Heavy’s Axis Power Craps First Seminar of Summer

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  • Getting Out of Your Rut

    A few years back I cranked up a “get out of your rut” series on the Axis Power Craps forum. The idea behind the article was simple enough. If you’re continuing to do the same old thing at the tables year after year and you’re not getting the kind...

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  • Knowing When to Walk Away

    Quick, without thinking – when is the best time to end your craps session? If you said “while you’re ahead” I like your thinking. Of course, then you have to decide just how MUCH you have to be ahead before you pull the plug. But that is where session...

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  • Heavy’s “Back in Balance” Play

    Back about ten years ago I developed a betting strategy based on the observation that the craps table is always trying to stay “in balance” with the probability universe. In other words – Do decisions and Don’t decisions always work to balance out over the long run. You could...

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  • Dice Control versus Card Counting

    What’s the difference in craps and blackjack? Ignoring the obvious, one is a dice game and one is a card game, there are a lot of differences in craps and blackjack – just as there are a lot of similarities. But there’s one major difference. A skilled dice influencer...

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  • Being the Star of Your Own Show

    After 15 years of teaching other players the do’s and don’ts of craps it’s become apparent to me that we all live our lives more or less like actors in a play. There are good guys and bad buys, winners and losers, supporting characters and character actors. Depending on...

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  • I’ll See Your Probability and Raise You an Absolute

    A statistician I’ve been exchanging e-mails with for a few years made a bold statement awhile back. It went something like this: “There are probably fewer than  three people in the world who can demonstrate a long run in-casino SRR in excess of 1:7.” He went on to state...

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  • Prop Bet Pitfalls

    Prop bets. Gamblers love them. So do the casinos. That’s why they have the stick man hawking them like a carnival barker. Despite the occasional large pay outs on these bets the house cleans up on them. Let’s take a tour of the prop box and I’ll show you...

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  • The Luck Factor

    Are some players really luckier than others, or does it just seem that way? Psychologists at Stanford University say “good luck” and success in life usually stems from certain attitudes. They identified five “luck factors” – every one of which can be applied to precision craps shooting and winning....

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  • The Come Out Game

    In the seminars I do around the country I talk about the fact that there are two distinct sides of the game. The first side is the Come Out game. The second side is the Point Cycle game. New players generally don’t recognize this. Their approach to the game...

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  • Gambling and the Law of Unintended Circumstances

    Have you ever been standing down in the hook with a bet in front of you when the dice hit your chips and bounced onto a seven? You didn’t mean for that to happen, and it’s doubtful that the shooter did either. But it happened, and it’s a great...

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  • When Craps Turns to Crap

    Let’s face it. It happens to all of us. For one reason or another, skills we’ve developed at home don’t make the transition to the casino. Blame it on variance, bad luck, or something you ate for dinner – sometimes the correct craps play is no craps play. So...

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  • Heavy’s Squeeze Box Play

    The number of ways to attack the game of craps is unlimited, but some plays attract more attention than others do – particularly from dealers who think they have seen it all. Here is a play I make from time to time that always piques their interest. I call...

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  • Better Buy Bets

    Smart craps players never make place bets on the 4 and 10, and rarely place the 5 and 9. They make buy bets instead. Why? A buy bet gives you more bang for your buck. Here’s how. When you place a bet, your winnings are not paid true odds....

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  • Risk versus Reward

    Risk. We face it everyday. Risk from uninsured motorists. Risk from eating too much red meat. Risk from unprotected sex. Risk when we jaywalk in Vegas. Everyone, at some gut level, makes choices about risk every day – and in many cases these can be life or death decisions....

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  • Seven Reasons to Play Craps

    There was a time when Craps was the King of casino table games.  Then along came Blackjack.  But craps has made a resurgence lately for a number of good reasons. Here are seven reasons why craps should be YOUR game – 1. The player can gain a positive expectation...

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  • Goal Setting for Casino Craps

    Setting goals is a great way to plan for success. By setting goals on a routine basis you decide what you want to achieve, and then move step-by-step toward achieving them. The process of establishing things like Sevens to Rolls Ratio objectives and win goals allows you to choose...

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  • One Pass Wonders

    Can you make money on a one pass – seven number hand? If not, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate your play. With an SRR of 1:7 you have a huge advantage on the Pass Line with double odds, and the Place Bet on the Six and Eight. You may...

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  • The “KISS” Theory of Craps

    We’ve all heard of the KISS Theory as applied to many things in life. If you’ve been off-planet for the last thirty years and are not familiar with the KISS Theory – it stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. And I suspect that there’s no were that this theory...

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  • Focus on Fundamentals

    At least once a week I hear my daughter’s karate instructor tell the class to “focus on basic punches, basic kicks, and kata.” It’s the same sort of speech we used to get when I played high school football. “Focus on basic running, blocking and tackling.” In both cases...

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  • Craps Betiquette

    Through the years I’ve talked about this many times in seminars and articles on craps.  I call it “Craps Betiquette” and it’s amazing how many people just don’t get it. Imagine that you are the shooter. You’ve made three passes, and nine rolls ago established the six as your...

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