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Scoblete's new craps book: An interview by Melissa A. Kaplan12 September 2010
Melissa: You've written half a dozen books on craps. Do we really need Casino Craps: Shoot to Win?
Frank: Each of my previous books handled specific ideas. I decided I wanted one single book that would encompass all of the most important concepts I have written about in my career. I wanted one-stop shopping, so to speak. It even has a great DVD that shows controlled throws by Dominator, the greatest dice controller in the world today.
Melissa: So you are saying this book has it all? That it is comprehensive?
Frank: Yes, it contains everything you need to know to actually beat the game of craps and I am talking about a real advantage, not some silly betting or hedge-betting system. A player can go from being a novice to learning all the elements of dice control and getting the edge at the game.
Melissa: Have you incorporated any material from your other dice control book?
Frank: Yes. I have used the pictures of Dominator throwing the dice but I have gotten rid of all the wordy and extraneous commentary by other people. I have condensed all the most important parts and laid them all out in an easy-to-understand way. In fact, I am so proud of this book that the other book has been taken out of print.
Melissa: You say you can go from being a novice to advantage-player in this book?
Frank: Yes, I explain how the game is played. I go into detail about all the bets and which ones a smart player should make. Then I have sections on money management and how to "push the house" to give you a better game than the casino advertises. But the book is really two books in one. Once I am done with the facts of the game in part one, I go into advantage-play in part two.
Melissa: Give me more about the DVD?
Frank: A professional DVD is worth a million words. You'll get to see Dominator shoot the dice in unedited rolls. I'll repeat that. Dominator's rolls are unedited. With the DVD you can judge whether dice control actually works and how it should be done. I think this DVD coupled with the book is an amazing resource for craps players.
Melissa: What about your famous 5-Count?
Frank: It is the late Captain's 5-Count. I have to give him full credit for everything I have ever written about craps. The 5-Count is a very important part of lowering the house take on your money and for advantage players reducing the hit by random rollers. I explain betting for non-advantage-players and for advantage players. I explain what kinds of edges an advantage craps player can get with various skill levels and how to make sure you get to actually keep the money you win. The 5-Count is a part of the whole thing.
Melissa:Your readers have come to expect firsthand accounts of your own play. Do you have any of that in this book?
Frank: Yes. Keep in mind, I not only write about the game, I play too. I've been playing craps for over two decades. I have two chapters devoted to firsthand accounts of craps play. One is the full story of Pat DeMauro's 153-roll hand at Borgata in Atlantic City. That was a 5.6 billion-to-1 event. Then I have a chapter on my team, the Five Horsemen (Dominator, Jerry "Stickman," John "Skinny," Nick-at-Night and me), taking on Vegas for a week. That chapter should give readers an idea of what it is like being an advantage craps player -- it has the good and the bad. That is an exciting chapter and hopefully the readers will get to experience a great adventure with us.
Melissa: I see that Dominator is cited on the cover of this book.
Frank: Absolutely. He helped tremendously with all aspects of the information on controlled shooting and also the mental aspects of the game. He was invaluable. I mean the guy is, in my opinion, the best dice controller in the world. Who else should be involved in making sure all elements of dice control are laid out intelligently?
Melissa: Were any others involved with this book? Any other help?
Frank: Yes. Two other members of The Five Horsemen helped me a lot, Jerry "Stickman" and John "Skinny." Not only do I have adventures with these guys but they are also experts at the game. Each read over the whole book and offered great advice.
Melissa: Would you say that this book is the only book you would ever need to read on craps?
Frank: Yes. To this point in craps literature I think books have been merely elementary and almost all give silly advice on how to bet. Casino Craps: Shoot to Win! moves from the simple to the sophisticated. It's a first.
Melissa: How can you get the book?
Frank: You can buy Casino Craps: Shoot to Win! from Amazon.com, or from your local bookstore or by mail order by calling 1-800-944-0406.
This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at email@example.com.
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