Dice Control: What Is It and Does It Help?

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For most casino gamblers and casual observers, craps looks like a completely random game of chance. The shooter throws the dice, and they dance across the table before bouncing off the far wall and settling where they may.

Lately, people have been asking about dice control. They want to know everything they can about this advantageous gambling technique. Let’s dive into dice control, what it is, and if it helps.

Dice Control for Newbies

Dice control in its simplest form is the method used to throw the dice, which will influence the result. The thought that holding or “setting the dice” in a particular fashion ensures a winning roll sounds far fetched to many.

I’m not going to divulge my thoughts on dice control this early in the conversation, but believe me, it’s coming.

To set the dice, you must hold the dice with specific numbers covered, and others exposed. This is then said to influence how the dice fall.

The most popular approach to “setting” is holding the dice in a manner that the threes form a “V.” Those who promote dice control swear that this reduces the shooter’s chances of rolling a seven.

The main focus of dice control is reducing the number of sevens you roll. Any reduction in sevens gives you a better chance. In fact, if you can reduce the number of sevens rolled substantially enough, you can gain the mathematical edge in real money craps.

By reducing the amount of sevens rolled by as little as 1 in 12, you actually guarantee a long-term profit if you stick to betting the pass line.

Manipulating the Dice

Above, I spoke briefly about the dice setting involved with dice control. This is one aspect of dice control that its proponents will champion as vitally important.

Of course, it only makes sense that if you’re convincing people, they can alter the dice roll results; how you hold the dice is key.

Setting the Dice Is an Aspect of Dice Control That You Should Spend Hours Perfecting

According to the so-called experts, you’ll need to invest in a legitimate craps table. In addition to the massive cost of purchasing a full-size craps table, you’ll need a massive swath of space somewhere in your home to put the monstrosity.

Then, after you’ve converted the formal dining room into a miniature casino, comes hours of practice, because what good is setting the dice perfectly on every roll if you can’t consistently make the same throw.

Hours of practice are really months of regularly tossing the dice on your new table and keeping a detailed log of the results.

In other words, every roll you make involves setting the dice, making the same repeatable throwing motion, and logging the result. Then, you roll again and again.

You roll until you’re confident that the throw is coming out the same every time and are striking the same spot on the wall or felt.

It may be at this point you also need to pour over your detailed information about the results. I suspect that you’ll find the sevens are still coming up roughly one out of every six rolls.

How do I know that? Because that’s what the math says they should be coming up.

Dice Control Promises Huge Profits

The point of dice control is pretty straight forward. It promotes craps as a beatable game long-term. This would ensure that over a long enough timeframe, you could amass an absolute fortune.

All you need to do is build the bankroll to facilitate the massive wagers needed to become rich. You’ll also need a large enough bankroll to sustain the cold streaks that may come creeping in at any given moment.

Still, anytime you can gain a mathematical edge over the casino, you basically have a license to print money.

This means that if dice control works and delivers as promised, you’ll be lounging in luxury before you know it. After all, this is precisely how the casinos guarantee that they always win in the end. It all goes back to the math.

The casino also doesn’t particularly care what craps strategy you use for throwing the dice. I always fancied blowing on them or, better yet, having a beautiful companion blow on them.

Unfortunately, it appears that those days are long gone. In any regard, if the casino is turning a blind eye to how you go about rolling the dice, it’s a clear indication to me that there’s not much merit behind dice control.

Does It Come Through?

The proof is in the pudding, and dice control is all about where you get your pudding. The dice control experts will sell you on the mathematical edge that they claim you receive by manipulating the dice to your advantage.

Of course, most of these experts are also trying to sell you something else—books, videos, and training programs to start with. On the other hand, the casino tells a very different story—a tale of indifference, to be more precise.

The casinos aren’t panicking. And that tells me there’s nothing to the hype of dice control.

There’s No Concrete Evidence Dice Control Is Real

If dice control is a success, where are all the newly minted millionaires hiding? The only evidence that we have is the adoring testimony of a few established gambling experts.

Surely, such a guaranteed method for winning must have many casino gamblers lining up to share their success. Maybe they are keeping a low-key facade to prevent the casinos from catching up. I find this extremely unlikely.

People love to brag and flaunt their success, and gamblers can be even more flagrant in this area. So, I doubt that nobody would have talked by now. Perhaps the wealthy new gamblers are too busy enjoying their success.

The lack of evidence may be due to the minimal sample size. The theory of dice control has only recently entered the mainstream gambling scene. It takes millions of hands to formulate what’s tried and true and what’s a simple fad.

There’s no disputing that the math checks out. If a player can reduce the probability of a seven being rolled to 6.5:1, they will see long-term profits.

No Consistent Way to Beat Craps

The fact remains, there’s no consistent way to beat craps. Well, there’s no legal way to beat craps. Your best chance of beating the casino on the craps table is by sticking with the pass line and don’t pass line.

By betting the pass line and taking the odds, you will be playing the casino at a house edge of below 1%.

Making these less exciting bets won’t net you millions. However, you can enjoy gambling without busting your entire bankroll.

If there comes a day when dice control becomes a proven method for players to beat the house, it will be the end of dice control as a profitable method of playing the game.

The casino will alter the rules to restrict the influence the shooter has over the dice. This may include having a dedicated casino employee do all of the shooting on a table or implementing a mechanical device to roll the dice.

In either event, the casino will not sit idly by while their profits walk out the door.

Alternative Advantage Methods

Even though you can’t get an advantage in craps doesn’t mean there aren’t some tried and true methods for making a healthy profit from casino gaming.

We have solid evidence that card counting is an effective method for gaining an advantage for the casino. Probably the most telling evidence is the ban levied on card counters by the casinos.

Next are the well-documented accounts of players that have raked in a healthy fortune by counting cards.

If you are searching for the best way to make a million on the casino floor, look into executing the art of card counting.


Dice control isn’t the best thing to hit the gambler’s tool kit since card counting. Knowing what it is can protect your time and wallet from needless waste. Does it help?

Who knows if it helps? Will you be able to beat the house edge with solid dice control? Only in theory.

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...

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