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Volume VIII :
Date July/ August 2008
In This Edition:
A Word From Soft Touch
From the Editor
Feng Shui in Las Vegas
At The Oven's Door...
A Labor of Love...
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Soft Touch Say's
In this month's newsletter we
are fortunate enough to publish an interesting contribution from Lin
Vernon, a Fen-shui practitioner. Lin happened to be at our last
workshop which dealt with shifting our participants into expanding their
craps game through becoming aware of greater energetic influences that
definitely impact our game. She gave us a very brief introduction into
the energy behind the casino's architecture and how it influences us as
players when it comes to exchanging money during our play time. Upon our
request, she was gracious enough to provide us some of her insight.
Her article prompts me to ask
our readers: How aware are you of your surroundings? How in tune is
your life within the multitude of currents whirling past you and within
you? Playing your best game at the table is all about awareness. Quite
simply, if we are trying to make money playing we definitely need to
know which way "the temperature" is headed. Can't sense the temp at the
table? It is as easy as asking the dealers. They are quick to let you
know if you are unable or unwilling to observe before jumping into the
How many of us are unaware of
the casino's color scheme? How about the lighting or the construction?
Just because most of the patrons playing in the casinos are unaware of
their surroundings, it does not mean they are unaffected by them. Quite
the contrary and the casinos invest in the design of anything that will
separate us from our money.
As with everything that
exists in life, we can develop an awareness and be in tune with our
surroundings and know how we are subtly influenced in an effort to play
comfortably, efficiently and successfully. Or, you can just simply
ignore it. It's your choice.
Now back to the more physical
elements of the game.
I am thankful for my
wonderful playmates and to my loyal readers who love to send me lots of
tidbits on the physical changes happening with the craps tables. The
following is for your information only and for the practicing dice
setters in our community it may be worth knowing before your next trip
Here is some information for
you successful fire bet shooters: (I personally know quite of few of
$10 Max Fire Bet:
- Caesar's (only on 1 table as of now, but rumor is they will have the
Fire Bet on all Caesar's tables)
$5 Max Fire Bet:
- Imperial Palace
- MGM (MGM removed the Fire Bet after a 2 month trial in early
- Sahara (Sahara removed their Fire Bet in July '08 after having
it at least 2 years)
- Planet Hollywood
And for those players who
like to visit NYNY in Las Vegas, owned by MGM, and enjoy the challenge
of something new, here's something good to know about their tables.
This information comes to me from a very successful Vegas shooter and
may be helpful for all you dice influencers who factor the physical
attributes of the table as a major part of your game.
Players note that they have
replaced their 4 green felt bouncy 14 foot tables with:
- 6 new 12 foot tables (my favorite size)
- all plastic laminated table -- only wood is in the chip rail (the
plastic leg base effects the sweet spots on the table & where the bigger
- felt blend surface is Maroon and Silver silk screened
- fairly hard surface (remember your toss trajectory)
- red dice
- 6 $10 tables most of the time
- Black Paulson Superball rubber pyramids effect the dice tremendously
- the new rubbers have an oily residue on them - evidently from the
newness., but this is the most oily and the oil does transfer to the
dice making them rather slippery. May not be a problem over the course
Also, the new Craps pit area is about 200 feet from where it used to be
and is a whole lot better with better lighting and a new Cage area with
the best private cage windows in town.
That's it for now and may you enjoy the remaining summer days
in and out of the casinos.
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dicesetter.com website or newsletter please send them to me at
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Hello, my name is Ray...I live in Ohio where we don't
have casinos but I have been going to local states such as West Virginia.
I love the game of craps and believe in much of what you preach. I have
been having problems where I switch strategies from session to session and
it seems that when I play my "6 and 8" system... where I press and press
to catch a series of numbers, the other numbers come like 4,5,9, 10
etc....and then of course, 7 out! Then I go to another method of playing
the field along with the 5 as a "hedge"....so I am looking for 3 to 5
field numbers to show consecutively....which can add up very very
nicely....of course the sixes and eights come......I get sooooooooo
frustrated and then I lose my head! What advice do you have? Ray L.
The first thing to
master is you must not allow yourself to become frustrated. Once
frustrated, the game is out the window now matter who you are or how
you play. Bouncing around trying different methods has proven to
you that it
does not work, right? So, you have to find something that you will
stick with come hell or seven out. Now, I don’t infer that you play and
lose all you money before quitting. You have to settle in with
something more conservative and something that fits you bankroll.
Then, play that way consistently. If the game is not going your way,
you must have the discipline to leave the game. Period!
You do not mention
your bankroll and that is likely part of the problem. Most
players fail to understand the importance of being properly
bankrolled. Each bet requires its own backing or bankroll.
I do not like
telling someone I have not seen play what to do or how to play,
however you must get off the field betting. The field bet is a one
roll bet and as such has no mathematical betting strategy or money
management. Never mind the ridiculous odds against the bet. Forget
about hedge plays, they do not work.
Just one suggestion.
I am guessing you have $10 minimum bets out there. You will need a
minimum of $350 for a pass line bet with double odds. (No more than
double odds.) Taking a play from The Professor's Playbook... When you win on the pass line, increase the next bet by
50%. The line bets looks like this?
and so on. When you run into a hand, the profit allows you to make the
progression. Always go back to the basic (minimum bet) following any
Regarding the 6/8.
There are a bunch of 6/8 plays out there. You are making a mistake by
not taking some profit along the way. You fail to recognize the math
of the game?one 7 every six rolls. It sounds like you always have the
laundry on the line never getting any profit and then wiped out by the
7. Recommended bankroll for 6/8 betting $240 starting with $12 6/8.
Other strategies would have you start with a $30 6/8 and after one
win, tear the bets down to $12 and progress up from there. I can think of several
more?it all becomes a matter of personal choice and playing style?
Oh, did I mention bankroll! Off hand, you would be buying in between
$600 and $750 depending on $12 6/8 or $18 6/8 or $1000 for $30 6/8 and
$10 line bet with double odds.
additional bets is not working for you right now. I feel it best if
you lay off the place betting and just do the 50% progression pass
line. During this time of play, study the game and track how your
Field/Place bet continues to fail. Study how placing 6/8 could work
with a new approach.
Study the regression play and study a progression play (take and
press). Most of all, do you best to stop being frustrated by making
bad bets that chew through your precious bankroll. Invest your time
studying the game and having a better understanding of what is going
Feng Shui in Las Vegas
Feng Shui is defined as the “art of
placement?where the interior of a man made space reflects the harmony and
flow of nature. I will be discussing Feng Shui from the perspective of the
Form School and Black Hat Sect Feng Shui, as brought to America by Professor
Feng Shui is a way of arranging spaces to
bring abundance, health and satisfying relationships to the inhabitants. In
Las Vegas this prescription for abundance is directed towards the owners of
the casinos, not the players.
One of the highest priorities in creating a
space is having an “auspicious?front door. This would be a door that is
colorful, obvious because of its decorations, and easy to enter. It could be
further enhanced with moving objects, like flags, and water features. The
casinos of Las Vegas have this down to a science as well as an art. The
casinos of Las Vegas, without a doubt, have some of the most inviting
entrances on the planet. Whether it is the fountains of Bellagio or the
pirates frolicking with explosions and fire in front of Treasure Island, or
volcanoes erupting as you enter the Mirage, the entrances are full of energy
and enticement. The problem is that once you are in, can you find your way
out? The casinos lure the energy (you) into their establishment with well
designed, regal entrances. In a residence, you would want the energy brought
in by the auspicious entrance to flow through all the rooms of the house
appropriately. Instead of letting the flow of pathways take you
softly through to the games, and then allowing for an evident way out, you become
trapped in the casino's confusing floor plan and lost. The “casino's gaming pit?is the easiest destination. Fed by sound
and lights, one is drawn to the casino floor like a bee to honey. Leaving the
gambling area to find food and bathrooms can be a journey through a labyrinth
of small isles, where landmarks need to be memorized to find your way out of
the gaming area.
The excessive stimulation is riveting and it becomes easier to stay than to
This is a type of power Feng Shui not
appropriate for a home because a house is usually designed to be a place of
rejuvenation and harmony. The stimulation of a casino pushes gamblers to do
more, try harder, and keep at it. The rejuvenation is the winning, but everything else
in the environment is out of harmony and exhausting, making the win harder to
achieve or to keep. In the art of Feng Shui, your environment is the template
that supports the fulfillment of desires and creates success. Now, reflecting
on the over stimulation and confusion in the casino, what type of success does
it support and for who? The noise and turmoil certainly do not encourage confidence
or support a strong self esteem. The player is constantly being undermined by the
"Feng Shui of Chaos". The gambler must put extra effort into being grounded and
centered enough to play. This of course is a huge energy drain. It is a true challenge because all the casino
distractions work against the player. It is no wonder that the easiest play is
to put money in a slot machine and pull the handle.
Stairs can be a deterrent to entering a
building, but what if you have to climb stairs to get out? The Las Vegas
Hilton and Bally’s add this obstacle to an easy exit. One has to climb steps
to leave the casino floor. If you are tired and overwhelmed, the steps can
give patrons the feeling that it is too difficult to leave, so they will stay.
When the Luxor first opened, you had to walk down a steep ramp to enter the
casino. Of course to get out, you had to hike up hill. The Luxor’s casino
entrance has now been redesigned for a less strenuous exit.
Have you ever tried to walk down the Las
Vegas Strip by going through each casino, so that you can stay out of the
heat? This would seem like a good idea, you can do it at shopping malls. In
Las Vegas it is almost impossible because of the convoluted pathways
inside the casinos. Shopping malls are designed so that you can go to the most
stores possible on your visit. However, each casino wants to keep your
business within their walls. I have not visited a casino yet where any part of
the casino is on an easy passageway to another part of the casino,
One of the main tenants of Form School Feng
Shui is that it is important to create protection at the back of a building to
collect the chi (energy) and protect the building from a current that might
take that chi with it. For instance, having a road or rushing river at the
back of a house would be bad Feng Shui and the owner would want to construct a
wall, put up flags, or plant trees to protect the back of the building. This
is also true for people. The place of honor at a table would be the seat that
has its back to the wall and has full view of the room ahead of it. Think of
how the gaming tables and slots are arranged in a casino. All the players have
their back to the many people who are passing. These people, passing and
rushing, can literally “rip off?that player’s energy and leave them depleted.
A part of our brain needs to be vigilant when our back is unprotected,
particularly in a public place. When our brain is involved in the animal
instinct of protection it is less focused on the task at hand. As an example,
it is more difficult to listen to a conversation in a restaurant when waiters
with trays are running to and from the kitchen through a swinging door
behind you. These are the seats that savvy patrons will tip the hostess to NOT seat
The same distraction happens at the blackjack table or the rows of slots as
people pass, particularly if their feelings are focusing on anger, agitation,
and/or loss. You will notice similar conditions for the placement of craps
An added problem is that some of these people
might also be looking over your shoulder; say at a craps game, and invading
your space from behind you. Even though people get accustomed to the crowding
and bumping in a casino, our bodies are still reacting with their animal
response while our brain has to take time to tell us that, “it is alright and
we are safe? There is no way to keep your comfort zone of space protected or keep
negative currants from zapping your concentration. The main thing is to be
aware of what is happening and position oneself accordingly. The inside seats,
(first and third base) of a Blackjack table are more protected and allows the
you more vision of the room and what is coming towards you. The inside hook
and table end on the Craps table are more protected than the positions left
and right of the stickman. Poker rooms are usually separated from the rest of
the casino, which creates seating where backs could be towards a wall and
players could have a view of the entrance to the room. On an energy level,
facing the door, you are not a
surprise when people enter the room. This reminds me of the old westerns when the poker
player does not want to sit with his back to the door. I guess there was a Feng Shui consciousness even in the old west.
Personal meditations or visualization exercises that
foster a feeling of being "inside your skin" with your feet on the floor are
great preparation for entering a casino. You can do something as simple as
patting yourself on your arms and legs and torso before leaving your hotel
room. This can have a grounding effect on your body. The “Professor?Michael
Vernon teaches several meditations in his classes that address
this issue. The phrase, “it’s a jungle out there? comes to mind as you enter
the casino. The Feng Shui arrangement is definitely planned to
be against you so do your best to keep your energy up as you hunt and forage.
Lin H. Vernon M.A. has been a Feng Shui
practitioner since 1996. She trained with two different disciples of Professor
Lin Yun, who brought Black Hat Sect Feng Shui to America. She also is an
advanced practitioner of Instinctive Feng Shui and Interior Alignment as
taught by Denise Linn, author of Sacred Space, Altars, and many
other books. In her spare time she is the wife of “The Professor? and
is a special education teacher for autistic children. You may contact Lin by
Money isn’t everything unless you are buying
in for a casino game of craps or blackjack. Then, you better be prepared for the
price of poker or accept the fate of losing for playing with an inadequate
Several years ago I was asked to contribute
an article for an e-book, answering how I would play to double $100 at the casino. The
best way to double $100, as the old joke goes, is to fold it in half and put
it back into your pocket. A hundred bucks is not really enough money to
properly enter today’s minimum bet games.
At first, I was not keen on the decision of
participating in the project. To write about doubling money is contrary to my
beliefs and my years of casino experience. The win goal that I subscribe to is
simple. Just win baby! In the end, I decided to write about a method of playing craps
by betting on the don’t pass. I personally experienced years of consistent
results with the don’t play, and I usually doubled my starting buy-in. Having
a preconceived idea of doubling your buy-in any time you play is silly at
best, and this was my concern for participation in the project. I did not want
to mislead and create an appearance that winning is ever that easy.
Anything to do with Las Vegas is always a hot topic
for the public. You
cannot turn on the television without seeing a show about the “City of
Dreams? One program begged the question, “Does a professional gambler using
math strategies have an advantage over the game compared to a random tourist
player just off the
plane??The show pitted two competing players to see which one could win the
most money. The experiment compared a systems math player to a tourist type
´«ĆćsfThe scenario was bogus. I was surprised that
the “expert?gambler agreed to the rules of the competition. However, as I
studied the show I recognized that the point of the show was essentially an
infomercial designed to lure more players to the games. The message of the
show quickly became evident, “You do not have to know much, or need much
money, to gamble. Anyone can do it. If fact, the less you know the more you
Both competitors were limited to just $25 for
each game, blackjack, craps, video poker and roulette. Playing craps or blackjack
with just $25 is ridiculous. Near the end of the show, the strategy player was
ahead in money by a small amount. But after the last game, he was “aced out?
when the tourist player hit a modest jack-pot on a video poker machine. The win on the poker
machine put the tourist gambler ahead and was crowned the winner of
the gambling contest. Though the show did not report the net profit and loss,
both players, in fact, lost money through the competition. This point was not
expressed in the program. The show made it appear as if both players actually
won money. I could have been more fairly stated as the player that lost the
Reading between the lines, the subliminal
message was, “See, all that math and strategy stuff does not make any
difference. Anyone can win gambling in Las Vegas. You have just as good a
chance as experts of the game.?
Wow! After watching the show, it left me
feeling angry. I felt the show was misleading millions of viewers into
thinking that the chance of winning or losing was the same for all players.
That is to say, gambling
in Las Vegas, your chances of winning are just as good as an expert player’s.
Skill really does not matter.
The program created the illusion that winning
is easy for anyone. All the player needs to gamble in Las Vegas is $25. From
my perspective, this misleading show created a “What the hell, $25 or $50,
let's play a little, lose a little, let’s have some fun? Twenty-five dollars is not
much money to win or lose either way for the average Las Vegas tourist. That
creates another set up not exposed in the show. If the player wins, the game
looks easy and entices them to play more. If on the other hand they lose, what
next? Well, hell Mel, let’s get the money back, it’s easy. Play another
$25 and get it back like on TV. Soon, the “money pocket?empties except for
the lint. The funds, ear marked for shows, shopping, and other fun are “LG?
The show was a complete manipulation intending to make gambling
appear profitable. The best way to insure a
loss is to engage in games with too little bankroll and lacking the know-how
The purpose of this article is not so much to
lecture you about proper bankroll for your game. It is about sharpening your
awareness to the subtle manipulations present with television programs about
gaming. Most programs seem to be biased convincing the audience that gambling
is “cool?and you do not have to be an expert. Anyone can win, and that it
does not take much money. In the example above, even a moron had as good a
chance of winning compared to an expert player.
Perhaps this is an unnecessary warning. I
merely wanted to let readers in on the subliminal forms promoting and luring
players to the casinos. The more you know about gaming, the more of your money
you will keep when it comes time to play.
Where is the metaphysics in this article?
Read between the lines. The truth always comes through, even when it’s subtle.
You only have to take a step back and ask, “What is the feeling created by the
media’s message??As soon as you hear that you do not need any skill, figure
it to be a forgone conclusion that you do need preparation. “Read my lips, no
new taxes? comes to mind. It also reminds me of Grimm’s Fairy Tale of Hansel
and Gretel. The old witch tells Gretel to go into the oven to check if it is
hot enough to bake the bread. Gretel, wise to the old witch, says she does not
know how to do it. The witch, upset with Gretel, orders her out of the way to
show the little girl how to check the oven herself. When the witch bends over,
Gretel gives her a good shove into the oven and then slams the door behind the witch.
Next time you catch one of the Las Vegas
programs on television telling you to check the heat in an oven, play like
Gretel. When you are at the oven’s door, look to see who is standing behind
you before you stick your head inside. A little bit of skill and cleverness
can keep the oven door from slamming shut on your gaming experience.
2006 Michael Vernon
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