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Las Vegas Trip Report - November 2019

Posted on December 6, 2019

Part 1
Hi Everyone,
After resting up for a couple of days after coming home from the Craps Cruise, I flew out to my new gaming destination... Las Vegas... 
I’m off to a good start winning most of my sessions. I've had some very good rolls on my first day here on Thursday, having rolls in the mid-20s.
Yesterday, I played with friends and students .. Bill, Shooter, and Ivan from Hawaii.
It was an off day for me throwing, but that didn’t matter, because as I chart and read the table using “the Strategy” I was still able to pull out some winning sessions.
Of course it helped having other good shooters with me! My old PARR friend Bill tossed a beautiful 32 roll using a Specialty toss from stick left.
I had a modest roll of 18 from straight out... My student from Hawaii has been on and tossed a 24 roll hand at the Gold Coast.
A shooter standing next to me tossed a 40 hand roll from straight out. I followed up with a 20 roll hand....
We met my old PARR friend downtown for dinner at The Main Street Buffet for dinner.
Today I’m picking up some students at the Orleans for a class at my Las Vegas Craps Pit. It’s going to be a fun and educational class. The students were recommended to me by their friends and family that took my class a couple of months ago.
The next few days are going to be busy ones, with lots of students coming over for classes and lots of friends coming into town... it looks like we are going to have an all-star team.... Boris, Doug Nitro, Ivy, and Bobby Bones are all coming into town tomorrow.
Plus, some good shooting students coming over for tune up classes before we play...

Part 2
Yesterday was a busy day for me here in Las Vegas... It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago, I was sailing around the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean on the Craps Cruise 2, and now I’m in Las Vegas.
In the morning, I played a successful session with Dennis, and Ivan from Hawaii at The Orleans casino.
After lunch I taught one on one classes to 3 very nice students from Arizona and New Mexico. The were recommended to by from two students who had previously taken my one on one class. We all had a great time at my Craps pit, as I tweaked their toss and taught them how to shoot from stick left, stick right and from straight out... by the end of our three hour class, their tosses were looking good!
Since it was a Holiday on Saturday night, we decided not to play. This afternoon, we’ll play our casino sessions together.

Last night, I ventured Downtown to Fremont Street, just to walk around and see Vegas like a tourist. It’s really fun to walk around downtown on a Saturday night and listen the bands and people watch.
Downtown was really packed with tourists.. I came across a great tribute to our troops with Actor Gary Sinise, Honoring Veteran’s Day.. There were lots of great bands playing.
This morning, I have a student from Texas coming over for a 2 hour class, and then afterwards we’ll play a live casino session together. I’m going to ask my students from yesterday’s class to join us. Plus, my student Ivan from Hawaii, who has taken my class twice and is now a terrific shooter!

Later today, more friends and students are coming into town... Boris (Coal Miner) from PA. Coaster, from Tampa, Bobby Bones, from MS, Annie Oakley from FL and Nitro from PA.
Looks like a fun and busy week ahead.

Part 3
I’m having a great time in Las Vegas!
In my last report, I talked about the fun I had downtown on Fremont Street on the Saturday night before Veterans Day. It was a wonderful festive concert downtown.. wall to wall peoplee, and great bands. One band across from the Golden Nugget was playing country music. The band farther down was playing music of of the ‘80s... it was a real party atmosphere.
On Sunday I took my 3 students from out Saturday class out to play. At the table was Belinda, Franklin and Nicole.. Franklin had the longest roll from straight out, with the on-axis toss that we worked on at my Vegas Craps pit. We all had a great time together.
Sunday was a very busy evening... more friends and Students came into town... play Ivy (Annie Oakley)... first Doug (Coaster) arrived from Tampa, then later Nitro (Edwin) arrived, soon it was time to pick up Boris (Coal Miner) at the Airport.. and have dinner at our favorite Asian restaurant at the Gold Coast, called Ping Pang Pong... 
After dinner, the guys kept me company in the coffee shop ‘till 11 pm , when it was time to drive over to the Airport again and pick up Ivy.
Monday was a very busy day teaching. A very
Nice student from Texas came over for a full day class.. 8 hrs... We divided the class into 2 days of instruction... 4 hrs each day.. plus casino sessions. The student’s name is Jesse and he was eager to have his toss tweaked and to learn some of my Specialty tosses.
He had previously had a class with my old group GTC, and was a pretty good shooter already.. especially from stick left. I tuned up his toss on Monday... and with a free adjustments, it was really looking good as he made lots of points during our practices session.
During our casino session, a student named Mark, ( from Texas) who had taken my class a couple of days earlier, had a great roll at the Gold Coast... He tossed a 26 number roll!
I used one of my Specialty tosses from stick left.. The Corner toss and tossed a 23 roll hand
Jesse tossed an 18 roll hand and a 20 roll hand.
Ron, who was one of my students when I was an Instructor in GTC, joined us at the table and had a beautiful 32 roll hand !!
Koi, my longtime friend and shooting partner, got dialed in with his special toss technique and tossed a fantastic 32 roll hand making 4 Repeater Bets!!! The 3-4-5-6!!!
We all celebrated our win at the Orleans Buffet.. Comped of course! At dinner was Koi, Shooter, Jesse, Ivy, Boris and myself... Mark M had to head back home to Texas... It was great playing with him. Thanks for coming over for a class Mark... I’m so happy that you had many great rolls in the casino. Earlier in the day, Mark had a roll in the mid 30s.


Part 4
Wow! So much has happened since my last trip report...
Two more students came over for a class named Jesse and Tim.. Both are terrific shooters and just needed a little tweaking to get their toss just right ... After tuning up their toss we worked on some of my Specialty tosses and shooting from straight out. They seemed to really enjoy learning new tosses which enabled them to shoot from different table positions.
My friends Bobby Bones and his wife Barbara came into town.. I usually see them when I visit them in Biloxi. Bobby loves to play craps and Baccarat. After Tim’s “one on one” Dice lesson, Ivy, Bobby, Barbara and Tim joined us for a very nice lunch at a local Greek restaurant... it has a crazy name .. “The Fat Greek”. Not a good name if your on a diet 🙂
After lunch Aloha Jonny who had just arrived in town joined us at the Craps table....soon Koi and his friend Ricky arrived and we had a fun time together..
That night. Boris ( Coal Miner) and Doug ( Coaster) flew back home to the East Coast.
Before Boris left, he had some great rolls, hitting the hard 4 numerous times with $125-$150 on it ... Paying 7 to 1. Koi had some great rolls too, in the 20s.
I played one last session with Coaster ... he likes the tables at Excalibur, where his Yuri low on-axis roll works really well from straight out... He also tossed a 20 plus roll. I had a good roll too from stick right, with my On-Axis parr toss from stick right. My student Jesse soon joined us and had an amazing roll. He hit the “Tall” bonus bet in only 5 rolls ... paying 34 to 1. The 8-9-10-11-12. At one point, he only needed the 11... I hopped the 11 for $1.00 and it hit the very next roll!
The next day, had a very nice lunch date with our friend Beau (Dice Coach) and Beth and their Grand daughter Camille. Ivy and Ivy and I have been friends with Beau and Beth for about 20 years.. they are wonderful friends.
That night Ivy and I had a quiet dinner at famous Dave’s bar b que in Blue Diamond.. near the Silverton Casino in South Las Vegas.
The next day was a quiet day since many of my friends went home.. I played a casino session with Ivy at The Flamingo Hotel. I saw something about very interesting happen that session...
A shooter from the hook tossed the dice really badly, while trying a Controlled toss... the dice stopped about a foot from the back wall.. The supervisor was looking at the other table so he didn’t see it.. the roll counted... Everyone at the table were playing the right side .. pass line and odds and place bets... but one guy had $50 on don't pass...
The next roll only made it half way down the table and stopped around the Hardway bets. The stickman said “no roll” because the dice didn’t hit the back wall. The dice landed on a 3-4 seven out!
The Don’t better got very angry with the no roll call....”What do you mean no roll? .. You called the bad roll before fair, and it missed the back wall!!.\
The pit boss who was watching another table, strolled over to see what the commotion was ... after weighing the facts... he said “Ok.. the Don’t better wins because of the 7... and the do bettors get to keep their bets because I’m calling it a no roll.” What a great Supervisor.. he was fair to everyone.
That evening Ivy and I had a dinner date with Rich (VDC) and Yerny at Nora’s Italian Restaurant on Flamingo Rd... We had a very enjoyable dinner. Afterwards, we drove to the Strip to see a fabulous show at Harrahs Casino..... It’s called “Heartbreak Hotel” It’s all about the early career of Elvis Presley... We really enjoyed the show and the terrific music...The singer portraying Elvis was very good as well as the Singer playing BB King... “Elvis”sang all of his early songs from Sun Records to RCA.. 1954-1960 era
We really enjoyed the show... If you enjoyed
the show “Million Dollar Quartet” I think that you’ll enjoy this show as well.
The next day Ivy and I had breakfast with Aloha Jonny, his wife Malia and their daughter Elizabeth, at Blueberry Hlll restaurant in Flamingo and Decatur. They have excellent food. We had a very enjoyable breakfast together.
After breakfast, Ivy, Elizabeth and I went on a nice adventure, about an hours drive form the Las Vegas Strip to an area near the Colorado River... across the River is Arizona...
It was an interesting area, which used to be a Gold mine... it was an active Gold Mine from he 1860s to 1940... We took a terrific guided tour of the area and the actual Gold Mine..

It was a really Interesting day... lots of old wooden houses and old cars.......The mine was abandoned at the start of World War 2.

At night Koi, Aloha Jonny, Elizabeth, Malia, Ivy and I enjoyed a nice dinner at Ping Pang Pong Asian restaurant at the Gold Coast casino.

Part 5
The last few days in Las Vegas have been a lot of fun.
I’ve had two very nice students named Rich come over for classes to my Vegas Craps pit over the last couple of days. Both students have had training previously and are good shooters.. They both have very good technique, and just needed a little tweaking. By the end of the the class, their tosses were really looking good.
Once their toss was toss looked just right, we went over how to shoot from stick right, left and from straight out... We all had a good time, practicing their toss techniques.
I heard from Rich from Texas the other day that he had nice rolls in the mid 20s over at Caesars Strip properties. I always enjoy hearing from my students.

Yesterday, at the Gold Coast, I ran into some of my students from previous classes..It was great to see them again. They seemed to be having fun at the Craps table.
I’ve had some good rolls the last couple of days at the Gold Coast, Bally’s, Excalibur, and Texas Station.. rolls ranging from 18-32... a few shorter one too.
My shooting buddy Koi got hot at an off strip property having a 38 roll hand hitting 3 Repeater bets .
After his roll, a woman who was a rhythm roller, standing straight out, tossed a 22 roll hand.. After her roll, we colored up winners and celebrated.
Between teaching and playing, I’ve had some time to relax and enjoy Las Vegas. One day I took a ride out to Red Rock Canyon, the scenery and cool weather,
Made for a perfect day to be outdoors.
Friday night I met Tony and Koi Downtown to play a session at the Golden Nugget... We had some decent rolls, but just missed hitting the ATS bet each time by missing the 12, before the 7 rolled. “Close, but no cigar” as the saying goes.
After our session, we had dinner, and then I went to see a show at the Golden Nugget.. I love the music of the ‘60s so the headliner act was Gary Lewis and the Playboys...
They had a lot of top 10 hits from 1964-1968... Gary is Jerry Lewis’s son.
Their hit records include “This Diamond Ring”, “Count Me In”, "Green Grass", “Just my Style” ”Everybody Loves a Clown”, “Sure Gonna Miss Her” and others.... Afterwards, I walked around downtown on Fremont Street... enjoying the ambiance, the light show and outdoor rock bands.
Last night after class, I took a walk on the strip and explored the Bellagio and Cosmo Casinos... both were very crowed, being Saturday night... but it was fun taking pictures and people watching.


Part 6

During my last 2 days of my Las Vegas adventure, I took a 4 hour drive to Prescott, Arizona to spend some time with my son Brian. Prescott is a really cool town to visit. We stayed at a historical hotel called St. Michael, which still had the original Otis Elevator, from 1904, and still running.

Prescott is over 5000 ft. elevation, so it was pretty cold there, 28-40 degrees... We left before a big snow storm was going to hit.
We had dinner at an old Western Saloon from the 1860s, as seen in the old black and white photo, and it still looks the same. Wyatt Earp was the Sheriff at that time.

The next day, we went to a wonderful museum down the block... It featured Fremont’s house (the same Fremont that Fremont Street in Las Vegas is named after) Seems that he was Governor, and map maker and explorer in Old West. The Museum featured original house and log cabins and historical items from Prescott during the mid-1800s.

Next we took a trip to Heritage Park which had unusual rock formations around a lake... The park also had a very nice zoo that we explored, which made for a very enjoyable day with my son.

After, the park and zoo, it was time to say goodbye.. He was heading up to Flagstaff ( about an hour’s drive) to enjoy the snow, as I headed back to Vegas to catch the red-eye back to Ft. Lauderdale.
I’m taking it easy during the month of December and early January, and relaxing at home in Ft. Lauderdale... I have a 12 ft. Craps table to keep my skills sharp and to teach on... I’ll be available for private classes during this time. Let me know if you want to come visit.. We have beautiful 75-80 degree sunny days during the winter months.
Then, in January I’m heading back to Vegas from mid January to the first week of February... and will be available for one on one classes with casino sessions.


Craps Cruise 2 - Allure of the Seas - Trip Report - October 2019

Posted on November 5, 2019

Hi Everyone,
I arrived home yesterday from a wonderful 7 day Caribbean Cruise, on the Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean).

I want to thank my pals Heavy & Craig for putting together “Craps Cruise 2”.
Craig Shacklett and the URComped team did a great job of taking good care of us on the cruise. Everything was top notch form the Dining experience, the casino with extended hours, extra professional dealers, and providing us with a great time!
The Allure of the Seas is one of the largest cruise ships in Royal Caribbean’s fleet... it holds 5,000 passengers! The ship had two 12 foot Craps tables which were pretty busy from opening to closing due to the large amount of Craps players on the Craps Cruise. The tables closed around 3 am... and I was told that there were many hot rolls late at night.... I was usually in bed by 1 am.
The table conditions were good... it did however, take a few days for many of the shooters to get their toss dialed in because the red layout was slightly soft and padded.
Once we figured out the bounce, and the energy needed to get the dice to hit the back wall...and hitting the right landing zone, the big rolls began.
I used various toss techniques to see which one worked best for me... I found if I used my On Axis toss from Stick left, at least one die wouldn’t make it to the back wall... I like to toss the dice very softly, using some back spin, from stick 1. I found that my toss was too soft for this layout and both dice didn’t hit the back wall. I remember one time my point was 6... On a long roll, I hit the 6, four times...but they said “no roll” ... finally I hit the 6 again, and they counted it.
When I moved back to stick left 2, using the 2V set, I started having rolls in the mid 20s because I tossed the dice a bit harder, being further back from the wall.

I found that my longest rolls were using the following techniques... “On-axis” parr toss from stick left 2, "Split shot" (Dice Magic) from Straight Out, and the "On-Axis Corner toss" from stick left one.
The cruise was a lot of fun and besides the casino, the shows were very enjoyable... One night was the Headliner show with a musical comedian... Playing songs on his piano of Elton John, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder.
Another show had was the Musical Play "Mamma Mia"..the cast did a great job!!!

We enjoyed the Aqua Theater Show, Ice skating show, and the activities around the ship.

One of the things that Ivy and I really enjoyed was having breakfast and dinner with our friends everyday. It was great having wonderful meals with our friends Mark & Deb, Kevin, and his brother Keith, Heavy and his daughter Sarah, and Aloha Jonny and Malia... sometime we had other guests like Marshall and his wife join us too

Our first port was Labadie, which was a wonderful beach day and bar b que. I loved swimming in the warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. That day was a fun day with Aloha Jonny, Malia, Keith and Craig and his family.

We also toured the islands with our group. When we arrived in Jamaica, we rented a van (taxi) to take us on a tour of the local sights, we toured Falmouth and Montego Bay. We later stopped off at a local place that the taxi driver recommended. Aloha Jonny requested a place that the local taxi drivers ate.
It was off the road and right on the water... it looked like a broken down shack.... first fish soup in a coffee cup was brought to our table... not so good 😞.... Then, a steamed fish was was brought to our table... each one of us got one (it was the only thing on the menu). It looked like a red snapper fish...just laying there on the plate...... The head, the teeth, the eyeballs, tail and fins were all there...yikes!!!

We ended up eating it with some rice.... but the presentation had a lot to be desired.
Anyway, we had a fun day, seeing Jamaica like the locals.
Our next port was Cozumel, Mexico... all 6 of us took a cab (van) to explore the country side of the island... Aloha Jonny was looking at some property that he saw on the Internet. It seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, with only one house built on the area... it was next to a mangrove forest full of mosquitoes and no breeze...not a good combination....although the ocean was about 300 yards away.
Then, the taxi took us into town where we met Craig Shacklett and his lovely wife for a URCOMPED party at an outside bar/restaurant called Wet Wendy’s. We had a fun table together... soon Heavy and Sarah, Phil and Sonya joined us... We had a good time drinking frozen Margaritas and having Mexican Fajitas.

Now I’d like to talk a little about the casino action... The tables were both $10 min and single odds.. unless you were betting $25 chips on Pass or Come.
The dealers were great and on Halloween, all of the dealers were in costumes and makeup... everyone’s favorite costume was worn by Olga as a sexy zombie or ghost... not sure 🤔Many of the guests wore costumes as well... it was a fun night!
As I look at my charts of casino play... I notice that there weren’t very many long rolls early on, but, on the first night as players got used the tables, I see Mark (22inside) tossed a 20 roll hand..... Phil tossed a 20 roll hand, Gregg Stroud tossed an 18 roll hand and Jasper tossed a 24 roll hand and Joey tossed an 18 roll hand.
Rather than reporting day by day which would take too long, I’ll post some of the best rolls that I witnessed or heard about the next morning. Sometimes the biggest rolls happened at 2-3 am while I was sleeping.
My best rolls (Howard rock n roller): 18, 22, 23, 26, 28, 32
Phil: 20, 18, 24
Jasper: 24, 22, 18
Gregg S. 1895, plus some other big rolls very late at night
Mark: (22inside) : 20, 21, 23
Joey: 18, 22
Rich: 18, 21, 22
Eric C: 18, 30... plus a big roll while I was sleeping
Aloha Jonny: 18, 20, 26, lots of hard 6s
Ryan: 18, 30
Keith: 18, 19
Kevin (Bankerdude) 18, 25, 30 lots of hard 4s
Marshall 18, 20, 22
Heavy: 18, 20, 22
David : 18, 20
Roger: 42, plus other big rolls on last day

Those are the biggest rolls that I witnessed.... I was usually on the
Non-smoking table. There might have been many other great rolls taking place on the smoking table, and after I went to bed around midnight.... of course there were many short and medium rolls through out the trip as well.

I can’t wait ‘till we cruise again with all of my friends on Heavy’s and URCOMPED Craps Cruise 3... Valentine's Week, Feb 9-16, 2020...Oasis of the Sea...Leaving out of Miami .
My next adventure takes me to Las Vegas...this month.. November

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.