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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!

Windsor/Detroit Trip Report - December 2017

Posted on January 5, 2018

Hi Everyone,

When I arrived in Detroit, my friend Six Shooter was there to greet me. First, we drove to a White Castle hamburger place for lunch in Detroit. Then, we drove through the tunnel, under the Detroit River, to Windsor, Canada. You have to have a passport ready when you go through customs.

I checked into the Windsor Horseshoe Casino/Hotel and requested to have a room in the Forum Tower... My host took great care of me and my room was beautiful and overlooked the Detroit River and Detroit Skyline.

The casino resort is 1st class... very clean, non-smoking, and the employees are very friendly.

In the morning, they have one craps table open and it's usually a $5 minimum. Later they open more tables and some may go up to $10 minimums. They have, from what I remember, a total of 6 tables... two of them are crapless.

The clientele were friendly and many of the players are regulars who play everyday, so it's a way of socializing for the locals. One day the Mayor of Windsor was playing at the table with us.

The dealers were also friendly and at times even rooted for the players to have a good roll. The dealers were all experienced and professional and friendly. I never heard that famous Vegas dealers' expression, "Hit the back wall" to anyone during the 4 days that I was there.

When you arrive in the casino, you must first go to the cashier to exchange American money into Canadian. A thousand American dollars would give you approximately $1250 Canadian dollars.

During the 4 days that I was there, I had some good rolls, and of course in the beginning, as I was learning the tables and what shots worked, a few short rolls too. It did take me a little while to get dialed in.

My longest roll was a 32 making many points, and quite a few in the mid 20s. My most consistent toss was my "Yuri Toss" from straight out. That toss is a 3 finger grip, on axis, low toss, with back spin, often rolling into the back wall.

Six Shooter plays there almost everyday, and he knows the tables like the back of his hand. He got dialed in right away and had many good rolls in the 20s and a couple in the mid 30s. He was using the traditional on-axis toss, most often from Stick Left, and sometimes when his spot wasn't available, Stick Right.

While I was there it got really cold outside and I experienced winter and even snow flurries, which was very cool, since I live in Florida. We would go out for breakfast at Pete's Place on the main shopping street about 4-6 blocks away. It's a little mom and pop place and the food is excellent! It was nice to walk outside and experience winter, but I realized, 4 days of winter was enough... I like the sunny 75-80 degrees of South Florida better. 

One night, Six Shooter and I went to the Steak House for dinner. He had the Steak and Lobster Combo, and I had a big juicy steak, which was just great!!

The casino had 2 gift giveaways... a $25 Shell Gift card and a 3 piece tool set... plus 3 days they gave me $40 in free play coupons... the casino was very generous!

I had a great time at Caesars Windsor! ... Thanks Six Shooter for inviting me up to visit and for your hospitality. My next trip will be to Atlantic City on Jan. 20-21 followed by Biloxi, MS on Feb. 23-25!

Testimonial for Howard rock n roller from G.B.

Posted on November 30, 2017

Hi Howard,
After my private class with you, I went to the Gold Coast casino and used the toss you taught me from straight out. I had an unbelievable roll, and made six points!

Then I went to the Orleans, and made five consecutive rolls of 6 and 8s, and made 4 points.

I had to stop playing because I could not believe that I made six points at the Gold Coast and four points at the Orleans!

Howard, thank you for spending your time with me at your condo in Las Vegas. I'll keep you posted when I have another spectacular and unbelievable roll.

G.B., California