There is really only one way to beat the game of craps. It is based on the ability to throw the dice so that you influence the outcome of the roll. This skill has been given many names - "rhythmic tossing," "dice control," "dice setting," and "precision shooting." "Dice control" seems to be the most popular so we'll use that name.
Although the concept of dice control goes back pretty far, the first books on dice control weren't published until the late 1990's. Since then, dice control has grown a lot in popularity. This should be a factor in deciding whether or not you want to invest the considerable time to learn how to do it, since the casinos are more likely to crack down on it if it becomes too popular.
In order to influence the outcome of the roll through dice control, there are 3 steps you need to learn - setting the dice, gripping the dice, and rolling the dice. Because the game of craps has decent-sized payouts, a shooter only has to be able to influence a couple of rolls every now and then in order to tilt the odds in his favor. Here are descriptions of the three different steps involved in dice control.
"Setting the dice" means arranging the dice in a certain way before they are rolled. The dice are set so that particular numbers are showing on top as well as each side, so that when they are rolled "on an axis", the results can be influenced. There are about 6 common "sets" that a player needs to memorize.
The grip that you should use should be the one that you are most comfortable with and gives the best results. When gripping the dice, you should apply the least amount of pressure to the dice as you can. You should also have the least amount of skin touching the dice in order to minimize friction. There are a variety of standard grips that involve a certain number of fingers as well as gripping the dice either from the sides or the front and back. After you pick up the dice, make sure they do not move while in your hand.
You will want to throw the dice so that they stay on an axis, where they rotate front to back but their left and right sides don't change position. Theoretically, on a perfect throw, you will be eliminating the 2 left sides of the dice so that only the other 4 sides are eligible to land on. This cuts down the odds considerably. Obviously, perfect throws aren't possible (and you wouldn't want them to be really), so you'll have to combine your personal skill factor at rolling into the adjusted odds.
Tossing the dice is referred to as "rhythm rolling" because the only way you will be able to attain a reliable throwing motion is when you get into an unconscious "rhythm". When practicing to build up your rhythm, do not throw the dice with too much force and throw them at about a 45 degree angle.
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