Dice Setter Precision Shooter's Newsletter
For those of you who spend a good deal of time on the web surfing the various craps web sites and forums, you've probably noticed the ebb and flow of traffic. Some days and weeks it seems very busy and at other times it seems as if no one is on the web. This is especially true during the summer. Even for the hard core player, warm weather and longer days provide an opportunity to participate in other non-gambling interests. So, if it seems to you that the forums have been "slow" for the past few weeks, don't worry, as soon as Labor Day has come and gone, you should see a huge upswing in activity on all the message boards.
Despite a lull in web traffic in July (if you can call 10,000 visitors, a lull), this past month saw a HUGE jump in the number of subscribers to the Precision Shooter Newsletter. So, a special thanks for those of you who are spreading the word about dicesetter.com and the newsletter.
I had heard rumors, but until I saw it for myself, I couldn't believe it.
There I was at the Sundowner casino in Reno, late at night. It's 1:00 am and the stick person announces, "There will be a short delay in the game, so that we can set up the table for a single dealer." What happened next is a dice influencers dream. The dealer inserted a piece of plywood with pyramid rubber glued to it across the table, turning an ordinary 12 foot table into an eight foot table. The dealer/stickman took up position directly across from me. Standing at what was formerly first position left of stick, I now have a throwing distance of about four feet!
In all honesty, I could not convert that short throwing distance into a monster hand. BUT, believe me, the next time I'm in Reno, I'll be back at the Sundowner at 1:00 am, and I'll have PRACTICED from four feet away!
Your Practice Routine
RoadrunnerSince I play almost daily I do not have a daily practice routine. I do warm up usually before going to the casino. When I do go to the practice table I make sure I have a green die and a red die in hand.
I generally start by doing a few warm up tosses and see where things are. After about 20 + tosses using a hardways or straight 6's I will go into a 120 toss routine.
I make sure the radio is on, the compressor is on to start up at random and the door is open for dogs or folks to walk in at random. I record each roll and the pips on each die (green and red). I always place the green die on the inside, closest to the rail. After I have completed the 120 toss exercise I go to the computer and enter the results for each toss on a spreadsheet. The spreadsheet totals what the outcomes are for each die as well as the combinations. By analyzing the outcome I can get a feel as to how progress is doing.
I do not play a simulated game. I toss the same set for 120 tosses and analyze the result for that set.
My routine is a lot like
Roadrunners. I have a 6' practice table - and have a table top "shooting
station" that I can move out to various distances. Typically I shoot from around 8
feet - closely approximating a next to stick position.
I believe that practice, both
the physical and mental, are necessary to progress down the path to becoming a great
I don't get to practice as much as
the rest of you . I'm out of town a lot. When I do, I'm mainly concerned with what went
right at my last casino sessions. I add this to what went right at previous casino
ventures. I then attempt, in practice, to duplicate the experience. If I can, I have
another bullet in my arsenal. For instance, if I were throwing a set that resulted in
nothing but twelves, aces, and threes with an occasional eleven for about twenty rolls of
the dice, I would surely want to know if I could do this at will or whether it was just a
DylanfreakI practice about five times a week. Since I have been using two grips when shooting in the casinos , I try to toss the dice in practice 36 times each day using each of the two grips (72 tosses) using the same set. I toss them from 8 ft using the two finger pincher grip which I use in casinos from SR1 or SR2. I toss them from 12 ft using the diagonal grip which I use when I toss from the end of the table. I don't have a practice table but toss them into an open-end box. I know this won`t be exactly how the dice will react when they land on a real casino table, but I work on grip ,trajectory, attitude and focus. After I log 540 tosses , I total up the numbers thrown and the number of times the dice were off axis and record them and compare with other sets and grips that I have used in the past. It may not be the perfect way but it keeps me mentally and physically aware of the mission when going to the casino---to win money
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