The topic of dice control is both hotly debated and widely misunderstood. Because of this, there is a lot of misinformation, conjured by zealots on both sides of the issue, which has been spread over the Internet. So before we get into the specifics, let’s take a look at what the term dice control really means.
Craps dice controllers don’t claim to have 100% control over the dice. After all, the dice have to fly several feet, strike the opposing wall, and then tumble back on the table: there is a lot of room for error! What these experts do claim, is the ability to control the dice roll well enough to get a statistical edge over the house.
When playing a standard pass line bet, you’ll be facing a 1.41% house edge, and by making odds bets on top of that, the edge can only go down (as low as .02%). If you can influence the dice enough to even swing the odds by 1%, then there is no reason you can’t make the game fair. After that point, any further effect you have is turned directly into a statistical advantage.
How To Control Craps Dice
There are a lot of different ways to hold, throw, and control a pair of dice, but the fundamentals hold true no matter what. The dice should be held so that they are “kissing”; so that they have to faces touching together completely. When they are thrown, they should remain kissing as they fly through the air.
As the pair of dice is flying, the two dice should be spinning across the x-axis away from the wall, or in other words, you should give them a backspin. If all goes according to plan, then the dice should strike the wall together, and roll away in an identical, linear way.
There are a lot of different dice control methods that can be found for free on the internet. Try a few before deciding which one is right for you. The three-finger front grip is a great place to start!
If you did everything right, then the dice will roll back from the wall, and not tumble. Because of this, there is no chance that kissing sides or the opposing sides will land facing up. Also, the dice should roll the same distance, and corresponding faces will remain together. There are no guarantees, but you are significantly improving your odds.
Does Dice Control Really Work?
The answer to this question is that we don’t know for sure. In theory it all makes sense, but in practice, nobody has sat down to really prove (over a long string of rolls) to have an influence over the dice. Until the day that we can really put dice control to the test, craps players will have to use their instincts when judging these techniques.
Even if dice control is proven to work, there is one thing that everyone must do to have success: practice! It’s not easy to learn how to control a pair of dice, and even the pioneers in the field know that practice is essential.
If you don’t have your own regulation craps table, then you’d better be willing to spend the time and money to practice every day in a live casino setting. After your first thousand rolls, you’ll probably start to get the hang of it, but it may take many thousands of rolls to be able to consistently control the dice.