Is Dice Setting For Everyone?
I’ve always maintained that there is more
to winning at this game than just setting the dice. You do not
have to be an accomplished dice setter to be successful at the
craps tables. There are many other aspects of this game that
must also be mastered in order to play consistently and
So, when I am asked, “Does Dice Setting
really work?”, my answer is always the same; “You will never
know until you try.”
I’ve witnessed numerous players who, upon
discovering their natural talents for dice setting, could not
convert that talent into a winning session. They become fixated
on the mechanics of dice setting, putting aside all the other
aspects of the game. These players leave their sessions
scratching their heads and wondering what they are doing wrong.
There are some players who won’t be able
to make dice setting work for them at all. Others may be able to
make it work only occasionally. And yet others will become both
reliable and consistent in their dice setting skills.
The ability to set the dice has definitely
proven to be profitable for me. Once I discovered my “talent”
for dice setting, it then took me years of practice, analysis,
and some loss of profit, to discover that there is more than one
focus to becoming a consistent and profitable winner.
In working with dice setting students, I
have found that some have the natural ability, and easily
understand the physical mechanics required to generate
consistent results on the craps table.
On the other hand, I have students who
take class after class, but are never able to achieve the
results they desire. They believe in and grasp the concept of
dice influencing, but experience difficulty converting those
concepts into live play. This group is the most challenging for
me. I feel a certain responsibility to guide them, to show them
their options and to help them decide whether dice setting will
actually work for them.
Fortunately, most resolve this dilemma on
their own. When they find themselves over analyzing and
over-thinking at the tables, they soon realize that they have
lost the fun and joy of the game. And if it is not fun, then it
might be time to accept that dice setting is not for you. As I
have often heard Steve “Heavy” Haltom of Axis Power Craps say,
“If it ain’t fun, it’s time to run.”
Once relieved of the pressure of having to
be “an accomplished dice setter”, these students often find
themselves enjoying the game and actually winning again.
And, not all is lost for those who tried
dice setting but found it did not fit their game plan. In the
process of learning how to set the dice, they gained insight
into money management, bankroll protection, playing strategies,
sensing the energy of the game and learning how to become
environmentally aware of what’s going on at the table. All of
this requires more than just the physical skill to throw the
They often discover their own ability to
get into the rhythm of the game. They perfect their betting
skills and focus on the other energies of the game. Their
dedication and commitment allows them to persevere with a “more
than one way to skin a cat” mentality.
Personally, I find dice setting/precision
shooting exciting, fascinating, frustrating and perplexing.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. If you can
make it work for you, it is great. But, there is absolutely
nothing wrong with you if you can’t.
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