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Small Steps to Big Bets - by Steve ''Heavy'' Haltom
Posted by heavy on Sunday, January 12 @ 00:19:17 EST (147 reads)
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Articles for 2005 Recently, after one of our forum members posted about an exceptionally long hand he’d tossed in the casino, a fellow board member and I started an off-forum discussion on pressing bets. I casually mentioned that if I had been at the table during that hand and the player had tossed his usual abundance of even numbers – I’d have been up around $5000 on the four and ten and $4200 on the six and eight. My correspondent replied that she was not that big of a bettor. Neither am I, I said. But it’s not that difficult to get there.

There are some steps I think a low roller should take during any hand to guarantee a profit before going crazy with press moves. Foremost among them is the regression. Let’s say you have a proven shooter that you have confidence enough in to start out with $110 even numbers. Here’s how I would approach it. And for this demonstration we’re going to handle the six and eight differently from the four and ten. Here’s how:

First hit on the four (it could just as easily be the ten) – drop $1 for the juice and lock up two green chips – AND tell the dealer to take down your $25 ten and stack it on the four. The DICE have decided that the four is the outside number you’re going to ride on so go with the dice. At this point your $50 four is essentially paid for. You have a couple of bucks vig at risk to win $100. I’ll take that any day.

Here’s your press schedule from there: $50 goes to $100 and you lock up $50. $100 goes to $200 and lock up $100. $200 goes to $400 and lock up $200. $400 goes to $800 and lock up $400. $800 goes to $1600 and lock up $800. $1600 goes to $3200 and lock up $1600. $3200 goes to $5000 and lock up $4400. In all of these cases the “lock up” will be less the vig, so you’ll spend a few dollars along the way, but to keep the numbers simple I’m excluding the juice from the tally. You’ll have a $5000 bet on the Four up and working and you’ll have roughly $10,750 in the rack. It took eight hits on the four to get there. Do you think that could happen in a sixty minute – eighty roll hand? But the important thing to remember is that after the second press you have almost $100 profit in the rack off this number alone. And I’ll tell you right off the bat – this progression was more conservative than the one I typically play. I normally go from $100 straight to $250 – then $500 - $1000 - $2500 - $5000. But hey – I’m an action junky.

What about the six and eight? For them I like to do a classic $30 six and eight one-hit regression to $18 each – then run a modified six or eight progression that looks like this:

First hit on the six pays $35 – Drop $1 on the layout and tell the dealer to make your six and eight look like $18 each. You’ll get $60 change and have $36 action with just $1 of sevens exposure for the hand. Next hit on the six or eight pays $21. Lock it up and you have a $20 profit guaranteed for your six and eight series – even if the devil jumps up next. On the NEXT hit on the six or eight you drop $3 and press the number that rolled to $42. Let’s say it’s the six again. You’ll still have a $17 win in the rack – and if the six rolls again it’s going to pay you $50 for $1. Let’s say that happens. Tell the dealer to make you six look like $90. He’ll press your bet and hand you a dollar change. Be a George and toss it to the stick and tell him “hard six for the boys.” You still have a guaranteed $17 win in the rack and your next hit will pay you $105. BAM! The Emeril of dice strikes and the six jumps back hard. Dealers get paid. You get paid. Make that six look like $180 and lock up $15. You have $32 in guaranteed profit in the rack. The six rolls again. What are you going to do? If you want to say “same bet” at anywhere along this trek – that is absolutely the correct thing to do. If you are willing to risk most of your guarantee from the six – pick up $30 from your rack and wait for it to roll again. Because we’re going from $180 to $420 on it. Suddenly we’re playing with the big boys. Next hit pays $500 for $10. Reap the wards of your gutsy play and press it to $600, locking up $310. You next hit pays $700 and you press to $1200. Now it’s just like your running your $12 six and eight press scheme you’re always playing – you’re just adding a couple of zeros to it.

Does it work this way in real life? Rarely. So don’t be afraid to take a second regression or say the magic words “bring me down” if you start feeling antsy about having too much money on the table. Just remember – great reward often involves great risk.
Article of the Month: Giving Yourself Permission to Win
Posted by heavy on Wednesday, November 13 @ 16:17:24 EST (704 reads)
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Articles for 2005Copyright 2013 by Steve “Heavy” Haltom

Okay, let's get a show of hands. How many of you were taught when you were young that it's okay to fail. Oh, maybe not in so many words, but failure is implied in more clichéd phrases than you can imagine. You've heard them all.

“You can't win 'em all.”

“Don't cry over spilled milk.”

“You can't win for losing.”

“If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all.”

And maybe you really can't win 'em all – but whose to say you can't win most of 'em?

You see, most of us were programmed to lose by a well intentioned society. Our collective lack of self confidence, whether it has to do with meeting new people, completing a project on time at work, or locking up a profit at the casino, is a direct result of some “responsible” person telling them things like “second place is great” instead of “second place if first loser.”

Yes, the “first loser” line is brutally honest – you might not like to hear it. But I'd be willing to bet that the first loser would try much harder than the kid whose parents taught him “second place is great.”

Behold, the lowly slot player, who has just put $100 in the machine and played it down to $50 without getting any kind of hit. Some players will cash out of that machine and move on to another in hope of breaking the trend. We'll call them “Get 'er done” players. Others will continue to play, but change from betting max coin to one coin so they can last longer. Call them the “Hold on a second” players. Then there's the guy in the corner who just sits there, pushing the button, never changing anything - running every dollar in the hopper through that one machine. We'll call him the “Ain't going nowhere” player. One takes aggressive action in an effort to win. One takes minor action. The other specializes in inaction.

So how do you move yourself from inaction to action? It all comes down to getting rid of what Zig Zigler used to call “stinkin' thinkin'.

Vince Lombadi once said that “Winning is not a sometime thing, it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while. You do them right all the time.” If you do that – winning becomes a habit. Of course, losing can become a habit as well. Which gets us to the guy or gal in the mirror.

Are you in the habit of losing? Do you have a “loss limit” that gives you permission to feel “okay” about losing a little at the tables? To you have a “win goal” that you ignore – playing through a win then giving your winnings back again? Do you blame your losses on the dice, the table, the shooter, the other players, the casino, the economy, or your mother-in-law? Do I really need to tell you where the fault lies?

So how do you turn it around? Perhaps a few more losses are in order. You should lose the habits you've developed that have led you to be a consistent loser. Here are a suggestions few that come to mind:

• Lose your current strategy. Hey, if it were working you wouldn't be reading this. If you are playing the same way every time you go to the tables your strategy is no longer a strategy – it's a habit – or maybe it’s a rut! So put on the brakes and do something differently.

• Lose the idea that you are in control of things. You aren't. Sure, you may be able to influence the dice. But there are way too many variables for you to be able to think you're in control of anything.

• Lose your concern over what anyone else thinks. Anything anyone else thinks about you isn't about you – it's about them. And there's nothing you can do about anyone's thoughts or feelings.

• Lose second-guessing yourself. Really, what we're talking about is gaining self-confidence. Coulda-shoulda-woulda doesn't do anything for your self-confidence. Instead, it undermines it.

• Lose your fear. I like the idea of rituals. One you can use with your fears is to simply list those fears on a piece of paper. Re-read the list, then burn it, visualizing fear fleeing from your body as you symbolically send your them up in smoke.

• Lose hanging out with losers. Unfortunately, when you review your circle of friends you may find that they, too, are losers. If that's the case you need to change your circle of friends and hang around with winners. One ofthe quickest jumpstarts to winning is to hang out with winners and emulate what they do.

• Lose self-centered greed. It’s one of the top reasons why players lose. Almost all of us get ahead at one point or another in every session. But instead of quitting while we’re ahead, we hang in hoping for a bigger score. And in doing so we risk losing – not only the chips we’ve one, but every chip in the rack.

• Lose the excuses. At the end of the day – you are the only one in charge of you. Take 100% responsibility for your life and your actions.

You've heard that old saw for years – gambling is a tough way to make an easy living. But really, it's not that difficult at all. You just have to give yourself permission to win – then go out there and do it.
Back to the Math - by Steve "Heavy" Haltom
Posted by heavy on Wednesday, May 12 @ 06:38:32 EDT (4666 reads)
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Articles for 2005Craps wouldn’t be a game of chance if you knew the outcome of the roll in advance. Why? By definition, the outcome of any game of chance must be uncertain. The branch of mathematics that deals with this uncertainty is called Probability.

The science of Probability was born in the seventeenth century when the Chevalier de Mere, a French nobleman who enjoyed a good gamble as much as the rest of us, began posing questions about the probable outcome of certain dice wagers to prominent mathematicians. The Chevalier had made a considerable amount of money on even money bets – wagering that the number six would be rolled at least once in four rolls of a single die. He did so well with this wager that he sought to expand upon it by wagering that if two dice were rolled the double-six would show up at least once every twenty-four rolls. Needless to say, his math failed him and he lost his money just as quickly as he won it with the single die wager.

Baffled by his misfortune, the Chevalier took his problem to the mathematician Blaise Pascal. Pascal, in turn, consulted with another mathematician, Pierre de Fermat, and the two of them solved the double-six problem and laid the foundations of the Probability branch of mathematics.

By the way, the rule of mathematics used to solve this problem was the Multiplication Rule of Independent Events. It states simply that “For independent events, the probability of all of them occurring equals the product of their individual probabilities.

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Article of the Month: When Craps Turns to Crap
Posted by heavy on Monday, October 12 @ 22:51:15 EDT (5108 reads)
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Articles for 2005Let’s face it. It happens to all of us. For one reason or another, skills we’ve developed at home don’t make the transition to the casino. Blame it on variance, bad luck, or something you ate for dinner - sometimes the correct craps play is no craps play. So what do you do if you’re in the casino and it’s one of “those” days? Here are my personal picks for the games you should play.

1. Sports Book. Benny Binion was once quoted as saying “Never bet on anything that eats or shits.” Try betting sports and you’ll understand why. Sports betting is an extremely tough way to grind out a small profit. Nevertheless, nationwide there are plenty of players making big bucks moving money through books. The downside? You have to do your homework. Unless, of course, you want to shell out money for a handicapping service. Of course, from an advantage players point of view that just adds to the vig. My suggestion? Invest the time to learn how to do your own handicapping. Limit play to the games where you believe you have an edge. And remember, just because you’re a Chicago fan doesn’t mean “Da Bears” are going to win Monday night. Bet with your head - not your heart.

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Partner Play for Fun and Profit by Steve
Posted by heavy on Monday, October 27 @ 17:51:45 EDT (4383 reads)
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Articles for 2005Think about it. Why do you play craps? If you’re like me you play for two reasons. First, you want to win some of that money the casino keeps in the cage. Second, you enjoy the action. It’s just a fun game, and playing with a partner is a great way to win MORE money and have MORE fun.

Let’s look at partner play from the winnings point of view. How many times have you tossed a great hand only to count your chips and discover that you didn’t make any money? It’s not unusual for a dice influencer to get so deep in the zone while tossing that they ignore their betting. Even veterans like me fall victim to this.

In a recent group hook-up in Albuquerque I decided I would put my bets on auto-pilot so I didn’t have to concern myself with them during a long hand. I told the dealer that I would be pressing every other hit, regardless of which number rolled. Throughout the afternoon I tossed several hands in the high teens and low twenties. All of them fell well short of their potential from a winnings standpoint. Oh, I won money. But I left way too much on the table. Playing a simple $5 Pass Line bet with max odds and pressing every other hit beginning with the first box number tossed, over the course of a twenty number hand I won roughly $300. But when I sevened out I had $55 invested in my line bet with odds, $50 on the four, $35 on the five, $42 on the six, $18 on the eight, $10 on the nine and $25 on the ten. My net profit for the hand - around $65. At the other end of the table one of the local players had made over $400. Had I been paying more attention to my betting and less on my throwing I might have made more profit. Then again, my shooting may have suffered when I shifted my attention to my betting.

Partner play - and I’m talking about one partner that you play with regularly - can help take this issue off the table. Why? Because when playing with a partner using a shared bankroll you can pre-plan your betting strategies to include regressions and keys to turn bets off during your hands. And in the end you can turn more profit.

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Craps Tournament Time - by Steve ''Heavy'' Haltom
Posted by heavy on Sunday, August 03 @ 12:09:35 EDT (4862 reads)
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Articles for 2005Fall has arrived, which means many players thoughts have turned to craps tournaments. And with the tournaments come the ever-present questions on the best way to play. The answer, of course, is like a lot of answers in this game. It all depends.

First let’s take a look at a typical craps tournament format. Most tournaments require entry fees ranging from $300 - $500 or more. For that entry fee the casinos usually provide you with a hotel room, all meals, a welcome reception and some sort of tournament gift.

In addition, all of the money received as entry fees is typically paid out to the winning players in the form of tournament cash prizes. That means a small local tournament can have a prize as high as $10,000, and a large casino mega-resort can offer prizes totaling $1 million or more.

Depending on how many players sign on for the tournament, there may be four or five tables running for three to four rounds. Generally, the top two players from each round advance to the next round, until the final table is filled and the competition begins for the big prize. In this type of tournament, every player who advances to the final table may receive some sort of cash prize, and the top two or three will finish in the big money.

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The Cost of Doing Business - by Steve ''Heavy'' Haltom
Posted by heavy on Sunday, August 03 @ 12:02:09 EDT (5574 reads)
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Articles for 2005Okay, don’t get me started on whatever happened to $2 a gallon gas - or $1 a gallon gas - or even .69 cent a gallon gas. I spent $80 filling up my truck last week and I have to tell you I’m still suffering from sticker shock. While I don’t normally take travel expenses into account when heading out to the casino, I’d be lying to you if I said the price of gas hasn’t impacted my travel planning of late. What does $4.15 a gallon gas mean to your casino play? Well, for DI’s it’s all part of the cost of doing business.

I sometimes joke about my card-counting AP pals who are so cheap they bring their own bottle of water with them to the casino so they won’t have to tip the cocktail server. These guys sweat every penny and count everything they spend en route to, inside, and on the way home from the casino as a business expense. On the other hand, many of these guys are full time pros who travel the country in search of the best game. Some live in Las Vegas, where you’d think one could find a decent game, and fly to obscure Indian casinos in Mississippi to play. Why? Because that’s where the games with the best odds are. By playing the best game they maximize their winnings - and subsequently their profit. I might also mention that most of these guys are black and purple chip bettors, which means they often get things like airfare comped. There’s a lesson in there, so let’s explore it a bit.

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Hybrid Craps Strategies - Do You or Don't You
Posted by heavy on Wednesday, July 23 @ 01:13:39 EDT (5886 reads)
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Articles for 2005Hybrid Craps Strategies
by Steve "Heavy" Haltom

Every month I receive newsletters from other gaming education outfits, and it’s always interesting to read their take on the game - just as it is no doubt interesting to them to read what we have to say here on the CrapsFest website. To say we have different philosophies when it comes to betting would be an understatement.

Take, for instance, their system that combines the Doey-Don’t with the Five Count. It calls for the player to make consecutive Pass/Don’t Pass and Come/Don’t Come wagers until the player has five bets established. Then the player takes odds on all of the Come bets and collects as the numbers repeat.

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Focus on the Fundamentals - by Steve ''Heavy'' Haltom
Posted by heavy on Saturday, March 08 @ 00:07:54 EST (8191 reads)
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Articles for 2005At least once a week I hear my daughter's karate instructor tell the class to “focus on basic punches, basic kicks, and kata.” It's the same sort of speech we used to get when I played high school football. “Focus on basic running, blocking and tackling.” In both cases the coaches were talking about fundamentals - something very few craps players spend a lot of time on. Why? Because they'd rather be comfortable losers than have to work at a win. And believe me, sticking to the fundamentals is not a lot of fun.

Don’t get me wrong. Most of us who attempt to influence the dice work on our grips and tosses. But when was the last time you really sat down and looked at your betting strategy? When was the last time you gave money management a second thought? And what about that discipline thing nobody wants to talk about? Yeah. That’s what I thought. And with those thoughts in mind let’s borrow heavily from the wisdom of my friend John Patrick and talk about what it takes to win.

1. Knowledge of the game. One of the silliest questions I hear people ask at the craps table is “How do you play this game?” Standing at the table with your hard-earned cash at risk is not the time to learn. Before placing your first bet you should have mastered all of the basic rules of the game, understand the terminology, have a working knowledge of the correct odds and pay-off, and be comfortable with both the pass and don’t pass sides of the game. To that end, you should read some of the top books on the game - including Scarne on Dice, Sam Grafstein's The Dice Doctor, and John Patrick's Advanced Craps. Explore the game on the internet through forums like ours and through "play for fun" sites and downloads such as WinCraps. Once you feel you have a good command of the game - head to the casino the try it out. But be sure you have a good command of the other seven tools of the trade.

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The DVD includes the portion of the seminar that deals specifically with the mechanics of the grip and toss, along with roughly twenty minutes of tossing and coaching live at the craps table. You'll see Heavy and his students setting and throwing the dice with the camera running real time to show the results.

You'll receive almost three hours of player education featuring the best dice sets, grips, tosses, and more. In addition, we cover betting strategies, money management, discipline, focus, the mental edge, and playing the comp game to win. You'll also receive the e-versions of the seminar workbook, manuals from our other seminars, handouts and strategy cards as an added bonus. Order now and we'll also include a copy of Heavy's "Crapshooter's Buffet" audio CD - recorded live at the Las Vegas Craps Festival in 2001.

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You'll receive an advance copy of Heavy's Axis Power Craps Seminar on DVD and all of the related training material. Then, at the seminar you'll have Heavy's undivided attention for two full days.

Friday evening you will meet Heavy and take a casino walk, learning about the tables we prefer and why. If conditions are favorable you may play a brief live casino session together. Then you will be on your own to enjoy the amenities of your casino resort. Saturday morning we will hit the dealer school for a full day of toss training and betting strategy review. You'll learn the sets and the bets that will get the money, then put it all together in a live practice session. Can you out-shoot Heavy? Who knows? By the end of the session, maybe you will.

Saturday evening, casino conditions permitting, you will play a live session, followed by a review of your play and ways you might improve on it. After that you'll be on your own for the evening. But don't stay up playing all night. Sunday is a full day.

Sunday morning begins with an early-bird in-casino session. Afterward we'll take a break and review your BoneTracker results for the weekend. We'll even custom-design a "personal" dice pre-set arrangement for you. Then you'll play one more live session with Heavy

All in all, you'll have around 18 hours of face time and table time with the big guy - including at least three live casino sessions.

Sign on with three of you friends and the cost per person for this exciting private weekend is $1000 less than you'd pay for our overpriced competitor's group classes. The maximum class size is eight students. Pay just $3295 for up to eight players. That works out to as little as $412 per person for eight players.

Reservations must be made and pre-paid a minimum of thirty days in advance. For more information contact Heavy direct at: or telephone 1-888-YO-HEAVY.

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