Dominic ‘The Dominator’ LoRiggio is an enigma; little of his backstory is known, although, by his own admission, in the late Eighties and early Nineties he was an advantage blackjack player. LoRiggio turned his attentition to craps after reading several books on the subject by American author Frank Scoblete and, in the late Nineties, spent six months perfecting a ‘controlled’ throw of the dice.
LoRiggio once said, ‘Craps is a simple physics problem; it’s a moving projectile in the air.’ He claims that by standing at the correct distance from the back wall, gripping the dice in a certain way and throwing them softly onto the layout, it is possible to turn craps into a game of skill, rather than a game of pure chance. Without so-called ‘dice control’, or ‘rhythmic rolling’, as it is known to exponents of the technique, the probability of rolling seven with two dice is 16.67%; with it, the probability of rolling a seven with two dice is 16.05%, if LoRiggio is to be believed.
Once described by Scoblete as ‘the most devastating dice shooter in the world today’, LoRiggio claims to have toured the United States in the early Noughties, winning so much money playing craps that he was banned from most casinos in Las Vegas and elsewhere. At that point, he turned to teaching his technique to other players; LoRiggio has written several books, including ‘Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players!’, published in 2010 and, along with a team of instructors, conducts ‘Golden Touch™’ dice control seminars at various locations across the United States.