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Las Vegas Trip Report - September 2019

Posted on October 4, 2019

Hi Everyone,
I flew into Las Vegas on September 1st as Hurricane Dorian was approaching south Florida. My sister Arlene joined me the following day, getting the last flight out last Sunday at 2 pm... just before they closed the airport.

September 7

Thanks everyone for all of your good wishes to stay safe during he storm.. We were very fortunate in South FL that the hurricane stayed out over the ocean and headed North.
So I was in Vegas and off to a great start tossing the dice. I played 10 Craps sessions the first week, and won 8 out of 10 sessions.
When I was not playing, I was very busy teaching one on one classes and tune ups in my Vegas Craps pit. I want to thank everyone for coming over for classes. I’ve been very busy teaching, and am looking forward to playing more sessions with my students..
Here are some of my recent sessions that are fresh in my mind... Yesterday at Bally’s I tossed a 22 roll hand from stick left, making 3 points.
My shooting partner Koi, tossed for a monster roll, holding the dice for an hour two days ago at the Orleans casino. The amazing thing is not only is Koi a terrific shooter.. but he’s also 93 years old!!!
I tried out a new shot that I’ve been practicing and perfecting.. it’s an on-axis toss from stick right one, that I call the “Drop Shot”.... I had 2 great rolls with it.. and one not so great 😀... the first roll was 26 numbers .. hitting 2 repeater bets...
Then, my next roll was 40 numbers long... making lots of points and making 3 repeaters.. the 12, 9 and 5... I used the crossed 6s set...
When I first got the dice, the table was was pretty empty... but, by the end of my roll, many of my friends and students were on the table with me, and it was packed! It was great to see Wilton and Elena, Phil and Sonya, Terry, Kevin, Aloha Jonny, Koi and many others.
I took Arlene to an excellent show at the Golden Nugget. Remember the mid 60s group the Buckinghams? Well, we saw them in concert and they were great... They put on a great show singing their hits and lots of 60s music. Their hits include, “Kind of a Drag”, “Susan”, “Don’t you Care?”, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and “Hey Baby! They’re playing our song”.

They introduced a friend in the audience named Dennis Yost .. The lead singer of the 60s group The Classics lV.. of “Stormy” fame, and many other big hits from that era.
After the show we walked around Downtown.. Man, that place is wild. It was the "First Friday of the month" Celebration. Fremont Street was really jumping!
On September 7, I played with many of my students, then took a break to go site seeing around Red Rock Canyon. We stopped off at a quaint little town called Blue Diamond. It’s like an oasis in the desert... it’s a small community, with Parks and lots of trees.

I saw the Elvis show .. Heartbreak Hotel.. with my buddy London Shooter at Harrahs. Arlene saw Keith Urban at Caesars Palace..


September 14
I’ve been in Las Vegas for the past two weeks and having such a great time. I’ve been really busy teaching “one on one” classes on Dice Control techniques, playing, winning, seeing lots of shows and having great dinners.
I am very thankful to the all of the many students that have come over to my Vegas craps pit, during the past two weeks. I enjoy reading all of the great casino reports on how well my student are doing at the Craps tables. I really love teaching and sharing my knowledge and skill in the art of Dice Control (DI)
It’s been a whirlwind of students and friends coming to visit me... Some are flying in from the East Coast and some from as far away as Hawaii. I really enjoy helping people.
It was great seeing and being with my students and friends...Aloha Johnny, Arlene, Doug ( Coaster), London Shooter, Boris (Coal Miner), Koi, Dennis, VDC, Kent, Jim, Ivan, Kevin, Terry, Eric C, David, Gabriel, Jim G, Nina, and Mark, Walter, Edna and many others.. it’s been an amazing couple of weeks.
During the past 2 weeks, I’ve had some terrific rolls, when I had a chance to play with students. Many of my rolls have been in the 18-26 roll range...but, I did manage to knock out a 40 roll hand at the Gold Coast a few days ago. So far, I’ve played 15 casino sessions and won 12 of them.
My shooting partner Koi tossed a 50 roll.. an hour hand at Orleans... Doug (Coaster) has been red hot at Excalibur... using the “Yuri Toss” that I taught him when he came over to my craps pit. He’s been tossing lots of rolls in the 20-30 range.
Boris (Coal Miner) came over to my craps pit and I tuned up his toss and he’s on a hot streak ... He sets the hard way set with the 2-2 on top and loaded up his chips on the Hard 4... which pays 7 to 1... He’s hit it multiple times in the last few days with $150- $250 on it... when he misses... he usually hits an ace- deuce ... which he puts $25 on it... paying 15-1..... Its very exciting to be at the table when he is shooting . Of course he doesn’t hit these high risk bets every time ... but, this trip his shot has been on ... and he’s hit the hard 4 in many sessions.

Yesterday, a student game over to my craps pit, and I taught him one of my Specialty tosses after I tuned up his on-axis toss.
After class we joined up with Koi, Boris and Doug at Texas Station to play a live casino session... He tossed an amazing 36 roll hand .. it lasted a good hour!! He was all the way over on stick right 3... and the new toss worked great!!! He had the longest roll at the table .
Our dinners have been a little crazy.. I’ve been getting lots of comps, so we’ve been eating quite often at Ping Pang Pong at the Gold Coast, Orleans Buffet and the Ellis Island Bar b Q..
I really enjoy going to shows at night ... so far we’ve seen
“Heartbreak Hotel” at Harrahs, 60s Band The Buckinghams at the Golden Nugget, Arlene saw Tenors of Rock and Keith Urban (at Caesars)
Ivy just flew into town, so tonight we are going to see “Good Vibrations” ( Beach Boys tribute band) at South Point, then Next week Gary Puckett and the Union Gap at Golden Nugget .

I’ll be in Vegas for another 2 weeks .. I have a few slots open if you’d like to come over for a one on one class which includes a live casino session... please let me know and reserve your day.
My classes start at 2 hours, and I offer longer classes as well. My craps pit is only 3 miles from the strip.... just 1 mile from the Orleans or Gold Coast.

October 1
After a great month in Vegas, I’m finally back home in Ft Lauderdale.
Ivy and I flew home a couple of days ago and after resting, I’ve planned another Vegas Trip... Nov 6 – Nov 26.
This past trip was just fantastic! I was so busy teaching “one on ones” and playing, I hardly had any days off to rest. But, I want everyone to know that I am so thankful to all of the students and friends that stopped by for a class, and casino play. I really love teaching and sharing my knowledge and skill of 20 years of playing Craps professionally. I think that I enjoy teaching almost as much as I enjoy playing and winning in the casino.
It was really great seeing so many students and so many friends....Phil and Sonia, Koi, Dennis, Tony Dice Guy, Boris ( Coal Miner), My Sister Arlene, my wife Ivy, Beau and Beth, Rich and Yerny, Heavy, 22 inside, Eric, Banker Dude, Nate, Aloha Jonny, Kent and Jim, Ivan and Rodney from Hawaii, Kevin and Terry from Texas, Eric C, David J, Gabriel, Jim, Chad, Nina, Doug from Tampa, Alonzo, Matt, and Clay from Delaware and of course my mate from the UK .. “London Shooter” ( Stuart) So many wonderful people.
When I wasn’t teaching and playing, I managed to get out of the casinos and do a little sightseeing and get some fresh air... We visited Mt Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, toured the new neighborhoods of Summerlin, and Henderson... visited friends for lunch or dinner... It’s always good to get out of the casinos once in a while and recharge your batteries.

We saw some great shows my sister Arlene saw Keith Urban at Caesars, we saw the Buckinghams.. 60s Band ... “Kind of a Drag”, Don’t you care?, “Susan” and many other great songs from ‘67-‘69
Ivy and I saw Gary Puckett and the Union Gap at the Golden Nugget.. “Woman, Woman” “ Young Girl”, This Girl is a woman now” and many other great songs from “67-“69”
We also saw The Bronx Wonderers at Harrahs ... lots of Dion, Four Seasons , and other great songs from the 60s.
We enjoyed a terrific Beach Boys tribute show called Good Vibrations at South Point. Lots of great surfin’ films playing behind the band.
And finally a fun show called “Heartbreak Hotel” about Elvis’ rise to fame in the mid 50s... lots of great Rockabilly and a terrific blue guitarist playing BB King and Chuck Berry.... London Shooter and I enjoyed this show.
As far as casino play goes... I beat the odds and after a month of playing in Vegas almost everyday ... I came out way ahead for the trip... I played 38 casino sessions and won 32 of them!

My toss was really on, on most of my casino sessions ... of course I had a couple of off days too where I just couldn't find the strike zone. My longest roll was a 42 at Texas Station, where I tossed for about an hour... I tossed a 40 roll at Gold Coast.. hitting lots of Repeater bets.
I had some rolls in the 30s at Bally’s, Paris, and Orleans and many rolls in the 20s and Teens... and then of course a few shorter ones as well.
Many of my students had great rolls in the 20s and a few in the 30s and some shorter.
I’m very proud of them, some were beginners and some were experienced shooters who just needed a tune up on their toss.
I had such a great time in Vegas, I can’t wait to go back again in November. Looking forward to seeing you all in Vegas.

Windsor Trip Report - July 2019

Posted on August 6, 2019

On Sunday July 28th, Ivy and I headed to the Ft. Lauderdale Airport to catch the 7 am flight to Detroit. We landed about 3 1/2 hours later, and my good friend Gary (Six Shooter) and his lovely wife Vicky picked us up at the Detroit Airport.

Soon, we stopped off at the local White Castle hamburger place on the way to the Detroit / Windsor Tunnel. Scott and Patty soon joined us at White Castle... good friends and fun times.

After lunch, we drove through Downtown Detroit, and then through the tunnel to Windsor, Canada. We had our passports ready and after a pleasant conversation with Canadian Customs officers there we were... Welcome to Windsor Canada.

Just a couple of blocks away is the Caesars Windsor Casino Resort. What a beautiful resort! It is smoke free, and has two high hotel towers facing the Detroit River and Downtown Detroit Skyline.

My host Cathy arranged for Ivy and I to have a beautiful room on a high floor, with a river view... just beautiful! ...and it was all comped! Actually, four days were comped and the extra day was at a casino rate, but I knew that at the end of the week after playing, I’d have it comped.

The casino has two floors and connects to two hotels. The gaming space on two floors were very large. The craps pit had 6 craps tables. One was Crapless and the others regular craps with Fire Bets. The Crapless table was also crap less with a lower payout. All of the tables were $10 minimums, with a nice hard surface.


After we checked in and got our rooms, we headed down for the craps table. I’ve found through the years that all craps tables are not created equal, and when you get to a new casino, it takes a few rolls to get used to the bounce and the rubber on the back wall pyramids... some people refer to it as the alligator skin.

Our first session was so-so... most of our hands lasted 10-12 rolls... although someone had a 26 roll hand.

We took a break and rested from getting up at 4:30am to get to the airport, earlier in the morning. Eric (BuffaloYo) came in to town to join us.

We had dinner at the Diamond lounge. Our group consisted of Ivy and I, Gary and Vicky, Eric, and Scott and Patty. We had a nice time together. The Diamond lounge was not as good as last year when they served hot food... I guess Caesars is cutting back and only had salad, soup and sandwiches.. and dessert.

After dinner, we all went to the Crapless table and had a pretty good session with Eric and Gary having the longest rolls.

There are a couple of odd rules at Caesars Windsor. No free alcoholic drinks in the casino, and you can have a designated shooter if you’d like, when it’s your turn. So, let’s say a random shooter wants someone who’s hot that night to shoot for them. When the dice come to them they tell the box and Stickman to pass the dice to the guy that he chooses.

The next morning... Monday July 29th, we all met for a Craps session around 7:30 am. The only table open was Crapless, which means that whatever number you roll on the come out, becomes your point.... even a 12! There is only a Pass line.. no Don’t Pass... so the casino has a big edge over the players. But, if you can toss outside numbers ... 9-10-11-12 or 2-3-4-5... you can win, big time!

Our craps group consisted of Gary, Eric, Scott and I. Scott had the longest roll in our group, so he became the designated shooter, and followed up with a 20 roll hand!

We each took one turn with the dice and Scott (who previously took my class in Atlantic City) had the longest rolls. First, he used the On Axis toss from Stick left and tossed a 26 roll hand.

By then, our wives came down and it was time for breakfast. We took a walk a few blocks to the downtown area, and enjoyed a nice breakfast at a place called Pete’s. The restaurant only had one person working there, a very nice lady who was the server, the cook and the cashier. She works really hard!!! But, it took a while for our meals to come out.

After breakfast we played another session. It was pretty short... hit and run... then we relaxed the rest of the day, walking along the river, going to the swimming pool etc.

At night we all met for dinner at the Buffet. We stayed there quite a long time talking and having a good time.

On Tuesday morning, around 7:30 am, our craps group grew. More controlled shooters joined us. Our group consisted of Gary, Eric, Scott, Howard, Justin and Gregg.

When we first arrived, Justin was in the middle of a hot roll... He tossed a 35 roll hand, using an underhand toss!

Most of our rolls were around 15 numbers long, but, looking at my chart, it’s not clear who it was... but one of us had a 36 roll hand!

Soon our wives arrived... Ivy, Patty and Vicky... it was time to take a break and go to breakfast at Pete’s again. Justin and Gregg headed back to Detroit to go to work.

We played a session after breakfast, which was a good one!

By now, we started getting a feel for the tables and saw which shots worked and which one didn’t. I moved from Straight Out to Stick Right, and had a nice 18 roll hand. Scott tossed a 17 roll hand, and Eric got dialed in from Stick Left and tossed a 22 roll hand!!

We took a very nice drive along the Detroit River, heading south through small quaint towns for about an hour... and soon we were in the country... We saw lots of farms, horses and vineyards. We were in wine country!

We stopped off at one of the vineyards, which was very nice and right off Lake Erie. We sat and tasted all kind of wines. It was such a nice afternoon together with our friends... Gary & Vicky, Scott & Patty and Ivy and I. After a while, we headed back to our casino... It was such a nice day to spend with friends.

During our second session of the afternoon, I switched positions and tried Stick Left 1. I used my Ice Tong Toss. 4/2-2/4 set and got dialed in. That was the right position for me on these tables, Stick Left. That’s why I like having a-few different toss techniques. Once I see I see what works, I’ll have great rolls the rest of the trip!

I had 2 good rolls that session... an 18 and then a 35 roll hand...from stick left, using my Ice Tong Toss.

We had a very nice dinner at the sports bar restaurant in the casino... they have really succulent spare ribs!

Our group started getting smaller as we said goodbye to Scott and Patty, who had to get back home to Michigan. Eric took a ride to meet our old friend Lou in Toledo.

So, early in the morning, Gary & Vicky, and Ivy and I had breakfast at Pete’s one last time. It’s always nice to get out of the casino and walk to the downtown Windsor area.

We played a winning session after breakfast. Gary switched to his corner toss, using a diagonal grip. It worked very well and he tossed a 24 roll hand!!

Gary and Vicky soon left to go home to prepare dinner for us at their home off of Lake St. Clair.

Eric arrived back at Caesars in the early afternoon and we headed out to visit Gary and Vicky at their home, where they were planning a dinner party.

Gary and Vicky are such good friends and great hosts. We had a great time visiting with them. Soon, Gary took us out on his boat on Lake St Clair... what a great time we had!!

After we arrived back to Gary and Vicky's home, 3 more friends arrived, Justin and his wife, and Eric. Gary took his new guests out for another boat ride.. Of course I came along .. I always enjoy having a fun time.

After the boat ride around the lake Gary and Vicky had a delicious fish dinner prepared for us, What a great time we all had!!!

At night Eric, Ivy and I headed back to Caesars Windsor Casino Resort.

Thursday was a quiet day for Ivy and I. Eric went back home to Jersey and we were the only ones left in the casino from our group.

It was a good day to train Ivy on how to bet. The craps tables were empty in the morning. However, they were expecting a big crowd later on, because Ringo and his All Star Band were performing at night.

I had some terrific rolls playing with Ivy on an empty table. I used my Ice Tong Toss shooting from Stick Left 1. Ivy charted and practiced how to read the table and what numbers to bet. My fist roll was a 24 number roll.

I was in middle of my second roll when the stick lady started tapping her hand to the beat of the song that was playing on the speakers. It was very distracting, especially since my body is low using my Ice Tong Toss. So I switched to my On-Axis Toss where I stand taller, and tossed a 40 hand roll!!!

There was a lot of excitement around the casino about the Ringo Starr concert... but the host told me that it was sold out. But because I kept thinking about it, The Law of Attraction kicked in... What you think about and focus on is attracted to you!
I kept thinking about the concert and really wanted to go.. but how..it’s sold out...

Ivy and I went to Johnny Rockets for lunch. The place was pretty empty and the server sat us next to three guys having lunch. We noticed that 2 of the guys have long black hair, black shirts and jeans, kind of like the way a Rock Star would dress. Sure enough, as we’re eavesdropping on their conversation they’re talking about famous rock groups. Then, we found out that one of the guys wearing a Mets hat is the Road Manager, and one guy right next to us is from the 80s group Toto, and his friend is from the rock group Foreigner. We finally got up our nerve to say hello and they were so friendly.. The guy from Toto asked if we were going to the show tonight. I told him that it was sold out ... He said he wished he had tickets to give us.. but he already gave them away to friends.

But, I don’t give up... I really wanted to go to the show, now that I met some of the band members.

10 minutes before the show, I gave it one last try... The Law of Attraction kicked in... I asked the lady at the box office if any tickets opened up. She said the show was sold out, but wait a minute... three individual tickets opened up....I said all excited I’ll take the two best ones!

I called Ivy, who was relaxing up in the room..."Hurry up.I got tickets for the show.. it’s starting in 5 minutes!!"

I ended up sitting right in the center VIP seats!! The woman next to me must have been with the band... she had a paper with the playlist on it. I didn’t want to look at it so I would be surprised and enjoy the show.

I got Ivy a great seat too, a little off center and close to the stage. She said watching Ringo drumming was like watching him on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964, when the Beatles appeared.

The show started and I saw the Road Manager that we met earlier, sitting in front of me.. Then we saw our new friend from lunch, Steve Lukather from Toto playing lead guitar... the other guy at lunch from Foreigner playing keyboard... and Ringo looking great playing the drums and singing his songs! Wow!!!

The band members were Steve Lukather who played lead guitar and sang the songs by Toto, Foreigner, Men at Work, Average White Band and of course Ringo who sang his Beatles songs and his solo songs. What a night!... and for that matter what a great day!!!!

Here is a picture of Steve Lukather from Toto at Johnny Rockets .... before we got the nerve to say hello... and then later on stage.

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!