I enjoy reading your books and letters. I can really relate to your blackjack stories. Here's why. Back when AC was going to introduce gambling I thought I had better prepare myself because I knew living in New Jersey I would be going down. So I took the Stanley Blackjack Counting course from a guy who really knew his stuff. The course was a week long and cost $500, as I recall.
Well, after passing the course test I was ready to go. Only two casinos were opened at first and it was hard some times to even get a seat. I started out at $5 tables but as my bankroll grew I moved up to $25 and sometimes even $50 tables. The betting progression started at the table minimum and went up to 10 times that when the deck was rich. Needless to
say, my heart was pounding when when I was at a $50 table with maximum bets up ($500)and had to split 8s and would get a double down as well against the dealer's 5, only to watch him deal a 6 to a 15. What a killer!
Even still, I was making lots of money during those times. Then along came Ken Uston and with his landmark case changed everything. No more early surrender, no mid-shoe entry, random shuffle-ups, etc., etc. The candy store had closed.
I went back to my teacher at the school to ask what everyone was doing. He said nobody was going to AC any more. They were going to Vegas or some international casinos. I had a young family at the time so that was out for me. I still would go down and try my luck but it was really over.
Now I am retired from my business and living on Nantucket. I still enjoy reading about gambling and the games and once in a while I will go to Vegas or Atlantic City. Now, however, after reading your stuff I have become much more interested in craps. On my own, I set the dice and try to have a "soft touch" and sometimes I do and sometimes I don't but I ALWAYS use the 5-Count. I don't win large sums of money (like I used to in the old blackjack days) but I don't lose a lot either. I usually take about $2000 of discretionary income to gamble with and win or lose I have a good time at the casino.
Now that I am retired I would love to take your GOLDEN TOUCH DICE CONTROL CLASS just to see how you guys really do it. It sounds like it would be fun and who knows, maybe even make me a better craps player the few times I do get to a casino. By the way, I am headed to AC this week for a little three-day foray. Should be fun.
All the best.
The good blackjack games have been diminished throughout the country and Atlantic City is even using the hitting on soft 17 rule. You can still find some good games here and there - but the casinos have become really alarmed at players who can actually play well, even though these skillful players are less than a drop in a large bucket.
Golden Touch Dice Control is the way to go but it is much more difficult than learning how to count cards. Many people believe just setting the dice is the key ingredient but there are at least 10 individual skills you need to master to actually have a chance of beating the game. However, the edges you can get if you become a decent dice controller are far higher than the edges you can get counting cards at blackjack.
If you are serious about learning dice control, Golden Touch can teach you how to do it -with throwing skill coupled with proper betting.
And, yes, I am really glad you like my writing!
For your great letter I am giving you a free month-long subscription to my private, members-only web site at www.goldentouchcraps.com. We have over 5,000 members on this site and the conversations are just terrific!
All the best in and out of the casinos!