Pssst …! Wanna know a secret?
How about the secret of having a controlled attitude?
You may be tipping the dealers, calling them by name, and be close friends with your Casino Host. You are doing very well, starting to win a lot of money. But suddenly the dealers turn against you, and start a campaign of harassment that ends in either your seven out, or worse, them taking the dice from you and giving it to another shooter.
Wanna know the secret that craps pros use to maintain a controlled attitude?
Let's find out!
When you play craps you should remember that the table personnel are people with their own problems and desires. Sometimes, casino management looks at their employees just as revenue sources. And sometimes, some crews make more money than other crews. If, for example, one boxman had the misfortune to be at several tables that have lost a lot of money, he might be considered to be "unlucky" even though it is certainly not his fault. And if this particular boxman ends up at your table, you will not do as well as you would at another table with a different, more easy-going person.
This boxman may talk to you and have the other dealers talk to you before and during your shoot. You might see the stickman hit the dice with his stick, "by accident." A drink girl could spill a drink on you, also "by accident." These things do not happen very often, but they do happen. And these are not the worst things that can happen. The boxman has the power to simply take the dice from you and not let you shoot at all, because you are "slowing down the game."
The thing to remember is that this is just one person out of hundreds of casino employees who has had a bad experience in the past, and he is letting this experience control his attitude towards your shooting.
The most important attitude here however, is not the boxman's, but yours. If you are to continue playing, even at a different table, you can not let a casino employee rattle you. You do not want to end up giving your hard-won money back to the casino. You need to go to your calming place and relax. Go back to your room and remember the good times you had in this casino, and all the comps you received over the last several years. Take a break. Read a magazine. Calm down. You can not let the boxman's attitude take control of yours!
You are the only person who should control you.
Whether it takes one hour or one day, you should not play again until your attitude is controlled, and you are sure you can perform to the best of your abilities.
When the incident is totally forgotten, it is time to attack the tables again. When your attitude is controlled by you and not the casino, you will win, and not the casino!
Pssst …! Now you know the secret of having a controlled attitude!
(c) 2005 by Larry Edell