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Dad's Golf Screen Saver

8 July 2001

The Crapshooter © 2001 by Larry Edell

I hadn't seen my Dad in long time, in fact, not since he finally bought a computer and took up golf. We didn't have much in common any more, him being retired and me living almost 1000 miles away. Still, I stopped off to see him on the way to Reno to meet some friends. When we met, he showed me his brand new computer. One of his friends at the Senior Center had installed a golf hints screen saver on it. He liked to turn on the computer, wait ten minutes, and watch the screen saver take over.

I told him he could see the golf hints without waiting ten minutes, and showed him how to load the program itself, but he wasn't interested. He liked the idea of a screen saver. In fact, he liked it so much that he incorporated it in his daily life. Whenever he had a moment or two free, he would imagine his screen saver taking over in his mind, and he would go over the steps necessary for a perfect golf drive--the grip, the release, the follow through. As his screen saver took over, he would go through the same motions dozens of times every day.

And you know what? His golf game improved immeasurably. But this was all just marginally interesting, since I didn't play golf.

I played craps, but when I finally got to the tables in Reno, neither I nor my friends did very well. But we had fun, and that's what friends are for.

On the way back home, I wished that there was some way I could practice craps on my own away from the casino.

And then it finally hit me. Dad's golf game. His screen saver.

It never occurred to me before, but playing golf is a lot like shooting craps. You have to have the correct grip, the correct release, and the correct follow though. I imagined it all in my mind. I picked up the dice and quickly set them for hard ways all around, eight on top.

"New shooter. Shooter coming out," I imagined the dealer saying.

I was shooting for an eight. I gripped the dice lightly on the top edges, so they would have a slight backspin to them when they left my fingers. And they would land in the same spot each time, and produce the same results--an eight. Or at least a hard way.

For the next few weeks whenever I had a spare minute or two, I would turn on my screen saver. I would imagine myself shooting a perfect, controlled throw and coming up with a hard eight. I turned on my screen saver dozens of times every day, just like my Dad did.

Two months later I was in New Orleans on business and I stopped off at one of the casinos there to try out my new screen saver. I shot three hard ways, two eights, two sixes, one four and five other numbers before I finally sevened out. I played again later with similar results.

On the way home, I flew up to see Dad again to tell him what happened. He didn't seem surprised. He's been teaching me lessons like that for the past 50 years or so. And now, he's teaching me golf and I'm teaching him craps.

We're having fun again. And that's what friends are for.


For more information about craps, we recommend:

How To Make Your Living Playing Craps by Larry Edell
Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps by Tina Trapp
Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos: How to Play Craps and Win! by Frank Scoblete
Forever Craps by Frank Scoblete
The Captain's Craps Revolution! by Frank Scoblete
Sharpshooter Craps Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Craps! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
Larry Edell

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Larry Edell
If you would like a free copy of "The Crapshooter", the only newsletter devoted exclusively to casino craps, just send a stamped envelope to The Crapshooter, Dept. RGT., Box 421440, San Diego CA 92142. We'll also send info on our books "Make Your Living Playing Craps" and, "Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps", as well as a free catalog, and a special free offer!

Purchase Larry's book, "Make Your Living Playing Craps" available online here.

Larry Edell Websites:

www.TheCrapShooter.com