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  • Does it Come with a Saddle?

    There’s an old negotiating technique I’ve used for years. It’s called “The Drag,” and it’s something I learned watching my dad haggle over . . . well . . . just about everything. “Not everybody pays asking price,” he’d say. And he rarely did. But whenever it turned out...

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  • Craps and the Illusion of Control

    Is there a personality trait common among gamblers that leads them to discard known facts in favor of a belief system that can’t be supported by science and mathematics? The “facts” regarding the Illusion of Control may not surprise you – but they do make for an interesting read....

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  • Better Craps Buy Bets

    Is it possible to “shop” for better bets at the craps table and take advantage of certain bets that are on sale? Smart craps players do it all the time. They never make place bets on the 4 and 10, and rarely place the 5 and 9….

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  • Dice Charters versus Bus Charters

    There’s a reason why many veteran craps players “chart” tables before placing a lot of action on the table. It’s because they have seen charter bus-load after charter bus-load of players run up to the first open spot at a craps table and throw down their first bet without…

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  • Is It Luck

    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. Let’s…

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  • Charting Tables and Shooters

    “My pocketbook is empty, my heart is full of pain. I’m a thousand miles away from home, just waiting for a train.” – Waitin’ for a Train” by Jimmie Rogers
    Many players chart tables before entering the action. Why? Because they have seen busload after busload of players do the…

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  • Beyond Advantaged Play

    Playing with an advantage but still can’t win? If you continue to do what you’ve always done – you’ll continue to get what you always got.”
    A while back a good friend of mine complained that after years of practice the best he could achieve was an SRR of 7.12….

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  • X-Men and the Square Pair

    Those of you familiar with Superheroes and villains are no doubt familiar with Magneto of the X-Men comic series. Magneto, born Erik Magnus Lensherr, is a member of the Brotherhood of Evil and is a mutant who can create and control electromagnetic fields. He has this nifty helmet he…

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  • The Luck Factor

    You hear it all the time. “Bob was just born lucky”. . . or “Jane is wealthy because her business was lucky enough to have the right product at the right time.” Is it luck? Are some people just ‘more fortunate’ than others? Or is it possible to make…

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  • Strategies versus Systems

    Is there a difference in craps strategies and craps systems? Yes and no. To my way of thinking a strategy is simply a method of play. You may have learned it from a book or a friend. You may have developed it yourself and tested it out on the…

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  • Volatility and Variance (and why I occasionally play slots)

    A lot of experienced gamblers play craps because of the house’s relatively low edge over the players. By limiting their bets to Pass and Come or Don’t Pass and Don’t Come, then taking or laying Free Odds, these craps players cut the house edge to well below one percent….

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  • Never Ever What? Oh, it’s Crapless Craps Time Again

    From time to time I’ll get an e-mail from a member of my craps forum asking about a new angle they’ve seen on craps. The one I hear about most often is Crapless Craps – currently experiencing a revival under the name Never Ever Craps.

    This game is nothing…

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  • Slow Down and Breathe

    You’d think that breathing easy would come naturally to everyone. After all, we start breathing on our own from the moment the doctor slaps us on our newborn bottoms. But the fact is, most of us do not breathe efficiently. That means your blood is never fully oxygenated, and…

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  • The Crapshooter’s Buffet

    The Sunday buffet brunch has become a bit of a tradition when the family joins me on one of my Las Vegas outings. It is a meal that “fits” my family for many reasons. Breakfast is my wife’s favorite meal, and since the Sunday brunch includes a variety of…

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  • Putting on the Blinders

    On November 15, 1993, Dr. Tom Amberry made 2,750 consecutive free throws and stopped without a miss. He tossed baskets for twelve straight hours. He was seventy-two years old at the time and had only been practicing for a year and a half. Later, he appeared on the David…

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