Christmas eve craps.....Vegas!

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  1. siik2nr, Dec 25, 2016

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    Arrived 6pm in Vegas 23DEC and stayed at the Mirage.

    Mirage and all Mlife casinos I confirmed have dropped the payout on the ATS bet. Not happy about that.

    I did confirm that Total Rewards casinos still have the 35/1 and the 176/1 payouts for the ATS.

    Limped in at first on the tables at Mirage. Immediately noticed the surface was hard. The dice edges were extremely sharp. Must have been new, or I have to be more critical of my pratice dice.

    Table was cold. At one point it was just me. I was betting the ATS and kept opening with a 7. Which meant I was losing before even starting with the feature bet. Toss was not crisp after driving 7 hours in holiday traffic. Kept throwing PSO or worse, loading the comes and then SO.

    Decided to just drink and shoot craps the next day. For now I'd camp out at SR1 and bet minimal. About an hour in, with a 3/3/3 ATS wager, some RR hits the ALL. Won $630 plus another $250 on the throw. Almost $900 profit so I cashed out. Played other games throughout the night and went to bed up $500.

    Christmas eve I get up and decide to find a good table. Played at Harrahs, Palazzo, Venetian, Treasure Island. I really like Harrahs and TI's tables. Not so hard and not crazy soft.

    While in Harrahs I started to get comfortable and settled in. Table was giving me a lot of numbers. Battled for a hour and then decided to make my move. I boosted my ATS To 10/10/10 and picked my dice. Toss looked good, felt good but was still not as confident as I normally am. 8 rolls into it my confidence started getting better. 12 rolls into it, I'm thinking about how much money I am making, vice how much I could lose. 18 rolls in, I'm a "9" away from the all tall. 2 rolls later, 9 comes and I get paid $350. 35/1 on a $10 wager.

    4 rolls later I am down to only needed the ace/duece for over $2400. I know I can toss a 3. After all, I spent 4 weeks practicing on how to throw horns. Specifically 2 and 12.

    I start hopping the ace duece, confident its coming. I turn off my odds for one roll and go for a different set and toss. Dice land 1/1. Everyone moans. I leave the bets off and try again. Dice land 1/1 again. Table cheers me on. I turn all bets back on and go back to my HW set and decide to go for a different toss. 2 rolls later about 28 rolls into it, I SO with a 4/3 double pitch. Not because of my dice rotation leaving my hand, but because it was a short roll due to one dice caught an edge and didnt make it to the back wall, where the other dice continued.

    Upset with myself, because this is what I practice for, are those moments when I'm one number away from big money.

    Made about $800 on my turn. Was disappointed that the final number was not a box number. With a $10 wager on a 176/1 payout, you can guarantee I'm gonna make at least $500 more with a lay bet. Which was always my plan.

    10/10/10 ATS and laying the final numbers before each payout if possible. Usually about 1/3rd of the winnings.

    Left Vegas 8pm Christmas eve up over $1000 for the day and half trip. Had winning toss at Treasure Island for another $300+.

    Overall, if I had not played slot machines, I would have up closer to $1500. Was with good friends and the GF.

    Thought about that ace duece all the way home. As soon as I got home and before unpacking I go to my practice station and on the third attempt I throw and ace duece. Lol. For some reason It made me feel better. Haha.

    Merry Christmas!

    Siik2nr
     
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  2. Twelve4s, Dec 25, 2016

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    Merry Christmas Silk!
     
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  3. random_roller, Dec 27, 2016

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    Can't really be disappointed leaving Las Vegas up over a grand. Nice win.
     
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  4. azbroncfan, Dec 27, 2016

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    Sounds like a great trip. I thought Total reward casinos had fire bet instead of the ATS bets.
     
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  5. random_roller, Dec 27, 2016

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    Horseshoe (Hammond, IN) and Harrah's (Joliet, IL) have both Fire Bet and ATS Bonus Bet. ATS was added at Harrah's Joliet last year.


    Edit: Hammond is in Indiana, not Illinois.
     
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  6. tabletop123, Dec 27, 2016

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    Congratulations on your Success!
     
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  7. azbroncfan, Dec 27, 2016

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    Good to know. I go to vegas every other month but I only play at Mlife properties. I used to do both and Caesars/Total rewards properties only had fire bets. I guess they have both now.
     
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  8. random_roller, Dec 27, 2016

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    FYI, I corrected a typo in my original post. Horseshoe is in Hammond, Indiana (not IL), @20-30 minutes from downtown Chicago.
     
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  9. The Comeback Kid, Dec 27, 2016

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    Since it's Christmas and we're in a sharing mood...
    Here's my trip report.

    Christmas Eve & I'm with my just-graduated-w/a-fine-arts-degree-&-a-6-figure-student-loan-son, at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs. Surprising on a holiday - the place is deader than dead. It was so dead the mice were having a run of the place. 2 craps tables open, $5 min., 1 or 2 players. And we begin...

    Rolls are frustrating. No recognizable patterns. My usual hunches are falling shorter than the US standard of living. So I go to the dark side for an hour or two, w/a don't pass & a few dc's, waiting for the inevitable. That keeps things interesting, until my own flesh & blood, apple of my eye, proceeds to knock off all of my dcs one by one - boom, boom, boom. I say thanks a lot - then he makes point...and take that!
    Ouch, last straw.

    Time for a break.

    We go out to to get some fresh air. I do a Tai Chi set - (moving meditation) to slow the momentum of the losing sting. I knew what I wanted was in the ethers, keyed up, but I was no where near it. Due...was due, but I needed to find the frequency of it. Can't go from frustration to awesome with a snap of the fingers. My vibration was squarely on the loss. I needed to bridge the gap. I needed to turn off the controls and go with the force.

    Craps is such a mind game. Too much thinking can trip you up. That's why I decide to reach for the emotion of relief. I knew that if I could find relief, the path to the happy-happy party, could not be far away. I soothed myself with positive affirmations, believing there was a joyous bounce waiting in yonder casino.

    But still, as good as the words were, they fell short. I just wasn't feeling it, yet. Even so, I did my best; surrender the rest & marched in we did, with newfound purpose & direction.

    There we stood, welcomed by a few additional players, but it was clear that they were not gonna lead anybody to the promised land. The dice are still as choppy as an Air Lagos flight into Laguardia, so I'm playing darker than dark.

    If it's gonna be, it's gonna be up to me.
    I'm searching my database of ideas, reaching for inspiration & something clicks - go with the ice tong & my ex wife's custom set. Yeah...that's the ticket. Disclaimer: Past success is no indication of future result.

    I start the roll on the don't pass. My table position is stick left #1. The point's an 8. I'm methodical, easy, soft grip & then an idea comes like a shot to the head - close the eye nearest the back wall & shoot. Brilliant! If I'm not aware of the outcome, I'm unconditional & the outcome I seek must come. Now I know I'm where I need to be, and I keep tossing & pressing, tossing & pressing…

    My mind is empty. I'm in a bubble, floating on air. I'm not invested; therefore I am w/o resistance; w/o fear. I let the energy take me & soon my confidence level surges to match my chip rack & bulging pockets. Under this state of being, what I want must come & keep coming. It is Law.

    The only words spoken by yours-truly were, how much to press each number after a hit & here's another bet for the crew. It was a magical hour + roll. Sorry, no specifics, but most numbers were pressed into the triple digit range.

    Is this not what we live for Ladies and Gentlemen- that blissful state of worthiness coming from 2 die being tossed on a green felt table & coming to rest on all the numbers - like the 12 days of Christmas.
    Utter-worldly.

    A woman came up afterwards with tears of gratitude offering me a tip with bowed reverence, to show her appreciation. How could our hero, the one-eyed Comeback Kid refuse her 2 red chips? So sweet.

    In the end, I never did make point.
    What a game!
     
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  10. HornHighBLEVE, Dec 27, 2016

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    ^^^Entertaining read though. LOL
     
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  11. basicstrategy777, Dec 27, 2016

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    As you know CBK, you don't make money on the point.

    777
     
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  12. tabletop123, Dec 27, 2016

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    Numbers, numbers, & more numbers!
     
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  13. The Comeback Kid, Dec 28, 2016

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    Touché, Sir Basic...Happy New Year to all.
     
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  14. far out, Jan 18, 2017

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    That's a great post silk. Your a dice expert I think! Rock on!
    far out
     
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