Craps Cruise II Edit

Craps Cruise 2

LAST CALL!

It’s LAST CALL for Craps Cruise II.  Right on the heels of our highly successful inaugural Dice and Love Valentines Craps Cruise comes Craps Cruise II – this time on the Oasis of the Seas’ sister ship – Allure of the Seas. This exciting adventure is planned for Halloween week – October 27 thru November 3, 2019. Not only will we celebrate Halloween at Sea – we’ll celebrate the Day of the Dead on Cozumel.

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.

Enroll for New Student Session One at this link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VM8S7N33PQ4R8

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.

Enroll for Experience Player Session 2 at this link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HC4GGAS97CAXN

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. Sign up for Sessions 1 and 2 under the “two-fer” special at the following link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=K8WG7CVXEACL8

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. Enroll for the four hour hands on Dice Control for Casino Craps Class at the following link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=27UHUJXFQ9XQY

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 for the “Full Day Seminar” NOW at the following link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=FWG4HEZUYYL4S

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. These sessions will ONLY be available to students who attend one or more of the sessions on the first “at sea” day. We’re planning to conduct these sessions on a “closed” table in the casino. The sessions will be one hour each and limited to two students per session and are priced at $99 per person per session. The number of sessions available will be dependent on available table time in the casino. We will book these sessions in advance of the cruise and will limit enrollment to the first eight to respond. Additional sessions MAY be available once we’re at sea, based on table availability. Sessions booked “at sea” will be on a cash only basis. [b]Book these sessions in advance now at this link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=M82E6QHEU879Y

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. Just don’t bring that weed back on the ship with you. Yes, they have strict rules, and if those drug dogs get a whiff of weed when you get back to Ft. Lauderdale you’re going to be in for an unpleasant time with the folks from ICE. Meanwhile, back on the Jamaican road trip. Dunn’s River Falls and the Blue Hole are pretty much absolute musts when in Jamaica. As far as dining is concerned – it’s pretty much Jamaican jerked anything. I recommend the curried goat, but hey. I’m into meat that’s a little gamy. 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 a local dive bar and slurping icy rum drinks the rest of the afternoon.

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. Sweet, icy rum drinks be damned. You’ll find me on the smoking deck burning down a Cuban and sipping a glass of Glenfiddich.

Early in the morning of Day Eight we return to Ft. Lauderdale and disembark. Do we have a ton of fun things planned for this trip? 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.

Remember, the Seminar at Sea tuition covers the cost of the seminar and all handouts. MOST of those will be mailed to you in advance of the cruise. You’re on your own for the cost of the cruise itself. Fortunately, we’ve made arrangements with our friends at www.URComped.com to help you get that handled.

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.

We already have around a forty players signed on for this cruise – including MOST of the Axis Power Craps gang who attended Craps Cruise I. That’s gotta tell you something. But there are still cabins available.  Don’t wait until it’s too late, because TIME IS RUNNING OUT.  Make your plans NOW.

Hope to see you on Craps Cruise II.

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