8 (using the Parallel-Sixes set) as it was to shoot against the 4 or 10. Though many Dont-shooters are unnerved when
the PL-Point is a 6 or 8, the fact is, its just as easy to 7-Out against either of
them (with the appropriate set) than it is to 7-Out against the 4 or 10.
I headed south with Casino Rama in my rearview mirror, I reflected on the fact that my
head was more into the entire concept of shooting from the Donts more than I ever
imagined I would be.
the science of throwing a 7-out is the essence of Darkside Precision-Shooting success, I
was beginning to see more of the artistically nuanced side of it. Instead of viewing this journey simply as an
experiment in sustainable Dont-side profitability; it was taking on a
silent-stranger/gun-slinger-in-a-black-hat dimension that evoked one of Clint
Eastwoods spaghetti-western movies.
peculiar thought certainly kept me amused for more than a few highway miles. I hope youll join me when we roll into our
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