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Tunica Trip Report - May 2018

Posted on May 24, 2018

Hi Everyone.

On Monday the 14th, I left Ft Lauderdale and drove up to Tunica with my sister Arlene. It was a very long drive, about 16 hours, and the first 5 hours we drove in pouring rain, all the way up to Gainesville, FL.

At night, we finally arrived in Tunica, and we checked into the Horseshoe Hotel. We had a beautiful room on the top floor overlooking the Mississippi River.

On Tuesday, my sister and I drove up to Memphis and toured Graceland... which was just great!! The last time I was in Graceland was about 8 years ago and although the house looks the same, across the street they made a fantastic museum of Elvis memorabilia. They had one big room for his cars, a big room for his Sun Records and early career, another room for his costumes, his airplanes, etc.. There was another room dedicated to Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records, and a mockup of Sun Studios, Sam's big Cadillac, and memorabilia.

They made some changes to Graceland by moving some of the memorabilia into the museum across the street. Otherwise, it looks the same as when Elvis lived there.

After touring Graceland, we had lunch at Corky’s Bar B Que restaurant in Memphis.

Then on Wednesday, we took a drive up to Memphis again... it's only about 30 miles from Tunica... and we toured The Peabody Hotel (which has ducks that they roll out the red carpet for ... and it's the darnedest thing, they come off of the eleveator at 11 o'clock and walk to the center fountain in the lobby to swim and eat.)  then, after a while, they walk back on the red carpet, following the "duckmaster", and go up in the elevator back to their room. The Peabody has been around since the 1920s and this is an old tradition. It's a beautiful hotel with a stately lobby, very high class, old world.

Then, across the street, down the alley is the Rendezvous restaurant. It has fantastic Memphis barbecue and excellent ribs. After lunch, we walked over to Beale Street, which is a very famous street where Elvis used to buy his flamboyant clothing back in the 50s.  Right now, Beale Street is known for barbecue restaurants, bars, and blues bands. It's most active at night when the bands are playing in the bars.... similar to Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

We drove over to Sun Studios where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash recorded their early records that made them famous. Sun Studios was owned by Sam Phillips.

While we were in Memphis... I got texts from students that arrived early in Tunica, before the weekend’s class. In town were Nick, Coaster, Biloxigirl and Biloximan. While I was seeing the Memphis sights, they had been busy playing. I finally had a chance to play and have dinner with everyone, after we got back from Beale Street, in Memphis.

We played at the Horseshoe Casino. I got the dice first and tossed from stick Left 1... I used my “Dr. Franz” Ice Tong Toss into the corner. I used a 3V set, and tossed the dice very softly. I had a nice 25 roll hand.

Biloximan soon got the dice, shooting from Straight Out, and using “The Yuri toss” tossed a fabulous 40 roll!! making the “All Small”.... and just missing one number for the Everything.

We had a nice dinner at the Horseshoe buffet, and the group told
me about the great rolls they had over the previous two days while I was touring Memphis.

Here are the highlights... of course, there were a few short rolls in between. But, students have been having a great time at the tables.

Biloxigirl tossed tossed a 40 roll hand yesterday at the Crapless table! Later the group struggled a bit at the Gold Strike, but when she went back to the Horseshoe Crapess table she tossed a 42 roll hand! She used the Low Yuri Toss, that I taught her, from Straight Out!

Biloximan, also shooting from Straight Out and using the Yuri Toss, had 2 big rolls. One was a 40 roll hand that I saw at Horseshoe. The day before, he tossed a 45 roll hand... hitting the All Tall and Small!

Coaster had a few good rolls over the past 2 days.. all in the 20’s.. the longest was a 28 roll hand! Also shooting the Yuri Toss from Straight Out!

Nick set the dice on the crosses 6’s from Straight Out and tossed a 25 roll hand the day before.

By Thursday we were off to a good start... I played 2 sessions with Biloximan, Biloxigirl, Nick, and Coaster... We won both sessions with rolls in the 20s making the All Small or the All Tall... each time at bat!

Wednesday was also a great day! I had a wonderful breakfast with Biloximan, Biloxigirl, Nick, Arlene, and Coaster. Then after breakfast, I checked out of Horseshoe and checked into Gold Strike.

After breakfast we hit the Craps tables.....I had 2 winning sessions at the Craps tables with students. Then we took a break from the casino when Laguna Flats came into town. He lives in the Tunica area and was very nice to show my sister Arlene and I the area. We drove down Old HIghway 61, saw lots of farms, the Mississippi River and the old country town of Tunica.

Later in the day, Heavy arrived and along with Biloximan, Biloxigirl, Nick, Arlene, Heavy and I enjoyed a wonderful steak dinner at Binion’s Steak House at the Horseshoe Casino.... Afrer dinner we played a session at the Horseshoe.

I took Stick left and was very happy to see my hot shooting streak continue! Thursday night we played a session at after dinner with Heavy, Huff, Nick and Buddy. I tossed a 32 roll hand making the All Tall... just needing the 2 for the Small/All. I used my Dr Franz toss... Ice tong corner toss 3V set... tossing the dice very gently

Friday, our group got up early and met at the Horseshoe Craps table, where we got our comps for breakfast. We had a very enjoyable breakfast at JB’s restaurant. We had a nice group... Heavy, myself, Arlene, Laguna Flats, Spitnik, Thnick, Biloximan and Biloxilady

After breakfast, we played a session. Right off the bat, Biloxilady got hot, shooting the Yuri Toss from straight out... making the All Tall with a 35 roll hand!

The rest of the rolls were around the table were 10-12 numbers... perfect for 2 hits and down.

Then, Laguna Flats got hot, shoooting from straight out.. Making the All Tall! He tossed a 25 roll hand!

We took a break after the session.. My sister Arlene, Laguna Flats and I took a wonderful tour of the Tunica area. It was a fun afternoon driving though the country and seeing all of the farms and scenery.

We had a session planned with everyone around 2-2:30pm but we lost track of time and got back around 3 pm... by then, everyone was gone from the tables.

So around 3:30, I texted Heavy and some of the students to see if they wanted to play a session with us at Horseshoe. We had a nice group with Laguna Flats, Biloxilady and Biloximan, and Buddy. I tossed from straight out and was really in my zone.

I tossed for over an hour, having a 52 number roll... hitting 16 sixes and making the entire All, Tall, and Small!!

After the session we had our Meet and Greet over at the Diamond Lounge.. it was nice to meet the new students, and many old friends.

After the Meet and Greet, we went over to the Gold Strike to play a session. The new tables there have a pad under the layout making them bouncy. No one at the table could get anything going because of the bounce.... so, I tried out my “Holy Roller” toss, which is a very low toss, where the dice roll into the back wall.

It works well, even on a bouncy table. I tossed an 18-20 roll hand and made 3 points. During my roll, the Pit Boss came over to me and said, “You have to get more air under the dice “ Of course once you change your shot in the middle of a roll, it never ends well.. time to color up and call it a night.

Saturday was our class. I got up early and took my sister out to breakfast at the old Waffle House. Then, drove over as I dropped her off at the Hollywood casino, so that she would have something interesting to see and do while we were having our class.

Heavy and I arrived at 8:30 am to set up the class. Soon, the students started arriving. We started the class off with introductions, so everyone would get to know each other.

Next, we talked about table etiquette and soon it was time to observe everyone’s toss... one student at a time. After each student's toss was tweaked and their technique improved, the students moved over to the second Craps table, where i continued to work with them.

Heavy worked with each student on Table A, and I worked with each student on Table B. This way, the students had plenty of table time with the dice to work on their technique.

We had lunch at the Gold Strike buffet, then it was back to the classroom at the Dealer School.

During the afternoon session we worked on some “Alternate Tosses”.
I demonstrated my various tosses and the students' favorites seemed to be the "On-Axis Corner Toss,” “Ice Tong Corner Toss” (Dr Franz) and “The Split Shot” from Straight Out.

After the students learned these tosses, we then discussed betting strategies, including 6/8, 5/9 and 4/10 progressions, regression, and also how to play the Don’t side on a cold trending table.

Finally, we closed out our class with a mock session at the dealer school, where everyone demonstrated their shooting and betting skills. This was followed up by a question and answer session.

After class, we headed over to the casino for a live session. It was around 7 pm and the session went well... no monster rolls, but, looking at my chart, I see the first shooter made the All Small. Soon Laguna Flats made the All Small, and Crimson Tide also mad the All Small!!! Everyone had modest rolls in the 12-15 level.. and hitting the bonus bets!

For dinner, we went to a little country restaurant in downtown Tunica called The Blue and White. It's actually an old gas station that they converted into a restaurant, but it has excellent homemade country cooking. Our group consisted of Ron and Rose, myself, Heavy, and my sister Arlene. We had the best time there, lots of laughs, and the best homemade pies in the state!!

On Sunday morning, we got up early and met at the Craps table to get our comps for breakfast. When I got there Lucky Duck, Little Duck, and Heavy were playing at the table. I got into the game with a bet on 6 and 8... soon the 7 showed. I said I want to toss the dice one time and I'd meet them at JBs for breakfast.

Well, my one roll lasted about a half hour and I hit the All Tall!

We had a nice breakfast and afterwards with the class, we went to the casino to play a live session together. Little Duck got the dice first shooting from the hook, and had a pretty good roll.

I got the dice next, shoootng from Straight Out. I used the "Holy Roller" toss that worked well at Gold Strike the day before. I was getting zoned in and was on my 12th roll, when the pit boss and bowman double teamed me with “you’ve got to get more air under those dice/" I told them that the dice were rolling and hitting the back wall, so I’m following all of the rules, but they didn’t care... as long as I’m throwing numbers, they want me to toss the dice higher. Well, I tossed them a little higher and they were satisfied... because it caused the dice to roll a 7 Out.

We only got the dice once on the table because it took 2 hours for the dice to get around to each shooter. The dealers setting up the All, Tall, Small bets waste a lot of time.

Looking at my chart, I see Joe (Hoof) had the longest roll in the session... a 25 roll hand!

Biloximan made 3 points with a 15 roll hand. David hit the All Small with a modest roll, and Biloxi Lady tossed a nice 14 roll hand.

We took a break for lunch and I drove my sister to the Tanger outlet mall about 30 miles away, to get her out of the casino and enjoy the rest of the day... she told me that the slots were just not paying out.

I got back to The Horseshoe Casino to meet Heavy and the class for our 2nd session of the day. Laguna Flats started things off with a great roll! He tossed a high, on-axis toss from straight out, and tossed a 24 number hand.

Heavy made a couple of points with an 18 roll hand, Crimson Tide also had a pretty good roll. This session lasted 2 hours as well. It was time for a break. The guys wanted to stay.

I was getting tired and decided that It would be a good time to pick up my sister Arlene at the mall and take a much needed break away from the casino.

When I returned, I heard that the session never got any better, and I didn’t miss anything. Sometimes you just get a feeling it’s time for a break.

On Monday everyone was in an up mood... for many of us, it was our last day and we wanted to make it count.

We had a nice large group meet at JBs for breakfast. Lucky Duck, Little Duck, Arlene, Heavy, myself, Ben, Hoof, Crimson Tide, Billy, David, and Laguna Flats and Sarah... we had a great time together!

We played our morning session at the Horseshoe. Joe (Hoof) got things going with a 22 roll hand from straight out. Then the rest of the players had short rolls.

The dice came around to me, standing straight out opposite Hoof, and I used my Low Yuri Toss... 3V set and threw 10 sixes with an 19 roll hand.

Crimson Tide had a pretty good roll in the teens.

Laguna Flats got the dice and had a fantastic 42 roll hand!!!! Making the All Small... just missing one number..the 10 for the Tall and All.

That was the end of our first session... We were off to a good start!!

We had lunch at the buffet and at 2:30 played our second session of the day.

Crimson Tide got things going with a 12 roll hand. Laguna Flats tossed a 17 roll hand. David had a modest roll making the All Tall. Laguna Flats had another decent roll in the teens.

I ended the session with a 24 roll hand... making the Tall, and just needing the 2 for the All Small and Everything. I used my Yuri Low toss from Straight Out once again.

After our session, Lucky Duck and Little Duck had to head home... we said our goodbyes.. it’s a long ride back to Indiana. It was really great seeing them again.

Heavy, Arlene, myself, Cee Jayy, and Ben went out for a wonderful steak dinner at Binions to celebrate our winning session.

We had time for one last session for our trip....

After we enjoyed our Steak dinner at a Binion’s Steak house we decided to play one last session before calling it a night. The next morning we were all planning on returning home.

Crimson Tide got the dice first. He tossed an 18 roll hand from straight out. I got the dice next and was really full from the steak dinner. I said “guys, bet lightly, I’m really full... We’ll see what happens”... 3 numbers and 7 out!

Heavy fared a little better, making one point with 11 numbers. The next shooter seven numbers and 7 out... Uh oh! We were off to a slow start... not good for our last session. We should never play after a big meal!

The next shooter tossed a point 7 out.

Then Ben got things warmed up with a 14 roll hand. Laguna Flats topped it with an 18 roll hand.

Finally, like a baseball game, we were at the bottom of the 9th inning and the home team (the casino) was winning. It's my turn to bat.

I was feeling a lot better by now, and tried out my Yuri Toss again. I got dialed in and tossed 34 numbers making the All Tall. I needed one more number for the Small and Everything... the number 4 was missing.

That session was a great way to end my Tunica trip. It was like itting a grand slam home run. Everyone around the table was cheering, and it was just great fun.

Las Vegas Trip Report - April 2018

Posted on May 6, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I arrived in Las Vegas late on April 3rd, around 11:30 pm, rented a car and drove to my condo. By the time I unpacked and went to sleep, it was about 1 am Vegas time and 4 am Florida time.

I was able to get a few hours sleep. By 6 am Vegas time, I woke up but was still a bit drowsy... At 8 am, I called Koi and invited him out for breakfast. We enjoyed the omelets at the buffet at Gold Coast. After breakfast, Koi and I checked out the tables at Gold Coast and later at the Orleans.

I broke even at the Gold Coast had a winning a 22 roll hand at the Orleans.

Soon, it was time to pick up my first student for the trip named George at the Gold Coast. 

He came back to my condo for a 2 hour lesson and tune up. He is an old PARR and GTC student and this was his 2nd class with me, so his toss from stick left looked pretty good.. just needing a little tweaking.

For the second hour we worked on learning the Low Yuri toss form straight out... By the end of the class his Stick Left toss looked great and his Yuri toss was working very well too.

After the class, we met Tony Dice Guy at the Orleans to play a session together. A Hawaiian shooter at Stick Left was using an underhand toss. He tossed a 20 roll hand and 7'd out when a player placed a bet on the line, causing the shooter to aim for another target on the back wall...this caused him to toss 2 horn numbers. I took my bets off and next roll, 7 out!

We colored up, a winning session, and the pit boss comped the 4 to the Buffet for dinner. Dinner was fun... good conversation and good food.

Tony Dice Guy requested we play downtown. We stopped at the Fremont Casino, but it was too crowded. Next we walked over to the Golden Nugget. My student George tossed a 15 roll hand from straight out, using the low Yuri Toss.

I got the dice next, bet $5 each on the All, Tall , and Small bet. I got dialed in with my Yuri toss from Straight Out, using the 3V set. I started knocking off all the Small Numbers. In the meantime, I was trying my best to stay focused while a guy next to me kept telling me that he’ll give me 2 black chips if i hit back 2 Yo’s.. back to back.

I was able to keep focused through out my toss, ignoring him. Koi acted as a buffer as he was charting for me. I ended up with a 25 roll hand ... and I hit whole thing, The All, Tall and Small!!!

The beautiful thing was that my student George was there to witness my roll, and made enough money to pay for his class plus a nice profit.

My winning streak since January continued!!

April 5th was another positive day for me in Las Vegas.
Koi, George and I went downtown to play a session. We started at Binions.

Binions changed their layout with microfiber and a pad under it which made it bouncy.

I took Straight Out and used my Low Yuri toss, but in order to get good results, I tossed the dice a little lower than usual. I had a nice 24 roll hand making 3 points. Koi and George struggled a bit getting anything going because of the bounce.

We had lunch at Binions, which has very good hamburgers and sandwiches. After lunch we drove back to my condo for a practice session and tune up. We took a drive on the strip to see the sights and eventually ended up at the South Point Casino. I went to the box office to treat Koi to a show. I bought 2 tickets to see Tony Orlando that Saturday.

We had dinner at the South Point Buffet and then checked out the Craps tables. All of the tables were full of cowboys in town for the rodeo. We found a few a few spots open and bought in. I took Straight Out, George was on the other end position and Koi took Stick left.

Koi got things going with an 18 roll hand making 4 points. Then the dice went around the table and finally came to me.

I used my Low Yuri shot again and started making numbers, then after around 10 rolls, a cowboy put 3 red chips in the come box... unfortunately, it was exactly where my dice were landing... my muscle memory was on and I was hitting the same spot every time.

I tried to toss over the chip, but my muscle memory was so exact that the dice hit the chips anyway. But luckily they went to a box number.

He stopped making come bets, so my landing zone was clear, at least for the next few rolls. Then came the 3 stacked come bet again. I switched my toss to my high on-axis PARR toss.

It worked well most of the time, but because the table was very hard, when my dice landed flat (intentionally) in front of the back wall, they would often fly off the table. The table just wasn’t absorbing any of the energy.

So there I was switching back and forth with my toss. Low Yuri when my landing zone was clear and high PARR when my landing zone had the chips in the come.

It was almost like a comedy switching shots back and forth and I managed to have a great hand ... a 28 roll hand!

On Friday, A very nice student named Glenn came over to my craps pit in Vegas for a class. He had never taken a dice class before. He is an engineer, very smart and picked up nuances of the game quickly as I explained them to him.

I taught him the classic-on axis toss from stick left, then stick right. He’s right handed and seemed to favor shooting from stick right.

Then I showed him how to toss on axis from straight out. Next we worked on my Split shot from straight out. He was eager to learn and time passed quickly. We had lunch at a nearby Greek Restaurant, and then headed to the casino.
We played at the Gold Coast Casino. Koi and George met us there.

I had a couple of rolls where I made a couple of points, but no monster rolls this time. But my student Glenn had the best roll on the table... an 18 roll hand, shooting next to me, straight out, using an on axis high toss. I am really proud of him and his progress!! 

After class, Koi, George and I drove up to a small casino called Railroad Pass. It’s up in the mountains, on the way to Boulder City and the Hoover Dam.

It’s a low end casino...$3 tables. I went there because my friend Bill invited all of his local friends for a wonderful steak dinner at the steak house. We had a nice group of 6 friends... all of the guys had close to 20 years of Dice Influencing experience.. because they had all taken the PARR class with Jerry Patterson and Sharpshooter, around 2000-2001. They all live in Vegas now and are all wonderful friends.

We played an hour session before dinner. Dennis had a great roll, a 24 roll hand.. using an Ice tong toss, 3V set. 

Another local player at the table at Stick left used a Pincer grip, 3V set, and with a stiff arm, launching the dice flat on the deck, no back spin...and dropped the dice softly about 2” from the back wall. He tossed a 22 roll hand.

Bill had a great off-axis toss technique that gave him a 21 roll hand from the hook.

Koi used his Miyagi toss and had a good roll, a 20 roll hand.

It was great to see my old friend Jimmy Mac also known as “Red Husky.” He’s a wonderful friend that I met many years ago when he lived in Biloxi. He moved to Vegas and also lives part time during the summers in Alaska. He’s a hypnotist and a great guy. He had a CD/tape out called “Nothing Else Matters” which helps you get in the zone, when tossing the dice.

After our session we went to the Steakhouse for dinner. It was decorated as nice as any Strip Steakhouse. The food was excellent!

After dinner we were stuffed and sleepy...not a good time to play.

Dinner with wonderful old friends was a perfect way to tip off a nice day... Thanks Bill!

Saturday I decided to play solo, hit and run, along the Strip. 
I started at Bally’s shooting form straight out. I quickly got dialed in and tossed a 24 roll hand. 

I colored up a winner and walked over to Paris. I tied out the “Drop Shot” that I had seen the night before. I used the hardway set and hit the 4 four times....a couple of other box numbers. Then my wrist turned a bit, causing the dice to go off axis... 7 out... I see the potential in this shot... I just need to practice and get the muscle memory.

I then ventured back to Bally’s and was going to try the Drop Shot again, but a very nice student named Mike walked up to the table on stick left and said Hi. He's a very good shooter. I figured with students watching me, it’s not a good time to try out a new shot. 

So, I moved to my favorite straight out position, focused, got dialed in and tossed a beautiful 26 roll hand using my High On Axis Parr toss. Hitting five 5’s for the repeater, plus many other numbers.

Took another stroll on the strip, saw women dressed as sexy Police officers, and other interesting characters, posing for picture for tips.. eventually I made it back to The Bally’s Valet to get my car.

I went back to my condo for a much needed nap. At 5 pm I heard a knock on my door and it was my friend Koi. We practiced for a few minutes and then took a ride down to the South Point Casino to see Tony Orlando in concert.

He put on a great show.. an hour and a half of non stop entertainment..He sang all of his hit songs from the 70s when he was with his group Dawn. Songs such as Candida, Knock 3 times, Tie a Yellow Ribbon, Sweet Gypsy Rose , and He Don’t Love You, Like I Love you.

It was a very enjoyable evening.

Sunday I picked up another student named David. I met him around 2006 when I was one of his instructors in GTC. I’m glad that he remembered me and called me to take a one-on-one class. 

He now lives full time in Las Vegas, but had just about given up on Dice Influencing. He had gotten discouraged using the on-axis GTC toss because he wasn’t winning, and couldn’t stand double pitching causing him to 7 out.

When he came over to my Craps pit, I observed his toss from stick left and made a few adjustments, changed his set and tweaked his toss. He was happy with the improvements. He was intrigued hearing about my “Alternate Tosses” so I demonstrated 2 tosses. One was my Low Yuri Toss and the other was my “Split Shot”. 

He practiced and followed my instructions on both tosses for the remainder of the 2 hour class. He needs more practice at home with the Yuri toss, but he really caught on fast with the Split Shot from Straight Out.

Koi stopped over towards the end of the class and demonstrated and warmed up his “Mr Miyagi” toss. We then took a ride downtown to play a session at the Golden Nugget.

I hit the All, Tall, and Small at the Golden Nugget the other day and hoped that I could do it again. Well, I had a decent roll but no ATS this time. But...

The good news is that my student David tried out the Split Shot form straight out, standing right next to me, so I could coach him. At first he was tossing the dice too flat with not enough trajectory. I told him quietly what to do and then he got dialed in.. and tossed a 19 roll hand... excellent roll, for the first time using it in a casino.

Next, Koi got the dice and was really in his zone, using his Miyagi toss....number after number... he hit the “All Small” bet! Then he started hitting the Tall numbers, but the dreaded stick change happened. The Stickman had a bad attitude like he hated being there, plus he had a big pot belly, extending over the table.. 

Koi tried his best, but he was now out of his zone, his toss changed trying to get around the Stickman belly and soon the 7 showed. He still had a great roll... he tossed 24 numbers!

We colored up, another winning session.. My student was thrilled. We celebrated at dinner at Main Street Station. Then, spent a couple of hours enjoying the sights of Downtown.

Monday morning I met my friend Beau (Dice Coach) for breakfast at the Gold Coast buffet. We had a nice breakfast and talked for a couple of hours, catching up. It was very enjoyable seeing him again.

Afterwards I called Koi. He told me that he had a doctors appointment, so, I offered to take him safely there... He’s 92 years old... but still in good shape!

My student George called me up and told me that last night he played a session at Orleans and had 2 good rolls... each time making 3 points. He really likes the Low Yuri toss from straight out, that I taught him.

I asked him if he wanted to take a drive with Koi and I, and he said yes.

After the doctors appointment we went to Sam’s Town to fill a prescription... then we went Downtown to meet Tony Dice Guy. We had a hamburger at Binions and then walked over to the Golden Nugget.

I took my straight out position and used the Yuri toss and got dialed in. I hit the All Small in 6 rolls! Then, I started knocking off the Tall numbers, then I started repeating the 6-8 and 4s... I’m up to roll 20, when someone puts a chip in my way. I avoid hitting the chip, but the dice hit the back wall and then hit the chip on the rebound... stopping 1 die dead. 7 out! All I needed was one more number... the eleven, to make the All, Tall , and Small!

Tony requested playing at the “D",  but it is too noisy in there with the loud dance music blasting and the Go go girls dancing.

Next to the "D" was a stage with a pretty blonde DJ... as she was dancing and playing music, she came to the front of the stage wearing a sexy outfit and doing tricks with hula hoops.. she also had other dancing props that made it an interesting evening.

Tuesday morning I called Koi and asked if he wanted to take a drive with me to Walmart on Rainbow Blvd to pick up some things for my condo.

Afterwards, we went to Bally’s to play a session. At the table, I saw a familiar face from New Jersey ... Gene the Russian. He was with a friend named Eugene from Brooklyn NY. As I approached the table, Eugene was in the middle of a long run hitting a few repeated bets.

I bought in after his roll and the dice soon came to me. The dice were polished and blue, that’s the same dice I practice with in my Craps pit.

I used my Low Yuri toss... landing the dice 3/4 down the table. I used the 3V set and after a couple of tosses, got dialed in.

I started going on a tear hitting 6’s... a woman player next to me was playing the field and losing. I quietly told her to bet 6 and 8.. because those are the numbers that I’m setting for... then I hit 3 hard 6’s in a row!!!! She was parlaying them and making a fortune.

I hit eight 6’s and and paid $90 to 1 for the bonus bet.. and ended up with a 32roll hand.

On Wednesday the 11th, I picked up a very nice student staying at the Flamingo Hotel. He had taken the GTC course many years ago, and was named Richard.

He signed up for a 4 hour “one-on-one” class - two hours in the morning, lunch break, and then 2 hours of instruction in the afternoon.

His PARR toss looked very good. You could see that he had training and has been practicing. I made a few suggestions and adjustments and his toss really really looked great. We practiced from mostly Stick Left, worked on Stick Right ... it was a very productive morning.

We had lunch at a restaurant nearby called “The Fat Greek”.. they have excellent Gyros! Plus other Greek dishes.

The afternoon session was a review of what he learned In the morning. He wanted to learn some Alternate tosses. We worked on the “Low Yuri shot” from straight out, “Split Shot” form straight out and the high on axis toss from straight out.

Next we worked on the on axis corner toss. He was doing very well with the “Alternate” tosses and was having some nice long rolls.

Koi, stopped over and demonstrated his Mr. Miyagi toss from stick right and stick left... It was a fun afternoon of instruction, and he told me that he enjoyed learning other tosses.

After class we went to the Orleans... when we first got to the table, a guy at table end was in the middle of a big roll. After he made a point, I got into the game and roll continued for quite a while.

My student Richard, took Stick left and used the On Axis Parr toss and had a nice hand ... around a 14 number roll. Orleans has a pad under the layout, so it’s a little bouncy... A little challenging for the on axis parr toss... but he did ok.

Next we went to the Gold Coast casino, which has a hard table surface. Koi, George, and an old Member of the APC board, Scribe, joined us. Richard once again used the PARR on axis toss form stick left and had a nice hand... 17 box numbers!

Next his friend Scribe got the dice, they switched places with Richard and moved into Stick left one... He was using an unusual “Alternate” toss.. I had never seen a delivery like he was using.. so I tiptoed in lightly... His unusual toss worked great and he was rolling number after number... He hit 3 repeater bets and was in the groove... very focused.

But, as people on the other end we’re making all kinds of hop and prop bets, he was getting agitated waiting for the dice to come to him... the time between rolls were too long and he wanted to get a rhythm going. He looks straight down at the table so he couldn’t see the confusion going on at the othe end.. especially with the break in dealers and the crazy crapper bettors.

He finally exploded and yelled “what the F is going on down there making the game so slow!!" One guy who had his chips in Scribe’s way, says “Don’t you want to make money?” Now that guys chiming in made Scribe lose his temper... and he tells us to take our bets off.

He sets for the 7 and yells out “Now that you guys pissed me off you are all going to lose!!" Next roll 7 out!

It was a crazy thing to do ... he was really on a hot roll.. close to 20 numbers when lost his temper... Later he apologized and said that he’s working with a life coach to help him control it.

He calmed down and apologized to us and the dealers, and then we all went for a comped dinner together. 

Scribe planned to come over to my Craps pit the next day for a tune up and practice session... I thought about putting on some soothing music to keep him calm!

Scribe came over for a tune up class. He was in a great mood and we had a great time. After class, Koi and I went for lunch at a local Thai restaurant. He had never had Thai food before and he seemed to enjoy it.

Koi and I took a ride over to the Palms Casino which was recently sold to the Stations Casinos. The casino was still under construction, and we weren't impressed with their table because a pad under the layout made it bouncy. We then took a ride over to the Paris Casino. where we met Gene the Russian and Eugene. I used my High On Axis toss from Straight Out and for dialed in and tossed a 26 roll hand !

Later, we had dinner and drinks at the Diamond lounge, where my student David and other friends joined us . 

After dinner, we checked out the Paris tables... they were crowded. So, we all walked over to Bally’s and even though the tables were pretty busy, we were able to find a few open spots. Then, I recognizedan old student.. “Darrin the Pilot” and his friend Adam.

They both have beautiful Parr shots from stick left 1 and 2.
Adam was in the middle of a good roll as we walked up. Darrin and Adam came over to shake hands and say hello. It was great to see them again.

Well, the table stayed cold as the dice went around.. I didn’t bet on anybody else, so I held on to my profit... we colored up and left winners.

Saturday I met up with my student Gene the Russian and two of his friends. They wanted to try The Hard Rock Casino. One table was hot the other was cold... unfortunately, we were on the cold table.. We just couldn’t seem to get a good roll going. We soon colored up and cut our losses.

Then, I contacted 2 other students in town, Darrin The Pilot, and his friend Adam... who is also a pilot. They told me that they were over at the Cromwell Casino. We went over to the Cromwell and Darrin was in the middle of a big roll... Making the All Small!

We bought in and placed money on the All Tall Small bet. Adam got the dice next at stick left 2... He got dialed in using his Parr toss and had a great roll! Not only did he hit 30 box numbers, he made the All, Tall and Small!!!!!

At night, Koi and I explored the new MGM Park and NY NY casino.
It was a very exciting atmosphere because the Vegas Hockey Team, The Golden Nights, we’re playing in the arena nearby. Everybody was wearing the GN jerseys and were excited about the playoff off game.. it was a fun night at the MGM Park.

That was a fun day of teaching and meeting new students. After the class at my condo, with Banker Dude, Xich, and Jonas, I called Aloha Johnny and asked him to meet us at Bally’s to play a session. When got on the table, a shooter next to me at Straight Out.... Tossed a 35 roll hand. Hitting eight 8s... 3 of them were hardway.

We colored up big winners and walked over to Paris to play another sessions.
At Paris I tossed a nice 18 roll hand... The star of the show was my student Jonas, who used an “alternate toss” and tossed a roll in the mid 30’s.

...During that weekend we stopped off at the Gold Coast. I shot from straight out using my high PARR toss. Aloha Jonny kept me focused by reminding me of the number I needed to hit, and I went on a monster tear tossing a 40 roll hand, hitting 10 hardways, often back to back.

Anyway, we had dinner at the Rio hotel and then went back to my condo, to practice our tosses.

After practice, I dropped everyone off at their hotels and went to the Airport to pick up my sister Arlene. Arlene would be visiting all week. Magician was flying in from PA to visit for a few days. 

That night Boris the Coal Miner arrived to stay for a week. New adventures are awaiting us.

The next day was a full day of teaching Dice Influencing. Word spread of my big roll at the Gold Coast and people were calling me everyday for a class. I guess word of mouth is the best form of advertising. I am honored. 

Monday was my sister Arlene’s Birthday. So we all went out for dinner to celebrate. We had a fun group.. Arlene, Boris, Bob the Magician, Koi, and my student Matt. We had so much fun .. it was a great evening!

After my big roll at Gold Coast, word of it got around town . Craps players have been calling me up for classes ever since.... so, I was really busy this trip teaching. One of the student’s favorite Alternative tosses that I teach is the “Low Yuri Toss” from Straight Out... Well, I’ve expanded on how to use it not only from straight out .. but also tossing it from stick left and stick right.

So, the last few days, I’ve been teaching it, and many students are getting very good at it.

Something amazing happened the day before...

This week and husband and wife team flew out to Vegas for a private class with me....”Biloxi Man” and “Biloxi Lady”. They were eager to have their toss tuned up, and learn an “Alternative Toss.” I really focused on the Yuri toss and they seemed to enjoy learning it... they did very well in class and learned the technique within 2 hours... tossing it from Straight Out, Stick Left and stick Right.

Well, we played a session at the Paris Casino. I invited 6 student students that recently took my class to join us.

Biloxi Man (Dan).... Tossed a an amazing 2 hour roll, hitting 85 numbers, 15 points and 6 Repeater bets!!!!

He used the Yuri Low toss from stick left one... He stayed focused the whole time... number after number.... for 2 hours!!!!!!

One player cashed out for $27,000 dollars!!! There was no heat, he hit the back wall every time .

It was an amazing feat... a monster roll!!!!!! Congratulations Dan!!!! The “Biloxi Man” and his lovely wife .. Lori, the “Biloxi Lady”

Last Thursday, I took my sister Arlene to a show... The Bronx Wanderers at Bally’s . I’ve seen this show a few times before always enjoy it. Great music, talented musicians, and a great story of a record label executive... who secretly yearned to be a rock n roll singer himself. He eventually forms a band with his 2 teenage sons, when SONY buys the record label, and he is out of a job..... He finally gets to live his dream and hits the road as the lead singer in a rock n roll band .

Well, I seemed to be at the right place at the right time... the day that we saw the show... Just happened to be the leader of the band.. "Vinny from the Bronx”'s birthday. 

The room was packed with fans and celebrities... Wayne Newton came up on stage to wish Vinny a Happy Birthday, then Tony Orlando came up and wish Vinny a Happy Birthday... then the Tony and a Vinny with the backing of the band .. Sang a duet of all of Tony Orlando’s hits... then, the Righteous Bros. Came up.. and it was such a great party atmosphere... Jerry Lewis’ wife was introduced... then the shows producers came up on stage and the whole gang sang together as a grand finale. Runaround Sue... and the Chuck Berry Classic .. Johnny B. Goode!!

Last weekend was the annual Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend!
It ran from Wed- Sunday. It right up my alley, because although I love the music of the ‘60’s ... especially the Beatles, and the British Invasion bands... but, I also have a fondness for the 50’s Rockabilly Era. Just give my electric Fender Strat guitar and a lot of echo out of the mic... and I still sound pretty good!

Just think of the movie Grease... The tough “Greasers” like Danny and His Thunderbirds gang... or Fonzy on Happy Days ... and the movie “The Lords Of Flatbush”. The black leather jackets, motorcycle boots, hair greased upnand slicked back.. an fhe tough attitude... Also the gals are made up with 50’s hardoos, poodle skirts ... and let’s not forget ‘50’s cars parked outside.

There were bands playing Rockabilly Music on stage at the Orleans... Think of Early Elvis or Carl Perkins... just a lead guitar, rhythm guitar, upright bass, and drums. The folks in the audience wearing ‘50’s outfits, dancing the Lindy.... Everyone was having a great time!

On Saturday Night the headliners were Jerry Lee Lewis and later in the evening performing were the “Stray Cats” featuring Brian Setzer... people came from all over the world to participate and have a good time.

During the last few days of my Las Vegas trip, some very good friends, Ron and Rose came over to visit, other students took classes, and the highlight for me... not only spending time with good friends and meeting new students, but a student on the last day during a session at the Cromwell, had a 30 roll hand hitting the All Tall and Small!

Atlantic City Trip Report - March 2018

Posted on March 29, 2018

It turned out ok, and I met the 12 people in the group at the airport at 12:30 pm ... the flight was only $100 round trip... then of course you have to buy a seat... unless you want to take a chance for a free seat... sitting in the middle. Their seats are pretty small and my knees are up against the row in front of me, so I always book an aisle seat or emergency exit, which has extra leg room.

The trip went smoothly and there was a limo waiting for us at the AC airport and life was good. I checked into my room at Harrah’s Water Tower which was very nice, with a great view of the bay.

I called my friend Gene the Russian who just happened to be in the Diamond Lounge with two friends Victor and Helena. I told him that I would be right down, and soon joined them for dinner. The conversation and dinner was very nice.

Soon, we took a drive over to Caesars to play a session.

I like Caesars table conditions better, because they have 12’ tables, with a neutral bounce, compared to Harrahs AC, that has 14-16 ft. tables with an underlay bounce.

The evening session went pretty well. Looking at my charts I noticed that someone had a 24 roll. Then the rolls got much shorter so we moved to another table that was empty.

On the second table I rolled an 18 and a 16 roll hand. OK, not a monster hand, but a good warm up start for the first session of my trip. Time to call it a night.


The next morning, Wednesday, I woke up early and met LeftyAj around 8:30 am at the valet, and we took a drive over to the boardwalk. You see, Harrahs resort/casino is big and beautiful, but it’s on the Bay, which is a few miles from the boardwalk, beach, and other casinos. Although, The Borgata and Golden Nugget are only a few miles away, but also on the bay.

We had breakfast at Johnny Rockets and then walked over to Caesars for our first session. Gene soon joined Aj and me, and after each of us took one turn with the dice, nothing much happened.

Soon, Florence called, and we walked over to Bally’s for a session. This session was a little more productive where we had some rolls in the 10-15 range.

We took a break, and soon walked back to Caesar’s. It was here here that John (Irkujani) joined us.

This is the session where the big rolls started to happen... Now we were warmed up. LeftyAj got things going by making a point on a modest roll. Then, I had a money roll from straight out.

Next, Gene the Russian tosses an on-axis toss from one corner to the other with a 26 roll hand.

The dice came around to me, shooting from Straight Out... I used my Low Yuri toss (on-axis) using a 3 finger grip and a 3V Set, 6/2 on the side.

I got dialed in, for in my zone and tossed a 45 roll hand... during this hand, I tossed fifteen 8’s !!

After my big roll, the table soon turned cold. The dice soon came around to me again, and I tossed a modest roll of 15 numbers... and hit four 10’s.. most of them were hard tens.


We had just had an excellent session at Caesar’s, so afterwards everyone took a break. Gene and John headed back home. Florence and her husband went for lunch, and LeftyAj and myself took about a mile walk on the boardwalk to Resorts.

LeftyAj and I had a nice lunch at Resorts “Diamond Lounge.” The food and service was excellent! It was there that AJ introduced me to his host, a beautiful professional woman,  who must have taken a liking to me and issued me a top tier card... similar to a 7 star card at Caesars... Wow!!!!

It was at the Craps table that they issued me the card. LeftyAj and I could not do wrong at the Craps table... both of us had big rolls.

I started things off with my Yuri toss from straight out, hitting 21 numbers!  AJ, who was disappointed with the results while using his on-axis Parr toss, switched to the "Split Shot"  that I had taught him in class.

The Split shot from straight out worked great for LeftyAj and he had two great rolls, a 22 and a 28!!!!

That’s why it’s good to know more than one toss.. If one toss is off, it’s good to have a back up technique.

After seeing the great results LeftyAj was having with the “Split Shot” I decided to give it a try too ... AJ was on one side of the table and I as at the other end, Straight Out....I got zoned in and tossed a 32 roll hand!!!

What a great session we had at Resorts!!

As we were walking back to Caesars, it began to snow flurry...being from Florida.. I enjoyed walking on the boardwalk as the snow was coming down.

View from my room at Harrahs

So LeftyAj and I had some great rolls at Resorts using the “Split Shot”. Afterwards, we walked back to Caesar’s enjoying the snow flurry.

Soon, I got a call from Boris (Coal Miner), telling me that he just checked in to Caesar’s. We were expecting him, so it was great to hear from him. We arranged to meet for dinner at Caesar’s Diamond Lounge. Dinner was fun... good food, good drinks, and good company.

After dinner, we played a session at Caesars. Boris hit the All Small bet with a 21 hand roll from stick right, using the hardest set... trying to snipe out hardways and parlaying them. One time I saw Coal Miner parley the hard 8, up to $500... but not this time...

It was a short session and we soon called it a night.

The next day, Thursday morning, LeftyAJ picked me up at Harrah’s and we drove back to Bally’s on the boardwalk to have breakfast at Johnny Rockets once again.

After breakfast, we checked out the tables at Bally’s. They only had one table open, the 14-16 footer... and it was busy, so, we walked over to Caesar’s. At the table this session was Boris, LeftyAJ, Florence, and myself. We took our positions.

There was a guy at stick left, who had a pretty good Parr toss, who rolled a 24 roll hand. I got the dice next and tossed a 17 roll hand, hitting
the "All Tall" bet!

Florence got the dice next and tossed a 16 roll hand, hitting the "All Tall" bet! The good Parr toss shooter had another good roll... a 15 roll hand. LeftyAj tossed a decent 14 roll hand. Then, Florence got dialed in, shooting from one hook to the other, using a 3 finger grip, with on an axis toss. She tossed a fantastic 54 roll hand!! hitting the "All Small".

The dice came around to me and I tossed a 20 roll hand and then Florence followed up with an 18 roll hand!  What a great day at the tables! This session lasted for 3 1/2 hours.. We colored and celebrated in the Diamond lounge.

Soon, it was time for LeftyAJ to head home, back to Philly. Florence went up to her room to take a nap.

I took a cab and got back to Harrah’s safe and sound... went to bed... I took an Uber in the morning back to Caesar’s to meet Boris for breakfast.

The last day of my trip was Friday. Gene the Russian and Irukanji (John) came back into town to join the fun.

We all met at Caesars for our 1st session. I used my Low Yuri toss from Straight Out and made a couple of points... looking at my chart, most of the rolls were only 10-12 long... it was a struggle. No big rolls this time.

Gene and Irukanji wanted to go to Resorts... which seemed like a great idea.. but Florence doesn’t like Resorts so we settled on Bally’s which was on the way.

Gene had a decent roll, shooting into the corner and making a few points. Gene and John moved over to the 14-16 table, where they had a good roll... 3 points to the fire. Boris, Florence and myself stayed at the 12 footer. A guy at the opposite end had a good technique and tossed a 32 roll hand!

Gene and John left for Resorts... Boris and I followed about 1/2 an hour later. By the time Boris and I arrived, the guys were gone and the table was crowded. So, we enjoyed a nice late lunch in their Diamond lounge. On the way back to Caesars, I walked up a block to see how the transformation from the Taj to the new Hard Rock was going. It’s coming along, lots of construction.

We finally arrived at Caesar’s and Boris gave me lift back to Harrah’s on his way home to Pennsylvania Coal Mining country... about 4 hours away. At Harrah’s, I wanted to hold on to my winnings and didn’t really feel like playing anymore this trip. So, I went to the Diamond lounge and relaxed for about an hour. Then, outside a band was setting up in the lounge. It turned out to be a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. The lounge was full of people and the atmosphere was terrific.

After a couple of hours, it was time to head up to my room. But I passed by an alternate Craps pit that seems to only open at night on the weekends. It had a perfect 12 foot table with a neutral bounce!

I played one last hour-long session and had 2 nice rolls.. a 20 and a 26. This time I used my High on-axis toss from straight out.

This was a nice way to end my Atlantic City trip. On the way to my tower, I noticed there was a Cheerleader convention in town... partying at the pool right in front of the Water Tower building where I was staying... Wow!!

Biloxi Trip Report - February 2018

Posted on March 4, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I had a great time in Biloxi with my friend Heavy and everyone that came out for our Heavy & Howard Class. 

On February 22, the alarm clock woke me up at 5 AM... I washed up and got dressed quickly, and picked up a student who lives nearby called "The Cleaner."

We took a long 12 hour drive up to Biloxi, and upon arrival, checked into the IP Casino/Resort.

Heavy and I spoke to each other and made arrangements to meet for dinner over at the Harrahs buffet. Dennis (Yuri), The Cleaner, Scout, Heavy, and myself had a nice conversation over dinner, and enjoyed our time together. We looked at the tables over at Harrahs, but they only had one open, and it was packed.

We headed back to the IP and I broke my promise to myself not to play on the first day, especially after a 12 hour drive. I don't really remember anything special about that first session, and that particular chart is missing, but I think I was down about $150 after it was over. For the rest of the report, I'm going to refer to my charts for accuracy and to remind me how the sessions went.

The next morning, Friday, I woke up refreshed and met Heavy and some of the guys for breakfast at Harrahs. Afterwards we tried out the 7' tub (small table). Harrahs has the Tub open late at night, after they close the regular 12' table, and it closes early morning at 10:30 AM, when they open the regular table again. The Tub only requires a 2 man crew, so the casino saves money during the slow hours.

The Tub was pretty bouncy  and has superball rubber pyramids that make the dice bounce a lot. When we walked up, Terry was having a good roll from straight out using a very soft on-axis toss.

Hoof had a pretty good roll also from straight out, on the opposite end... he tossed a 17 roll hand.

The Cleaner got the dice next and didn't really want to shoot, but with Heavy encouraging him, he took a chance and tossed the dice into the opposite corner. He used an underhand grip and spin the dice as they travel horizontally, with the lead die higher. This is similar to my Split Shot. He used the 5/4-4/5 set and it worked like a charm. He tossed a beautiful 31 roll hand!!!!

After that, the table turned cold. We colored up with a nice win, to start our day.

Our next morning session was at the Hard Rock Casino. As I look at the chart I see it was a very choppy session. It was a tough session but I managed to come out a winner, sticking to my plan: "Only bet on myself" ... and by staying off the random shooters. There were only two decent rolls this session.

I tossed an 18 roll hand, and Hoof tossed a 16 roll hand.

The pit boss at the Hard Rock was very nice, and treated our whole group to their buffet for lunch. This  buffet is really excellent and I recommend it. It's clean, the food is fresh and the selection is excellent.

After lunch, Heavy and I headed over to the Dealer School to get the key for tomorrow's class... .then we headed over to meet the guys at the Treasure Bay Casino.

I took my position at Straight Out, used my On-Axis high Parr toss and soon got dialed in. I tossed a 31 hand roll, making the All, Small. Looking at my chart, it looks like the only number missing was the 12 for the Tall.

At this session I see that Kenny, Heavy, Hoof, Cleaner, and 22inside were all at the table... 22inside made 2 points on a decent roll. Kenny made 2 points. We only took one roll with the dice and the rest of the session was uneventful... the rolls were 2-12 rolls long. It was soon time to color up and take a break.

After our session at Treasure Bay, we headed over to The IP to rest and then attend our Meet & Greet. 

It was pouring outside and I was tired of playing... but I found out from 22inside and Bankerdude, that singer Michael McDonald was performing that Friday Night, right at the IP. I went over the host desk and asked if she could get me a comped ticket.

She was very nice and sent me over to the ticket booth and there a ticket was waiting for me... Great seats, right in the center.

I’m the meantime, I got a call from Ivy, that my daughter April had just given birth! April wasn’t due for another month... her blood pressure was elevated so her baby (my Grandson) was delivered early.

I arrived at our Meet & Greet and it was so great to see so many people. We all had a great time talking and having dinner. Soon at 7:30, it was time to leave along with 22inside and Bankerdude to catch the Michael McDonald Show. He was lead singer of the Doobie Brothers during the 70s and 80s. The show was excellent. He played piano most of the set, but also played guitar on some of the songs.
His voice is a little raspy and rough... his roots seem to be in Rhythm and Blues, Soul.. Ray Charles

After the concert ended, I met Heavy, the Cleaner, 22inside, and Bankerdude at the Craps table.. it was getting late, around 10 pm. It was tough session... I scraped out another win, betting only myself and had an 18 roll hand, making 3 points... It was time to color up and get some sleep.


Saturday was the Heavy & Howard Biloxi Class.

Everyone introduced themselves and told the class a little bit about themselves. Next, we talked about table etiquette, no hands hanging off the rails, no let bets, when to buy in, etc... and how to protect the landing zone for your fellow classmates.

Heavy and I demonstrated our toss technique, so the students could have a visual experience. Heavy also demonstrated his stacking toss as an alternate toss. I demonstrated shooting my On Axis toss from stick right, and from straight out. then, I demonstrated some of my "specialty" tosses...  Dukester, Yuri, High Parr for Straight Out, Dr. Z, and the "Split Shot."

We took an hour lunch break, at this terrific sub shop nearby called Monster Subs. They make the best subs!

After lunch, we divided the class in half, and Heavy watched and tuned up his group on one table, as I did the same on another table with my group. We really focused on the on-axis technique to make sure everyone's toss was tweaked and improved.

There was a 3rd table, where the students could practice their toss after recommendations and adjustments were made.

Once both of us observed and tweaked everyone's toss, Heavy worked with each student documenting the numbers rolled and putting them into the computer using Bone Tracker. This is a wonderful tool to help you find the optimal dice set for each individual person.

While Heavy was doing Bone Tracker, I worked with each student on learning some of my specialty tosses. First I would do a demonstration and explain how and why the shot works, then each student, under my supervision, would work on perfecting that particular toss. It seems like everyone's favorite was the "Split Shot" from straight out. Many of the students got quite good at it, and had excellent results during our casino sessions - especially Hoof and 22inside.

Towards the end of the class, Heavy reviewed betting techniques, and to finish up, we answered any questions anyone had.

It was a great class and the students' tosses really improved after we worked with them. Plus, everyone made new friends and had fun as they learned.

Our class at the dealer school ended around 6 PM. Heavy, myself, Bankerdude, 22inside, and The Cleaner went out for dinner at a nice seafood restaurant in Ocean Springs, called McElroys. Heavy recommended it and he was right, the food was great!

I decided not to play Saturday night. The tables were crowded, and I was feeling tired. I relaxed upstairs in my room, watched a little TV, and fell asleep.

From what I heard, some of the guys had great rolls Saturday night. I wish I would have stayed up and played with them!

The next morning, Sunday, Heavy and some of the students headed over to the dealer school for Heavy’s class on Betting.

I got up early, called The Cleaner and headed over to The Waffle House for breakfast.

We got to the table at IP around 8 am and met many of our students and friends there. At the table was The Cleaner, Natalie, Chris, Lori, Dan, Slow Driver, and later London Shooter joined in.

This session was a pretty good one. I had a nice roll from straight out a 22, making the whole, All Tall and Small!

Chris tossed a 17 roll hand. Then, Lori, Natalie, and myself all tossed 18 roll hands..all back to back... Natalie’s was actually 19 numbers . Slow Diver has a nice hand making a few points.

It was a pleasure playing with everyone and a profitable session.. Making The All, Tall and Small bet really made this session special.

I checked out of The IP and moved to Harrahs... then met Charlie G, Lori and Ron for lunch at the Palace... and drove back to the IP to meet with Heavy, and the entire class for our live casino sessions...

The class met at the IP in the early afternoon, for our first live casino season together. It was a tough session, although it started out pretty good.

Hoof had an 11 roll hand making 2 points.
Next, Bankerdude tossed and 18 roll hand!
22inside was up next with a 15 roll hand, making 2 points.
Dork, tossed a 14 roll hand, making 2 points.
Slow Driver was next with a 14 roll hand!
Heavy made 2 points, I made one point, with each of us tossing 9 roll hands.

Then the rolls got shorter... that was the first time around the table.

But then, on the second lap, Hoof got going with a 12 roll hand, and finally Bankerdude tossed a 16 roll hand. Uh-oh, the next shooters had short rolls again... although a few of the students made a couple of points here and there. We all decided to color up and try another casino.

We took a break, and later in the afternoon we met at Harrahs. The only table open was the Crapless table. This session was much better.

Bankerdude started things off making 2 points. Next, Heavy got dialed in and tossed a beautiful 24 roll hand! I made a couple of points... they then stopped the action with a chip fill... my groove was gone... bets off, 7 out!

Next, the dice went to Hoof who was shooting from straight out using a "Specialty Toss" that I taught in class... the "Split Shot".

Hoof tossed a fantastic 32 roll hand!

Next came a few shorter rolls, and then 22inside tossed a nice 18 roll hand, using the new grip that he practiced in class.

Monday morning we all met for breakfast at  Harrahs. It's always great having meals with the guys. We always have great conversations and camaraderie. 

After breakfast, we decided to try the "Tub" again. It was a so-so session. The Tub is short and bouncy and I find that it takes a few practice rolls make proper adjustments on your toss... Unfortunately, when you are playing with a group, you don't get a second chance as you are adjusting to the table. Once you toss a 7 after establishing a point the dice are passed to the next shooter.

A few of the guys had decent rolls. Huff had a 15 roll hand making 2 points. The Cleaner also tossed a 15 roll hand. 22inside had the longest roll, with 18numbers.

The rest of the tosses were 2-7 rolls long. Time for a break.

Our second session on Monday morning was at the Hard Rock Casino.

I got the dice and was in the middle of a nice hand, shooting from Straight Out. I had made 2 points, and was going strong. Our table was crowded, but some guy decided to buy in the middle of my roll... squeezing in, crowding and pushing me... next roll 7 out!

Bankerdude got the dice next and tossed a beautiful 20 roll hand.
22inside had a decent roll as did the Cleaner.
Lori made a couple of points and then Heavy tried out a very different toss... but , it worked!!

Heavy tossed a 45 roll hand with this new toss.. it’s an on-axis toss, tossed into the corner or near the corner on the back wall. Tossed from stick right, very softly using the parallel sixes set, with 4/4 and 3/3 on the sides. He hit a lot of hard ways too.

It was a great way to end our late morning session.

The Pit Boss comped us for lunch at the buffet, where we relaxed and celebrated a big win.

In the early evening, we met at Harrahs for a session.
Heavy had the longest hand! He tossed a 27 roll hand!

At around 7:45 pm, we took a ride over to The Hard Rock Casino. Charlie F. joined our group. 

This time I got dialed in and tossed a 22 and a 20 roll hand from straight out. It was a nice little winning session, with Me, Charlie F. Heavy,The Cleaner and 22inside. Our group was getting smaller as people were heading back home from the weekend.

On Tuesday morning I met with Heavy, The Cleaner, 22inside, Charlie, Slow Driver, London Shooter and Frank for breakfast at Harrahs. This was our last day together and many of the students had gone home already.

We played our first session at the IP casino, where London Shooter had a nice hand, shooting from straight out making a few points. 

After London’s roll, the table turned cold and it was time to try another casino.

We drove over to the Hard Rock Casino. There Lori and Ron joined us. 22inside started things off making a point.
Then, London Shooter got dialed in and tossed a 20 roll hand
Lori got the dice and made a point. The Cleaner made a point.

Then, I got the dice, shooting from Straight Out, went into my zone, and tossed a 25 roll hand.

Heavy made two points with a roll in the teens, and then Slow Driver had a nice 18 roll hand making 3 points to close out our session.

We colored up, after another nice session, and we received comps for the buffet for lunch.

We said our goodbyes to Heavy, 22inside, and Slow Driver who were all heading home. London Shooter and Frank wanted to enjoy the warm weather at the pool.

I called Charlie F to come join us for lunch at the Hard Rock buffet. We all talked for a long while and had a terrific lunch.

After lunch, we decided to play our last Craps session for the trip. I took Straight out again, Lori was next to me along with The Cleaner. Dan was on the opposite end blocking, and Charlie tossed from stick Left 1.

Charlie started things off with an 18 roll hand, making 2 points.

I got the dice next and tossed a 24 roll hand hitting four hard 10’s!

We colored up, said our goodbyes... all looking forward to the next time that we all get together again.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Tunica, in May, for our next Heavy and Howard Class!

Atlantic City Trip Report - January 2018

Posted on February 7, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I just got back recently from my trip to Atlantic City. I got into AC on Wednesday evening January 17th and I stayed for a full week.

I really enjoy visiting AC because the tables and dealers are excellent, plus, I’m treated like a king... my entire stay, was comped... including food, drinks, flight and hotel. I enjoy taking breaks between casino sessions and walking on the boardwalk, looking at the beach and the ocean.

The Diamond Lounge at Bally’s and Caesar’s is really terrific! It’s a great place to have a few drinks and relax with friends, and have lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is very nice, with marble tiled floor, good buffet, unlimited drinks, and ceiling-to-floor windows. The view outside the windows is of the boardwalk, beach and ocean... I really enjoy watching the ocean and the waves rolling in.

I arrived in Atlantic City around 5 pm and checked into Harrahs Casino Resort. I requested the Water Tower, a non-smoking room, on a high floor with a nice view. The person at the front desk was very accommodating, and my room was beautiful and spacious.

I checked into my room, unpacked and headed downstairs in the elevator with a plan to go for dinner at the Diamond Lounge. There was an African-American woman in the elevator that struck up a friendly conversation with me. When we got to the lobby, she asked me if I received the promo for the free buffet, with extra tickets for crab legs. I said no, and she told me that she had a free pass for 2 for the buffet, and asked if I’d like to be her guest. 

Well, I was all alone and I really don’t like eating by myself.. so I said, Ok thanks!

It’s strange having dinner with someone you’ve just met and don’t even know if you have anything in common, but OK... this is a new experience for me. She told me that she lives in Manhattan. Well, I was raised in Queens NY, but went to high school and college in Manhattan, so I figured we could talk about NYC.

She started telling me about her life living in Harlem, about her family and kids, and started tearing up about her son who met a Haitian woman in College. As they got more serious while dating, she gave him a bible and with their hands on it, she put him under a Voodoo spell. He has now separated from his family and gravitated to her family, hardly ever seeing his mother. She was very upset about this.

Well, that conversation was a bit different and pretty interesting, so, we talked for a while, had our dinner and then it was time to say our goodbyes... I guess she was pretty lonely and needed someone to talk to. I’m a good listener.

After dinner it was time to explore the casino and the Craps tables. 

Harrah’s is a very large resort Hotel Casino. They have at least 3 different hotel towers and it is located in the back bay. About a mile away is The Golden Nugget and a couple of miles away is The Borgata Casino Hotel, an MGM property.

There are lots of restaurants, a beautiful indoor pool and spa, and a very spacious casino.

There are 2 Craps pits. The one that was open during the weekdays has a few 14’ tables (slightly padded). I actually prefer playing at Caesars and Bally’s on the boardwalk which have 12’ hard tables.

I played one session at Harrahs that night. I took my straight out position (the table was pretty full) and when the dice came to me, used my "Split Shot." I made 4 points on a 20 roll hand, cashed out a winner, and called it a night.

The next morning my friend LeftyAJ picked me up at the valet, and we drove a few miles over to Caesars on the boardwalk/beach and Atlantic Ocean. Nearby is The Wild Wild West and Bally’s Casino. We had a nice breakfast at Johnny Rockets outside of Bally’s and then headed inside for our first casino session.

I shot from Straight Out again, and noticed that a Don’t player had his chips lined all across the Don’t Pass line, not giving me much space to land my dice. It would be very difficult to have a successful roll on axis, with chips in my landing zone. So, I went to my Split Shot once again and tossed a 22 hand roll, making 3 points and a few come out 7s and elevens... which encouraged the Don’t Player to leave the table.

LeftyAJ had a decent roll... and when the dice came back around to me... He said "Howard, do your high on-axis toss." Well, I like to make my friends happy... and now since the Don’t Player was gone and my landing zone was open, I said Ok.

My On-Axis (Parr) toss from Straight Out is one of my favorite tosses. It is the first toss that I learned and mastered, back in 2001... during my PARR days with Sharpshooter.

It’s a high toss and I get the dice rotating together in a high arc, and then landing together, a soft as possible 1-2" in-front of the back wall... most of the energy goes into the table and not into the Pyramids. The dice hit flat, and bounce off the wall together, not too hard and end up together a few inches from the back wall.

I tossed a nice 24 roll hand... We both colored up winners and took a break.

Around 1:30 pm on Thursday, we played our second session.

My toss was really on this trip... very consistent, and having many good rolls... the majority were in the 20s. We walked over to Caesars and decided to test out my “Low Yuri Roll”... it worked like a charm!

I took my straight out position, and tossed a 23 roll hand. What was strange about this roll: where I normally hit lots of 6 and 8s, this time, besides box numbers, I rolled 6 twelves!

LeftyAJ got the dice next and tossed a nice 18 roll hand, hitting 5 hard ways, shooting on axis from stick right.

The table turned cold and it was time to take a break.

We took a walk on the Caesars mall on the pier... we relaxed and looked at the ocean and beach... it was too cold to walk comfortably outside.

It was soon time for another session around 3 pm.

LeftyAJ got the dice first at Stick Right and tossed a beautiful 24 roll hand!

I got the dice next and tried out my Dr. Franz toss form stick left. It’s an Ice Tong grip toss. I set it on the 3V set, and gently toss it into the corner. My come out Roll was an 8 and bullfrogged it right back. Hard 8... next come out roll, another Hard 8... perfect... next toss the dice hit each other...oops... 7 out.

The random shooters weren’t doing much at the table... time for another break.

We went up to the Diamond lounge for a late lunch/dinner and then came back down to play around 6 pm.

This was an ok session. No monster hands, but looking at my chart, I saw that LeftyAJ tossed a good 17 roll hand, and I tossed a 20 roll hand, but lost some of my winnings on the random shooters waiting for the dice to come around. Big mistake, betting on the other shooters.

The next day, Friday... I was excited, because at night, I was hosting a Meet and Greet for the students attending my class.

LeftyAJ picked me up again at Harrahs around 8:30-9am and brought me over to Caesars. We then walked over to Bally’s to have breakfast at Johnny Rockets - this became our morning routine.
We had a nice talk over breakfast and the food was good.

Soon, it was time to play our first session of the day. We took a look at Bally’s first, after all, we did so well there yesterday. They had 2 tables open: a 16 footer, which I don't care for, and a 12 footer, that was roped off for a reserved high roller.

We took a walk over to Caesar’s. LeftyAJ got hot from stick right and tossed a 25 roll hand, making the "all Small" missing the “Tall” by only one number.

I got the dice next shooting from Straight Out.. protecting Lefty Ajs landing zone, and tossed an 18 roll hand using my High On-Axis Parr Toss.

The next time that the dice came around to me I got dialed in and tossed a 36roll hand! 

LeftyAJ had another nice hand.. this time in the teens.

I took a break.... when I came back from the rest room, the dice were coming around to me ... I tossed another good hand ...a 26 roll hand, once again using my “High On Axis Parr Toss.”.. from straight out. 

We played another session at Caesars later in the day, after lunch. That session was uneventful... Lefty and I both tossed rolls in the teens...No monster rolls this session... and it was time to rest and get ready for the Meet and Greet.

On Friday night, I hosted a Meet and Greet at the bar at Caesar’s.. near the Craps tables. It was great to have a gathering of students. Most had taken my AC class last June. One woman named Florence came to the Meet and Greet with her husband, and brought along some close friends.The other students couldn’t make it at 7 pm because they were driving into town from NY, PA, NJ, Mass, Maryland, and Virginia Beach. They were arriving later in the evening.

After the Meet and Greet, Lefty Aj took me back to Harrah’s Resort on the back bay. As I was walking to the elevator at the Water Tower I noticed a big party going on. It was at the Indoor Swimming Pool. All young people in their 20s-30s, dressed up for clubbing, and having a great time!

The next day we had the class at the Dealer School. We had a nice group of students eager to learn about Dice Control (Dice Influencing). After introductions, we reviewed different dice sets and grips.

Next, I demonstrated my On-Axis toss techniques from Stick Left, Stick Right and Straight Out. For the rest of the morning everyone got their tosses tuned up. We finished the morning session with a demonstration of my Low Yuri toss from straight out and then the students practiced it.

We ordered delicious Italian subs from Jo Jo’s Italian Grill a couple of blocks away on the Black Horse Pike and Main Street. My favorite is the Meatball Parm sub.

The afternoon session was a review of the morning and then demonstrating some of my “Alternate Tosses”. The “Split Shot” from Straight Out was one of the students favorites. The Yuri low roller toss was also popular. 

There was a very nice student whom I met many years ago when I was teaching with the Golden Group. She had developed a very interesting toss that worked great for her... We named it the “Flo” toss. More about that later.

There was lots of hands-on training with the dice during class, and towards the end, we finished up with Craps Etiquette and betting... playing the do side and also how to play the Don’t side, when the table is cold.

After class, a nice student named Walt drove me back to Harrahs and we enjoyed eating at the buffet together.

After dinner, I got a phone call from another former student, who couldn’t make it to the class but wanted some instruction. I taught a 2 hour private class/tune-up in my room, using the bed as the Craps table, which worked out just fine.

The next day, Sunday... I took the class out to play... 

Sunday morning I arrived back at Johnny Rockets with LeftyAJ, and another student/friend, joined us named Amish Dude. We had a great time together.

After breakfast I met the students at our rendezvous point at Caesars. The first student to have a big roll was Leon, who tossed a 32 roll hand using the Yuri low toss!

Next LeftyAJ tossed a 22 roll hand, using the classic on-axis toss from stick right.

There were a few short rolls and then Ed and Charlie had nice hands on the mid teens, shooting from Straight Out, using The “Split Shot” (based on the Dice Magic Toss)

I had a 21 roll hand using my High On-Axis toss.

Kim and Maria had some good money rolls. Terry had a nice hand in the teens.

Then Florence, using her Flo toss form stick Left, tossed a magnificent 42 roll hand!!!!! Making 4 fire bet points.

The table stayed hot and before we knew it, the one hour session with the students lasted 5 hours!!

The students took a much needed break.

Soon Boris (Coal Miner) came into town, so did his friend Bob (Magician) and along with Terry and Walt, we headed up to the Diamond Lounge to celebrate and have drinks and lunch. 

Afterwards, I checked into my new room at Caesars and took a nap. Later we had dinner and time for an evening session with the class.

I started things off, shooting from Straight Out, using my Low Yuri toss.... I made 3 points with an 18 roll hand.

Next Ed, who was getting quite good with the “Split Shot” tossed a 24 roll hand from straight out! 

Florence got the dice again and tossed a 32 roll hand!!!

I got dialed in and tossed a 24 roll hand form straight out !

The students had a few short rolls... and then things started heating up again...Walt had a nice hand from straight out.. across from me... an 18 roll hand, using the “Flo” toss. It’s the unusual toss that Florence created and demonstrated in class.

Al had a nice hand in the mid teens and finally .....
Boris finished up our session with a 17 roll hand making 4 points.

It was another pretty long session.. but with the table hot and everyone having a great time..no one seemed to mind.

Monday... I was getting pretty well known by now in Atlantic City. Everyone seemed to know me and everyone was saying hello. It was great to see Ken L, and Johnny, and many old GTC students that I taught many years ago were coming over to say hello... I guess I’m pretty well known in the North East, my old stomping grounds.

One very nice student, named Trashman, who I hadn’t seen for many years, asked if he could have a private lesson... Ok I said. But the bed will have to act as our Craps table... the lesson went very well and I invited him to play with me at the tables.

I called up the students who were still in town and asked if they’d like to join me at the tables.

Trashman started things off with a decent roll. I got the dice next, and using my High On-Axis Parr toss, I made the all Small, just missing the Tall - couldn’t find the missing 12 - with a 22 hand roll.

There were a few short hands and then some Gold hands returned.

Terry had a nice 18 roll hand, i tossed another good hand of 21, Florence tossed 2 good hands, Magician had a nice hand and soon LeftyAJ had a nice money hand.

Soon, it was time for a break.

We played a couple of more sessions on Monday.. one more in the afternoon and one in the evening.
Here are the highlights:

I stayed hot for the rest of the trip... shooting from Straight Out.. using my High On Axis toss... and later, switching to my Low Yuri toss. Looking at my chart, I see that I tossed a 
24 roll toss..making 3 to the fire in the late afternoon session 

In the Evening session, I had two more good rolls. I tossed a 26 and a 28 roll hand, using my Low Yuri toss

Florence tossed an 18 roll hand.
Boris tossed a couple of good hands in the High teens from stick Right 
Walt tossed a good roll, a 20 hand roll from straight out.

Well, that’s the end of my Atlantic City Trip. We had some marathon sessions, which I normally don’t play.. but, if the table is hot and everyone is in position, you can see we decided to stay. We have so many great memories, I can’t wait to go back and do it again!