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Las Vegas Trip Report - June 2019

Posted on July 14, 2019

Hi Everyone,

I arrived in Las Vegas, rented a car and then headed to our Las Vegas Condo. It’s very convenient to get to since it is only 3 miles from the Strip.

After unpacking and turning the air conditioning down to 75 degrees (it was 102 degrees outside), Ivy decided to relax and cool off inside. I was anxious to play and win some money... after all, I had been practicing all week in my Craps pit in Florida and I was looking forward to using my tossing skill to win money in the casinos.

I played 2 seasons... both winners! First, at the Gold Coast where I tossed a 28roll hand, and then at the Orleans where I met my friend Koi and I tossed a 22roll hand.

After our session , I picked up Ivy and with Koi, took a ride over to Red Rock Casino for dinner with Tony Dice Guy and his lovely wife . We sat and talked for hours as we dined.. it’s really great to spend time good friends.

Tomorrow afternoon I have a student coming over for a 2 hr tune up class.. Then, more fun playing :)

I’m off to a good start with my Vegas adventure.

Day 2... Thursday was an Interesting day in Vegas. Early in the morning, Ivy and I went out breakfast at her favorite breakfast place, Dunkin Donuts.

Afterwards, we picked up Koi, and she dropped us off on the Strip at The Cromwell Casino. She took the car to go shopping for a new flat screen TV.

Koi and I walked along the strip until we found a Craps table with favorable conditions. Our choice this time was the LINQ casino. They only had one table open. It was a $10 minimum, we played for about an hour and and a half and was way ahead when I colored up.

I had a decent roll... an 18 roll hand from stick left. At the end of the table was a guy shooting with really nice on-axis technique. He tossed a hand in the mid 20s. After I colored up he said, "Are you Howard Rock n roller?" I said yes, you have a beautiful toss. He said he recognized me from my pictures on a Facebook Craps group where he is a member. He was very nice.

We communicated through text messages, and he decided to come over for a class at my Craps pit. I’m really looking forward to working with him and sharing my skill and knowledge on to win consistently in the casino.

In the afternoon, a student came over for a tune-up class. His toss looked good, but he needed a few tweaks to get his toss up to par.

Ivy and I also went to the DMV to get seasonal driver license/ID renewed.

Afterwards, I spent some time with my friend Michael Feldman at the Paris Diamond lounge with some of the guys.

Later that night, we got together with a nice group of gals and guys had dinner together at Paris. Afterwards we took in that crazy raunchy hypnotist show... Anthony Cools Experience... it did get raunchy.. I don’t know how he gets people to do crazy things on stage in front of everyone, after he hypnotized them. We did have a good time and lots of laughs.

Our group consisted of Me, Ivy, Michael Feldman, Dan, his wife Donna, Richard, and Vin... a great group of friends and a fun evening.

Friday was another fun day in Las Vegas.

I picked up my student, Mr L at The Paris Hotel/Casino at 9:45am on Friday morning to come over to my Craps pit for a 2 hour class.

I met Mr L during my Craps session on Thursday morning at the LINQ casino on the Strip. I had a pretty good hand of 18 numbers and he tossed a nice hand in the 20’s. After our session, I congratulated him on his toss. He said he recognized me from my Facebook Craps group pictures. We chatted for a few minutes, I gave him my card and we said our goodbyes.

Later that day he expressed interest in coming over to me Vegas Craps pit for a 2 hour Dice Control class. Well, yesterday, we had our class in my Vegas Craps pit.

I tuned up his toss from straight out, which was very good to begin with.. so we did just a little bit of tweaking, and then lots of practice to build confidence and muscle memory.

Next, we worked on some of my Specialty Tosses, which would enable him to shoot effectively from other positions on the table.. He really like the “Split Shot” and had some long hands while practicing it.

After his class, we had lunch with Ivy and then met my friends at Bally’s... Our group consisted of; Dan and Donna, Michael “Midnight” Vin, Jim, Richard, Mr.L, myself and later, Art Y. and Kerrie K. joined us .

My student Mr L got the dice first.. shooting a high on axis toss from Straight out, he tosses a fantastic roll in the 40s!!!!!

I got the dice next and had a good roll hitting lots of 6 and 8s, then Vin got the dice and had a good roll, Michael, Jim and Richard also had good rolls..
We kept the table hot for quite a while. What a great session!!!

Afterwards, I picked up Ivy back at our condo at took her back to Bally’s to see a show... Most of my friends that played Craps together earlier came to the show with us.

The show is called “Paranormal”. The star is an excellent showman and is a mentalist.. lots of mind reading and tricks and audience participation. Michael  and Vin were some of the guys chosen to come up on stage... And we were all amazed and entertained by the star’s talent and psychic powers.. Wow!! Terrific show!!

Next we drove downtown, played Craps at the Tub at the Golden Nugget pool... One of my Specialty Tosses worked great on the bouncy Small table... which gave me a nice win and made multiple points.

Then our group had dinner at the Golden Nugget.. and afterward toured Fremont Street Experience... it was so crowded... but an exciting crowd... lots of energy!!! A really fun evening with our friends.

The next day was a hectic but fun day in Las Vegas.
We had breakfast at Ivy’s favorite place... Dunkin Donuts.

After breakfast, we traded in our rental car at the rental place near the airport. We traded in our Ford Focus because the service light came on for an oil change. They gave us a Toyota Rav 4 which is much more comfortable for me to drive.

After we got the new car, Ivy dropped me off at Bally’s to play a session while she went shopping. Oh, I forgot to mention that she bought a new TV with some of my winnings from the other day.

At Bally’s, I met Leslie and two of Michael’s friends, Jim and Richard. We had a great session... My student Mr L (Leslie) had another big roll in the mid 20s, Richard had a good roll in the 20s ... and before you know it... It was 12:00 noon.

So the reason why I had to leave the table at noon is because I had to drive and pick up 2 students that were coming over to my Craps pit for a 2 hour tune up class.

We picked up my 2 students and stopped for lunch with them on the way to my condo, where my Craps pit is... It’s actually a beautiful 12’ Craps table sitting in the middle of my living room. 

The students had training before from another camp, but were having difficulty with their toss.. the dice just weren't staying on axis, and they were having short rolls at the Craps table.

I tweaked their on axis toss, had them soften their delivery, gave them some new sets to use and before long their shot was looking good. We practiced for quite some time to make sure that their toss looked perfect.

Next we worked on some of my “Specialty” Toss techniques.. for example, shooting from straight out and their favorite, The Split Shot... also known as Dice Magic (because the sevens disappear.)

They really mastered the Split Shot, which started giving them long rolls during practice..

We had a great class, and a lot of fun together. They were very excited to try the Split Shot in the casino.

I heard from my students today that they were using the Split Shot and consistently having rolls in the Mid 20s all day long.

After class Mr L and his lovely wife treated us to a wonderful steak and lobster dinner at the BLT Steak House in Bally’s. Another one of my students Asker, joined us . It’s a very high end restaurant..and the steaks are really great!!! Thank you Mr and Mrs L. for a wonderful evening.

After dinner, Mr L and Asker were going to play a session together. At dinner they told me that they had big rolls the night before at Sam’s Town.. rolls in the 20s and one in the 30s.

Ivy and I went home to relax...tomorrow is going to be a big day!!

Monday was a full day of playing Craps with some friends on the Vegas Strip.

My friends Heavy and Dean joined me. We played 3 sessions and I’m happy to say that they were all winners. We started at Harrahs, then O’Shea’s and then Bally’s ... all good winning sessions.

The best rolls were: Dean had 2 rolls in the 20s. Heavy had a great roll in the 20s .. hitting 3 repeaters!!! My best roll was at Bally’s where I used my high on axis from Straight Out and tossed a 30 roll hand.

My friend Mike Leong stopped by to say hello and caught some of my roll. At night I said hello to another friend, Mike Mora at Bally’s. It was great to see them again.

Ivy, Dean, Heavy and myself had a very nice dinner at Palace Station. Dean was telling us all about Hollywood and all of the pictures he’s worked on... His specialty is make up and special effects.. Dean and his wife make-up many of the Hollywood Stars. Plus they worked on many horror movies and the Star Trek series. it was very enjoyable dinner with lots of good conversation.

Tuesday, Ivy and I took a break from playing. I promised Ivy a vacation and road trip to see some of the National Parks in Utah.

We left early in the morning morning and by the afternoon arrived at Bryce Canyon National Park. Its a beautiful park! The temperature was very comfortable because of the high elevation 9000 Ft above sea level. The temperature ranges from 38 degrees in the morning and 75 degrees in the afternoon.

The scenery is just beautiful!!! Lots of green pine forest on one side and red rocks in the canyon on the other side of the road...

Tomorrow, another adventure awaits....

Wednesday, we drove from Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, to Capital Reef National Park, Utah. We saw lots of beautiful scenery and red rock formations.

After we toured Capital Reef, we took another beautiful scenic drive through the country. We saw lots of snow capped mountains in the distance and lots of cattle farms, and horse ranches.

We drove for hours and hours and in the early evening arrived at our next destination Moab... and Arches National Park... We toured the town of Moab in the evening and had a delicious Italian dinner... Tonight we are staying in a beautiful Hilton hotel... they gave us a suite. Ivy and I are having such a great time!

Early Thursday morning we drove into Arches National Park. It’s a beautiful park full of red sandstone structures. We enjoyed seeing a few natural arches. It’s a great place for hiking.

Next, we took a very long drive to see Monument Valley National Park. The large red sandstone structures are featured in many westerns. It was especially prominent in the movie “The Searchers” staring John Wayne and Natalie Wood... This park is a drive through park.

We are having a great time !!

It’s getting late out here, our next stop is Flagstaff Arizona.

Yesterday we saw Monument Valley and kept driving south for many, many hours. We drove through The Navajo Nation land, and eventually stopped off for the night in Flagstaff Arizona. Monument Valley is on Navajo Nation land and borders on the Utah/Arizona border.

As we approached Flagstaff, the ride was all uphill at least 5,000 Ft or more from where we were. so the temperature dropped from 92 degrees to 75 degrees. Also, the landscape changed from high desert shrubs and Juniper trees to Pine trees forest.

We checked into beautiful Hilton hotel and spent the night.

This morning we drove though the Coconino National Forest. It’s a beautiful forest full of pine trees and then becomes very mountainous terrain. There is a park in the forest called “Sliding Rock Park”, which has a mountain stream going though it. On a hot summer day, you’ll see kids sliding down the rocks into the pools of water on the stream to cool off.

As you continue through the forest you eventually come to Sedona. Sedona is a very quaint artsy town. The main shopping street is about 4-5 blocks long. On both sides of the street are shops and restaurants. Many of the shops sell crafts, paintings, Indian Jewelry and souvenirs.

Everywhere you look are beautiful views of the red cliffs and mountains. There are spiritual energy vortexes throughout the area.

Ivy and I took 90 minute tour on the “Magic Trolley”. The tour guide was excellent and we enjoyed seeing the town and surrounding landscape. He explained that many Hollywood Westerns were filmed there .

After our tour we stopped for lunch. Then, near the forest we stopped off to shop at an area where local Navajo Indians were selling hand made jewelry. Most of the beautiful jewelry was made of silver and turquoise..

After touring Sedona, we drove back through the forest for about 40 miles back to Flagstaff to rest for the night.

Saturday was a great day in Arizona. We met our son In Flagstaff. He lives in Tucson, so it was a very special visit.

We started our day with a nice breakfast together in Flagstaff. Then, we took a nice hour and a half drive to Jerome, Arizona. Jerome is an old copper mining town high up in the mountains 5,000+ Ft.

The town’s heyday was during late 1800-early 1900s. .. once copper mining dried up, the town became a ghost town.. during the 1960s artists moved in and today it’s a very quaint town with art galleries, antiques, and crafts.

After Jerome, we went for lunch in an authentic Mexican Restaurant. Next we headed to Apache Country and visited “Montezuma Castle National Monument”. It was the dwelling place of ancient Indians who built dwellings inside the cliffs.

Later, we checked into our log cabin in the ski resort area
at Snowbowl Mountain.

It was. Another full day of fun .. this time was even more special because we were able to share it with our son.

The next day was Father's Day! I hope everyone had a nice day. Ivy and I said goodbye to our son as he heads back home to Tucson, and we head back to Las Vegas.

We had a great Father’s Day weekend with our son, after we checked into our cabin at Snowbowl Mountain... it’s a very popular ski area in Flagstaff.

We drove about 15 minutes to downtown Flagstaff Arizona. It’s a nice town with lots of old historical buildings from the late 1800’s. It seems to be a college town with lots of folks in the 20’s... Being Saturday night, the town was full of life.

When we first arrived we heard live music in the town square that had the Flagstaff Community Orchestra performing. It was really great to see everyone on lawn chairs and lots of children enjoying family time outside.
After the Orchestra finished, they showed a movie.

We had dinner at the local 1950’s style Diner... It was like being back in my favorite rock n roll era. It was great, I was expecting Fonz to walk in at any moment. In the back room all of the young folks (College kids) were listening to old time music and doing the Lindy... Then later Let’s Twist Again by Chubby Checker came on and everyone was Twisting .. like it was 1962 again ... It was like a time warp and we loved it .... this would have made a great Twilight Zone Episode.

After dinner we walked around Old Flagstaff and.stopped off at one of the old hotels... Sure enough like being in a time warp.. The duet on stage was singing and performing songs from the 30’s-40s... It was very cool to watch them perform... seems like we were going back further in time.

We had a great evening together!

This morning we stopped off at a farmers market in Flagstaff and then went to a place called Bearizona.

It’s actually a zoo.. similar to Lion Country Safari in Florida.... but the animals are an eclectic group.... Wolves, Bears, Bison, deer etc. You stay in your car and drive through the zoo .. Many of the animals come right up to your car... we were told to keep our windows rolled up.. especially in the Wolf and black Bear area.

Then afterwards you walk through a regular zoo.. it was a lot of fun!

Next we took a drive on Route 66 and stopped off at a 50’s style bar b que... We sat outside and dined and talked for a couple of hours. It was a great way to spend Fathers Day and our sons Birthday together.

We said our goodbyes.. it was very touching ... now we are headed back to Vegas for my next chapter in our adventure.

Day 13

This morning I picked up Koi and Boris and went for breakfast at Boris’ favorite breakfast restaurant... Einstein’s Bagels on Flamingo Rd... across from the Gold Coast. I brought Ivy back an egg and cheese sandwich on a toasted everything bagel... She slept in this morning getting some much needed sleep.

We played our first session at The Gold Coast. Boris was warming up his toss with a roll in the teens... Koi got dialed in at stick left, and tossed a 22 roll hand ... hitting 3 repeater numbers... His Alternate Toss looked great!

I got the dice nest and tossed a 24 roll hand from straight out... hitting a couple of repeater bets.

Our next session took us downtown. We stopped at Binions Casino restaurant for excellent hamburgers for lunch.... Next, we walked over to The Golden Nugget Casino. The tables were pretty crowded so we checked out the Craps tub and bikinis at the pool.

The tub is only about 6 Ft long.. it’s rather bouncy and you have to be seated to toss the dice... Boris, koi and myself has some pretty good rolls... mostly In the high teens..The problem was that it was 102 degrees outside at the pool.. so we cut our winning session short.

Next we took a cab to Bally’s... We had some pretty good rolls there.. Boris made out really well with his crazy betting... He bet $75 on the hard 4 and hit it... later he had 50 on hard 8 and hit it a few rolls later.

I had a good roll... a 23 roll hand , making 4 points.

Next, Ivy, myself, Dennis, koi, Boris and Charlie (our group is growing) has dinner at Ellis Island’s Bar b Q for dinner.... later Gene Krupnik joined us at the Craps table .

It was an enjoyable evening and I’m looking forward to playing Craps again with Gene, koi and Boris.

Day 14

Yesterday I teamed up once again with my buddies Koi and Boris.. Later Gene K and my student/friends Wilton and Elena joined us.

We started our day at Denny’s on Tropicana for breakfast.
Afterwards we played our first session at Gold Coast.
It was another winning session with Koi tossing a 20 hand roll, Boris tossing an 18 roll hand and I tossed a 22 roll hand from straight out.

Next we played a session at Bally’s... this was a terrific session!!!!

Gene Krupnik joined us and had a fantastic toss of 28 numbers. Koi followed up with a 27 roll hand!!!

We had dinner at Ellis Island ...$9.99 Steak dinner . I don’t know how they do it... Salad, Steak, baked potato, a vegetable... What a deal!

After dinner, I dropped Ivy off at home, and Boris, koi and I met Gene K, Wilton and Elena at Bally’s around 9:30 pm.

This evening session was a struggle.. Koi saw that the table we were on had a lot of short rolls.. We just couldn’t get things going....So he changed tables and had a good roll. I soon joined him...

Elena, Wilton and Gene came over to our table and Elena tossed a 26 roll, hitting 3 repeaters!! Great shooting Elena!

Day 15

Wednesday was another fun day in Vegas. We started our day having breakfast at Einstein’s Bagels. After breakfast, Ivy dropped koi, Boris and I off at Gold Coast for our first Craps session. Ivy took our rental car and enjoyed driving around Vegas and exploring the local neighborhoods.

Our session at Gold Coast started off well, but later turned south when the casino changed the dice.

I started things off with a 24 roll hand. The dice were clear red and plenty of box numbers were rolling. After my roll, the pit boss changed the dice to frosted dice and the guys on the table just couldn’t get anything going ... time to go to another casino.

We headed downtown and played a great session at the Fremont Casino.
Boris started things off at stick right with a 32 roll hand .. He did his crazy Hard Way Bets...$5.00 on all the hard-ways.. $25 on hard 4.. then after a few rolls he kept increasing his hard 4 bet... soon he had it up to $150... and he set the Hard 4 and hit it!!!! Hard 4 pays $7 to 1
It was an exciting roll the watch and the suits were carefully watching him as he set for the hard ways.

After Boris’ roll, the table got cold and I played the Don’t side and picked up a few dollars... I always play what the table is giving me.

Eventually the dice came around to me. I was shooting from straight out.. it’s a longer table than I’m used to.. 14’ Table, but I figured I’d give it my best shot.
My shot looked good.. I gave it lots of backspin... Two very nice students joined us at the table.

I tossed a 21 roll hand hitting four hard 10s and also kept setting the point of 9 and making it ... time after time!

The next time the dice came around.. I had an even longer roll... I tossed a 30roll hand!! This time I was hitting lots of 4s and hard 10s..

At night we met Tony diceguy and his wife .. Boris,
koi, and Ivy... enjoyed a wonderful Comped dinner at the Coast’s Ping Pang Pong... Its a Wonderful Asian restaurant!!

Boris and Koi has Kung pow chicken, I had Mongolian Beef..excellent!
Tony and Ivy had chicken feet... Now that’s a little weird ..( I couldn’t watch) but they love it

Day 16

Thursday, started off nice with breakfast with Ivy, Boris and Koi and I at Einstein’s Bagels. When Koi and Boris get together it’s like watching a comedy routine ... they are really funny together. Boris aka Coal Miner is from the mining area in Pennsylvania... Koi is my local buddy who is 93 years old and is a great shooter! We’ve been practicing and playing together for at least 15 years or more... and he is like part of my family. Koi has 2 plaques downtown at the California for hour plus rolls!

So yesterday, Koi, Boris and I played our first session at Bally’s... big mistake... I don’t know if was variance or bad dice, but no one at the table was able to get things going.

Next, we walked over Paris... Wow! What a difference.
Gene Krupnik joined us there.

I started things off with a 28 roll hand.. Shooting on axis from Straight Out.
Koi got the dice next and tossed a 30 roll hand!!!

Gene and Boris tossed modest rolls. The dice came around to me and I was still hot and tossed a 25 roll hand!

We colored up big winners and took an Uber Downtown to the Golden Nugget to meet up with Tony aka Diceguy.

Pretty soon Vegas Dice Controller aka VDC and his pretty girlfriend Yerny joined us.

Tony used an off axis toss and a 20 roll hand.

Then Koi used his Specialty toss that he developed over the years and had a great roll from stick Right 1.....
Koi tossed a 44 number roll!!!!

We colored up to celebrate another winning session!
Tony drove us home...

Later in the evening, we had a nice group meet at Ellis Island Bar b q for dinner .. Our group consisted of Ivy, Koi, Boris, Tony, VDC, Yerny, and myself.

We had a fun dinner... and as the guys went off to play,
Ivy and I had plans with Gene and his lovely wife to see a show together... Guess which one ?

Yep, The Bronx Wanderers ... we love that show and the music.

We had another great day in Vegas!!

Tomorrow a student is coming over to my Vegas Craps pit for a class... afterwards, we’ll play together with my team ... more fun!

Day 17

Friday was an interesting day in Vegas... I only tossed the dice once the whole day ....and it was a doozy! I held the dice for over an hour, with a 50 plus roll!!

My whole team was there and it was very exciting... My friend Gene Krupnik from Russia was there, and wrote on Facebook ... "Howard Killed Table!!".
I love that quote... Thanks Gene.

All of that excitement happened later in the day...Here is how my day started.

I had a quiet breakfast at Denny’s and had a chance to read the news and catch up with emails. I bought Ivy back her favorite “Egg and Cheese on a toasted Bagel” from Dunkin Donuts...

Around noon, we had a great lunch with our wonderful friends Beau (Dice Coach) and his lovely wife Beth. We’ve been friends for around 20 years... and always enjoy getting together. As we enjoyed lunch, we talked for a couple of hours, catching up with what was new on our lives.. We had a wonderful time!

After lunch, I called Koi and Boris to see where very were playing Craps. They said that they were downtown but wanted to play at Texas Station in North Las Vegas.

We took a ride out to Texas Station and bought in at a new table that was opening. Unfortunately, this table was pretty cold...Soon Gene Krupnik. VDC and Yerny joined us.

So, after about 10 minutes we moved over to the other table.. This one seemed more positive... at least some points were being made.

Well, a shooter who was shooting from the Don’t side, made his point and then passed the dice... to me.

He was right in the middle of his roll, so even though I wanted to play the All, Tall, and Small bet, I wasn’t able to bet it.. until I finished his roll.. some of my friends were on the ATS.. so the pressure was on for me to perform and have a good roll.

Well, I got dialed in, and focused like a baseball pitcher, pitching strikes, the dice looked glued together, and landing in the same spot every time. I tossed for over an hour... with a 50 plus roll.. making the All Tall and Small!!! Plus, hitting lots of Hard Ways!

We all had a fun dinner together and celebrated a big winning session. I love Las Vegas! My winning rally continues.

Day 18

Saturday was a busy day for me teaching. I only had time to play one session, and it was another winner.

A very nice student named Bill, from Chicago came over to my Vegas Craps pit around 10:15 am for a 4 hr one on one class. He had never taken a class with any group before, but he loves Craps and has been reading lots of books on the subject. He’s also watched a few videos on dice tossing, so he had some knowledge.

The fist thing that we worked on was technique. His grip was good, but after I suggested that he lower his fingers a little bit on the dice, he gained more control. Next we cut down on the large back swing that he had... Then we worked on a softening his toss and finding his landing zone and hitting the same spot each time . After about an hour, his toss was looking very good. Dice were staying on axis and after using a new set that I suggested, the box numbers kept on coming.

Afterwards, we practiced shooting from the other side of the table .. stick left... After a few rolls he was getting in the grove.... soon it was time for lunch.

After lunch, we worked on some of my Specialty Tosses.. some on axis, some off axis that many of my local pro friends use.... He really liked the Yuri Low toss, Corner toss, and Spit Shot.. before you knew it... it was close to 4 pm... and time for our live casino session .

I called my team to see where they were playing ... Boris and Koi were at the Golden Nugget... We hopped in my car and along the way I picked up Gene K at The Cromwell, and we headed downtown.

Being Saturday, all of the tables were crowded. But we found Boris and Koi at at the Golden Nugget. We squeezed into 3 spaces around the busy table... and we found the table was hot!!!!! Boris has earlier hit the hard 4 with $175 on it again ....

There was a pretty blonde woman shooting from straight out... We arrived in the middle of her roll..She was a Rhythm roller and on a hot roll. She eventually hit the All, Tall, and Small ..soon VDC and Yerny joined us...

When her roll finally ended, just about everyone colored up... The energy at positive energy at the table was gone. We all colored up winners!

We had a wonderful farewell dinner at Ping Pang Pong at The Gold Coast... Ivy was flying home to Ft Lauderdale and Boris was flying home to Pennsylvania ... coal mining country...

At dinner, Boris, Koi, Ivy, VDC, Yerny and myself had a great time talking and laughing .. it’s always fun being with our group...

Soon, it was time to say goodbye and we headed to the airport to drop Boris and Ivy off at the terminal.... those red eye flights are tough... they’ll probably be sleeping all day long.

I have another student coming over for a 2 hr one on one class .. and later, a old member of my team is flying in to Vegas... his name is Doug aka Coaster from Tampa.... more fun teaching and playing today....

I’ll be in Vegas 6 more days ... I leave this coming Fri night on the red eye... so I have almost a week of fun ahead..

Day 19

Sunday, was a day of teaching one on one classes.
A very nice student came over to my Vegas Craps pit for a class. I remembered this student from the years that I was an Instructor with GTC. Jim had a very good on axis toss, but the Hard way set just wasn’t working for him anymore.. lots of double pitch 5/2s.

I made a few tweaks ... We made a few adjustments with his grip, softened his toss, and changed his set... His toss looked really good by the time his 2 hr class was coming to an end ...

After class, we picked up Koi and we all went for lunch.
In the meantime another student arrived in town... Doug aka Coaster.

Doug went to his hotel to check in and get settled in.

Koi, Jim and I went to The Gold Coast and Orleans for 2 short sessions .... At the Gold Coast I tossed a 25 roll hand.. Jim made a point with a decent roll. Orleans was a so, so session... the tables are a bit bouncy. I usually beat them with my corner toss.. but this particular dealer had his hand hanging over the corner... so I made one point , then tried to miss his hand... oops no good.. time to leave.

Jim was getting tired...so I dropped him off at the hotel... We’ll play another session together tomorrow.

I picked up Coaster at Harrahs and we took a ride over to Texas Station ... the same place that I had my big hour plus roll.. 50 plus numbers a couple of days ago... I was thinking that lightning would strike again.

You know what, it's crazy... I didn’t even get a chance to touch the dice ... A woman, in the stick Right 1 position, setting the Hard Way set.... tossed a 46roll hand!!! Hitting the ATS!!!

Wow... after her roll.... just like last time .. they changed the dice ...time to cash out another winning session.

Day 20

Monday was an awesome day for me in Las Vegas. I had 2 more winning sessions.

The day started with a student coming over for an early morning tune up class. His toss looked good, but just needed a little tweaking... Then, we worked on an On Axis toss from Straight Out.

After class I picked up Koi and we headed Downtown.
When we got to the casino, my student Coaster and Selfer61 were in the middle of a hot roll... I waited for the point to be made and bought in...

Selfer61 was shooting, using a very soft, low, drop shot... no backspin.. crossed 6’s set.... He was in his zone and with every toss, the dice landed in the same spot.

Sure enough, he hit the All, Tall and Small!!! I got here too late to get on it... but now that he made it, I could buy into it... He kept on tossing ... lots of 10s and sure enough, hit made the All, Tall and Small again!! He made to two times in on 40 plus roll!!

He wanted to color up, but I convinced him to shoot the dice one more time. The dice went around the table.. Coaster and I had modest rolls and then the dice came around to Selfer61...

He used the same set and toss and rolled 25 numbers... once again making the Tall... he just couldn’t seem to hit the 3 which would have given him the ATS.. again... Great Shooting Selfer61 !!!

After resting during the afternoon, we went Downtown once again for another session.

It was Selfer61, Coaster, and Myself.. this session was not as good as the the afternoon session, but we all had pretty good rolls in the high teens... winning hands. After each of us tossed the dice one time, we colored up winners!

We had the excellent Bar b q dinner at Ellis Island once again .. the guys enjoyed the custom beer, and we had a great time!

Day 21

 I met Coaster and Selfer61 for breakfast at the Gold Coast Buffet. They have very good omelettes there. As we were finishing up our breakfast, I got a call from very nice student who had come into town for the World Series of Poker. His name is Rusty, and on the day before the Poker tournament, he wanted a tune up class.

Rusty had taken a couple of classes with me before.... once in Vegas a couple of years ago and, also a class in my Ft Lauderdale Craps pit , the day before a cruise. I’m only a half hour drive from Port Everglades in Ft Lauderdale.

Anyway, Rusty is a very good shooter and just needed a little tweaking with his toss. We worked on his grip, slowing down his toss, hitting his target and staying focused. We played a mock session with chips to see how he would do in the casino... and the results were very good. We also worked on a toss from straight out, so that Rusty could shoot from a second position.

After class Rusty and I met the rest of our team .. Coaster and Selfer61, and Koi at the Golden Nugget, Downtown, for our first casino session of the day.

Selfer61 got hot right away and tossed a 30 roll hand!! Making the whole All, Tall and Small bet!!! That means hitting all of the numbers 2-12... without tossing a 7... it was a big payout!

Coaster followed up with a 25 roll hand!!! Making the Tall.

Rusty got the dice next and tossed a 21 roll hand.. making the Small... using the toss that he used in class.

I rounded out our session with an 18 roll hand, also making the Tall... from straight out.

Next we walked over to the Plaza... My student from the other day Jim, joined us at the tables.

I got the dice first and was standing in the Stick right 1. This was the On Axis toss and position that made me famous. I was near the top of the GTC world records back then.
In the old days... Dominator would shoot stick right 1 and I would be next to him in stock right 2.. Frank Scoblete would be Stick Left 2 and Jerry “Stickman” Stick left 1.... That was our shooting order, when we played as a team together.. back in the day. Yep .. Great memories.

Anyway, it felt good to be back in my original position on stick right.. and I was able to quickly get in my zone, relax and toss the dice looking like they were glued together. I landed the dice 2 inches from the wall every time, in the same spot... by the time my roll was finished and the 7 showed... I had tossed 46numbers and made 10 points!!!

Rusty followed up with a 24 roll hand !!!!

We wanted to play one more session before dinner..
So, I suggested to the guys .. let’s go to Texas Station.. in North Las Vegas. I tossed a 50 plus roll there the other day.. shooting from straight out.

Oh boy... when we got there, the table which is normally very busy... was empty this time... Hmmm.. I asked the Dealer how has the table been.. He said it was cold all day long...not a good sign...was it variance or unbalanced poor quality dice they were using today?

Well, we drove all the way over, so we decided to try one toss each.. not good..... We colored up after a very short session.. a slight loss... The pit boss said to come back after they change the dice at 7 pm. Things should be better then.

We had dinner at the Buffet.. afterwards, we stopped off at the craps table and said hello to Wilton and Elena... Sure enough the new changed dice were in play, the table was packed and the players were making points. Things were back to normal.

The last few days of my trip casino sessions are becoming a blur..but I’ll try to remember them the best I can.

I remember Rusty coming over for a class and we did well with most of our casino sessions.. Rusty had good rolls with me and also reported that he had good winning sessions playing on his own.. having rolls in the 20s.. He also reported a great session that he had at night playing with my friends Mike Leong and Elena at Paris.

On Wed. morning I met Selfer61 and Coaster at the Luxor casino early on the morning. We were all shooting well and stayed until the Craps table got too crowded.. which usually happens when we are having big rolls.

I started things off with a 26 roll hand from straight out.
Selfer61, tossed an 18 roll hand using his drop shot from stick left.
Coaster, had the longest roll of the session, using the Yuri low roll. from straight out.. Tossing a 33 roll hand!!

We had breakfast at the deli in Luxor, then I left to pick a student up at Bally’s for a tune up class at my Craps pit.

Later in the afternoon, I met Beau and Pappy Van Winkle at Bally’s for a session..We sat at the lounge and talked for about an hour catching up.. soon my friends VDC and his girlfriend Yerny arrived and we headed to the Craps table.

At first we were off to a slow start...but then, Beau got things warmed up having a roll in the teens and making a few points,
Shooting from straight out. VDC tossed a good 19 roll hand using a n off axis Dr Z toss, from stick left. Pappy tossed a 20 roll hand from stick right 1, using an on axis toss finally Rich’s girlfriend Yerny using the off axis Dr Z-2 toss, tossed a roll in the mid 20s.. After i left, I heard that she had another good roll in the 20s. 

After the session, joined Selfer61 and Coaster for dinner at the Excalibur.

On Thursday, and Friday, I didn’t have much time to play. I was so busy meeting new students and teaching one on one classes... it was just great. I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy playing. I guess it’s because, early in my career, I was a certified, licensed school teacher In NYC and in Florida.. My specialty was teaching Art, which I did for 6 years in Dade County. So I have a lot of patience and love to share my knowledge and teach 

Over the last couple of days in Vegas Thursday and Friday, three very nice students came over for one on one classes.. I just want to mention what a pleasure it was spending time at my Craps pit and at the tables with Jeff D., Terry E, and Jonathan B..

Thanks everyone for coming over to my Vegas Craps pit for classes. Helping others really made my trip special.

Atlantic City Trip Report - May 2019

Posted on May 25, 2019

I just came back from teaching my Atlantic City Class and I'd like to share my trip report. I wrote it as a diary, each day, as things happened.

May 16—
Well, I’m up early, and flying to Atlantic City today. My friend Aj is picking me up at the AC airport this morning and then we’ll head over to my hotel to check in... I’m going to request an upper floor with an ocean view.
Then, later today some students/friends are coming into town for some pre-class casino play. Time to warm up our tosses and make some money.
This coming Saturday will be our Dice Influencing Class. The class is just about sold out ...There is room for one more student. Then on Sunday, the class and I will be playing multiple live sessions in various casinos. This is one of my favorite things... to watch the students use the skills that they learned in class be successful in the casino.

May 17—
We are off to a good start in Atlantic City.
Yesterday, I arrived in AC around 11:45am. My friend/student AJ was very nice and picked me up at the AC airport. We had great lunch at Resorts, and then played our first session.
I used my “Corner Toss” from stick left and had a nice 19 number roll. AJ has a good roll in the mid 20s.
Later in the day Buffalo Yo and Kevin from Texas joined us. We had a nice dinner at Caesars Buffet and then played a session. Big mistake... playing right after eating a big dinner... it was our first loss of the day.
I was exhausted from getting up at 3 am and traveling... so I went back to my hotel room to get some sleep. Kevin told me this morning that he stayed up ‘til 4 am and had a big roll... plus he won $1530 on a slot machine!!
This morning AJ and I had breakfast at Johnny Rockets at Bally’s. Kevin Joined is and we played a couple of sessions at Caesars.
They were 2 winning sessions today.. I tossed a 28 roll using my “Split Shot” from Straight Out and hit the “Tall”... just missing aces.. for the small and everything.
I came back to the same table later and used another one of my "Specialty" tosses and tossed a 25 roll hand ... hitting the “Tall” again... and almost the Small, and Everything, just needing the Aces once again.
Florence and Clay just showed up... slowly but surely, my students for tomorrow’s class are coming into town.
This afternoon, we played a session at Resorts. Florence tossed a 24 roll hand from stick left, and Clay tossed a 30 roll hand from stick Right. Two great rolls hitting lots of hardways!
Last night we had dinner and drinks at Bally’s Diamond Lounge and afterwards attended our Meet and Greet at Caesars.
It was great meeting with all of the students the will be attending tomorrow’s class at the Dealer School.
We played one last session last night. Clay had Florence good rolls, as well as Kevin who tossed a roll in the high teens hitting about 1/2 dozen hardways!
The star of the session was an elderly man standing at stick left one. He had a terrific “Drop Shot” and tossed a 25 roll hand full of hardways.. Kevin had a lot of money on the hard 8 and really won big! This shooter used the Hardway Set, and very softly tossed the dice with no spin, landing the dice flat, just in front of the back wall.
It was a great way to end day with a winning session with my students.

May 18—

My Atlantic City Dice Control class went really well today. It was all hands-on instruction.. no boring lectures, just working to perfect everyone’s toss technique. I know that the students came to my class to learn how to toss the dice, to give them an edge to win in the casinos. This was my focus and objective.
The class started at 9am and ended around 5:30pm.. Some of the students were beginners and some had taken my class before. We also reviewed betting as each student perfected their toss technique.
We took a lunch break at 12:30 and ordered delicious Italian subs from Jo Jo’s Italian Grill in Pleasantville, NJ.
The morning was spent on tweaking everyone’s On-Axis toss. Florence had a 30 plus roll in class. One of the most improved students was Bob from Boston who had never been to a dice class before. By the end of the class, his toss looked very good and he tossed multiple points.
The afternoon was spent on demonstrations and learning some of my favorite and effective Specialty Toss Techniques. Kevin, Brian and Clay seemed to really enjoy learning these new techniques.
After class, many of the students joined me for dinner at Caesar’s Diamond Lounge. We sat and talked for quite some time as we relaxed after a day at class.
After dinner, we played a session at Caesar’s there were a few decent rolls by the students... But this time I had the longest roll using my "Split Shot" from Straight Out, tossing a 23 roll hand and making the “Tall” paying 34 to 1.
Next, we took about a mile walk on the boardwalk to Resorts Casino.
The first shooter was Kevin, who had learned one of my favorite “Specialty tosses” today.
He tossed a great roll in class using it, and really wanted to try it in the casino. Kevin had the most fantastic roll using his newly learned technique from straight out.
He held the dice for an hour roll... He tossed a fantastic 50 number roll!! Wow!
Tomorrow is the official day that I take to class out for live casino sessions... it is going to be a very exciting day!!

May 20—
Yesterday was Sunday and was the day that I took my Atlantic City class out to play live casino sessions together.
It seemed that at each session one of my students would get hot and have a fantastic roll. The other rolls of the session would be about average or a little above average... but that one big roll would be a show stopper!
We started our day with breakfast at Johnny Rockets restaurant at Bally’s.
Eric, Brian, and I we’re enjoying a nice breakfast together and soon Kevin Joined us. Kevin loves this new Specialty toss that I taught him in class, and he told us that he was having hot rolls all night long. He didn’t go to bed until 4:30 am... He was so hot at the tables that a pit boss told him that he couldn’t shoot any more on her table!!
It seems that there was a heavy bettor betting $50 on each of the the All, Tall and Small... Kevin hit the tall which paid 34 to 1 If he got the whole ATS ... That would have been a big payout from the casino... and they didn’t want that to happen. Great shooter Kevin!
We played our first morning session at Caesars. It was kind of lackluster.. but above average rolls.. most of the rolls were in the 8-12 range.
We took a walk on the boardwalk to Resorts where we had a more successful session. There were many rolls in the 8-15 range... but the break out roll was by Clay.
Clay tossed a terrific 36 roll hand using the On-Axis toss from stick left one, hitting the same three numbers over and over again... the 6-8-9... he tossed twelve 6’s and nine 8’s during his roll.. extremely consistent!!! He tossed the dice softly, hitting the same spot over and over again. He made 6 points! Great shooting Clay!!
Later in the day my old friend/student named Boris aka Coal Miner joined us for lunch at the Asian restaurant in Resorts Casino.

After lunch, we played a another session at Resorts. Kevin and Eric went exploring the other casinos..
During this session, Boris got hot!!! He used an On-Axis toss from Stick Right and had almost an hour long roll, tossing 40 numbers!!! Making 4 points!
In the Evening, the class had dinner and drinks at the Caesars Diamond lounge. AJ was a half hour late meeting us... When he arrived he told that he just tossed a 24 number roll making the whole All, Tall and Small!!! He used one of his Specialty tosses that we call the “Helicopter Toss”. Great shooting AJ!
We were having such a great time, but soon the server started hinting that the lounge was closing soon.
We went down to the Craps tables at Caesar’s. The first shooter to get the dice tossed a 28 roll hand.
Bob had a nice hand with our On Axis toss and made 2 points. Clay had a nice hand in the mid teens. But the star of our session was Boris once again... This time he tossed a 22 roll hand making 2 points.
It was a beautiful day in Atlantic City!!

May 21—
On Monday I played 4 casino sessions with my students... As the day went by, we said goodbye to many of the guys that were in the class.. They had to head back home. Some of the students traveled from as far away as Texas, Boston, Albany NY, Maryland and some were locals from New Jersey and Philadelphia. We had a great group of guys!
Yesterday, we all met for Breakfast at Johnny Rockets at Bally’s... then we played our first session at Caesars.
One of my students, Kevin, won thousands of dollars during his 50 roll hand on Sunday...and then continued to have good rolls and winning lots of money throughout Sunday night using one of my Specialty tosses... started getting hot...he played ‘til 4:30 am!
When we all played together on Monday morning.. many supervisors came to our table to watch when it was his turn to shoot... They were whispering to each other.. about how well he did the night before.. having long rolls and making a lot of money...
I got the dice and had a good roll from Stick Left... making multiple points and tossed a 28 roll hand ... we soon left as the crew and pit seemed to have a negative attitude towards our group... Sandra from GTC joined us at the table.. She’s a very nice person, but she left shortly when the pit boss wouldn’t let her change her shooting position.
Next, we walked about a mile to Resorts. It was a beautiful sunny day, so it felt great to be outside.
Our session at Resorts was a tough one... lots of short rolls... perfect for playing the Don’t side. I managed to have the longest roll... an 18 roll hand, using my Split Shot from stick left.
Boris, Eric and I had a wonderful lunch at the Resorts version of their Diamond Lounge.
Next, we said our goodbyes to Florence and Clay, who were heading home after their session... During our lunch, Florence got hot and had a big roll at Resorts.
Our next session was at Harrahs... another cold table.. a bit bouncy... but my On Axis toss worked and I tossed a good hand of 25 numbers... Eric had a nice hand using his On Axis toss.
Boris got dialed in when he got the dice and had his hard 4 bet built up to $250... when some inexperienced shooters bought in during his hand ... They had no clue of table etiquette, being new to the game.. With money on the layout, the game stopped as the boxman counted the money.... the momentum of Boris’ roll was gone... he’s out of his zone... next roll 7 out!
Our next session brought us to The Golden Nugget. The table has red felt and is a bit more bouncy than the last time I was there a couple of years ago.
Eric had a pretty good roll, Boris did Ok... but I guess yesterday was my time to shine... I had 2 good rolls in the mid 20’s making lots of points. Once again I used one of my Specialty Tosses.. The Split Shot, that works well on padded tables.
We had dinner and drinks at Caesars Diamond Lounge once again... The guys called it an early evening.. I rested for about an hour and then ventured back to the casino.
It was a quick hit and run session which lasted a half hour. I made a nice profit and colored up... a nice way to end the day.

May 22–
My last day in Atlantic City for this trip. I’m heading back home to Ft. Lauderdale for a couple of weeks, where I have a few students coming over to my craps pit for private instruction.
This morning, only one student from my weekend class is still around... his name is Eric aka “Buffalo Yo”. He’s become not only a great student, but also a good friend.
We had our usual breakfast this morning, at Johnny Rockets on the boardwalk next to Bally’s.
Then, with an hour to kill before we head out to the airport, we decided to play one last session at Caesars.
I started things off with a modest roll... hitting 3 hard 10’s in a row ... Eric got the dice next shooting from stick right, using an On-Axis Toss that we tuned up in class.
He tossed a fantastic 24 number roll. A great way to end our Atlantic City Class weekend.
It seems that just about every session that I played with the class, one of my students had a break out roll. Some of the rolls were average... but the breakout rolls were just great! Kevin tossed a 50 roll hand at Resorts, Boris (Coal Miner) tossed a 40 roll hand at Caesars. Clay tossed a 35 roll hand at Resorts.
Aj hit the All Tall and Small with a 24 roll hand at Caesars. Bob tossed some good money rolls making 2-3 points.
Eric tossed a 24 roll hand, Brian tossed some good hands and Florence tossed a 30 plus roll during the class.
I had many rolls in the mid 20’s making the All Tall a few times... one session I hit it twice during the session.
Some people are asking me when am I returning to AC for another class... I’m thinking of doing another class in a few months... stay tuned for my announcement. In the meantime, if you are interested... let me know.. send me an email or text or pm.
My next class will be in Fabulous Las Vegas next month... June 2019.

Biloxi Trip Report - March 2019

Posted on March 29, 2019

My journey began on March 21st, waking up at 5 am to get an early start for our 12 hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale to Biloxi, MS.

Ivy joined me on this trip, and she got sentimental as we passed by Tallahassee and Florida State University (FSU) where both of our children graduated. We used to love to visit them and watch the football games together.

So, we were traveling due west on I-10 and eventually entering Central Time (we turned our watches back an hour), passed Pensacola, then the “Sweet Home Alabama” sign, Mobile Bay, and finally welcome to Mississippi... Soon we start seeing casino billboards... we’re getting closer and eventually saw the 110 sign south to Biloxi. We saw the Scarlet Pearl and the IP and knew we were finally there. Whew! That was a long drive.

We checked into the the Hard Rock Casino/Hotel and got a beautiful room over looking the Gulf of Mexico and the beautiful swimming pool. Life is good.

I called my pal Heavy up on the phone to meet for dinner. We didn’t want to drive anymore, and the Casino was nice enough to offer us a free buffet.. so off we went and enjoyed a nice dinner together.

After dinner, Ivy went upstairs to relax and Heavy and chose to play a session. Of course, we broke our rule of not playing on the first day of arriving in town after a long drive. 

It all turned out alright.. Joe “Hoof” had two good rolls, a 22 and a 34 roll hand, hitting the All Tall bonus bet. Helping us secure a winning session.

We were off to a good start!

The next day, Friday, we all got up early to play at Treasure Bay Casino. The table was empty, and we were ready for a big session. Unfortunately, the session was a dud. There were quite a few rolls that ended at the 12-15 roll mark... when all of our bets were pressed up. There were some shorter ones too. I had the longest roll... an 18 roll hand. The casino did, however, give us a comp to their buffet. That was the best part of the session — eating and socializing.

After breakfast we headed over to the Hard Rock casino for the second session of the day.

I started things off with a nice hand... a 21 roll hand hitting five 4s... the next time the dice came around to me, I got dialed in and tossed a 34 roll hand!

As I look on my chart I see a few pretty good rolls: Biloximan and Biloxilady both tossed rolls in the mid teens. Later in the session Biloximan tossed another good roll, a 17 roll hand. The rest of the session was so-so with the guys making a point here and there, but no long rolls. 

Friday night was the Meet and Greet for our class. It was held in a private room at a restaurant across from Harrahs, called “The Blind Tiger”. We had a big group of between 35-40 people. Some of the students brought their spouses. It was a fun evening of getting to know each other. Heavy treated the group to pitchers of beer. Everyone had a great time! 

Afterwards, a few of us decided to go to a very nice restaurant across the bridge in Ocean Springs called McElroy’s. Behind the restaurant is a bayou and it has big oak trees and a pier. During the day, it’s a very picturesque scene. The restaurant specializes in local seafood and oysters. Ivy and I sat with Heavy, Rich and his wife, Bankerdude, 22inside and Slowdriver. We all enjoyed good food and good conversation.

The next day, Saturday, was our class. Heavy, 22inside, and I got up early and had breakfast at Waffle House and then headed over to the Dealer School for our class. 

When we arrived, we were greeted by many of the students waiting outside for us. Everyone was eager to learn, and also to have a good time in the classroom. The classroom at the Dealer School had three tables: two 12 footers and one 14 footer. I chose the longer table because it had a neutral bounce. 

22inside’s table focused on tuning up everyone’s classic “on-axis toss”. Heavy’s Table focused on betting techniques, progressions, regressions etc. My table focused on tuning up everyone’s on-axis toss, and then demonstrating and teaching some of my Specialty tosses, such as the “Corner Toss”, the “Ice Tong Toss”, the “The Split Shot”, and “Underhand Rolling Toss.”

Each group of students (we had a large class of 24-28 students) rotated clockwise after a while, to make sure everyone had a chance to work with the instructors at each table.

We took a lunch break at a place across the street called “Monster Subs.” They make excellent sandwiches.

During the afternoon session, we continued our class till 6 pm.

Heavy and I were really tired and didn’t feel like traveling anymore so we opted for another comped buffet at The Hard Rock Casino, where Ivy joined us.

After dinner, the casino was really crowded and full of excitement. Heavy and I found an empty spot on one of the 14 foot tables near the bar. It was a $15 table full of random shooters.. all young people out to have a good time on Saturday night. I had a decent roll, as did the shooter next to me... but the band playing rock music nearby was so loud, it was uncomfortable, so I soon colored up and went to bed.

Sunday morning was the day that the instructors played with the students. Heavy and I were staying at the Hard Rock, so that is we met our group at 7 am. 22inside was staying at Harrahs. So that was where he played with his group.

We had a good 1st session with our group.. the stand out shooters for this session were:
Howard tossed an 18 roll hand, Rich tossed a magnificent 32 roll hand, Dave tossed a 20 roll hand and one of our students tossed a 28 roll hand. When the rolls got shorter, it was time to color up a winner.

After our first session we went for breakfast at the Hard Rock restaurant called the “Sugar Factory”. They are known for their desserts and ice cream, but they also had a breakfast menu. The food was good, but service needs some improvement. It was comped, so we really can’t complain.

We played a second session with our students at the Hard Rock around 11 am.
Heavy started things off with a nice 18 roll hand. Diane tossed a hand in the mid teens. Vin tossed a beautiful hand of 30 numbers. Heavy tossed a good hand of 23 numbers. Bankerdude and 22inside tossed good money hands in the mid teens... then the rolls got shorter and it was time to color up.

Later in the day we played one more session before dinner, at the Beau Rivage. The tables used to be padded and bouncy at the Beau.. so even though it is a beautiful hotel/casino, most DIs avoided it. But, I’m happy to say that the padding has been removed or matted down, and the bounce was neutral..
The problem is that some adjustment is needed because the rails are higher and the bowl is deeper than the other casino tables. 

This session wasn’t so good... many of the rolls were 10 numbers or less. Heavy tossed a decent money hand of 15, Mark 22 inside tossed a 16 roll hand, Bamkerdude tossed a 15 roll hand and the longest roll was by Tony, who tossed an 18 roll hand.

Monday morning we all woke up early and met for a session at the Hard Rock once again.

Bob started things off with a great roll from Straight Out.... He tossed a 30 roll hand.. Heavy tossed a 16 roll hand, Bob had another great roll.. a 28 roll hand, Rich tossed a mid teens roll and Buffalo yo tossed a 21 roll hand .

Later that morning, we ventured over to the Golden Nugget Casino. Dennis had a nice roll of 28. The rest of the shooters tossed mid teen rolls or less.

Next we headed over to Treasure Bay. There we played with some old fiends Mila and John. We didn’t stay long, because we had plans on meeting Heavy and the guys over at IP Casino around 4 pm.

At the IP we bought in at one of the tables... unfortunately, we were on the wrong table. Our table was soooo cold... either variance or something else was going on with the dice. I never saw so many point 7 outs. I managed to have a decent roll of 18 using one of my Specialty tosses.. the Split Shot .. and Bankerdude tossed a 15 roll hand ... but for the rest of the shooters it was 7 out galore ... so many 7s!!!

Heavy and 22inside switched to the other table.. I did too, for a little while... then I heard cheering on the first table so I went back. Big mistake.. it seemed that some one finally made a point.. that was why they were cheering .. but then it became poor 7 out city once again... 

In the meantime, the table that Heavy and 22inside were on got hot and the long rolls began... It was then too crowded for me to get back in. That table was so hot that Heavy was willing to miss dinner with us... I can’t blame him.. “Never leave in the middle of a hot table.”

We had dinner at the IP buffet with a nice group of students, who had now become friends.

The next day, Tuesday, was our last day. Most of the students and friends were leaving today. 

We started our first session as usual at the Hard Rock casino.
This was a pretty good winning session. I started things off with a nice hand of 20, using my High parr toss from straight out.

The Wizard has a nice roll using his Underhand rolling toss, an 18 roll hand.

Then there were a few rolls by the guys in the mid teens.
Dennis has a nice roll of 24 using his low rolling Yuri toss.
I had another good roll from straight out of around 18 numbers and it was time to color up winners.

We had another comped breakfast at The Sugar Factory again.. once again the servers seem to need more training.. but the food was good and it’s Comped ... so I can’t complain.

After breakfast we headed over to Harrahs to play on their “Tub”.
It’s a small 6 Ft or so table... but they soon closed it and opened the 12 Ft table... we were doing well on the Tub ... too bad they closed it.

We next went to the Palace Casino. This was a great session!!
22inside tossed a fantastic 30 roll hand! Later in the session Ronny tossed a big hand too! His roll was a 36 number roll.

Later in the afternoon, we headed over to the IP. I had some free promotion chips to use, and they were giving away a free vacuum cleaner. 

There were some very good rolls this session. Bankerdude was ready to leave town and on his last roll, he wanted to get a quick 7 out, Playing the Don’t side.
As often happens.. Toss after toss.. no 7s ...He finally 7d our after around 16rolls.

I had a nice hand using my Split shot and tossed 20 numbers.
Then the guys had some short rolls. I got the dice once again and tossed an 18roll hand.

Then, London Shooter got the dice from straight out and tossed a magnificent roll making the All Tall and Small bet!!! With a 32 roll hand! Later in the evening he hit it the ATS a second time!!

Ivy, me, Slow Driver, Mark, Kenny and his wife had very nice dinner at a very rustic seafood restaurant in Ocean Springs, called “Mikey’s on the Bayou”. It’s on the water.. and I saw a sign that they also sell bait.. It was a good local place... very old and rustic looking.

Well, that’s end of my story.. We had a great time in Biloxi.. Heavy and I had a sold out class, made many new friends and students and I forgot to mention the whole trip was comped and the casinos were very generous. On a few days they even gave away gifts.. I got a free vacuum cleaner, electric frying pan and a free electric mixer... 

I love visiting and playing in Biloxi!

Las Vegas Trip Report - January 2019

Posted on February 24, 2019

Hi everyone,

Since January, I've been on the road playing craps almost every day and I'm sorry I missed my February newsletter!  My journey started January 9th, when I hosted my Atlantic City Winter Dice Control Class. I had a nice sized turnout, and it was very successful. The students had their on-axis toss tweaked, and learned some new toss techniques, and had good results in the casino.

Then, after a few days at home resting, I left on another trip, this time to Las Vegas from January 18th until February 7th, for three weeks of playing craps and teaching One-on-One dice classes.

When I returned home to Fort Lauderdale on February 7, I only had two days to rest and do laundry before I was on the road again... but this time, on a Craps Cruise on Valentine's week, with my friend Heavy. 

I have so many stories to tell about my dice class and week in Atlantic City, my three weeks in Las Vegas, and my week on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Sea, Craps Cruise, that I can't fit it all in one trip report! 

This trip report, I'd like to focus on my Las Vegas trip, and then, in my next trip report, I'd like to talk about the Craps Cruise.

My adventure started when I arrived in Las Vegas on Friday night, January 18. It was around 11 pm Vegas time when I landed. Then, I went to the car rental facility, and before you knew it, I was at my Vegas condo and asleep by 12 o'clock midnight.

The next morning I met my friend/student Bankerdude for breakfast at the Gold Coast Buffet where they make very good omelettes to order.
The one table that was open at The Gold Coast was crowded, so we took a ride over to Ballys. There we met Mike Mora at the craps table. At first we struggled a bit, then when we switched tables, Bankerdude got dialed in and tossed a 20roll hand making 2 points.

We took a walk over to Paris where a shooter at the table tossed a 28 roll hand... time to color up a second winning session. Hit and run style. As my friend Heavy says “Get in, Get up, Get Gone.”

The next day, Sunday morning Bankerdude and I played at Bally’s once again. There we met Mike M. and one of my students named Travis. Travis had taken my class a few months ago when I was in Vegas. This session was pretty good.. no real big rolls, but many in the 12-18 range. I used my Axis toss from stick right and had a nice hand making 2 points.

We struggled a bit with our next session in Paris... nothing great happened there. Once again, a couple of decent rolls but no monster hands.

We went for lunch and an interesting guy named Gary joined us. Bankerdude, Gary, Travis and I played a session together at Gold Coast after lunch. There, the table trend was cold... no points were being made, so I capitalized on it and won many bets playing the Don’t side. I even played the Don’t side when I got the dice ..$25 don't pass.. set for a point ... then used the all 7 set and win!! Gary had a good roll, tossing 27 numbers, then the table turned cold after, once again.

Later in the day, during another session, Mike M got hot and tossed a 30 roll hand and Travis got dialed in and tossed a 32 roll hand! Soon some old friends from the old PARR group showed up at our table. They are experts at the Dr Z and Dice Magic toss from the old Jerry Patterson days.

Later that night, Bankerdude, Dennis, Steve R and his friend had a very nice dinner at Nora’s Italian Restaurant off the Strip. we talked about old times and watched the end of the Patriots/Kansas City game... what a close game! It was very exciting!!

On Monday, a very nice student named Tom and his brother in law came over for a One on One Class. Tom had some experience in tossing the dice by watching YouTube, but needed a professional to tweak his toss technique. After
analyzing his toss and making some tweaks, his toss was looking good. His brother in-law Ed, has never taken a lesson before. So we started from scratch... before long, his toss looked pretty good too.

We played a session at the Gold Coast.. And my old friend Steve R, and his friend, joined us. He was friends with Dr Z, years ago when I was learning that technique.. for old times sake He used the Dr Z -2 toss... man, it looked great! Everyone else that didn’t know that technique was scratching their head, wondering what kind of toss is that ? He executed it perfectly as he tossed 2 nice hands in the 15-18 range.
Bankerdude got dialed in and tossed a 30 roll hand !! 

I received a beautiful text from Tom later that night..Here is what he wrote...
"Howard, thank you so much for your class today. I just tossed a 40 roll at the Plaza Casino Downtown. Ended up making $2,100 dollars profit. Ed finished up with a $720 dollar profit . Home tomorrow. Thanks Again!"

This is what really makes me happy...Helping people become good shooters. This text really made my day! Thanks Tom and Ed.

On Monday two other friends arrived in town..Michael Feldman and Sureshot. Michael F. arrived very late. But, I had a chance to sit down, have a bite to eat with Sureshot at dinner time and catch up. It was great seeing her again. It had been a couple of years since we last got together. We’ve been friends for the past 4-5 years since she attended our class in Tunica.

The next morning,Tuesday, I played with Michael, Pat, Janice, Bankerdude, Sureshot at Bally’s. Bankerdude tossed a 20 roll hand from Straight out. I followed up with a 21 roll hand with my Axis Toss from stick right using a 2V set.

Our next session was a Paris where I really got hot..and tossed a 30 roll hand. Stick Right on Axis Toss again.

We took a walk over to Bellagio next. The temperature was in the 60s outside, so it was enjoyable to walk over.. At the Bellagio we did Ok ... nothing great.. Sureshot tossed a good hand and made couple of points. Someone tossed a 22 roll hand, made 4-5 points... after that we colored up and left.

The highlight of our evening was dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Steak House at Paris. We had a nice group of friends joining us..Bankerdude, Sureshot. Michael Feldman, Kerry, Dave R, Mike, and
Jason.. We had a great dinner with great friends!!!

On Wed, I played a session with Sureshot at Paris around 9am. A shooter at the table got hot and tossed a 28 roll hand. We colored up right after... hit and run style.

Later that morning we took a walk over to Bally’s and Dave R joined us at the tables.

I started the session off with an 18 roll hand from stick right with my Axis Toss. Dave R. got the dice next and tossed a nice hand of 17 numbers... Sureshot tossed a 17 roll hand.
Dave R. tossed 2 more good hands... an 18 roll hand and a magnificent 29 roll hand. His toss was really on!!

We had lunch at the Pizza/sandwich shop at Paris. (on the Parisian Street area)

Later we played a session at the Gold Coast. Sureshot tossed a nice hand of 18 numbers. I used my Ice Tong Toss and threw a hand of 18 numbers too.. many of them hardways.

My Ice Tong toss was really on and I tossed two not times... a 19 roll hand and a 28 roll hand.

Later that night Michael F., Dave R, Mike, Jason and myself went for dinner at Caesar’s Bacchanal Buffet. We had a lot of laughs and a great time together.

Afterwards, I was too full and tired to play. so I said good night and goodbye to my friend Sureshot and all the guys.

On Thursday, I needed a break from playing. I had been playing everyday for the past week and a half. Soooo, I took my new friends Mike and Jason, who are from NY, sightseeing. We took a ride over to Red Rock Canyon and we enjoyed the beautiful Red Rock formations and the mountains. Then we took the scenic drive all the way down to Blue Diamond... had lunch at Famous Dave’s Bar B Que and eventually headed back to the Strip .. it was as great day for seeing the sights and being outdoors.
The temperature was in the 60’s.

Later that night we had dinner with Michael F, Mike and Jason at Montanaros Italian Restaurant at Paris and took in a show.

The next day Friday, I played a session with Michael, Dave R. and his friend Walt, at The Stratosphere Casino. They have Crapless Craps that the guys wanted to try.

I used my Ice Tong Toss and and tossed two rolls 18 rolls long . After that, we weren’t getting anywhere, so we decided to call it a day. Actually it was Dave and Michael's last day, so they wanted to keep on playing. I, on the other hand, was still going to be in Vegas for another two weeks, so I didn’t have that urgent feeling to play... I needed to pace myself... plus the following week, I had a lot of students scheduled for private “One on One” classes at my Vegas Craps Pit.

So Mike, Jason and I, went on another sight seeing trip... This time to Hoover Dam. What a great day we had enjoying the beautiful vistas and walking across the dam.. it was a great day!

Late that night Michael F, Jason, Mike and I enjoyed a great steak dinner at BLT Steak House in Bally’s . They have one of the best Bone-in Ribeyes I’ve ever eaten!!!! It was a great meal with good friends!!!
After dinner we said our goodbyes to Michael F, Jason, Mike and Dave R.... who were all flying home later that night.

During my second week in Vegas a new group of friends, students and family came into town to visit me.

Some of the students that came to visit me and signed up for one on one classes were Randy, Hai and his friend Annie, BiloxiMan and Biloxilady, Cody, Jon k-9, Coaster, David and his friend Ed, Lee, Rich, John, Sock-eye and his wife Sophie and many others. We had a great time!! I love to teach Dice Control Techniques (DI) and love to play with the students afterwards and watch their progress... Nothing makes me happier than watch the students have big rolls or report back to me about their big rolls, during their Vegas Vacation.
It was fun playing and seeing with some of the locals.. Hypnochuck, Kerry, Bill, Dennis, Tony and Koi.

Here are a few of the highlights of some our sessions. 

At Ellis Island, Biloximan tossed a 28 roll hand. I tossed a 24 roll hand shortly after from straight out. Biloxilady has a good roll too.

At Palace Station Biloximan tossed a 32 roll hand. Koi tossed an 18 roll hand.

On Tuesday we played a session at the Orleans Casino. Biloxilady tossed a 20roll hand!!
Jon K-9 had a 40 roll hand!! 

Later in the day, we went to The Paris Casino, where Biloximan tossed an 85roll hand last year... this year his roll was a bit shorter... but Jon K-9 lit up the table with a 35 roll hand!

Next we walked over to Bally’s where I had an 18 roll hand, using my Ice tong toss from stick left..

Someone at the table tossed a 25 roll hand and Jon K-9 followed up with a 31roll hand, using the Yuri toss from the end that we practiced at my Craps pit.

My sister Arlene came into town as well as my brother-in-law Cedric. His handle is “Cedric the flea”  because he’s a $5 bettor.. 2 hits and down... per shooter. He’s pretty new to Craps .. I taught him the Ice Tong Toss.. Hardway set and he had some pretty good rolls. He gives away all of his Craps profit to charity... which is really nice.

My sister Arlene, loves to play the Slot Machines and explore the hotels along the Strip.

The next day, Coaster had a good roll at the Orleans from Straight Out, using the low Yuri toss. I had a nice 19 roll hand with my ice tong shot again and made a few points. Jon k-9 tossed a 22 roll hand from Straight out again.

The next day we played a session at Margaritaville, which is defunct and now just part of Bally’s. The table was empty when we got there. We should have known better, since all the other tables at the Flamingo were busy.... We each took a turn with the dice, and soon left. Nothing much was happening there.

Later in the week, we played a session at Gold Coast, I tossed a 30 hand using my corner toss from stick left. Dave tossed a 28 hand roll... Sophie tossed a 16roll hand.

On Friday morning, February 1st, I played a session at Ballys with Stephen T. and Biloximan . The table was quiet and I noticed when the shooters would toss the dice, the rolls were short and no points were being made..The Dealer said to me that the table has been like this all morning. That’s all I needed to hear... Time to check out another casino and not waste our money. Was the table cold because of variance or something else? All morning is a long time... Of course, it’s a perfect table to play the Don’t side, but I was with friends/students that want to shoot on the do side.

So we walked over to Paris... What a difference!!! The table at Paris was red hot...We got on 3 big rolls. We never even got the dice... We walked away big winners!!

On Friday night I took Arlene and Cedric to see the Neil Sedaka show at the Orleans Casino. He still sounds great, plays piano fantastically and sang all of his hit records... “Breaking up is hard to Do”, ”Happy Birthday Sweet 16, ”Calendar Girl, “Next Door to an Angel”
“The Diary”, “Oh Carol” ... plus his songs from ‘70s with Elton John... “Bad Blood”, slow version of “Breaking up is hard to do”
“Laughter in the Rain” “Love will keep us Together” etc. It was a great evening, dinner and a show with family.

On Saturday Sockeye and his wife Sophie came over for “one on one” class. We had some good sessions together..

I’m missing some of my charts so I’m doing my best to remember. I know that my students and I had many good rolls, but without the charts, it’s hard to remember where and when and how long they were.

I do remember that I had a session at Gold Coast and I tossed eight 8s in a row... the first 3 were hard 8s.. using my ice tong toss 2/4-4/2 set from stick left.. the roll was about 26 numbers long.

I went with Koi to Ellis Island where we had some good rolls. Koi tossed a 30roll hand, and a 22 roll hand. I tossed a 28 roll hand .

A student came over to perfect the “Split Shot”. We worked on it from Straight Out, then stick left and stick right... Plus we practiced his “on Axis Toss”.

We went to the Orleans after his class and he tossed a 34 roll hand with the “Split Shot” from Straight Out! 

One day Sockeye and Sophie and i all had big rolls in the 20s at the Gold Coast . A fellow shooter at the table noticed our skill and came over to talk afterwards. I gave him my card and a few days later he called for a private “one on one” class. He did very well and he told me that I helped give him back his confidence to throw the dice again.

My son Brian came to town to visit. He was in town for his cousin’s Bachelor Party. Well, on the first day he visited.. February 4th, Arlene, Cedric, Brian and I met for breakfast, and then went sightseeing... We took a ride to Red Rock Canyon and then over to Howard Hughes' Ranch... We took a guided tour thorough his house and we had a great time ... it was getting cold and a storm was moving in. We soon headed to the east side of town where the rain hadn’t started yet.. and went to a Wet Lands Park.. east of Boulder Highway. Afterwards we toured Sam’s Town Casino...I like the forest park In the middle.

Later that night we had had very nice dinner and took in a show at the new home for "The Bronx Wanderes” at the LINQ Hotel.
As usual it was a great show.. Dion and the Belmont songs, 4 Seasons songs, and some nice surprises added to the show.

I also took my sister and Cedric to Hoover Dam which they really enjoyed....I didn’t get much playing time in towards the end of the trip... I was so busy teaching and also showing my family a good time... I didn’t have much free time. But that’s OK, because I came out way a head for the trip, limited the house exposure,
and when I did play either my students had big rolls, or I had big rolls, and sometimes, we both had big rolls!

Oh, I almost forgot this story...my son is an engineer and is very bright... but he also has a good sense of humor. His cousin wanted to see the “Backstreet Boys” at Planet Hollywood... It was kind of a goof because they were popular with teenie boppers back in the 90s... and they would probably be the only guys there... Well my son, to make it even goofier, had tee shirts made up with picture of members of Nsync with a heart around each face ... for each member of the bachelor party to wear to the show.... Talk about embarrassing... the groom to be had Justin Timberlake’s picture with a heart around it. 

Oh, I almost forgot... I was in Vegas during The Super Bowl. The town was crazy!!’ All of the Craps tables min started at $25 and up...The casinos were really taking advantage of the crowds that were there.

I was lucky enough to get tickets to a Super Bowl Party at Bally’s.. thanks to my host.
The party was great!!!!! It was in the largest room I had ever seen. Everyone had an assigned seat at a banquet table that held 12 people... I took My brother in-law Cedric as my guest...
There were 179 banquet tables... lots of food stations...
carved turkey, hot dogs, chicken wings, dessert tables, full bar... all around the banquet hall... free food, free snacks, free drinks
And a lots of beer on the tables...

There were big screens all around, so every seat was a good one! Now, the game could have been a little more exciting, with more action. But, I didn’t mind, because instead of playing Craps on that Sunday... I bet on the game...I figured Tom Brady is like a DI... except instead of controlling dice ...He controls the football... he’s the best quarterback out there... so... I won big time!!!! Had a great time and didn’t have to deal with the casinos overpricing their games and fighting he crowd.

On my last day in Vegas, as I was driving my brother-in-law Cedric to the airport, we had a couple of hours before he was due to be dropped off. I took him for a ride to see the new football stadium being built, which will be the home of the Las Vegas Raiders. Then, we took a ride over to Ethel M's Chocolate Factory near the airport. This place is a fun place to go because you can watch them making chocolate, and they are very generous giving out samples. Outside, they have a wonderful cactus garden featuring cacti from around the world. 

I had a great three weeks visiting Las Vegas, and seeing so many friends and students. I can't wait to return!

I'm planning on returning to Las Vegas early June through July.

Detroit/Windsor Trip Report - December 2018

Posted on January 7, 2019

On Monday morning Dec 3... My friend/student David aka “The Cleaner” met me at the Ft Lauderdale Airport to fly out for our adventure in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I was pleasantly surprised that the trip took less than 3 hours.

Gary aka “Six Shooter” was very nice and met us at the Detroit Airport. From there we would drive through Downtown Detroit and then go through the Tunnel (under the Detroit River) into Windsor Canada.

So as we were driving, The Cleaner mentioned that it would be fun to stop off at famous restaurant in Downtown Detroit named Coney Island. Both the Cleaner and Six Shooter are from Detroit, so they really know their way around.

The American Coney Island restaurant is famous for their Hot Dogs, chili Dogs and Loose Dogs. Now the Loose Dogs were a new experience for me. It’s ground beef (hamburger meat) that is more like the the meat in a Taco... they put it in a hot dog bun, put chili, mustard and chopped onions on it... and there it is.

It turns out that David’s Grandfather opened this restaurant around 1917. David’s family still owns it and we met the manager, who is his first cousin. There is an old black and white picture on the wall of the restaurant back in the day, with The Cleaner’s mother and Grandfather and other family members in it.

After lunch, we went through the tunnel and stopped off at the Border Patrol Station... a quick show of our passport, and then answered a few questions and we were now in Canada.

The Caesar’s Windsor Casino Resort was only a couple of blocks away... it was pretty cold with snow flurries for me this trip... most days were in the low 30’s during the day and the 20’s at night.

The Casino and Hotel are beautiful, clean, safe, modern and non-smoking. The people that work there as well as the gamblers are all very nice and polite. The rooms are spacious and you can request a river view which also has the skyline of Detroit. There are towers. I prefer the Forum tower, with a river view. In my room, I was able to pick up a phone signal from Detroit, so I didn’t have to call long distance from Canada.


During my week in Canada the weather was pretty cold outside, and I got to experience snow flurries, which is always cool, coming from Florida. The temperature was 30’s during the day and 20s at night. The only time that we left the casino to go outside, was to eat breakfast and lunch at our favorite local restaurant.

So, Sixshooter, The Cleaner and I checked into our hotel rooms at the Forum Tower. We met at the Craps tables about a half hour later for our first session.

The casino is smoke free and everyone, including the dealers, are all friendly. Sixshooter seems know everyone there. Lots of hellos and friendly conversation. The tables are all $10 minimums, are 12 feet long with hard true bounce. The feature bet is the Firebet.

Our first session went very well with the three of us tossing hands in the 15-18range. Then, someone had a fantastic roll of 41 numbers to finish our our session.

The next session was just before dinner. Sixshooter got things going started, using his special set on his come out roll, hitting four 7’s and two 2’s... all while betting the pass line and world bet. Once a point was established, one point was made, and it soon ended.

David was up next and got dialed in using his Parr toss from stick left, and tossed a 24 roll hand.

The dice came around to me and I was in the stick right position. I tried out a new shot that Koi and I had been working on, the last time that I was in Vegas. It’s a stacking shot that worked great on the new bouncy Rio layout. I had been practicing it from stick left... but this time I was at stick right, so I decided to try it out.

My first roll was so-so... I hit about 12 numbers, but also made 3 points... So it looked promising. The next time that I got the dice, I fared better with a 20number roll.

We colored up and had a nice leisurely dinner at the buffet. After dinner, we were all tired, since it was a travel day and we had to get up early to catch our plane.


The next day, Tuesday we got into a regular routine for the rest of the trip. We met downstairs at the Craps table for our first session before breakfast. They have a free coffee and juice machine in the casino.

Everyday the casino gives gifts, free play or a show to its regular players... Today, was a free gift... A full set of silverware.

Our first session was not a good one... most of the 7 outs were on the 6 and 7th roll. We each got the dice twice and cut our losses. We weren’t there very long.

We went outside, and I got to experience a little winter weather... some snow flurries, which is always fun for just a couple of days. We went to a little Mom and Pop breakfast place. Usually, a very nice woman is there doing taking the orders, cooking the meal, and also being being the cashier... She runs the whole place beautifully!

After breakfast, more friends joined us at the tables... John C. A and Lee from the Cleveland Crew, and Justin and Greg from the Detroit area.

Since this was my second day at the tables, I was still experimenting with some new shots to see which ones would work best. I used my helicopter toss from stick left... it’s a new shot that I’ve been practicing at home. My friend Lefty AJ in Atlantic City has really gotten good with this toss and has consistently beat the AC tables using this technique. I had a pretty good roll using it ... a 19number roll... not bad for using a new technique in the casino.

Justin had a beautiful on axis Parr toss from stick Right and tossed a 34number roll... making a 4 point Fire Bet... which pays 25 to 1.

We went upstairs in the casino to a little pizza & hot dog snack place. I had a nice Conversation with John C.. about old times. He was my student about 15 years ago when I was teaching with the Golden Craps Group. We would also meet in Vegas for Super Bowl Weekend. This year, I’ll be in Vegss once again for the Super Bowl parties. It’s been a while since I’ve seen some of the Cleveland crew.

Our next session was one of those long marathon sessions. It was up and down we stayed way too long! We had some great rolls and some short rolls... but, I have to admit... we had a lot of fun playing together... I made the 1000 tier point bonus, which is always a good thing for ratings and comps.

I used my on axis corner toss from stick left one 4/2 - 2/4 set and had some nice results.. hitting lots of 6 and 8s.. I tossed the dice very softly, on axis, and had some great results... an 1820 and a 24 roll hand.

Justin and Greg tossed some good hands in the 18-20 range.

We took a break for dinner...Guess where? Yep... back at the buffet... what was nice, was that we all had a chance talk at dinner and get to know each other.

We played one more session after dinner and there were few good rolls and some short ones too.
The highlight are someone tossed a 21 roll hand. Justin tossed a 22 roll hand one of the guys tossed a 30 roll hand! It’s not clear on my chart who it was.

On Wednesday morning, we played our first session around 7:30am. The crew consisted of David aka The Cleaner, Six Shooter, John C, Justin, Greg and myself.

David got dialed in early, and tossed a 36 roll hand... He made 4 points to the Firebet and set the 5th point. At this point, Six Shooter, who has money on the Firebet, decides to lay the 5th point... If David makes the 5th point, Six Shooter will be paid $250 to 1.... so if you have a $5.00 Firebet, you would get paid $1250.... if you lay the point you can’t lose. You get paid if the 5th point hits or you’ll get paid if the shooter 7s out.

Unfortunately, David didn’t know about that strategy and when Six Shooter laid the point and was asking the dealers advice on how much to the lay amount would pay off.

Well, this took David out of his zone and on the next roll he 7’d out! Man, was he angry at Six Shooter and swearing up a storm... Yikes!! He soon left the table to cool off.

Then, there were a couple of short rolls after that. Then, Greg got in the zone and tossed a beautiful 28 roll hand to finish off our morning session.

We all went to our favorite breakfast restaurant in town...experienced some more snow flurries and soon it was time to head back to the casino.

Our 11 am session was really lackluster... most rolls were around 7-8 numbers.. With Greg tossing the longest roll at 18 numbers. We each got the dice once... it wasn’t going well so we colored up.

We went to the pool area to relax and talk about our sessions... The pool has large windows with a beautiful view of the River and Detroit Skyline.. it’s very relaxing in there.

Six Shooter and I took a break and headed back into town for lunch. We went to a deli named Malic’s.. The Corned Beef and Pastrami are excellent... on the softest, freshest Rye Bread I’ve ever had.

We all went to our rooms rest up for the next session at 5 pm. This session was a short one ... and a good one! We each got one turn with the dice.

I got dialed in with my Stacking shot from stick left and tossed a 28 roll hand!

Greg followed up with a 22 roll hand.

While I was resting in the room before our 5 pm session, I got a call from Ron and Rose, telling me that they checked into the Detroit MGM casino.... uh oh! I thought they were coming to Windsor to meet and play with us... It seems that they hadn’t received their passport in time.. and they couldn’t cross the border into Canada.

Six Shooter was a good sport about it ... and after the 5 pm session we hopped in his car and went back to Detroit to meet them at the MGM casino..

It was great seeing them and soon we took a drive over to a very nice old-time traditional Italian restaurant. The food, the atmosphere and the company were excellent!

I had 3 nights comped at Caesars Windsor, and my 4th night was going to cost around $200 with tax and fees... since Ron and Rose were staying at the MGM, they helped me secure a room for Thursday night fully comped.

After dinner we dropped Ron and Rose back to the MGM, and we continued driving through Downtown Detroit. It was getting late and dark. While we were stopped at a light, we saw 2 undercover cops hop out of their unmarked car and arrest someone.... We drove over to the tunnel... but the tunnel was closed for repair, so we had to drive a few miles to get to the bridge to go to Canada... The bridge was backed up a bit... I never saw so many Semi’s... really large trucks, backed up for about a mile... each truck has to stop and go through the border crossing, showing a passport and answering questions.

Eventually, we got back to our Caesars Hotel in Windsor. We played one last session for the night. It’s a blur and I can’t find my chart for that session, but I think it went alright.


The next morning, Thursday, we played a session once again at 7:30 am... this session was another good one! David got things started with an 18 roll hand, once again making a 4 point Firebet.

I made a couple of points and then Six Shooter, changes his position and shot from stick left one and tossed a great hand... He tossed 38 numbers!!

We took a break and I checked out of the hotel and soon took a lunch break at our favorite deli in town. John and David headed back to Detroit, where David was meeting and then staying with his brother.. John and his wife headed back to Cleveland.

After lunch, Six Shooter and I took in a show at Caesars.. Tony Orlando and Dawn were appearing. They put on a great show! It was Christmas oriented... but of course my favorite part was when they sang their hits... Candida, Knock 3 times, Tie a yellow Ribbon around the old oak tree.. plus others.
They sounded great, just like their records.

After the show, Six Shooter dropped me off at the Detroit MGM to meet Ron and Rose. We said our goodbyes and Six Shooter went back to his home in the Detroit suburbs.

Ron and Rose and I had a very nice dinner at the MGM.. I checked into my room and after a while we said our good nights.

The next morning, Friday, we played an early morning session at the Craps table. The tables are all $15, unless the table is quiet... they’ll make it $10. As soon as it fills up, they raise it back to $15.
The table bounce is OK... the layout is a little weird because it’s a very dark brown/black and they use Yellow—Amber dice.

Rose has a good 22 number roll from stick right 2...Ron had a really nice roll.. using the Yuri low rolling toss from stick right 1, with a 21 roll hand

I tossed from stick left 2 and used my Split Shot.. it worked great on those tables and I tossed a 30 roll hand! Making 5 points and 7 passes.

They have a weird bonus bet... it only pays when you make 5 or more passes... come out 7s and 11s count as well as making points. I made 7 passes, which made the players very happy.

Soon it was time to head to the airport to catch my plane... Ron and Rose drove me to the airport on the way back to Indiana. I met Dave at the airport and when we finally landed in Ft Lauderdale, he was very nice to drive me home.

Thanks Six Shooter for your hospitality and picking me up at the airport. Thanks Ron and Rose for driving up and visiting, our great dinners and taking me to the Detroit airport, and thanks Dave for driving me home and good companionship .. what wonderful friends I have!!