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I really appreciate everyones E-mail and Instant Messages, and not just the complimentary ones either. Although I cant always reply to each and every message in a timely manner, I want you to know that your input is respected and valued. I often find that your well thought out inquiries deserve and require a fuller response that would also benefit many other readers. Therefore, you may just recognize some of your own e-mail queries as the subject matter for one of my full-length articles, or replied to here, for the benefit of many.
Youll only find the bikini-clad dealer-babes from 6 pm. to 2 am. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (and on Mondays during the NFL season). It has improved player-traffic somewhat, especially with guys who intentionally short-spot their Place-bet action so the dealerette has to r--eac--h across the table to pick up the chips (cheques).
Ill refrain from offering my personal views about this latest fad, or how long I think it will last; however if they start paying Place-bets at even-money as they do in the Bikini Pit for a natural in blackjack (instead of the normal 3:2, or the new lower-yield 6:5), you can bet that youll hear my opinion loud and clear.
All of my discretionary income is derived strictly from playing craps.
Doing this for a living is something that I actually enjoy, but I also want to safeguard the money that I make. I take pleasure in the whole Precision-Shooter Lifestyle, and want to preserve my ability to CONTINUE enjoying it.
To my mind, its better to stay under the casino-radar, and not send up carnival skyrockets or unfurl semaphore flags to announce my arrival at the tables; and theres certainly no need to instruct the boxman to order a chip fill of high-denomination cheques because I plan to clean him out.
I earn my money at the tables from the casinos. Frankly, the less people who know who I am; the longer Ill be able to continue doing what I do. In other words, I dont need my face on a box of Wheaties breakfast cereal to validate who I am or what I do.
If my shooting on a particular table is dialed-in, I will sometimes stay until it starts to turn "bad". If my head is in the game and the profit is flowing, and I am getting the dice cycled back to me quickly because of few players at the table, then I'll continue to play. In that case, my session can range anywhere from 40 minutes up to several hours.
If the table is crowded, I'll usually only shoot once or twice before seeking less-populated layouts. If all of the tables are crowded, Ill bide my time until I get a great hand or until I start to feel any frustration about the dice taking so long to get back to me.
My actual playing time really depends on all of those factors and the casinos loss-tolerance (profit allowance for me, or for the whole table if it has filled up and everyone has won a lot during my roll). Again, the idea is to prevent the casino from associating MY face with the disappearance of THEIR money.
Right now, it takes me about 12 to 15 actual hands (of my own Precision-Shooting) to make my daily nut (the minimum amount of profit that I want for the day). If my shooting is really grooved-in at an empty table, I can usually hit my daily win-goal in about 30 to 40 minutes of solo shooting (when I'm getting about 4 rolls per minute). In that case, I might even win my daily-nut in just one hand (although it does not happen very often). If my shooting is only fair to middling, and the tables are crowded, obviously it takes quite a bit longer (about three hours) to reach my daily win-goal.
Once I reach my win-goal, I will use incrementally larger (higher) profit-plateaus and then continue to play by ratcheting up my locked-in winnings by setting ever-stricter (tighter) loss-limits. In total, I put in a grand total of four to six hours of craps play per day.
That four to six-hour time span is divided by breakfast and/or lunch, and may be played on different tables, in different casinos, and often even in different gaming jurisdictions (Las Vegas, Primm, Jean, Mesquite, and Laughlin or Detroit, Windsor, Niagara Falls, Rama, Turning Stone, and a dozen or so outlying Michigan casinos).
On average right now, I play about 25 hours per week over a four or five-day week.
Let me put it this way:
You and I would NEVER have heard of Rodney King if someone hadn't put out hard video evidence of his beating by the LAPD. We may have suspected of or heard rumors that those types of things were being done; but it took video proof to galvanize a community response. Without it, it would have been just another perp making yet one more unsubstantiated claim of police brutality. Unfortunately that would have also meant missing out on the three-day street party that came to be known as the LA riots. The video proof made all the difference then, just as it will with Precision-Shooting now.
As to the different sets, well I don't play around with them too much unless I get into a real performance slump. Generally, I use the S-6 or All-7 set for the Come-Out, and then the V-3, X-6 or V-2 for the Point-cycle. I sometimes make slight facial-adjustments to those sets during a roll, but generally I dont get overly fancy with them.
The reason for using both the from-the-table launch and the pendulum-swing release, is to compensate for different table/felt/underlay characteristics and various throwing-distance lengths.
Thanks again for all of the excellent questions.
Until next time,
Good Luck & Good Skill at the Tables
Life. The Mad
Good Luck & Good Skill at the Tables and in Life.
The Mad Professor