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  • What are the rules around using dice?
  • What should I consider when it comes to dice control?

Casino players (and gamblers of all types) tend to be a bit superstitious. That’s why sometimes, it’s hard to discern what is, in fact, a legitimate strategy and what is more a superstition that’s been passed down from generation to generation like an old wives’ tale. There’s plenty of them like sitting down at a Blackjack table at the wrong time and playing a slot after someone else has ‘warmed it up’. Have you actually impacted the strategy or are those just superstitions?

One of the more common topics in this realm that’s debated is dice control in craps. Many people just figure that you toss the dice and hope for the best while others feel that there is some strategy on how to get the numbers you need.

What Are The Rules?

Before we get into the dice control, it’s important to note that there are some basic rules of the game. The short of it is that the casino typically doesn’t care how you throw the dice or who throws them for you as long as they hit the back wall. That’s the key. Blow on them, close your eyes or throw from behind your back. Whatever you do, they must hit the back wall.

What Factors To Consider In Dice Control?

There are few things you’ll want to keep in mind if you try out this strategy:

  1. The Delivery

What we’re referring to with delivery is how you’re going to actually throw the dice. Believe it or not, there are strategies involved with it.

Of course, the most common way is to be completely random with it. In that situation, there really is no strategy: just throw the dice. Whether is from the side or overhead; it doesn’t matter. However, if you’re trying to control an outcome here then you’ll want to stop for a minute and think about the delivery. If you throw the dice hard and they are not aligned, the chance of them bouncing around and being more random increases. However, if you do a softer toss and try to align the dice in a certain way, you might improve your outcome.

There is some science behind it as the key here is to keep the amount of dice reaction to a minimum. What you’re trying to do is keep them on the access that you have thrown them – if possible. If done properly, the dice can stay together and maybe rotate along the left and right axis rather than bouncing around randomly. We’ll explain why that’s important in the next section.

  1. Alignment Of The Dice

The alignment of the dice is a critical element in this equation. What you’re trying to do is keep the dice in a certain position so you can minimize the bouncing around. Of course, you can stack the dice, you can have them at separate heights and maybe you even use a cup. However, those all increase the randomness of the event, which is the opposite of what you want.

The flip side would be to align the dice in a certain way in your hand so that when you throw them, there is minimal rotation or – at the very least – a somewhat predictable or favorable rotation. It’s hard to do but you can increase your chances.

The key here is to keep the dice completely level and together when you throw them. That’s the play here as you want to keep the dice together as long as possible through the throw.

two dice on yellow background

Dice control is well, a little dicey.

  1. Which Way Are The Numbers Facing When You Throw?

The last piece of this puzzle is to think about which way the numbers of the dice are facing when you throw them. Again, you can leave it completely random or you can think about the throw, the rotation and which combined numbers are more likely to help or hurt you at the end of the throw.

You have to think about what number you need to roll to minimize (or ideally, eliminate) the house’s edge.

For example: Let’s say that you want to avoid rolling a seven. The best way to do that is to have the dice with a fives on top and the ones to the left. If you can do well with steps one and two from above, then you’re going to be in good shape for No. 3 as well.

You’ll have to run the different variations and think about what numbers you want to hit and what you want to avoid, and then correlate that to how the dice are aligned in your hand.

Practice Makes Perfect


The biggest challenge with dice control is that it’s hard to practice but that’s exactly what you need to do. If someone told you to practice with blackjack, that’s pretty easy as most people have a deck of cards or you could go online to play. However, with craps, you have to get yourself a little table, which most people don’t have, and you can’t test this out online. Of course, if you went to casino and practiced, it could become fairly costly.

Hop on Amazon or eBay and find yourself a table on the cheap and start practicing. Try different throws, different distances, different velocities and see what comes of it. Then start to think about the alignment of the dice and which way the numbers need to face, and then you’ll start to work a little advantage.

To be fair, it’s still tough to pull this off and really turn the tables in this game. However, all you’re trying to do is shave off a little bit of the house’s advantage and spin it in your favor.

Will that make you a winning player in craps in the long run? Maybe not. Will it improve your chances of winning each time you throw the dice? Probably so.

Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor is a card game enthusiast who you can find checking out the latest themed online casino games or sports betting trends. When she’s not writing about what’s new in the gambling world and industry (both online and on land), you can find her watching the NBA and looking up assorted player facts. (Did you know Lebron snacks on apples and almond butter everyday?)

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