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9 April 2013

Dear Frank:

In Vegas with new girlfriend. She started on a penny machine giving .25 per play. When done after 3 hrs up $200. Next day went back to machine and it was gone. Casino says they make adjustments at night -- hard to believe they watch penny machines?

SE

Dear SE:

Coincidence. Winning $200 is not going to make the casino go to the trouble of removing a machine. If the machine were broken, then yes, they would remove or fix it. It might be they were changing the casino setup in that area. Did you talk to anyone in charge?

I am sending you my book "The Virgin Kiss" since I have published your letter.

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank


Hello, Frank,

Thanks for sharing such good stories, both from your readers and yourself, about craps and gambling in general. I really enjoy reading about craps and the culture of the game. My skills as a shooter are not yet great but I keep practicing with the goal of eventually making a difference. The greatest joy of the game is the people who populate craps tables around the world (winning is also a joyful thing!) and the stories one accumulates. Sharing craps stories with other craps shooters is great fun and a wonderful way to make new friends and enjoy old ones.

A story that I often share with craps friends concerns an experience I had at a table at the Horseshoe in Las Vegas many years ago. After about an hour of up-and-down luck at a fairly crowded table when the tide turned toward the don't side, the elderly gentleman next to me began to grumble about his lousy luck. His complaints got a little louder as the dice seemed to cool further. I was trying my luck on the “don't” and was hanging in there. After a considerable amount of time and growing volume of negative comments, I looked him square in the eye and asked him, "Why don't you just bet the don't?" He about dropped his teeth, stared at me aghast, and loudly proclaimed, "I'd rather lose!" With that he grabbed his chips and walked away.

I'll never forget the look that guy gave me and the lesson I learned, both about the vagaries of luck and the intransigence of some folks' approach to the game. I would rather not lose at the game of craps, but it seems better to occasionally make some reasonable changes in strategy while staying within the bounds of sound money management and good bets. Staying in the game is the best way to have fun and, by the way, collect more stories!

Thanks

Tom H.
Denton, Texas


Dear Tom:

Great letter and I agree that we craps players all love the characters and stories of the game.

I am sending you a copy of my book "The Virgin Kiss" since I published your letter.

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank
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Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

> More Books By Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Golden Touch Blackjack Revolution

> More Books By Frank Scoblete