start with the set or positioning of the dice. How
do you set the dice prior to the throw? What numbers
should be on the top, bottom, and sides?
There are 1,152 different combinations of how two
die can be positioned. You can witness the many variations
by observing craps shooters in the casino who use
a set. Some set the dice on the point; others use
some standard number that may be their favorite lucky
I'll never forget one evening in the old Playboy Club
in Atlantic City, when I was standing next to a shooter
setting the dice on the two ones. He would position
the dice so that the ones were straight up and then
chant "the eves, the eves" prior to the
throw. (In craps jargon, ones arc known as "snake
eves" or "the eves.") So you'll see
all kinds of sets at the table. What amazes me is
the care many shooters use to set the dice, then pick
them up and throw- them haphazardly down the table
with no rhythm roll whatsoever.
The 6-T Set. The set we will teach you here is very
effective and, with practice, will achieve a player
advantage. It's called the 6-T Set because the two
sixes are arranged in a T formation,as shown in figures
7a and 7b
It's as simple as that. Arrange the two dice with
the sixes on top as shown, Without regard to what's
on the two sides or the bottom, and you're ready to
pick them tip and throw.
|The Power of a Big Stack
important corollary here is that a big stack should
be cautious in getting involved in a hand with another
big stack. If there is only one player at the table
with enough chips to bust you, why play against him?
Naturally, if you have a great hand, the chance to
double your big stack can make it worthwhile, but
otherwise, you're taking unnecessary risks.
In the 2002 World Poker Open, a $10,000 buy-in event
that was paying $500,000 for first, there were 23
players left when a collective groan hit the room.
Humberto Brenes, one of four players who owned a huge
stack, got into an all-in hand with one of the other
three: me. Why a groan? The other competitors realized
that whoever won that hand could bully everyone else
left. Brenes won the hand and eventually the tournament,
which is why I'm writing this book instead of sunning
myself in Hawaii.