Looking for an empty craps table in Vegas?
There's never been a better time to find a perfect
shooting spot in Vegas. You can take your pick of
tables, whether you're on the strip or downtown. Not too
many people visiting my favorite City. And, even the
high end casinos have lowered their table minimums to
red chip level in the hopes of capturing craps players.
"You're liking us now Mr. Casino man, aren't ya." was my
greeting to the stick man as I bellied up to play during
my last visit. One stick man in particular asked how I
would like my dice set. It felt different to be able to
respond with, "I'll take mine with the sunflowers up,
As all the news headlines indicate, the economy has
affected a great many. Isn't that just the nature of
things? More on this later. Yet, where craps is
concerned, what a positive impact it has made with my
Not since the late 90's into early 2000 have I
experienced the multitude of complimentary offers
received from the Vegas casinos. Some casinos will even
help with the airfare just to get me to visit. And, I
received so many three night hotel offers that I could
literally live in Vegas on the casino's nickel for the
next six months if I wished to.
It used to be that I would be offered comps just for
mid-week and now the peak rate weekends are included.
These offers are so juicy and I will just have to oblige
them as often as I can for as long as they offer them.
It is nice to see these offers cycling my way again. I
hope you people out there are getting these offers too.
And, so it goes that the casino pendulum is again
swinging the other way for us patrons.
As a dice setter, I am experiencing a welcoming feeling
from our pit crew like never before. Not that they were
ever that discouraging, even if they knew I was "one of
those" dice people.
A while back, one of our dice community members
forwarded an interesting clip from a casino security and
games protection meeting given by Bill Zender during the
World Game Protection Conference, 2008. The content of
the video had everything to do with us "dice
controllers" and how we should seriously be embraced
because the casino had nothing to fear.
As Mr. Zender elaborated to his audience about the
general technique of our sets, grips and delivery with
the dice, this casino games consultant basically stated:
"Embrace the rhythm roller." And, "interest in rhythm
rollers will increase an interest in dice."
Here that casino people? There is someone out there
confirming what a great many in our community have
always felt. Could we dice setters be saving a dying
game? At least in my experience, these days it is
holding true if the casino wishes to recruit new players
with interest in the game.
You all can check this out for yourselves at:
I wonder whose course the presenter took? His picture of
the dice grip is sure telling.
While we are on the subject of links and courses, just a
quick reminder to check out the next dates for our dice
workshops in 2009. Wow, that feels so way in the future.
Yet, the next one is just less than two months away.
Here's the link:
www.dicebusters.com. "Who You Gonna
Anyway, moving on to some of my quick dice philosophy
and the rhythm or cycle of things in our life. The cycle
of a shooter's hand will always end with a seven. And,
it is interesting how many of the cycles in other areas
of our life outside of gaming occur in multiples of
seven. There are seven days in a week, seven notes to a
scale and so on.
In our natural lives, we experience positive cycles and
the emotions that go along with these positive cycles
like love, happiness, courage, generosity, patience and
kindness. With this cycle, everything goes well and
confidence is fostered. This is where the popular
saying, " I must be on a roll" comes from. And, we are
on this roll because in some way we are in balance or in
harmony with our life/game.
The game has its rise and fall, hot and cold, ups and
downs, wins and losses. The game has its do and don't
side and the dice patterns weave in and out of both
When we weave into a negative rhythm our feelings and
mental states change. I see the economy doing this to
many around me. As things change, I see people feeling
more fear, greed, envy, criticism and judgement. And,
their natural tendency is to place blame on other people
It's always interesting to watch people who are winning
in the game or, in other aspects of their life created
by them and accept total credit for achieving a win or
lucrative outcome. Yet, I see these same individuals
readily blaming everyone and everything outside of
themselves for any negative situation or outcome.
This reminds me of the saying my grandma used to share
with me when we were young children pointing the finger
at the person we were blaming for our troubles in the
hopes of getting out of a sticky situation.
"Young lady," she would say, "for that one finger you've
got pointed at your brother there are three pointing
back at you." Who knew I would be getting dice
philosophy from my granny when it came to learning how
to be accountable for our outcomes.
And so, these are the people or players that
misunderstand that their experience of their reality,
whether it is positive or negative, is totally created
by them. Many have heard me comment that these players
get stuck in the polarity of the game. They find it hard
to accept both sides of their experience and miss out on
the real nature of how life and the game can work with
them by simply understanding how every experience,
positive or negative, has its place in life.
That negativity can be overcome you know. The rhythm of
the economy, life, the game can continue and at the same
time the negative feelings do not have to take place. It
is our choice to rise above negative situations by
adapting and using our knowledge and wisdom from our
"Buy low, sell high." For this time in our lives, it has
never been more important to heed that marketing advice
whether it is with the game or any other situation
having to do with the cyclic nature of our life.
This is the time to plan new ventures in and out of the
casino. For me, there has never been a better time to
During these economic times and with your game, never
allow your emotions to swing too far to the right or to
far to the left by external forces created by you. If
you work on this, life and your game will only get
better and better.
Everything flows out and in; everything has its
tides; all things rise and fall; the measure of the
swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the
left; rhythm compensates. The Kybalion
||The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong - but that's the way to bet. -Damon Runyon-