Get a Grip

First, use only Casino Dice! These are used dice that the casino gets rid of after about 8 hours of use. The size and weight are important. Buy sets of different colors and from different casinos. This way you will not fall into the superstitious trap that only a certain color will work for you.

Standing behind the pickup point, reach over the”rail” and pick up the dice. This should be practiced in three ways. If there are more, please let me know!

1) Sideby Side. You will be able to develop a thumb – finger grip that is most comfortable for you. But to start,use your thumb at one end and the second finger at the other end with the first finger touching where the two die come together. Using this grip one die will follow the other to the target. If you put three fingers on the front side and your thumb on the back side where the two join, you will be able to turn your hand 45 degrees so that both die are side by side facing the back wall.

2) Stacked one on top of the other. This will prove to be a useful arrangement for certain sets. To grip use your thumb at one side in the middle of the stack and the second finger on the opposite side with your first finger resting on top. I encourage you to experiment with slightly offsetting the stack, seems to produce less action during the throw.

3) One die in front of the other. This is a classic example of the “Teacher” – “Student”becoming a student. Free4 posted a message about this grip on the “Hot Shot Message Board”. This board is filling up with some good Crap! Anyway, I have been experimenting with this grip, and like Free4, I find it to be very comfortable.You can set the dice side by side then turn them 45 degrees. Place your first finger on the leading die, with your thumb on one side and your second and third fingers on the other side (holding the joining die together). I have found this to be a comfortable grip when it is limited to the side position facing the dealer. If you are right handed, you should be on the left side of the table. If you are left handed, you should be on the right side of the table. This way the dice will be side by side facing the back wall. If you are at the straight away end of the table it will take a wrist or “digging” throw to get the dice to the other end. If you are right handed and throw from the right side,you will be throwing with your thumb leading. But who knows, this maybe comfortable for you. Life is one big class room!

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The Target

Focus on the white circle at the end of the table. The object will be to hit anywhere inside the white area with enough force to bounce up, hit the textured wall and land no more than 4 to 6 inches from the wall. You will want to minimize the “action” of the dice. This is going to be a delicate balance between keeping the “set integrity” and following the rules of the casino! It is best to move the target from center every once in a while. If the real table you play on has that spot cluttered with chips, you will feel comfortable hitting other targets!

The Throw

Having the proper grip, and knowing your target is of no value without getting the dice from the pickup point to the target! You must develop a consistent “rhythm” of speed and arc from every position of the table. If the force of your throw (speed) is too slight or to much, you will miss your target or not achieve the proper “bounce”. The top of your arc should never go higher than eye level of the average person. Try to keep the dice together (no spin) as long as you can before they hit the target. This will take control, but is doable! Sorry, but nothing more can be said about throwing. Because each individual is different, you must develop the skill of “rhythm” throwing that fits you. This can only be done through individual practice!

Take your time developing your individual rhythm! Believe it or not, setting the numbers before you throw is just a small part of this skill. When the time is right for you, it will be time to learn the different sets and move on to the second phase of your learning curve.

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What is Setting

A setting is done by arranging numbers (dots) before you throw them. To define different sets, the numbers that you create on top of the dice as they rest on the felt, and the numbers you create on the side facing you are the only ones that are important. For example, t5/2, fs4/3 (t for top, and fs for facing side) is one set. The first red number in each group is for one die and the second black number is the other die! Getting use to this way of identifying a set will prove to be useful. Just ask the Stickman for the (t) numbers and you will already have half the set made for you!

The theory behind Setting is to “Stack” certain combinations of numbers prior to a controlled throw that will give you the best chance for a predetermined outcome. Is there a “Magic Set” that will work all the time? NO! If you were to ask 10 different Setters which is the best Set to use, You will receive 10 different answers! I know because I have done it. The reason is simple: There is one universal factor and many individual factors involved that will determine the outcome of any set. The universal factor is the set itself. However, it is the individual factors that will have the most influence for a predetermined outcome. The individual factors are all involved in the individual controlled throw. They are Concentration, Speed, Arc, and Accuracy to the target, which will affect the overall action of the dice. The reality is that only you will be able to determine what set works for your individual style of throwing!

If you accept this reality, it’s time to combine your developed throwing “rhythm” with different “sets” until you find ones that fit your style. Free4 says that there are 552 combinations! To prove he knows what he is talking about, he gives the math in Section 2 “More Sets”. This is a real treat if you are a math enthusiast. For me, I just trust his word!

At this stage, there is no point in confusing you with all the possible combinations. However, you have to start somewhere. I am going to start you off by showing you some remarkable sets that will give you the best chance to throw (combined with individual style) Horn numbers and one that will give you the best chance to throw Point numbers.

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My Teaching Style

Not until I met some great Web Buddies did I understand the added excitement I was missing out on by avoiding this learnable skill. Thanks to two special, knowledgeable setters, a guy that goes by the name Free 4 and a graphic artist Vic Trombley, I was presented with an irresistible challenge. Both of them, individually, and in their own way, as much said, “Larry, our understanding of the game of craps has made us better players because of what we have learned from you. We want to share our skill with you. Are you ready to become the Student instead of the Teacher? With that offer and challenge, my focus turned to becoming the best all around craps player I could be!

The teaching style I have chosen for this setting training room is going to be unique, but I believe it to be the most effective! I have received valuable information in the graphic form and lengthy conversations from both Free 4 and Vic. Because I was in a unique learning position, I could analyze the information from both and extract the best from both! I also became a web sponge. However, the personal contact proved to be most useful because they could answer questions that I had. The following is going to be a step by step view as I combined all the information during my learning phase, while at the same time developing a universal teaching format. In a sense, you will be taught by a student that had the same questions and Pre-Practice Excitement that you should be experiencing. I have trimmed all the fat so as to speed your learning curve. If you are ready, I invite you on my journey.

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Other sets

The above Sets should keep you busy for a long while! However, there will be a time when you will want to investigate other sets that will give you the best chance for Place Numbers and Horn Numbers. With 552 different sets to choose from, the task can be daunting! In my focused goal to make the best site on the web concerning the game of Craps, I have arranged to provide you with top 55 sets (5 for each individual number.) At my request, Free4 (lineaway) has done a analyses of the most productive sets for each number. This is to provide you with a quick reference. He has also written a comprehensive manual below is a link for you to get all the information about the art of selecting useful sets. My sincere thanks goes out for the time and effort he put in providing the following information!

Please do not be mislead by the following information! The sets for each individual number are based on the frequency of that number showing in that set. But more important, (in the case of point numbers) the infrequency of the 7 showing. These are ideal conditions (planet x) and do not represent the actual physical outcome for a particular number! We are in an unexplained area of how this works. For example, the sets that I shared with you above, are not statistically the best sets – but they work for me! Go figure! What is important is that you have the best chance to throw point numbers after a come-out and horn numbers during a come-out. The actual outcome will still depend on everything mentioned above. Select the best sets that work for you! To do that, you will have to experiment with different sets. Understand that this will take many throws of a particular set before you put your confidence of your ability in a set to risk your money!

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Point number set that has worked for me

This is an exciting Set for producing “right” numbers! The Sets go like this: (t5/1, fs4/4) Check out all the numbers going around and in the split! (t4/4, fs1/5) (t1/5, fs3/3) (t3/3, fs6/2) Play with the dice and see how many you can come up with!

If you found the “Stacking” Grip (one die on top of the other) was good for you, here is an easy way to get this 6/8 set in the Stacked position: (t2/1, fs4/4) now just put one die on top of the other!

If you are looking for more information about different useful sets, please review and study the second section below before you vote. Your feedback is important! Contact Larry Freiwald

Becoming a skilled craps player requires developing both the physical (dice setting) and the mental aspects (understanding strategy and when to use what works) of this great game. This site provides you the opportunity to become skilled in both of these important areas on your why to become a consistent winner! Before you tackle Section 2 and perhaps continue your study of sets in the advanced e-manual, I invite you to check out the unique philosophy of Situational Craps to master the mental aspect of this game. To learn more click Here. If you understand and agree with this philosophy, and want to learn how to sign up for my special Sit-Craps training area, click Here.

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Horn Set that worked

Get a set of casino dice. On one die have the 4 facing up and the 2 facing you. On the other die have the 3 facing up and the 5 facing you. (t4/3. fs2/5) Pick them up and add each side. All 7’s! This is a good set for come-outs. Practice throwing this set and see if it fits your style. To keep track of the numbers that result is going to be easy. Just like keeping track of 7 cycles, I have provided you with a Chart that you can print. As you can see, the first two lines are where you write in the set that you are testing. Below Set #1 put (top #) 4/3. In the second line (Front #) put 2/5. Going down the page put the number that results from each roll. The list goes to 34 rolls but you can continue by going to Set #2 and put in the same set.

You can see that this program will provide you with much information as you are in your training phase. For more information, you can contact the author, Lynn Crewse, by a simple e-mail: from what I understand (any time it my change) Lynn is offering this program as a qualified “free”. Yes it is free, but if it works, and you see the value, there is “volunteer $25 donation” that will be expected to show the value of the time spent putting this program together.

I hope that this beginning training room has been as much help to you as it has to me putting it together! If all of this went over your head, don’t worry; you can always try playing craps for the fun of it. If you don’t know the basics behind how the game of craps is played, may I suggest that you try playing the game in practice mode at an online casino such as If you wish to continue your study of how sets are determined, I invite you to study a comprehensive e-manual that Free-4, (lineaway) has put together on the “nuts and bolts” of axis rotation as it relates to dice setting.

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