Information about Craps and Dice

Setting Craps Dice in Hand

We can say that roll control starts with setting craps dice—how we set them in our throwing hand. To end well, we got to start well.

How do we set a dice to reduce the seven from coming out? Here, we just have to try to get rid of two ways of turning up a 7. We know that there are 6 ways to produce a 7 (6 and 1, 5 and 2, 4 and 3, 3 and 4, 2 and 5, and 1 and 6). We're looking at 1 and 6, and 6 and 1—since we have two dice pieces. We cannot eliminate all of them no matter how hard we try to turn and set the dice in our hand. We just try to rid ourselves of one chance of getting a 7.

Why only two? First, as explained, we cannot eliminate all. It's impossible setting-wise. Second, out of 43 dice rolls just one successful non-random throw of the dice would upset the house edge in craps and possibly lead to a break-even. We have Jerry Patterson's word for that, a craps pro and one of the fathers of craps dice control. So that's all the minimum requirement we need. If we could produce more out of 43, the better.

Now, to set the dice in our hand, we place the two fives together on top. This would have the two ones on both the left sides. The inner sides (covered in between the two fives) would have the 6 on the left side and 1 on the right side—the dreaded seven. This 6 and 1 that produces the first 7 is the first object of elimination. Remember, we can't eliminate all 7s; but we can try to get rid of two. But just one non-seven result does it all.

If we check the two outer sides, we have another 1 and 6 on them, left and right. With this done we try to get two 1s and 6s out of the way. We carefully set them like this in hand as we grip the dice until we release them in the air. Of course the dice will spin and hit and bounce. What makes us sure that setting would endure? Nothing. Not even our calculated arm swing and motion.

At least, we can hope that, with the right throw timing and cadence, setting craps dice would pave the way to ending up with the same face—or at least a non-7.

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