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Setting the Dice – Part One: The Hardway Set

by Jerry "Stickman"

Jerry "Stickman" is an expert in craps, blackjack, video poker and advantage slot machine play. He is a regular contributor to top gaming magazines. The "Stickman" is also a certified instructor for Golden Touch Craps and Golden Touch Blackjack. His current book, " Specific Slots Machines That Give the Players the Edge!" provides mathematically proven advantages over the house on some slots and it is available in our store. You can contact Jerry "Stickman" at

Note: Complete information on Dice Control along with scores of pictures illustrating all aspects of it is available in the book Golden Touch Dice Control Revolution. In addition, The Golden Touch Dice Control DVD is a two-disc set showing the best dice controllers throwing the dice so you can see for yourself how it is done. Over 200 unedited throws of the dice are captured from all angles. For more information on classes in dice control visit or call 1-800-944-0406.

Gaining an edge at the craps table is possible. It is not easy. It requires lots of practice. However, the edge than can be achieved is much higher than any blackjack card counting method.

There are several components to dice control and all of them must be mastered to obtain an edge at the craps table. The Dice Control 101 series will cover them all. In this installment, the "hardway" dice set will be covered.

To review from the last installment: As in any physical endeavor where someone throws, pushes, or taps something toward a target, being as close to the target as possible makes the job easier. The reason is that any imperfections in the throw, push or tap will have less time and distance to work on the object in motion so it will end up closer to the desired target location. What this means for the controlled shooter is that he should stand as close as possible to the stickman – specifically, right-handers should stand to the left of the stickman and left-handers to the right of the stickman. Not only does this position put the shooter closest to the target back wall, but the throwing motion is natural and the throwing arm can actually end up several inches closer to the target than standing on the opposite side of the stickman.

Dice Sets

The baseball analogy works well in dice control. A pitcher may have only one pitch – for example, a blazing fastball. Another pitcher may have a fastball and also a wicked curveball. Each different pitch in a pitcher’s repertoire has a different setup. A fastball is positioned differently in his hand than a curve ball.

In Craps, the position of the two dice in relation to each other before the shooter picks them up and throws them is called the set. Each die has six faces that can be set on top (meaning facing skyward). With each of the six numbers on top, each die can be rotated so one of four numbers is facing you. (If it helps, get a pair of dice and follow along.)

The proper dice set in craps is very important. Just as placing the baseball in different positions in the pitchers hand produces different results, different dice sets in a controlled shooter’s hand will produce different results. Some sets may increase the occurrence of certain numbers, and some may reduce the occurrence of certain numbers.

The hardway set is explained in this installment. It is called the hardway set because one of the hardway numbers is on each side of the dice set: hard 4 (2-2), hard 6 (3-3), hard 8 (4-4) and hard 10 (5-5). The illustrations below show two different hardway sets from two different angles...

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