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Rhythm Rolling The Dice

Part 2: The Roll

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by Guide Bill Burton

I was introduced to the concept of rhythm rolling a few years ago and have been trying to practice it as well as look for others who set the dice when they roll. I have found many of the shooters with long rolls were the ones that took the time to set the dice when they roll.

Rhythm rolling consists of several components. The first is the set. How you set the dice can affect the outcome. One of the most popular sets is the 3-V set where you have threes in a "V" formation. This gives you the hard six (3 and 3) on top, the six, (5 and 1) on the front, the eight on one (6 and 2) on the back and the Hard eight (4 and 4) on the bottom. There are no sevens showing on the dice with this set.

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After setting the dice you must use a smooth delivery that is strong enough to get the dice to the end of the table but without too much force that will cause them to bounce hard against the back of the table. You also want to make sure that you follow through with your throw. You want to practice so you are throwing the dice the same way each time. Your goal is to throw numbers while avoiding the seven. Throwing the same way can produce repeating numbers.

In his book, Get The Edge at Dice Controlling the Dice, Sharpshooter writes, "Just one controlled throw out of every 43 rolls of the dice would eliminate the house edge and yield a break-even game." He devotes a chapter to explaining how to calculate the effects of the sevens to rolls ratio (SRR) on the house edge.

There are 36 combinations that can be made from of pair of dice. There are six ways that a seven can be made. (See understanding dice odds in the sidebar) This means that with a random roll the mathematical probability of a seven appearing will be once in every six rolls, which is a Sevens to Rolls Ratio (SRR) of 6. The house edge is calculated with this ratio. If you throw the dice 42 times and roll seven 7's you have a SRR of 6. (42/7 = 6) If however you have one non-random roll and throw seven 7's in 43 rolls you have an SRR of 6.14 this is enough to negate the house edge on the 6and 8 place bets.

His book also explains in detail the step by step procedure for executing a Rhythm Roll including showing diagrams of the set and delivery that can be used to obtain a smooth roll. Gaming Author Frank Scoblete along with Sharpshooter, Dominator, myself and several other experienced controlled shooters also teach seminars around the country on dice controll

.Until next time, remember:
"Luck comes and goes...Knowledge stays forever."

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