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Dice Control: Sharpshooter’s Las Vegas Diary
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by Jerry Patterson

I kept a journal on my last trip out to Vegas. Good, bad or ugly, I was going to tell it like it was, complete with Sharpshooter insights. The team wasn’t with me on this one, so I had three full days to frolic on the Strip’s south side as I saw fit.

Day 1: 2:00 p.m.—Arrived at Ballys and, after check-in and lunch, set up my practice rig and began throwing the dice. Thirty tosses and only three 7s; I felt good. Then the dice starting popping on me and I threw three more 7s in the next six throws! After analyzing the situation, I came to the conclusion that my revolutions on the dice had shifted slightly. Instead of landing flat, the dice were more on edge and were a little too lively. I brought my thumb up a little higher on the grip to kill some of the backspin. That did the trick and I threw twelve more times with only one 7. I felt ready to take on the tables.

4:30 p.m.—I bellied-up to a table and got the dice at my favorite table position, stick left. I bought in for $300 and began betting $25 units, but after five attempts with the dice, I was almost even. These tables were a little softer than my practice box and I hadn’t quite turned the corner yet. I changed tables and got my position and the dice again. This time things looked better. I held the cubes for over twenty minutes. My $300 turned into $700! I had made four point passes and hit several inside numbers along the way.

I liked the way the dice were reacting so I decided to stay, hoping to get the dice back later with minimal damage to my bankroll, but to no avail—minus $200. I ended the day playing Blackjack, enjoying a gourmet meal, on the house of course, and relaxing at a great show.

Day 2: 8:00 a.m—The alarm went off. I felt good, so skipped breakfast and practice, opting for a shower and a quick cup of coffee. I went down, found an open craps table and bought in for $500. I was not able to get anything going, but didn’t feel bad about my throw. Minus $300 later, decided to hoof it over to the Bellagio. Messing around with $5 units on other shooters and waiting to get the dice, I dropped $200 before deciding to take a walk.

I was down $285 for the trip now and feeling a little frustrated. Then I saw an open table on the other side of the pit—I’m there! Ten dollars on the pass line and two fast 7s on the come out.

I looked at my watch. It was about 9:30 a.m. Everything looked good. The dice were coming out together, going through identical motions, landing and stopping with minimal bounce. I established a point of 5, pressed up my odds and came right back with a 3-2 combo, making the point.

Somewhere along the way, the table filled up with excited players, but I hadn’t noticed. At one point I remember hearing the Boxman say to me, “Sir, you’re making a believer out of me.” Unphased, I kept on with my routine—first the set, then the carefully balanced grip and then the soft delivery. Finally, because there were so many line bets at the other end of the table, the inevitable happened. One die hit an odds bet and turned off to the side. The 7 appeared and ended the party. I was brought out of my trance by a rousing round of applause.

I looked down at the racks in front of me. They were filled with barber poles of red and green chips. I glanced at my watch: 10:12 a.m.! A forty to forty-five minute roll! I quickly took inventory—sixty-five units net! I wish I had pressed up a little more aggressively but, oh well, I’ll take it.

Jerry’s Comment: If Sharpshooter would have practiced first, before the session, as he usually does, and had a normal breakfast, he probably would have played with more confidence, started with his usual green units and won over twice as much.

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