Its Not Up For Debate
If you surf the
web, or read newsgroups, youve read the following:
Dice Setting is a bunch of bunk!
Actually, thats putting it more mildly then Ive generally seen it. In the case of one particular forum, Dice Setting is bunk AND its cheating! (How it can be both escapes logic) Thread after thread of pro-precision shooters debating with those who dont believe or wont consider the idea of dice influencing. Proponents use their own experiences as evidence, skeptics claim anecdotal evidence is not sufficient. Proponents use their data as evidence, skeptics claim that the data samples are too small to make inferences. Both use physics to bolster their claims. On and on it goes and in the end,
NO ONE CHANGES THEIR MIND!
Those who deem dice influencing as a possibility will continue to do so. Those who consider it nonsense, will also continue to do so. I urge you all to refrain from being lured into this debate. In nearly every instance, on every message board and newsgroup that Ive seen this debate, what started as a polite disagreement, ends with name calling and other childish rhetoric.
Remember. There is no satisfying the skeptics. Any attempt to do so is futile and a waste of your energy.
On the issue of the legality of dice setting. First of all, Im not a lawyer and am not giving legal advice. With that said, I have yet to find any evidence of anyone being prosecuted for precision shooting. I exchanged email with an expert on gambling law and to his knowledge, the only prosecutions have been for sliding the dice, altering the dice, and introducing different dice into the game.
Do not be overly reassured by this. Similar to how casinos view card counters, the casinos are within their rights to ban you from shooting, (or for entering the casino at all) at their discretion. There is no implied right to gamble.
And finally, the
moral/ethical issue. Since I am able to
influence the outcome of the dice rolls to some degree, am I being unfair to those
who are not aware of my skills and are on the dont side, and, ethically, should I
care? Frankly, everyone else at the table
to me is irrelevant. When I shoot, its
just me against the casino. Bet with me, bet
against me, make money, lose money, its entirely up to you. I dont really give it a second thought. I know that if I witnessed someone with a
controlled throw and I was on the dont side, I can tell you that I would start
transitioning to the right side VERY quickly.