Controlling interest!

Oct 24, 2005 2:34 AM

If you are playing at a craps table and the new shooter is a dice controller, you might want to bet a little differently than you normally would. Many dice controllers or "setters" hold the dice for 10 or 20 rolls compared to the normal five to nine rolls of the average shooter.

Over time, an expert shooter develops what is referred to as a signature roll. The easiest way to discover this is to notice what the shooter is betting on.

He will probably make a pass line bet and then also buy some numbers, like maybe the four and the ten. He has to make a pass line bet to shoot, but the four and the ten buy bet is somewhat unusual, so he might have a signature working.

It would be prudent if you followed his lead and bet in the same manner that he does.

Obviously, he will throw a seven eventually and you can’t leave all of your money up forever, so you need to have a good regression system. The easiest one to use is to start out at your highest bet, and buy the same tow numbers that the shooter does. Then, just regress the numbers down by one unit after each win until you are at the minimum.

In addition, you can try pushing the house to get even a better deal. For example, if you buy the four and ten for $50, you would have to pay $2.50 vig (5% of $50) on each number.

Sometimes this is rounded up to $3. Just ask if you can pay $2 before you bet. If the friendly dealer says yes (and he should), then ask if you can buy the four and ten for $58 each and still only pay the $2 (5% of $58 is $2.90) vig.

Now, let’s say the four hits and you win $116. Leave the $58 on the ten and regress the four down to $38, and ask if you can buy it for $38 and only pay $1 vig (5% of $38 is $1.90). If the four hits again, you win $76.

Leave it at $38 — you can’t pay less than $1 vig on a buy bet and if they keep on letting you buy the four (and ten) for $38 and only pay $1, then keep on doing it.

Soon, if the ten starts hitting, you will have both the four and ten regressed down to $38. Leave both bets up unless the shooter takes his bets down, or something unusual happens to ruin the shooter’s concentration. By regressing your bets you will always have something on the table during a hot roll, and after the first win, everything else is pure profit.

If you are an expert shooter yourself, bring your spouse or friend along, and the casino will let him or her take care of your bets while you are concentrating on shooting.

In any case, now you know the secret of controlled betting.