Day One we'll depart Ft. Lauderdale on October 27th and kick the cruise off with a special welcome reception hosted by my cruise partners at URComped.com. You'll meet the URComped team, yours truly, the casino hosts and supervisors and enjoy an assortment of tropical beverages and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Afterwards you'll be on your own to explore the ship, test the casino tables, or just kick back and relax after the day's embarkation adventures.
Day Two will be an "At Sea" day. That means it's Axis Power Craps Seminar at Sea Day. While we had a great class last time, we've improved on it for this next round, adding a session for craps novices and dice control beginners and changing the three-on-one training sessions to a single group class. Here's how it's going to shake out.
9AM – 10:30AM: New Student – New Player Session. We don't normally get brand new players in our Axis Power Craps seminars, but we do on the cruises. This class is geared to the new or less experienced craps player. We’ll cover the basic layout and payouts, how to press your bets and various betting strategies to utilize depending on table conditions. From there we’ll cover some very basic dice setting and tossing techniques, including how to quickly set and grip the dice, the proper angle to toss the dice, and the landing zone. If you're planning to attend the event and have a spouse you'd like to see know more about the game - this might be a class for her/him. If you don't know what the odds are on the Pass and Don't Pass - then you need this class. If you don't know the correct payoff on a $24 Place Bet on the Eight, or what a $41 No Ten Lay bet pays - then you need this class. If you don't know what a World bet is or how much a $5 Hard Four pays - then you need this class. If you don't know what numbers are on the axis when you set the hardways - then you need this class. Don't be embarrassed if you don't know what a $5 Yo pays. Don't be intimidated by the language of the game and it's superstitions. Most players are. You don't have to be. This is a classroom style class and there is no actual hands-on toss training. Hands-on training is available in the afternoon session. If you take this class and want to take the Hands-On Training Class in the afternoon it is strongly recommended that you also take the Experienced Player Class that follows this one. Cost of this New Student - New Player 90 minute session is $199. Every player who signs up for this session will receive a copy of Heavy’s Axis Power Craps Seminar on CD – a $189 retail value – in advance of the class at no additional charge. I'll have enrollment links up within the week.
10:30AM – 12:00 Noon: Experienced Player – Advanced Betting / Dice Control Session. This class is geared to the more experienced player and players who have completed the New Student - New Player Session. That's going to include the majority of you guys here on the forum. Players attending this class should already be familiar with correct bet sizes, the payoffs on those bets, the press moves they need to make to get money on and off the table, etc. They should also have more than a passing familiarity with dice influence. Self-taught players are welcome if they have developed a solid toss that generates a positive expectation. Former students of Axis Power Craps and other Dice Control teaching organizations are welcome. I will give you specific press moves to get red chip bettors collecting green chips and green chip bettors collecting black. In addition to right way play we’ll cover advantage play from the Dark Side, utilizing your dice influencing skills for both the short game and the long game, charting and advanced trend tracking, hedge plays to optimize results on "randy," and utilizing sniper sets to bring out winning combinations. Finally, we'll dig deep into money management and discipline and how to walk with a win. Cost of this 90 minute session is $199. Again, we'll have enrollment links up within the week.
Two-Fer Special: Sign on for both the First-Time Student and the Experienced Player class for just $349 and save $49. That's almost $300 below what you'd pay for a half day session in our Axis Power Craps land based seminar sessions.
1:00PM – 5:00PM: Dice Control for Casino Craps – Hands On Training Class. This four hour class is limited to 12 students. In order to qualify for this class you must have taken one of the morning sessions offered. New students should have taken both morning sessions. We are planning to conduct this class in the casino on a “closed” table. We reserve the right to break this up into two two-hour sessions with six students per session. If, for some reason, that table is unavailable to use we will use a conference room table with a craps layout and professionally built dice control practice rig. Each student will receive hands-on toss training including an analysis of their throw and recommendations on how to improve. The class is encouraged to observe the coaching of other students as you will learn as much by watching others being coached as you will when you are receiving your individual training. Once every student has completed his or her toss training we will run through a few advanced betting progressions – then each student will have the opportunity to compete against the others in the class in a “No Sevens” competition. The student tossing the longest hand with “No Sevens” will win a special prize from Axis Power Craps and URComped. Price for this four hour session is $399 per person and is limited to the first 12 students. Enrollment links for this session will also be posted within the next week.
First Time and New Students – It’s recommended you attend all three sessions. Sign up for all three sessions and we’ll discount the total enrollment by over $100 – you pay just $695. That’s $100 less than you’d pay for our land-based Axis Power Craps Seminar – and you get the Axis Power Craps Seminar on CD free. But remember – the afternoon hands-on class is LIMITED to the first 12 to sign on. Make your reservations NOW.
On Day Five – Our Second “At Sea” Day – Heavy will be available casually throughout the day for additional small group dice control toss tune-up sessions. We’re planning to conduct these sessions on a “closed” table in the casino. These sessions will be one hour each and limited to two students per session. These sessions are only available to students who attended the Hands-On Training Class on the first At Sea Day. The price for these tune up sessions is $99 per person per session. The number of sessions available will be dependent on available table time in the casino. We will book three sessions in advance of the cruise. Additional sessions may be available once we’re at sea. See Heavy on the Allure if you’re interested in booking an additional private session.
Okay, that concludes the Seminar at Sea info. Let's talk some more about the cruise itself. Day Three will see us in Labadee, Haiti. Labadee is a private resort owned by Royal Caribbean. It's an island paradise far removed from the poverty stricken images of Haiti you've seen cable news. You'll find pristine white sand beaches, palm trees, zip lines, water slides, shopping, food stands, icy tropical drinks and more. Want to escape the controlled confines of Labadee? You can also book private excursions of World Heritage sites on the island as well as sightseeing and other adventure tours through Allure's excursion desk.
Day Four sees us dock at Falmouth, Jamaica. I've toured Jamaica several times, and I have to tell you - it's hard to go wrong here. Yes, if you walk down a public beach alone then someone is going to offer you some "ganja" about every twenty yards. What can I say? Entrepreneurism is alive and well on the island nation. Dunn's River Falls and the Blue Hole are pretty much absolute musts when in Jamaica. So is Jamaican jerked anything. I recommend the curried goat, but hey. I'm into meat that's a little gamey. Of course, this is the home of Red Stripe beer. And don't forget that there's a fine estate distilled rum on the island as well. You can book a tour, have a tasting (if you're over 21) and buy a bottle for the road. Jamaica? No problem.
Day Five is that At Sea day I spoke about above. I'll be doing private tune-ups for those who want them. We'll also have some hot shooter competitions going on. But the other thing I have on the books is a Halloween Evening Darksider's Ball. That's right. A Dark Side Casino Session for all who want to "Shoot from the Don'ts." If you're tired of losing on choppy to cold tables - here's your chance to turn the tables on the casino and book the house. Shoot from the Don'ts, establish a point then WIN on the seven. It's a whole different way do influence the dice.
Day Six will find us at Cozumel. And yes, we'll be there on The Day of the Dead. We'll have a full day on the island and it has sooo much to offer. The island offers miles and miles of beautiful undeveloped beaches and the excellent diving and snorkeling in the surrounding Caribbean waters. Swim with stingrays or dolphins, sample the delicious food and beverages that the island has to offer, or visit an archaeological site and learn about the ancient Mayan culture. Me? I'm planning to take a Day of the Dead private tour on the island, then spending the rest of the day hanging out with the ex-pats at Wet Wendy's (www.wetwendys.com) slurping one of their signature frozen cocktails and munching on appetizers all afternoon. Ah, for the island life.
That evening we weigh anchor and steam back toward Ft. Lauderdale. Day Seven will be a full At Sea day with plenty of time to take one last turn at the craps table. Topside, the pool deck will be crowded with all of those tourists who just realized they've spent the entire cruise in the casino and need to get some sun on their skin so they can prove they've been on vacation when they get home.
Early in the morning of Day Eight we return to Ft. Lauderdale and disembark. Do we have a ton of fun things planned? Heck yeah. Can you learn something new, pick up a few chips, meet some great new friends and maybe get the entire thing comped via our pals at URComped.com? Yeah, that too.
Just click on over to www.urcomped.com and register. Once you've done that upload some of your best comp offers from the land-based casinos you visit. Take a snapshot of your higher rated players cards. If you can do a screenshot showing your reward points on that card and forward that as well that's awesome. And while you're at it - if you've had any cruise comp offers from prior cruises you've taken send those along as well. If you're a frequent cruiser with Royal Caribbean and have "status" with them URComped would like to know that, too. It all helps them get the best offer for you. Cruise on over there and register today.
Hope to see you on Craps Cruise II.