What We AREN’T Talking About
Now before we dive right into this subject, let me first say that we are NOT merely talking about tables that are moderately bouncy or ones that provide a little extra rebound and jounce when the dice make their initial contact with the table. Most of the mild-bouncy or medium-bouncy layouts can almost always be easily conquered by using my conventional Low, Slow, & Easy Toss.
You will find a complete discussion of that throw in the following posts
Mad Professors Shooting Bible – Part 3
Mad Professors Shooting Bible – Part 5
The Why, What, and How of Ultra Bouncy Tables
Ultra bouncy tables are an intentional by-product of a new type of foam underlay.
In most cases the old-style open-cell ¼-inch foam-rubber that numerous casinos have experimented with over the last couple of decades, has given way to a newer high-density closed-cell foam of either 1/4-inch (.250”) or 1/8-inch (.125”) thickness.
This new type of underlay is similar to the stuff that high-tech electronics sometimes come wrapped in. Its surface is relatively smooth (with no open pores or cells), very dense, and provides little “give” when pressed lightly.
Our friend, The Lion, has been doing some outstanding research on this particular subject over the last couple of months. If fact my discussions with him during that time have led to some very satisfying improvements in my own shooting on these trampoline-like tables.
Without getting into the behind-the-scenes cloak-and-dagger inquiries and investigative research that went into learning all we could about this relatively new D-I adversary; suffice it to say that most of this padding is supplied to the casinos by GPI (Gaming Partners International, which is the combined operations of PaulSon, Bud Jones and Bourgogne et Grasset); and it is quickly gaining popularity among casino executives as a way to protect the felt from cuts, the wood from spilled drinks, as well as providing a side benefit of perhaps impeding attempts at dice-influencing.
I have found that the best cure for ultra-bouncy trampolines is my recently refined…
ULTRA Low, Slow & Easy Toss
Right off the bat, I’m going to tell you that most players who THINK they are using a LS&E toss are actually using more of an Egg Toss Lob (as discussed in Mad Professors Shooting Bible – Part 5); which when used on a bouncy table makes the initial touch down angle WAY TOO STEEP. So even though they are throwing their ersatz Egg Toss Lob slowly and with very little forward-energy, their initial landing is still way too steep for super-bounce, high-rebound tables.
Obviously that is NOT what the basic LS&E is all about, and that is certainly not what my recently refined ULTRA LS&E is all about either.
Instead, the ULTRA LS&E is in essence, a much L-O-W-E-R, much S-L-O-W-E-R, and much E-A-S-I-E-R (gentler) throw than the conventional LS&E toss.
It employs a much lower release-height that the LS&E (by 50%), and much slower throwing-force (about 40% less throwing-energy that the LS&E), and a much more gentle and easier spin-rate (using either backspin or forward-spin, although ideally I like to use about two or three full-rotations-from-release-to-initial-target of forward-spin).
The reason the ULTRA LS&E works so well on super-bouncy tables is because it takes a proven on-axis, primary-face performer like the LS&E, and modifies it just enough to provide a satisfactory degree of toss-outcome reliability despite the seemingly extraordinary reaction that conventionally-influenced tosses suffer through on the very same surface.
Should We Even TRY To Tackle Trampoline-Like Tables?
Many players feel that tough, hard-to-beat tables should be avoided at all costs; and to a degree I can see their point, especially in jurisdictions where multiple casinos offer multiple tables with multiple kinds of layouts. However, many people don’t have the luxury of choice, and I see a day on the horizon when a wider number of casinos will be installing these trampoline-type layouts; so it makes sense to at least know how to deal with them if you ever do encounter one…
…and we’ll do just that in Part Two…
Good Luck and Good Skill at the Tables…and in Life.
The Mad Professor
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