Never play with "scared money." Realize
that you could lose. Find your comfort level. Don't
chase losses. If your betting units are too high for
your comfort level, this could affect your execution
of the rhythm roll.
Do not let dealers or other players annoy you. If
this is not possible, leave the table. Making dollar
bets for the dealers on a hard way point or a come-out
11 will nullify any interference with your delivery
or heat of any kind. Do not get caught up in the excitement
of the games as the other players urge you on to make
your point or numbers. Maintain focus. There will
be plenty of time after your long roll to let the
adrenaline flow, enjoy the win, and accept the kudos
from the other players.
Try this approach to maintain your focus: When rolling,
especially when the table gets crowded, try to find
a "hallway" at the far end of the table
with about a foot between two pass-line or odds bets
as your target area. Then extend the hallway back
to your spot. Then, just throw the dice down the hallway,
trying to deaden them off the far wall. Picture a
cereal bowl sitting against the end of the wall, and
just try to lob the dice into the bowl -softly, so
they'll stay In it.
|The Power of a Big Stack
a big stack well above par helps your chances of winning
an event in several different ways. First, it allows
you to bully the short stacks (as with all comments
about big stacks, this is more true in no-limit than
in pot-limit or limit, and more true in pot-limit
than in limit poker). When you raise a short stack,
its owner has to worry about losing those extra-valuable
last few chips. The hand becomes critically important
to him. It isn't vital to you because the short-stacked
player doesn't have enough chips to damage the big-stacked
If you think that "bullying" sounds a little
bit like "stealing," you're exactly right.
Players don't like to "mess with" big stacks.
Whenever someone has a bigger stack than you, he can
break you but you can't break him. Indeed, if your
stack is small enough, you can't even hurt him.