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How often are dice changed?

28 October 2007

Dear Frank,

First of all, thank you for all of the information that you and your associates make available to the public. I have been reading your articles and find them very informative and entertaining.

I have a few questions for you regarding the dice.

  1. How often are they changed out in a casino?
  2. How often should you change them out if you are practicing at home?
  3. When practicing at home, if you are tracking your throws, what is the optimal number of throws before retiring those dice?
  4. Will statistical analysis of your tracked throws help you point to that "optimal retirement time"?
  5. The list of questions could go on and on...........

Basically, all of the above boil down to this: If the casinos are changing out the dice (which one would assume keeps a set of sharp-edged dice in play the majority of time) on a regular basis, shouldn't one do the same while practicing at home?

I admit that I know very little about the aspects of dice control and the effects of the "sharp edges" on the results of the roll, however after reading several of your articles, it is obvious that it does influence one's success.

Thanks in advance for your consideration,
Mike

Dear Mike:

You've hit upon a very important aspect of dice practice and dice control. When you are shooting those dice they are at various stages in their "life-expectancy." The more the dice have been used, the less sharp the edges; while new dice will have very sharp edges and tips. Sharp is good for a competent dice controller because the dice will be easier to handle since they won't slide as "older" dice will because they have been pared down by use.

Here are general answers to your questions.

1. How often are they changed out in a casino?

Answer: Dice are changed between four and eight hours.

2. How often should you change them out if you are practicing at home?

Answer: About 2,000 rolls.

3. When practicing at home, if you are tracking your throws, what is the optimal number of throws before retiring those dice?

Answer: About 2,000 rolls.

4. Will statistical analysis of your tracked throws help you point to that "optimal retirement time"?

Answer: If you divide the dice throws into quadrants of 25 percent or 12.5 percent of 2,000 throws --- you check what your SRR is at each 25 (or 12.5) percent mark. So after 25 percent are finished your SRR is X:6; now 26 percent to 50 percent that SRR is X:6, and so on. If you find that, over time, your SRR is much higher with the sharper dice (chances are it will be), you might want to jump into games where the dice have just been replaced. In practice I would get used to playing with dice at different stages in their "life times." But junk them after about 2,000 rolls.

For your great questions I am giving you a free week's subscription to my private members-only web site at www.goldentouchcraps.com. We have over 5,000 members and the message boards are filled with interesting, thought provoking and fun posts.

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank Scoblete

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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.

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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:

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