Learn to Play Craps – Tips and Strategies – Dice-Tossing Styles

It’s interesting to note the variety of dice-tossing styles you’ll encounter over your craps-playing life. Some are plain and boring, weird and funny, and others are downright irritating. Ever really thought about it? How many ways can you reach down, pick up the dice, and toss them to the other end of the table? If you’ve played enough craps, you’ve seen it all.

The casino has strict rules for handling and tossing dice, which are the subject of an upcoming article. I’ll mention four of them so you’ll understand the basics. Handle the dice with only one hand. Never bring the dice outside the imaginary plane that extends up from the edge of the table (i.e., always keep the dice inside the table). Don’t toss the dice higher the height of the dealers. And smoothly toss the dice so they both hit the back wall (i.e., the wall at the other end of the table). If you follow these simple rules, you’ll do just fine.

Let’s start with the grip. Most people simply reach down, pick up the dice, and hold them in their palm or between their fingers. Not some people. Some believe their lucky grip will result in a winning number, while others believe they can control the outcome of their tosses so taking a precise grip is the first step in their wacky routines. For example, there’s the ice-tong grip, lock grip, 5-finger grip, 2-finger front diagonal grip, flying-V grip, stacked grip, 3-finger front grip, 3-finger front diagonal grip, 2-finger pincer grip, and many more. (Seriously, I’m not making this up!) And don’t forget, before taking one of those grips, they must properly position the dice with the precise alignment and orientation. For example, the 6 on one die must be oriented so the pips (i.e., the dots on a die are called “pips”) are parallel to the tabletop and the number must be adjacent to the 3 on the other die, and the pips on the 3 must be oriented so they go diagonally upward to the right. (Again, I’m not making this stuff up!)

After they’ve achieved perfect alignment with the heavens and stars, they take their grip. But they don’t just pick up the dice, they must slowly and gently place their fingers on them and precisely measure the pressure applied to each die using the delicate pressure sensors in their fingertips. Finally, with the exact dice alignment and finger pressure, the shooter launches the dice toward the end of the table contorting their wrist, arm, shoulder, and torso. I’ve often wondered how some people don’t throw out their shoulders or keep from tearing the tendons that attach the muscles of the forearm to the arm bone at the elbow joint. These are the irritating shooters because they seemingly take forever. Everyone else at the table is anxious for the next roll, but these clowns who think they’re dice doctors or dice wizards (or whatever they call themselves) delay the game by taking their weird grips instead of just picking up the dice and tossing them.

Some people gently tap the tabletop before tossing. That’s okay as long as it’s just a tap. If you knock or bang the dice, the boxman will politely ask you to refrain. If you don’t heed his request, the next time he won’t be so polite. Personally, I’m a tapper. Also, I like to flash an empty hand just before picking up the dice. As I reach down for them, I quickly turn my palm up, flash open my fingers so the crew (and the camera) can see my hand is empty, grab the dice, and smoothly toss them. It’s an instantaneous, fluid motion just long enough for the crew to see my empty hand, but quick enough that most players don’t notice it and don’t realize what I’m doing. (I make the boxman’s and surveillance team’s jobs easier by showing an empty hand before touching the dice.)

Some people puff on the dice for luck. That’s okay, too, as long as you don’t use two hands, don’t bring the dice outside the imaginary plane, and don’t spit on the dice (accidentally or otherwise).

Some people throw the dice low and hard so they bounce all over the place after hitting the back wall. Avoid doing this because it increases the likelihood that a die will fly off the table causing the game to be delayed.

Some people toss them so weakly that they barely hit the back wall. Although you don’t want to throw them like a Major League pitcher, you should avoid feeble, pathetic tosses. Smoothly toss them so they bounce off the tabletop and then hit the back wall. If you’ve never tossed dice, you’ll get the hang of it after just a few throws.

So, what’s your technique? Whatever it is, be considerate of other players and the dealers. Don’t take forever finding your precise grip. Don’t throw them so hard they continually fly off the table. Don’t spit on them as part of your puffing routine. Don’t aim for the chip stacks at the other end of the table (chips fly everywhere and the dealers have to remember where they all go). Don’t hit the mirror on the side of table (casino dice are hard with sharp points and angles, so don’t break their mirror). A smooth toss so the dice gently hit the back wall and stay on the table is all you need.

Now you know! Remember, learn how to play craps the right way.


Win Online Roulette – Tips and Strategies

With the advent of the internet, it has indeed become easy and convenient to play gambling games such as the roulette. Although you don’t have to go to the casino to play, you will still need a few strategies and tips to win online roulette. Of course, you may find it better to play such a game of chance in the actual setting or in the casino, but playing online can also help you practice and master the game.

If you want to win online roulette, here are some things that you might find important and useful. They may not be the clear-cut rules to winning the roulette game every time you play, but they may help increase your chances of winning.

- Learn the basics of the roulette games. You may want to familiarize the Roulette wheel especially if it is your first time to play such game. Even by looking at the choices on the Roulette wheel, you can actually tell your chances of winning, but sometimes, especially in gambling games, you may be blinded by the amount of money that you can win. If you want to put your money in the inside bets, you may have lesser chances of winning than putting your money on the outside bets but you may also have bigger jackpot prize. Thus, if you want to win, go for the outside bets as well. This will help you have small but frequent wins.

- Choose your roulette game. The need to choose your roulette game is also important if you want to win more in roulette. There a re different types of roulette games and if you are faced with a European roulette, an American roulette or a French one, you may want to go for the European one where the chances of winning is better without the double zero square. Of course, the more numbers on the board, the lesser your chances of hitting the right guess as well.

- Take control of your emotions. In playing any gambling game, it is important that you also keep an eye on your emotions when playing. Learn to accept that losses are part of gambling so you have to train yourself to accept losses and play better the next time around. Get rid of anger when playing. To win online roulette and any other games, it is important that you have to get your emotions under control so that you can make better and wiser betting decisions as well. If you are angry, you would have the tendency to chase your losses or put all your money at risk in the hope of getting all you have lost, but this attitude can lead you to losing more in gambling, so take time and make sure that you relax and enjoy the game and have fun as well.

These are just a few of the things that you need to keep in mind to win online roulette. It is always important to have money management so you will not also lose more than you can afford to lose.


Tips and Strategies For Playing Online Blackjack

Blackjack has as rich and storied a history as any type of gambling game. Many of today’s most successful gamblers got their start with blackjack. But you don’t need to be a professional gambler to enjoy the game. Its easy to learn, easy to play and it’s even easier now that you can play online.

Playing Online Blackjack

The nice thing about online blackjack is that your options are quite varied. When you go to a live casino, you might not even be able to find an open seat at a blackjack table. If you do, it may be for stakes higher than you wish to play. Perhaps you are looking for a double deck game and only six or eight deck games are available. At a live casino, you are out of luck, but online, you can find almost any type of game you want. Also, playing online offers you the opportunity to play for free or real money games. You won’t find many free tables at your local casino.

Online Blackjack Tips

Successful blackjack is ruled by basic strategy. Basic strategy normally needs to be memorized. Online, this is not the case. There are basic strategy charts for blackjack all over the Internet. Since you’re playing online blackjack, you can simply open one of these strategy charts up and have it by your game window whenever you play. Anytime the correct strategic move is in doubt, just take a quick look at the chart. Remember that different blackjack variations may require different strategy charts, so be sure the chart you find online is correctly matched up with the type of blackjack you are playing.

Getting Started with Online Blackjack

If you already are registered with an online casino, all you need to do is choose blackjack from the games menu to get started. If not, registering is a simple matter. Choose from the wide variety of online blackjack games from the many casinos on the net; there are online review sites to help you make your decision. When you find one you like, just follow the instructions to download the site, and then register for an account. Choose a method for getting money in and out of the site, and once your first deposit clears, you’re ready to go.


Learn to Play Craps – Tips and Strategies – Don’t Toss in the Towel

Be smart, play smart, and learn how to play craps the right way!

Over your craps-playing life, you’ll likely have more losing sessions than winners. Accept it. You must learn to play in reality, not fantasyland. Craps is designed for the player to lose.

Suppose, after two hours, the dice have whittled your chip stack down to $20. You haven’t seen a hot roll in ages. Although losing is as much a part of the game as winning, you can’t help but feel lousy. You wonder why you even bothered coming to Vegas in the first place. You were a rock for two hours, but it didn’t work. You want to win so badly that you lose control of your common sense. You’re down to your last $20 for the session and you have no fight left. Stop!

You must never capitulate, never surrender, never think, “This sucks, I’m going to put the rest on the Hard 4 and, if I lose, then I’ll leave. But if I win, I’ll be right back where I started.” That’s the dumbest thing you can do at the end of a losing session.

If you insist on giving your money away, please send it to your favorite charity. Don’t give it to the casino. Occasionally, you’ll win one of those idiotic bets, but don’t think you’ll win enough over time to conquer your losses.

If you can’t accept losing, you have no business gambling. If you can’t stomach losing a particular session, then quit that session and cash out. Don’t pee your money away on a terrible bet hoping to hit it big and get your money back all at once.

If it’s an awful session and you lose a lot quickly, then accept defeat and cash out with the $10, $15, or $20 that you have left. Take that remaining $20, go have a beer in the lounge, listen to the band. Put it in a nickel video poker machine and maybe hit a 1,000-coin jackpot for $50. Put it in your pocket, find your wife, and spend some time with her. Don’t relent. Do something besides pee your money away on a losing proposition bet. Don’t toss in the towel.

Now you know! Remember, learn how to play craps the right way.