The title of this article is a Samuel Beckett quote. Some may interpret this as a negative statement because it is dwelling on failure. I disagree. In dice influencing, and life in general, I associate this quote with oft cited, “When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Here’s why.
Let’s face it. Every hand that a precision shooter throws, be they novice or journeyman shooter, eventually ends with failure. Whether hand lasts three rolls, or ten or thirty rolls, an eventual unintended seven arrives in due course. If we were capable of throwing a perfectly executed controlled toss every time, perhaps this would not be case, but bottom line is we CAN’T throw a perfectly executed toss every time. The seven is inevitable. This is a fact of life for a precision shooter. This doesn’t mean that you should live in fear of seven. As I’ve stated before, as a precision shooter, if you’re shooting in fear of seven, you are giving it power over you.
We’ve established then that for every hand you throw as a dice influencer, it will end in failure. We aren’t going to dwell on negative aspects of that right now. The purpose of this article is to determine whether you are getting most out of those failures at tables.
Every Session Is A Learning Opportunity I’ve been involved with precision shooting for several years now. Regardless, I still approach every session as an opportunity to learn something new. Perhaps it’s a new betting method, maybe it’s a fresh approach to money management, or being more adept at troubleshooting my throw while I’m at table. There is always room for growth. Anyone who tells you that they know everything there is to know about game and about precision shooting is delusional or has an ego that’s run amok. Continued growth is extremely important to your future success at tables as a precision shooter specifically and as a craps player in general.
Debrief I certainly hope by now, you know importance of keeping session notes. The Mad Professor has several articles on subject, as well as MickeyD’s article Notes, Notes, Notes. I’m aware that a lot of shooters keep session notes solely for purpose of keeping track of wins and losses. That’s really a secondary purpose. The main purpose for keeping notes is for gaining insight into future sessions. Your session notes will provide a method for you to FAIL BETTER in future.
Focus On Positive As I stated at beginning, “failing better” does not mean that you only focus on errors that you made at tables, but also on what you did well, what you should do again, what you should ALWAYS do. It is essential for every small success to be a building block for future success. Despite how poorly a session goes, determine those things that you did well. If you terminated a session because you reached your loss limit, or you realized you weren’t “on”, are just a couple of examples of “positives” that can be gleaned from even worst session. For sessions that go particularly well, take precise notes of what occured. Your goal is to be able to recreate a positive situation every time you stand at tables.