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Dividing match play

30 July 2016

From Richard,

Hi Stickman,

I have two quick questions.

First, I have a $100 match play from a casino. Is it better to use the match play at once for $100 or use them at $25 each? Thanks

Second, I read all of Frank's books about craps. I know he talks about landing the dice about 5 inches from the wall; would it make sense to try and land them almost touching the bottom of the wall to avoid the pyramid? You know, that couple inches space below the pyramids. Thanks.


Hi Richard,

The answer to your first question is that it is up to you. Each of the two options has its own good and bad points. Do you like to risk everything in the hopes of doubling your money or would you rather settle for something closer to half the amount? Most match play coupons are only good on bets that are about a 50/50 proposition. Assuming you are using your match play on such a bet (a craps pass line bet, a hand of blackjack, or roulette outside bets, etc.) the more equal bets you place, the closer to winning half your bets you become.

If you bet the entire amount on one bet, you have a roughly 50/50 chance of doubling your money and also a roughly 50/50 chance of losing it all. If, instead you split that $100 into four $25 bets, each of those four bets has a 50/50 chance of winning or losing.

You have a much better chance of ending up with something to show for your match play experience by splitting the match play up into four separate bets. That doesn't mean you can't lose four bets in a row (or, looking on the positive side, win four in a row), but the math says the more bets you place, the closer to a 50% return you become.

To summarize, for the best chance of doubling your money, bet it all. For the best chance of keeping something, split it into four bets.

The answer to your second question is a bit tougher. It depends a whole lot on the table as well as your shot trajectory and the energy you impart on the shot. What you are talking about is very similar to what is known as a kill shot. That is a shot where the dice just stop when the hit the table surface.

If you can cause your dice to hit and stop right where the back wall meets the table surface, this could very well work to your advantage. By not hitting the pyramids, their randomizing characteristics will not come into play. But please keep in mind that this is VERY hard to do. Even if you are able to do this with some regularity, it is also very likely to elicit comments from the suits and those comments will not be praise for your skill at causing the dice to stop right at the back wall.

Instead of trying to land the dice right at the wall below the pyramids, my advice to you would be to hit the table surface four to eight inches from the back wall (depending on the distance between where you are and the back wall as well as the type of table surface).

Take care with the shot so that when the dice come to rest, each die is approximately the same distance away form the back wall. You should have very good results with this technique. More importantly, you should get very little, if any, heat from the suits in the pit. Just remember having a devastatingly great shot is of no value if you cannot use it.

May all your wins be swift and large and all your losses slow and tiny.

Jerry “Stickman”

Jerry “Stickman” authored the video poker section of "Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Pai Gow Poker!" You can contact Jerry “Stickman” at stickmanjerry@aol.com
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Jerry Stickman

Jerry "Stickman" is an expert in dice control at craps, blackjack, advantage slots and video poker. He is a regular contributor to top gaming magazines. The "Stickman" is also a certified instructor for Golden Touch Craps dice control classes and Golden Touch Blackjack's advantage classes. He also teaches a course in advantage-play slots and video poker. For more information visit www.goldentouchcraps.com or www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 1-800-944-0406 for a free brochure. You can contact Jerry "Stickman" at stickmanGTC@aol.com.

Jerry Stickman Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com
Jerry Stickman
Jerry "Stickman" is an expert in dice control at craps, blackjack, advantage slots and video poker. He is a regular contributor to top gaming magazines. The "Stickman" is also a certified instructor for Golden Touch Craps dice control classes and Golden Touch Blackjack's advantage classes. He also teaches a course in advantage-play slots and video poker. For more information visit www.goldentouchcraps.com or www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 1-800-944-0406 for a free brochure. You can contact Jerry "Stickman" at stickmanGTC@aol.com.

Jerry Stickman Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com