As I explained in my last chapter, the odds associated with the game of craps and what actually happens over a couple hours of playing are completely different. Sure, the odds of rolling the bad number are one in six, but I have been at tables and have rolled over 60 times without that number coming up. So why is that? It is because this game is more about what is going on at the table than the actual odds of the game. Understanding what helps to accomplish, and understanding when things are impacting the roll of the game, is more important than the odds in most cases, and I have played over 40+ years.
I have whole set of patterns that can help people understand what is happening or what is getting ready to happen. Here are a few of my etiquette and Karma rules to make more money and lose less.
Don’t beg: It never works. In fact, if someone at the table is begging, it is time to leave the table. “C’mon baby roll a six “Ugh.”
Don’t ever ask for seven: Or even worse many people come to the table not understanding that seven is the worst number on the dice for real rollers and players of the game. I never even want to hear that number when we are at the table unless the stick person calls it. Other than that, I never want to hear someone that is rolling or their girlfriend say “c’mon honey, roll a seven.” Kindly remove yourself from the game and go to another one if that person stays there. Or do what I do, explain to them that the best rolls ever, take over an hour and can win 100-500 times the money you started the game with. Why during this type of game would you want a number that is only good when a single roller rolls his/her first roll? Duh!!!! Because that is the only time it is good. Also, explain to them, that a person who rolls a seven usually can roll it again, and therefore you will not win most of the time, if the person rolling rolls a seven. I have seen exceptions, but my 40 years of statistics prove that is less than 10% of the time, does that person then start rolling good numbers for a long time. Is that statistics? No, that is about everything else — environment, karma and cadence of the game.
Typically, loud drunken aggressive rollers do not make money: Not to say there are not exceptions, but in my experience of rolling dice and playing the game of life, this usually is not a great person to be next to in the game and usually not in life either. It may be fun occasionally, but usually ends bad.
Never step in front of the roller at a table: If you come to a table in the middle of the roll it is preferred that you wait until the point is made or at least when the dice are in the middle when you lay down your money/first bets, and if it seems that there is a good karma and a good roll going on that you want to be part of it, why would you stomp in like a bull in a china shop and disrupt anything? Lay your money down softly, respect the dealers and the games etiquette and you will be rewarded. Do the opposite and you will lose and cause others to lose around you. Just like in life. If you are not positive, don’t roll if the roller is not positive in their manner — do not bet on them. I have very rarely passed the dice, and not rolled, because I am usually positive. Overly positive about life and what I am doing 99% of the time, even if I am down $1,000? I still believe I can win much more than that in a single roll. It does not happen often, but when you are positive it happens more than when you are not. So, if you feel like MOPE, then don’t roll. If you see mopes and losers at the table, then leave and go to another one.
Never put your hands on the table when the dice are out: Anything can disrupt a good roll and many times people do not even recognize it. Many times, someone has their hands on the table when the roll takes place and most of the time it sevens out, even if the dice do not touch someone’s hands, they look over and say “it did not touch me.” I reply, “Let me see you make 50 free throws in basketball with my hands in your face.” If they don’t get it, it’s time to go to another table.
Don’t let anything bother you when you are on a roll: That includes boyfriends, girlfriends, waitresses, pit bosses, dealers, other rollers, etc. Many of these distractions can take everything away from the game. The game is about having the right environment to succeed. Like putting in golf, or rolling a bowling ball, being comfortable and understanding what your movements and your frame of mind are, is just as important as how much you are betting and the way you are playing the game. Even if you are thirsty and want a beer, if you are rolling, wait for the next waitress to come by. My stats show that there is an 80% probability, that stopping the roll to order a drink or tip the waitress usually ends up badly.
The guy who wants everyone to watch him usually is the guy that will lose you the most money.
Don’t ever throw the dice off the table: Eighty-three percent of the time, it ruins the roll, most of the time in the following roll. Many dealers will tell you that this is all a mystery, but real professional dealers that I have interviewed in my book, will tell you my 83 percent statistic is usually the case.
Any negative at the table will never be good: When someone rolls and then has a negative comment, get away immediately or wait for them to leave. Negative people bring negative karma to the game and I don’t have enough time and money to wait until it shifts back to positive.
The other odd: some people roll certain numbers especially if they practice controlling the dice will get you half way there, karma and the environment you create will get you over the top. In life and in craps it is the same.
Understanding the karma of the game
Being intuitive when you play will make you the money. Being disciplined will make you more.