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The Rhythm Roll

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In theory if you throw the dice the same way every time, with the same trajectory and the same velocity, and they land in the same spot at the end of the table a couple of inches from the back wall, the outcome will be the same every time. And if you set the dice sp that 7 is not on any of the four faces, then, a 7 will not occur.

Of course in a perfect world, you can avoid the 7 forever, take your fortune off the table, cash out, and retire.

Unfortunately in the real world, theory does not hold true. It is in fact, difficult to execute a rhythm roll on every attempt, but it only takes 1 rhythm roll in 43 attempts to break even with the casino. And, by combining a rhythm roll with proper setting of the dice, you can alter the outcome a large percentage of the time. So despite the difficulties it is worth the effort to learn how to do it.

The is no “best way” to perform the rhythm roll. There are many different ways to perform a rhythm roll. What may work for someone may not work for another person.

Here are a few factors to consider when developing your rhythm roll:

  • Throwing overhand (palm up) or underhand (palm down)
  • Imparting “spin” or no “Spin” as you launch the dice into their trajectory
  • Using a high, medium or low trajectory; i.e., how high should you throw the dice?
  • The landing – how close to the back wall should you aim?
  • You spot at the table – where should you stand?

Setting the Dice

The first thing we need to do is to set the dice properly. There are 1,152 different combinations of how two die can be positioned. By watching a number of craps shooters at a casino you will see a number of different methods of setting the dice. Some set the dice on the point; other use some standard number that may be their favorite lucky number.

We will be looking at the 6-T Set. This set is very effective and, with practice, will achieve a player advantage. The 6-T Set gets its name because the two sixes are arranged in a T formation.

It is really this simple. Just arrange the two dice with the sixes on top, don’t worry about what’s on the sides or the bottom, and get ready to pick them up and throw.

You will want to practice this at home. Get out a pair of die, and practice setting 6-T, take a look at the sides and bottom. You won’t see any 7s! Now when you practice this set your goal is to perform this set with only one hand with the dice resting on the table. Using two hands is forbidden in the casinos to prevent less honest people from slipping loaded dice into the game. You will want to practice until you can perform this set in about 2 seconds. This will help you avoid undo attention.

Another option to the 6-T set is the Quick Set. The Quick Set is useful if you don’t want to fool with the dice. The Quick Sets purpose is to ensure no 7s are showing on the four faces of the dice. With no 7s showing, there is less chance that a 7 will appear when the dice land and come to rest.

The best way to execute a Quick Set is to check the dice in the middle of the table before they are pushed towards you for your next throw. Check to see if the closest side visible to you is showing a seven. If there’s a 7 showing on this side, there will be one on the other side. A quick twist of one die either towards or away from you will remove the 7 from both sides.

The stickman will never return the dice to a shooter with a seven showing on the top. It is considered back luck and very rude. Should the dice tumble to a seven when they are being returned to you the stickman will likely apologize and set them to a non-seven value. The stickman only worries about the top which is why you should watch the side closest to you when the dice are being returned.

The Delivery

Now it’s time to look at the delivery of the rhythm roll. The main factors to consider are comfort, control and consistency. Try a few different delivery styles and pick the one that feels the best for you and practice it.

After you have set the dice, pick them up the same way each time. After you have picked them up the first few times, examine how you holding the dice. Are your fingers situated the same way each time? Are you holding them so tat they are balanced? Make sure that you are using enough force to hold onto the dice but not enough to have them “squirt” from your hand.

The method that you grip the dice is an important part of the delivery. There are numerous ways to grip the dice but we will cover the most popular method which is called the “three fingered front”. This grip has the shooter using the first three fingers on the front of the dice (which must be kept parallel), the thumb behind the dice and the pinky finger lose. Using the “three fingered front” grip will require you to use the underhanded delivery method.

Again you will want to try this along with other grips to find one that suits you. Remember to follow through when you throw the dice, make sure they land in the same general area, is your hand in the same position on release?

When you deliver the dice you will want to use just enough power that the dice reach the intended target. Which ideally should be two or three inches from the back wall.

It is easy to practice your throws at home, all you need is a flat surface and some patience and time. When you take your throw to the casino start off at a low-limit table when possible. Pick a table that isn’t too crowded so that you can quickly get the dice back after you seven out.

As your rhythm roll improves you will find a new obstacle in your path, chip stacks. As you start throwing numbers other players will start raising their bets. With higher bets come higher stacks. If you hit a stack of chips you lose your advantage of the rhythm roll and are left to the mercy of lady luck.

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