CJ 062 | Session Report #047

$300 buy in
12ft full table
SL-3.5 (hook)
12 players

I promised myself I’d get to play Craps this week after 3 months off. And play Craps I did. For the grand total of 30mins.

I couldn’t escape from work at 2pm as I’d hoped to see the table get opened. But as I suspected I was getting pestered by folks that can’t seem to do their own jobs, so expect me to assist them with constant hand holding. That’s a gripe for another day.

Anyway I ended up showing up at the casino at 3:55pm and was shocked to see a full table in use with the only available spot in SL-3.5 in the hook. I really detest this spot since it is not only hard to shoot from for me, but I can’t bet my DP cleanly because there is no clear DP box in front of me. I have to put my DP chips in front of someone else. It annoys me and them. Not everyone likes or understands don’t players.

I looked around the table and while I don’t know their names, I have seen them all many times before. Everyone was a regular.

So with the reduction in hours of the table i mentioned in my last post, it’s effectively squeezed the regulars into a smaller window of opportunity.

At least with a table in full swing throughout its open times, the management may not close it permanently.

I’ve never seen a table run so slow. With so many regulars it seemed like everyone (except me) had prop action. The middle looked like a Christmas tree with the baubles on it. Talk about a time suck.

The dice started in the turn near the SR dealer and after a few slow roles, I knew I wouldn’t get the dice today.

I started with my modified Target 3 play on flat bets PL and DP (not at the same time, I’ve discussed this play before) and did some very conservative place bet action of $6 on the six and eight and spread out to the five and nine from there as they hit. Aka one hit can’t miss style.

A wife of a regular was the final shooter for me. And literally you needed to have safety glasses on, for fear of a stray dice hitting you in the eye. I was standing 2ft off the rail and was still concerned for my safety.

She was dangerous with just the force of throw. I had a $10 DP on her and just had to lay $40 on it for odds when the point went to the 10. After a few rolls she hit the ten hard. Sigh. Reminded me of $5bill trip reports.

I made some money back off her on my place bets but I just didn’t have the time to recover in total.

Had to rush back to work. Will try again next Friday. And get back into the weekly craps groove.

Now as a side comment I went to collect my ticket for the special $1millon prize draw the casino is having in August and would you believe it, Craps doesn’t qualify for it. I was upset about that. So they are forcing people to play any other game or electronic machine. But not Craps. That’s a tell tale sign of how much they rate Craps players. Very sad.

Colour in $251 (-$49) in 30 mins.

CJ 061 | My Craps Hiatus

Well it’s been ages since I’ve got to the craps table. 3 months approximately. I’m getting withdrawal symptoms for sure.

The biggest issue is that my local casino has reduced the craps table hours yet again.

No more craps at lunch time on Friday for me. The table doesn’t open until 2pm now. Which makes it really hard for me to get to the casino during the mid afternoon. They have also closed Sunday totally. So it’s only Friday night and Saturday night now.

I’ve had to console myself with playing baccarat instead. Not much consolation if you ask me. But it’s better than nothing.

What’s a first for me is to participate in a major casino competition. My local casino is having a huge $1million prize draw for August. When you play through the week you get a ticket to go in the weekly draw. I’ve never been the type to go for this sort of marketing competition. But since I’m playing at the casino weekly I figured why not.

I play baccarat and get my ticket each week and go in the draw. Then I go there on Sunday night for the draw and play some more baccarat.

Quick in and out round trip from the house and back again in 1 1/4 hours. How’s that for efficient casino hit and run.

Of course I have had my down swings were I had to leave the casino on at a stage in my negative progression that I would not normally stop at. But I just abort and pick up again from scratch not from where I was up to in the sequence.

I don’t like being at the casino on Sunday evening there are to many people. And I hate sitting next to someone on a row of machines.

Usually when I go the place is next to empty and I can have my pick of any machine I like.

My wife will only go when it’s quiet as well.

Overall I’m still pulling 26% return out of baccarat. I’m aiming to ratchet that up as my bankroll increases. But steady as she goes for now. Don’t want to get greedy. That’s the kiss of death. It doesn’t take much to go backwards and ruin at the good that has accumulated.

Can’t wait to get back to craps again. This Friday I’ll be there at 2pm to watch them open the table. And see just how awful my toss has become.

My home craps table is still in pieces. I’ve spent the last 2 weekends rebuilding it in readiness to join it back together again and make it fully robust and portable at the same time.

Here’s a picture of my home table end rails under some heavy glue action with clamps.

CJ 057 | Session Report #46

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$150 buy in
12ft half table
SR-6
6 players
3V set

It’s been 6 weeks since I’ve had time to indulge in my Craps. I wasn’t going to miss today for anything. Even just watching would be ok.

Arrived at 3pm to find the 1/2 table full again. Which is good because I want it full all the time to prove to casino management that they should not put the table back in storage.

I just watched for a bit because I could see a longish hand in flight and enjoy a good shooting display. From a guy who is a regular, which I would consider a rhythm roller.

2 important differences today.

#1 I have lost my little notebook which I track all my rolls.

#2 I thought I had $400 in my wallet but only had $150

So these 2 nuggets really upset me. I couldn’t believe it. I had reached into my bag to get my little tracking notebook and my little pencil and they were not in there usual spot in my bag. I didn’t realise how accustomed I’ve become to tracking my rolls and how much I get out of analysing the session afterwards with the data I collect.

I felt it was almost not worth going to the casino without it. But as I said nothing was going to stop me.

Next hurdle was my cash. Friggin wife and kids must have ransacked my wallet that morning.

So my usual $400 buyin was now down to $150, which meant that I had to totally change my bet style for the day, and I opted to keep it simple with OHCM. Then press up and out from there if a hand developed.

I had the option of SR-2 or SR-6 position.

Since I was playing and shooting dark I opted for SR-6 even thought it’s my nemesis position which I can’t throw very well from.

They were breaking in a new dealer but she was experienced so no issues there.

It was your basic grind session. Not much to report. Up and down.

A couple of my Don’t Come bets didn’t travel because the dealer forgot. I keep an eye on my bets. Of course next roll after that was the seven. Both times they tried to take my DC and I had to remind them they didn’t push it to the box number. They paid me.

I don’t say anything of course up front in case the number repeats, at which I have argued the other way that they can’t take my bet because they didn’t move it when they first should have.

I know being a dealer is hard work. So in the end whatever the box says goes.

My only hand of they session was a 10 roll, shooting dark. Got one point and all inside numbers. Everyone was getting excited and always remarks dark side shooters are the best shooters. I still haven’t worked out why? If anyone knows let me know.

Was just making a nice come back after a few early losses and my time was up and I had to get back to work. Oh well.

Colour in $123 (-$27) in 45 mins.

CJ 056 | Session Report #45

$300 buy in
12ft half table
SR-2.5
3 players
3V set

Been another couple of weeks between craps games. So I was itching to play.

Showed up at 3pm to make sure that the table regulars had bled out and left from a 12pm opening time.

Sure enough they had all left. With one remaining and not many chips left to go.

Had a great session today where I was playing all sorts of plays, when the need arose.

Playing both dark side and right side.

Shoot It Alls One hit can’t miss play on others.

Don’t pass target 3 play including laying odds for me as well.

And a play which I don’t know the name of which I hope someone can tell me what it is. I’ll explain it below.

I set for 3V with three finger top edge grip. I aimed for the big 6 box today and my target landing zone hit rate was very good today.

When I bet for the dont’s only on my hands, I set the dice to the hit the seven after the come out and laid odds against it. That worked well aiming for the seven.

I played OHCM play on the other regular at SL-1 And I would always step back to give him all the room he needed. I’m a respectful player. And expect the same in return.

So here’s my play I was road retesting on only my hands after I’d warmed up.

Got the idea for this initially from MP (Mad Professor) – “Regression avoids Depression” series of articles on dicesetter.com http://www.dicesetter.com/mp/dmad140regression.htm

And more recently from Marc (aka BoneThrower) on his youtube channel.

$10 DP
$66 inside working on the come out

Inside hit #1 – drop $1 and press all inside by one unit each (to 4 units each) [+$21]
Inside hit #2 – press all inside by one unit again (to 5 units each) [+$28]
Inside hit #3 – same bet and come down to $6 six and eight. [+$35]

This then becomes a OHCM play.

I then pressed out and up from there.

Of course if the seven comes I then moved through the DP 3 play sequence, which I’ve mentioned before.

I’m sort of liking this play so far. Ticks my boxes for comfort and risk vs returns. $66 of place numbers at risk for $84 in three rolls including the come out roll.

Just need to hit 3 numbers more than not hitting 3 numbers straight off the bat including the come out. Can I do this. My numbers tell me I can.

I’ll try this again next week and get more comfortable with it.

Interested in any feedback on this play, and if someone knows if it has a name please let me know.

Colour in $350 (+$50) in 1 1/2 hours.

For those that are interested here’s my rolls for yesterday session. (I had table to myself for parts, and just one other so lots of hands)

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

6, 7 (dark shooting for 7)

11, 6, 9, 7 (dark shooting for 7)

6, 4, 10, 8, 12, 6
10, 7

3, 7, 9, 10, 8, 7

5, 9, 7 (dark shooting for 7)

9, 11, 12, 10, 10, 10, 10, 7 (dark shooting for 7)

6, 11, 10, 12, 7 (dark shooting for 7)

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

10, 5, 7 (dark shooting for 7)

10, 8, 7 (dark shooting for 7)

5, 9, 6, 2, 4, 5
11, 5, 4, 7

6, 9, 8, 6
4, 8, 4
6, 11, 4, 6
5, 8, 12, 8, 4, 7

Take out the dark shooting for the seven hands, and if I’m not setting to get the 7, then it’s looking not to bad.

CJ 055 | Session Report #44

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
12ft half table
SR-2
3 players
3V set

It’s been 1 month since I last got to the casino and since I’ve also practiced.

I’m surprised at how quickly you lose your edge without practice.

Today I was all over the place. Struggled to set fast and hit my landing spot.

Was never ahead today. And couldn’t believe my play. Both times laying odds against don’t pass on 4 and then 10 got knocked off.

Had 4 hands today. 3 PPSO and had a 23 roll (got some money back on that one).

A random roller had a mini monster, and I got some more money back on that one (fairly much back to my buy in).

The 3 PPSO shot me down. The last hand I had $110 inside to try to claw back a bit to even. That slapped me.

I was only looking for 3 hits and down and got shot 3 times.

Oh well regroup for next time.

And time for me to play some baccarat while listening to my favourite podcasts and get my casino fund back up again.

Colour in $266 (-$134) in 1 hour.

CJ 054 | Session Report #43

Casino : Treasury Brisbane

$400 buy in
12ft half table
SR-1
3 players
3V set

Well I finally after 10 week hiatus got back to the casino.

And wouldn’t you know it. The half table was full of regulars.

I have learned not to stick around and wait. So I sought out the $1 mini baccarat computer terminal.

Put in $300 and in short order after 20 mins cashed out at $405 just betting player using target 3 play system.

Went back to the craps game to find just 2 players left and SR-1 open, nice.

Waited for the hand to end and bought in for $400.

The table had apparently just finished off a couple of hot rolls. And the tide had turned. Which I now know is why the table had thinned out.

Anyway after not playing for so long I was itching to have my turn with the dice.

Well as far as sessions go. This was one of my worst as far as bet play goes.

1) my SRR ended up being 3.46

Out of 6 hands of 52 rolls. I had 15 sevens 9 of which were on the come out.

2) I tried to stupidly chase my losses on my last hand and did a $110 inside working on the come out. And then proceeded to throw 5 sevens in a row. Talk about shooting yourself in the face!

3) and it was death by a thousand cuts. Lots of small bets instead of backing myself.

If I had even just done $10 PL and $44 or $66 inside for 2 hits and down on each of my hands It would have been a sweet session even with the lowest SRR I’ve done yet.

So I now have to reset my clock and prepare for next week as I continue to ease myself back into the game.

Coloured out $139 (-$269) in 1 1/2 hours