Session Report #37

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$300 buy in
Mini Baccarat
Target 3 Play

Well I was surprised again this week to show up and the craps was in table in full swing. Not as busy as last week. But 12ft half table was full.

I refuse to squeeze in between players. No matter that I only get 1 hour and 1 opportunity to play each week. It cramps my throw and I’m there to play live what I practice.

The other players were regulars. With 2 newbies. I knew the new players wouldn’t last long based on their chip count in the rail. But I’ve learned my lesson in the past that waiting around for a spot to open up is not worth my time since I only have 1 hour.

From my recent finding of $1 min computer baccarat machines, I thought that was perfect to get some live practice in. So found a machine near the craps table that I could keep an eye on the table.

Inserted $300 and realised immediately that I’d made a mistake, I was on the live play machine which is actually $10 min. Damn. Oh well I’m in now, I played it anyway.

Did the target 3 play system, which I like because it suits my method of play. Bet player only with varying bet levels depending on what progressive / regressive level you are on. Basically capitalising on doubles.

Played for 30 mins not even sitting in the chair and hardly paying attention to it. Kept looking in between hands every 30 seconds to get a spot at the craps table.

At 30 mins of basically doing my emails while playing, I got crabby because there were still no Craps spots, and I also come the casino to get away from doing work for a bit.

Coloured up $370 (+$70) and went to Craps table to chat to dealers.

Finally at 45 mins a spot opened up and I saddled up to table and went to buy in and realised I had no cash!. My money was on a slip of paper receipt from the mini baccarat. Double damn.

I gave up. With just 15 mins left. It wasn’t meant to be today. Told everyone see you next week. The dealers seemed to be actually disappointed for me, because they know I only get a short time. They know to look after the regulars. Of course compared to them I’m a small fish. But I’ve pumped over $10K through the table in the last year. Still sitting at 1% profit. My aim is to get to 10%

Forgot to mention that I also get my parking validated after 30mins play with my silver level casino membership which is $50 value. Yes it costs $50 to park in the city near the casino for 3 hours.

Book Review – Dice Control for Casino Craps : Gambling Disciples of God – Yuri

By Yuri 1998

This book has been on my todo reading list for a long time.

I usually only buy books if they are digital so I can carry them with me and I can re-read them on my phone anytime / anywhere.

Unfortunately this one is print only so had to wait for it to get shipped to me in Australia from Amazon USA.

It’s 160 pages which to my surprise had a lot of supporting math around the fundamentals of dice influence.

The sort of math that makes your head spin and eyes glaze over. Unless you are a math geek. Of which I am not. But once was. So I appreciated Yuri explaining the math of the throw (including diagrams). Not just betting probabilities that most books and websites have.

Essentially this book takes you through from beginning to end with dice influence and covers all the aspects of the throw (set, stance, grip, toss). He includes some variants of each to allow you to find what works for you.

I’d heard of the Yuri grip before (it probably has other names since people have been throwing dice for a long time). I’ve seen people throw it on YouTube videos and claim it’s the Yuri grip. I’ve read about it on Heavy’s Axis Power Craps forums.

It’s always hard to explain in print even with photos (which are included in the book) how to approach and set and throw the dice in a certain way.

However I believe Yuri gives enough information to allow you to enter your practice sessions with confidence that you are throwing the way he explains.

And therein lies the key. You can’t just read a book, no matter how good it is. You have to implement and scientifically trial the approach and throws until you master it. Which of course takes a long time and lots of practice. Systematically trialing the different sets, grips, stance, and toss.

Of course nothing beats one on one tuition and learning from someone that has already taken the time to master the throw. However if you are not able to find or have a teacher available in your neck of the woods, then the next best teaching tool is video. Which is why video is so important for Craps students.

Now this book was printed in 1998, so I appreciate it is what it is. And there are no online resources to support it. However in 2017 as I write this, I feel a short video from Yuri (or one of the teachers that have worked it out) put online and referenced in the book would really complete this book and the concepts that he goes to great lengths to explain in print.

I know that adding a video then makes it a mini course not just a book. But if this book was converted to an Amazon Kindle digital download and also adding a video inside it, it would really set this book apart from any other. It would also allow the price to increase from $20. But it would be worth it.

Overall I think a must for any dice influencer to have in their Craps library.

Session Report #36

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
12ft table
SL1
8 players
3V set

Well I was shocked to walk in on Friday and not only was the craps table open. But it had 4 staff on it. And both side were open.

In over 1 1/2 years I’ve not seen it open on both sides.

It was a real nice feeling to be playing on a full table. Lots of chances for my dark side play.

Some guy was in SL1 just watching. So I immediately moved to that spot and asked him politely to move.

The other side was packed and one of the regulars was in the middle of a good hand.

Waited and bought in after he made a point.

Got a couple of hits and covered my outlay before he SO.

Went dark on everyone else including myself until I warm up.

Points of interest for me.

1) Some chump threw in money in the middle of a hand and I actually said out loud “who just bought in, in the middle of the hand?”. I shocked myself. The box man was as surprised as me. But they want the money so don’t care when it gets put down.

He lasted 5 mins and was gone. What a goose.

2) I layed my first number to hedge my DP. No longer a lay virgin.

Lay 10 for $50 and dealer asked me for $1. Kept it up for the CO then brought it back down for $51. Nice

3) Lay odds on 4 and 10 DP. Times 2 odds. Dealers helped me position my chips to the left of the original DP.

4) $44 inside working on CO ( of course the dealers just love this move ). They don’t like the move to regress to $6 six and eight 2 throws later.

5) all the players and dealers commented when I got the dice and bet DP. They said dark side shooters are the best shooters. They loaded up. First roll 11. I lose. They win. Everyone laughed including me.

I reloaded with a bigger DP and made them eat their words. ;)

Felt good doing the moves and twisting with the table.

I only got 1 hand in today and it was shockingly bad. 5 throws only.

Still made money on it cause I DP with a $6 six and eight. I knew I was as tight as fish due to lots of yard work had stuffed my throwing shoulder.

But even with a bad throw had a great time. One of my most enjoyable sessions. Just the betting rhythm I was in and reading the table and the players.

Coloured out $482 (+$82) in 1 hour

Session Report #35 – Great Barrier Reef and $1 Mini Baccarat

Something different this week.

Took the family for some time away and travelled through the week to Cairns in far North Queensland at the top of Australia to see the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest. Such a beautiful place. 2 hour plane flight from home. But never got around to it. Costs a fortune of course. Upsets me that I can go to New Zealand much cheaper than see my own country.

One of my bucket list items was to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef. So just had to do it. Here’s a snap from going through the fish. What a good feeling. Reaching out to touch them.

Great Barrier Reef – Swimming with the fishes – literally

I know why people travel the world to snorkel and dive now. Truly magnificent.

Cairns has a casino but no craps. I went into the casino to check it out. It’s very nice. But had the family with me so no time to play. Didn’t even have time to get a $5 chip as a momento of my travels. Next time.

Back to reality in Brisbane…

Showed up at my usual time at the casino and craps table was closed again. Jeez

Sought out the pit boss again and asked if it’s finally been cut. He said no, they have 2 dealers sick so they can’t open the table.

So it appears that not only do we only have one table that is only open during small windows that we only have a few dealers that can work the table. I’ve counted 6 so far but they have to juggle their shifts around because through the week they deal other games as well.

Perhaps I should become a craps dealer to help them out. Second thought no thanks. It’s a very hard job. I’ve got a mate of mine who was a craps dealer on a cruise ship. Now if I was younger with no family that cruise ship lifestyle doesn’t sound to bad.

Anyway I thought I’ll get some mini baccarat in instead.

I found a computer terminal that had 2 x roulette a sic bo and a mini baccarat running on it.

Could not believe it but it was a $1 machine. Must be my lucky day. All the rest of the terminals I’ve seen have been $10 min.

Put in $100 and started to play. I know Heavy has a baccarat system. But I’ve been wargaming Target 3 play by Seth Theobeau and doing quite well with it.

Had some emails to catch up on so did that in between hands as well as play mini baccarat. The target 3 play is quite simple once you’ve practiced it and there is 30 seconds between hands. And I only bet banker in this session. Just need to keep track of bet size not where to bet.

It’s great to sit down and play instead of standing.

Played for 15 mins and cashed out $120.50 (+$20.50) 20% very nice.

The 50c came from banker 6 hand which pays 1:2 instead of commission on each banker hand.

I’ll put this $1 mini baccarat into my rotation now when the craps table is not available and get my baccarat skills up without risking much money at all. Fantastic.

Session Report #34

Casino: Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
1/2 table right side
SR1
2 players
3V set

Showed up at the casino last week and the table was closed. I thought this is it. They’ve finally pulled the plug and killed the game.

Went and asked the pit boss looking after baccarat and he tells me the staff are at a union meeting over a pay dispute.

I don’t have time to stick around so went and war gamed baccarat for 30 mins. Alas I lost all my fake money on a massive player shoe when I was backing banker against the trend. It was the end of the shoe so I didn’t put my real money down.

Jump to this week, and just me at the table to start with another regular coming in 1/2 way through.

What is evident to me from today is that I’m really not betting my play right. I was never ahead once this session.

And I had to initiate my 50% stop loss again.

Set the standard 3V, soft low toss, but put a fair bit of spin on them, one bounce to back wall and drop to rest. Really looked good.

But I didn’t make adjustment on it. That is my big hurdle working out what to adjust to minimise the outcome of the 7.

Check this disaster of a session out.

SRR 3.14

7, 4, 7

3, 7, 7, 7, 6, 7

11, 5, 8, 7

8, 9, 9, 12, 10, 8
11, 8, 7

8, 6, 8
5, 12, 5
7, 8, 6, 9, 7

7, 11, 7, 7, 5, 9, 8, 10, 11, 11, 7

Nuf said!

It’s become clear that betting dark side on myself has to stop, and I stopped WOTCO from my previous session stats which saved me from total disaster. My CO 7 ratio is enormous and is ruining my dark side play.

I think I really need to video my throw again and get a critique on where I’m going wrong. So I’ll do that next week.

Coloured out $202 (-$198) in 1 hour

Session Report #33

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
1/2 table left side
SL1
2 players
3V set and 2V set

Just one other at the table today.

I like having just one other at the table. Let’s me have small rest in between hands and takes the focus off me from the dealers and box for few mins.

Threw 4 hands – 48 times in total with 9 sevens 5 of those on the come out. 5.33 SRR

No rolls less than 8 count. And was able to earn a bit off all of them.

Still awful as far as I’m concerned, and the dealers always comment that I’m one of the better shooters that are regulars.

I was able to grind out a $11 win. Made the other guy a lot, who was betting big on hard ways and horns.

I think I need to adjust my betting again. I’m getting burned by WOTCO.

So glad I’m charting and I can assess what’s going on.

I’ve just realised I’m not recording hardways on my charting so I’ll fix that this week. I think I’m missing lots of opportunities there.

I’ll have to go back through my record book and calculate SRR to give me another metric to track my progress of control / influence.

But I’m more interested my rate of return which after a couple of losses is down to 1% return on my investment. Of course this isn’t the stock market or property.

But in saying that I’m still learning lots and having fun on the way.

This is the first hobby I’ve ever had that is paying me to do it.

Coloured out $411 (+$11) in 1 hour

Session Report #32

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
1/2 table right side
SO and SR2
2 players
3V set and 2V set

Just one other at the table today.

I started slow to warm up but in the end it didn’t help. Shot myself in the foot repeated times with working on the come out going down on the seven.

Big issue of the day was the increase in sevens. Out of 60 rolls I threw 14 sevens with 7 of those on the come out.

That’s a terrible SRR (4.3) and I may as well have been chicken feeding them.

Doing a three finger grip, I let my fingers go further down the dice and I was adding extra spin and trying a lower shot to avoid bouncing off the table. Might try practice the Yuri for future sessions.

Even playing a DP play as I do, I could not save myself.

After analysis I can see where I went wrong.

My repeated $66 inside WOTCO falling to the CO seven.

I need to pull back when I give myself an upper cut and grind it back before trying at that level again.

And I need to stop thinking of the clock and having to make it work in 1 hour or I have failed.

I was already late and had to get back to work so had to stop just as 2 new players joined in.

Threw a final CO seven and shot myself again so just passed the dice and walked. Shameful display of craps play.

Coloured out $157 (-$243) in 1 hour

Session Report #31

Casino: Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
1/2 table left side
SL1 (my favourite)
1 player (me)
3V set and 2V set

Couldn’t get out last week. Work was to much and couldn’t even spare 1 hour again.

Was very grateful that when I arrived there was no one at the table. Perfect.

I started slow to warm up.

Started with a 3 x DP progression $10 $20 $30 and $44 inside working 2 hits and down to $6 six and eight and press up and out from there.

Took an initial beating down $150, zagged when I should have zigged.

I had 3 PSO out of 11 hands.

The others of note. 22, 14, 12, 16

Then had my biggest roll I’ve ever done. 41 rolls. No one else at the table to enjoy it with me. Worked up from $6 six and eight to getting $50 for $1 on the 5 and 9

10, 6, 6, 5, 8, 5, 10
6, 8, 9, 6
7, 5, 5
8, 4, 9, 10, 5, 6, 5, 10, 9, 9, 5, 3, 5, 3, 5, 4, 4, 3, 9, 6, 2, 9, 9, 11, 3, 10, 7

I actually didn’t know what press to after that so left it at same bet to not distract myself.

Had a pile of chip vomit in front of me after that hand. I asked for a 2 min break to clean up my rack.

Had a good chat to dealers today. Before the most senior box man showed up. He’s so sour I could get more out of a lemon. Conversation stopper.

He turns his nose up at anyone that sets the dice and tries to have a controlled shot. But he tolerates until you don’t hit the back wall.

I couldn’t care less what he thinks.

I’m there to make money, and that’s what I’m going to strive to do.

I asked if the table was going to be removed. And they didn’t think so in the short term.

However since they moved the table it’s own room it’s done even less business than when it was on the main floor.

They really have set it up for failure.

I suggested the golden arm comp again and they said it would never get off the ground because it required work from the marketing dept. for a game that is only open small hours and has low profit turnover.

Oh well I’ll just keep playing for as long as I can.

Had to get back to work so had to stop just as 2 new players joined in.

Coloured out $626 (+$226) in 1 hour

Session Report #30

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
1/2 table right side
SR6 (my nemesis)
5 players (4 regulars and me)
3V set

Couldn’t get out last week. Work was to much and couldn’t even spare 1 hour again.

I was shocked to arrive and find 6 players half table full. I refuse to squeeze in as I myself like room.

I waited and watched for 1 hour. Mistake #1. Finally got a spot , stuck in the hook near the dealer. My nemesis spot. Mistake #2. But my time was up already and had to get back to work.

I wasn’t going without throwing the dice. Mistake #3.

Had to wait some more for the dice.

By the time I got to shoot I was not in a state to shoot.

$66 inside working on the come out, never got to regress. Mistake #4

First hand.

4, 6, 3, 11, 7

Stuck around for a second hand

10, 7

Got knocked off $75 DP trying to come back fast. Mistake #5.

Decided I was late enough. And had my share of mistakes, so quit for the day. Lessons have been learned.

Time pressure got me on throw and betting.

Coloured out $135 (-$265) in 30 mins

Session Report #29

Casino: Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
1/2 table left side
SL2 and SL1
5 players (4 regulars and me)
3V set

Couldn’t get out last week. Work was to much and couldn’t even spare 1 hour.

Was really looking forward to today. I was over my nerves mostly from last week.

Started at the table with just one regular today. He’d had a bad run and basically passed the dice straight to me.

Got to shoot 7 times today. Which was nice.

13 and 14 were my longest throws. But I made money on each of them except for one PSO.

Followed a $66 inside working on the come out with my DP negative and positive progression on my own roles. Regress to $22 inside after 2 hits, then press up from there.

With the DP 3 play and $12 inside for other shooters.

This play seems to paying off for me.

Regression is a beautiful thing.

I have no problems making the dealers work for me.

No one else regresses. So I do get some strange looks.

I mentioned to the dealers about the golden arm comp that is in the USA.

They had no idea what I was talking about.

I emailed casino management this week with the idea to hold the golden arm comp in Australia. It would be great for craps exposure and getting more people to the game. No response yet.

Coloured out $605 (+$205) in 1 hour