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# Dice Control - Fact or Fiction?

7 May 2003

I have always been a skeptic about what has become popularly known in casino circles as "dice control." This relatively new gambling expression refers to the theory that it is possible for craps players to alter the random probability of the numerical combination of rolls of the dice.

How is it possible, you ask, to make a science out of a "crap shoot?" Just pick up the dice, give 'em a shake, blow on 'em for good luck, and then let 'em roll! The cubes tumble and dance without rhyme or reason on the layout at the other end of the table. The end result, one of 36 possible combinations, is the whim of Dame Fortune.

An elite team of gambling experts is touring the country to change that perception. Their mission is to prove that physical skill can be utilized in casino craps to neutralize the luck factor and add an exciting new dimension to a game that has always been explored from standpoints of pure chance, money management, and house advantage.

The Golden Touch Craps team is led by Frank Scoblete, the nation's most esteemed gambling authority and the best-selling gaming author of all time. He and his associates are committed to proving that dice handling techniques can be learned by disciplined players who are willing to practice and perfect the skills.

Scoblete admits that the technique is not easy and not everyone can do it. But he is convinced that the only way to beat craps in the long run is learning how to control the dice when you shoot so that you reduce the appearance of certain numbers and increase the appearance of other numbers, thus off-setting the house edge and giving the edge to the skilled player.

At the crux of the issue is the number seven. It has a greater

probability of appearing than any other number. There are six ways to "make" a seven while there are only five ways to make a six or eight, four ways to make a five or nine, three ways to make a four or 10, two ways to make a three or 11, and one way to make a two or 12.

The number seven, or "Big Red" as craps players call it, is perfectly acceptable on the Come-out roll, but once a point has been established it is the one number that players don't want to see. Attempting to teach players how to physically minimize the appearance of a seven is the goal of Golden Touch Craps seminars.

Among the topics that are covered include the best place to stand at the table, optimum ways to "set" the dice before you throw them, how to pick up and hold the dice, delivery technique to the back wall, spin control of the dice, and ways to manipulate the bounce.

The team also focuses on many other aspects of gambling and the total casino experience, including the physics of dice control, the expert's philosophy of craps, the role that mind and body play, how to become mentally and physically prepared to play, practice regimens, and even table selection.

If a casino in the Chicago-area brings in Scoblete and his team to conduct a seminar, by all means don't miss it! Golden Touch Craps has all the promise of being to the game of craps what Edward Thorpe's breakthrough book Beat the Dealer was to the game of blackjack.

If you'd like more information, log on to www.goldentouchcraps.com or call toll free 1-866-SET-DICE for a brochure and a schedule of upcoming seminars and events.

Next Week: More about Golden Touch Craps and information about the experts who have perfected the technique. You may be surprised!

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John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insiderâ€™s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

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John G. Brokopp
John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insiderâ€™s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.