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=================================== Thursday, January 25, 2001

Featuring "Casino Gambling" by Jerry Patterson

Hello everyone,

This week, I'd like to present you Jerry Patterson, one of the best known gambling authors, with over 44 years experience as a player, author, and instructor.  He has taught millions of gamblers through a gambling column published in the US's largest newspapers, i.e. the New York Daily News, in the pages of 5 best selling gambling books, in gambling classes and seminars across the continent.

Jerry Patterson's book "Casino Gambling" has been the number 1 best selling gambling book since shortly after its publication in February 2000.  With 272 pages, it features all the casino table games.

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Here is a review of the book by the Blackjack pro Rob McGarvey, followed by Jerry's introductory lesson in dice control:

Casino Gambling: A Winner’s Guide to Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat & Casino Poker

I became acquainted with Jerry Patterson by reading his book Blackjack: A Winner's Handbook.  I first looked the book over in a library, then bought it for my own library. I learned many interesting things about playing Blackjack from this book.

Later on I ran into Jerry on an e-mail group I belong to. I let him know how much I enjoyed his book, and offered to review any other work he had coming out.  Jerry sent me his new book Casino Gambling: A Winner's Guide to Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat and Casino Poker.

Originally, I started my "gambling career" playing Roulette. I played progressions and never ran into the long run of things, escaping with my money and nerves intact. I realized shortly there after that Blackjack's house edge could be busted, and began down that road. I have also played Bacc and Craps, mostly for fun against the low house edge, again with progressions that never topped 3 or 4 unit bets. Basically, I've played all the games Jerry writes about in his book to some degree or another.

On the cover, you'll see How to Become an "Advantage Player". An Advantage Player is defined as any player that can actually hold an advantage over the casino. Blackjack, Poker, T-bred horses, and Sports Betting have always been known as the "Big 4" W type games (W = win-able). How the heck is Jerry going to turn the 5.26% house edge in Roulette into an advantage? What about the 1.14% Craps house edge?

Becoming an Advantage Player has us looking to alter the random outcome of the dice in Craps with "Controlled Throwing." For Roulette, we look for Roulette Croupiers who are giving a discernable "Dealer Signature", creating for us exploitable non-random results. In Blackjack, again we look for the dealer's shuffling and pick-up procedures to create player favorable conditions. Fantastic!

Jerry turned the Blackjack community on its ear back in the 80's by proclaiming that multi-decked Blackjack games were killing counters due to their non-random card groupings from the wash and shuffle. Players 1-2% advantages became non-existent for periods during the play of shoes and wiped them out at times.

Jerry came up with methods to keep counting players in their 1-2% advantage during random games AND to take advantage of these non-random decks (or parts of decks), possibly increasing the over all player advantage. It is no wonder to me that Jerry has put together methods to create non-random effects with dice, or spot non-random effects created by a Roulette dealer going through the motions over and over again.

Have you ever watched professional dart players as they play? It amazes me how they can almost put the dart into triple 20 over and over again. "Controlled Throwing" brings this picture to mind. With the right dice set up and a proper throwing method, a player can decrease or increase the number of 7's they throw. I can just imagine the achievable % advantage to this!

What about knowing about 5 numbers on the Roulette wheel that the dealer is not likely to hit with their obvious dealer signature? This would be very nice indeed. How about knowing 5 numbers the dealer is VERY likely to hit with their next ball? Let Jerry introduce you to the "Power Sector Method".

Jerry covers Blackjack in this book as well. In chapter 7, he covers the multi-deck game winning strategy. A risk aversive basic strategy is introduced, and card counters recommendations are also given to help keep biases from killing them. Chapter 8 deals with single and double deck games, which are still very beatable with counting. Again, Jerry has some interesting ways to play them.

Baccarat doesn't have any beatable biases, but it is streaky, or choppy at times. Jerry gives some playing tips for people that want to play this game at the recreational level.

And now,  the one paragraph that will basically sum up my review of Casino Gambling: A Winner's Guide to Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, and Casino Poker:

Jerry Patterson's book "Casino Gambling: A Winner's Guide to Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Baccarat, and Casino Poker" brings together unique, understandable ways of finding or creating the circumstances that will change the outcome of your bets.

YOU can become an "Advantage Player", by using the Power Sector Method in Roulette, Controlled Throwing in Craps, and CCS and Ride the Bias for the multi-deck Blackjack games of today.

Packed with interesting information from front to back, filled with the thoughts and findings of Jerry's 44 years gambling experience, this book is a definite "have-to-have" in any gambler's library. On top of all that, you are getting THREE  advantage gambling systems in one book for only $13.95!  It's hard to beat that!

You can order the book through the secure order form.  A $10 fee is added to the price for shipping and handling.  It will be shipped to you directly from the supplier.

The following article will give you an idea of Jerry Patterson's expertise:

Setting The Dice

Is it possible to get an edge over the casino - an actual measurable statistical advantage? That's what this report is all about. Let's start with craps and dice control (Ref: Casino Gambling, Chapters 10 & 11). Using Dice Control and/or betting on another shooter with Dice Control skills, the advantage is achievable and measurable.

Get out a pair of dice and hold them in your hands. Do that now and then come back here and continue reading (if you don't have a pair, I suggest picking one up from the drugstore or casino next time you go). Put the two fives on top with the 1s pointing to the left. Now look on the inside faces - open up the two fives. What do you see? A six on the left die and a one on the right die - the seven. Now look at the two outside faces - the left face and the right face. You see the other 1 and the other six - another seven. In setting the dice in this way, we are putting two of the sevens out of the way - one on the inside and one on the outside. I know, I know, they may not stay there as the dice fly through the air, but as you learn to control the dice and keep them more or less together through their orbit, the chances of these two sevens coming up are minimized. Not eliminated, minimized.

In Chapter 11 of Casino Gambling we developed the calculations for deriving the player advantage. And we showed that just one controlled throw out of of every 43 rolls of the dice would eliminate the house edge and yield a break-even game. So, it's not that difficult to attain an advantage. The set I showed you above we call the hard way set because the pairs show on all four sides: 5,5; 4,4; 3,3; and 2,2. This is a good set to use when you get some experience in executing the controlled throw, but not when you are first starting out as a rhythm roller. Use the Quick Set shown on page 130.

Here is what to remember about the Quick Set: the dealer will never push the dice back to you with a seven on top - this is considered extremely impolite and is just never done. But the dice may come back to you with a seven on the side. Notice this when the stick man pushes the dice back to you prior to your throw. If you see the seven on the side, simply rotate either die a quarter turn to take off the seven. That's all. Try it now with your two die - set a one and six on the side with a 3 and 2 on top. Rotate the right die a quarter turn to take off the seven. What do you see? You should see a 3, 1 on top and a 1, 2 facing you - the seven is gone and the chances of throwing a losing seven thereby minimized.

To summarize, the first lesson in advantage craps is setting the dice. Or at least understanding how the set affects the outcome. Do you need to set the dice to gain an advantage? No you don't. But setting will achieve the highest advantage possible.

Finding and exploiting other rhythm rollers wrote about his experience of using the data in Casino Gambling to find another rhythm roller. He turned a 20-unit buy-in into 340 units in 36 minutes. How did he do it? By using the techniques described in Casino Gambling and scouting for other rhythm rollers.

Here are the questions to ask yourself as you observe other shooters at the craps table: Question 1: Does the shooter set the dice? Question 2: Does the shooter shake the dice in his hand before throwing? Question 3: Does the shooter throw the dice the same way each time; i.e., is his form the same, or nearly the same, on each throw? Notice the rhythm of the throw.

For Question 1, you would like to see the set, but this isn't mandatory. For Question 2, if the shooter shakes the dice, his throw will probably be random; watch his form carefully and you will know. For Question 3, if the shooter throws the dice with no apparent form, it is obviously a random throw.

You want to see the same release, and you want to see some elevation on the launch (not too much, visualize about 45 degrees and you will have it).

After the launch as the dice come down out of orbit, you want to see the dice landing approximately the same distance before the back wall each time. If the dice are skipping down the table or if the shooter is "feeding the chickens" as we call it, you are looking at a random throw (visualize a farmer's wife with a box of feed in her left hand and her right hand reaching in and scattering feed in a repetative movement - that's "feed the chickens" - a random throw). Make it a habit of studying the other shooters and you will find one which delivers an advantage.

One more point, even if you get the right answers to these three questions, you may not get an advantage hand; i.e. a hand of greater than six rolls.

One reason is that the shooter may not be setting and inadvertently picked up the dice with a seven on the side yielding a higher chance of throwing the seven.

Another reason may be a random outcome of a controlled throw. The dice will bounce after landing. The key words here are **altering the natural outcome of the dice.** This will not happen on every roll, not even for a skilled rhythm roller like me or my teammates. But you will find shooters like Mike did that will hold the dice for 36 minutes and deliver some fantastic profits on a long hand.

To end this lesson, let me ask you a question. Would you rather put your money, or increase your bet on a shooter who throws at random, or one with at least a modicum of control? Every crap shooter wants the long hand. This is what it's all about. You have a better chance of realizing this goal with a controlled thrower. So evaluate the other shooters. Increase your bet if you see control; decrease your bet if you see random. In your next casino session, make it a point of studying the other shooters. Bet with those that show some control. Lay off or make a table minimum bet only on those that "feed the chickens."

Jerry Patterson

Jerry's book has great value for a very small price. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Click to order "Casino Gambling" by Jerry Patterson.

Until next time,


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