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Dice Setting

Is craps a completely random game? Some people will tell you that it is not. In fact, there are people who devote much of their time to practicing what is known as dice setting, or dice control. As the names may suggest, dice setting involves learning to throw the dice in such a way that sevens come up less often and other numbers come up more frequently.

Some dice setters claim they have mastered the light, controlled bounce off the triangular nubs at the back of the table so well that they can make a pretty penny playing craps. And many of them would like to get your money as well by teaching you their dice setting secrets. Some even sell practice tables for you to perfect your dicey art.

So does dice setting really work? After much research, I came to the conclusion that it is entirely probable that after many, many hours of practice, one could learn to control dice to such an extent that they might be able to slightly alter the odds of the game. The reason I reached this conclusion is that dice setting has been being refined for many years and many people have spent a great deal of time studying the outcome of rolling in different ways. People in the know and with the experience could determine, over very long periods of time, what methods of throwing, with what beginning dice arrangement (the set of the dice), might alter the odds in a certain way.

After all, throwing dice is not really random. It all depends where the dice are in your hand and the set of the dice when you throw them, the spin you give them, the power of the bounce on the table and on the wall, and many other factors. If someone could learn to take into account as many factors as possible and become familiar with the physics of a dice roll, they just might be able to lessen the odds, for instance, of a seven being rolled.

The casinos are very aware of dice setters, and have come up with a number of rules to decrease the odds of being able to control dice, including these rules:

1. You must handle the dice with only one hand.
2. You can not toss the dice higher than the line of sight of the dealers.
3. The dice must bounce on the table, and then bounce off the opposing wall at the other end of the table.
4. They must be tossed - not slid or dropped.
5. The shooter must toss them in such a way that does not slow down or disrupt the game.

At one time, there were players who slid the dice, or used other methods to control the outcome of a roll. The casino put all of these rules in place to counter these methods, and what they obviously saw as a threat to their profits: dice setting. I’m not quite sure how much profit can be made with dice setting, if any, and many experts will tell you that it’s just a waste of time. I certainly don’t claim that it is an easy way to beat the house.

In my opinion, spending hours and hours of your life throwing dice is also throwing your life away – chasing the money dream when money will never make you happy anyway (this has been confirmed in studies of people who have struck it rich). Why not spend that time socializing and making friends at the casino instead of going in trying to make money?

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