Because It's More Fun To Win
While interacting with the many gamers that connect with
me in Vegas, the most common response I hear as to why
they gamble has them describing the emotions they feel.
Words like excitement, fun, a diversion are very common
I hear a lot from players about how they love the
action. Rarely do I hear that they love to win.
Still, what is obvious is that people seem to play
casino games of chance to fulfill some basic need and I
can not logically describe reasons why other than some
players need to play beyond a need to win. They just
play to "let off steam' and for the exhilaration of it.
I play craps as a means of winning money using the
techniques, systems and strategies I have learned
throughout the years. I have gambled at the craps tables
for the hell of it and I have played with a purpose and
intent to win.
What I can tell you is that winning is by far more fun
than losing. And, winning requires a much greater part
of me to direct my focus on accomplishing this. It is so
easy to lose.
Now, having had the satisfaction of winning, for several
years, far exceeding those times when I have been in
losing situations, I thought I would share a few things
with my readers.
I picked up the sense that as elementary as these tips
were, the last time I was in Vegas I observed way too
many players forgetting some fundamental guidelines
What many players misunderstand is that before they put
their dice setting skills into play, they must have
enough confidence in themselves and believe they are
going to win. By confidence, I mean that the player must
have their act together. They must understand, before
approaching the craps pit, their gaming approach well
enough to play correctly. This approach includes what
bets will be made with a correct bankroll to fund the
Believe me now, there is no magic formula out there that
will turn you or me into a perpetual winner with out
effort on our part. The craps game, like anything a
player wishes to be successful with, requires time,
patience, discipline and a commitment to win.
Here are a few tips worth sharing:
Learn your dice sets so thoroughly that you can toss
them with out hesitation. A shooter should always travel
with a pair of dice to practice with. The last thing you
wish to hear at the table is a barking box man telling
you to hurry up and just throw the dice.
Know what sets you are going to use. An easy way to do
this is to always spot your set while the dice are
sitting in front of the stick person. Better yet, if you
have got the dealers on the line, just ask them to bring
them to you with the preferred faces up.
Practice at home. Do your practice with as many
distractions as you can find. Have the television on.
Play while other people are talking to you. You know, in
the game, the dealers and the pit crew are going to be
handing you your players card once they are done with it
and they are notorious at handing it back to you when it
is your turn to shoot the dice. Happens to me all the
The cocktail waitress is going to ask you if you would
like a drink. Players will be wanting to squeeze in at
the rail next to you. Practice as often as you can and
my advice is to do it for thirty minutes at a time. By
doing so, you learn to acclimate to the casino
environment and in thirty minutes of real play time you
should know what direction your session is headed in
even before your bankroll confirms this for you.
Plan your playing bankroll before you schedule your
trip. Your bankroll money should not be needed for
living expenses. Make it a policy to utilize money that
you are willing to lose. Losing can happen and there is
no point to placing your self at a psychological
disadvantage by adding the pressure of needing to win
with scared money.
Figure out how many playing sessions you will
realistically attempt. Then multiply that session
bankroll by the number of times you think you will be
able to play to figure out how much you will need to
support your gambling endeavor.
If you are a nickel player playing a pass line
progression, you will need at least one hundred and
fifty dollars to support that. If you plan to make any
other wagers, you must bring the bankroll to support
that per session. If you play three sessions per day and
are staying in Vegas for at least three days then you
realistically need over one thousand dollars just to
support a pass line positive progression strategy. This
does not mean that you will utilize all of it. It means
that you have given yourself the psychological edge
needed knowing you brought sufficient funds to be a
formidable winning player.
I see too many players getting on the pass line and then
placing box numbers with little funds to stay in the
game long enough to capitalize on the dice falling out
of probability. Have the funds for each bet you would
like to make. I usually wish to see at least the dice go
around once and that means that I will need the funds to
see at least ten players take their turn at tossing the
dice. Hence, the need for one hundred and fifty dollars
for just the pass line progression strategy at a five
dollar minimum table.
Keep your betting limits within your bankroll size. Do
not over bet your bankroll size. As tempting as it is to
pull money from future sessions, don't do it. Just be
patient when having a losing session. Take a walk, have
a drink and enjoy the ambience of the casino before
coming back to the craps pit. You can find an open craps
table twenty four hours a day. These tables will wait
for you. They are not going away.
So, keeping just of few of these basic playing tidbits
in mind, come to the craps table with confidence about
yourself and your game. Fully funded, you make the
choice to play to win, not for any other reason. And,
certainly not just for the thrill of playing.
Because, it is more fun to win!
||A gambler who doesn't have the patience to wait will have nothing to wait for. - From Wit & Wisdom To Help You Win, by John Gollehon -