How To Play Craps

September 22, 2014 by  
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Aside from Poker and perhaps even Roulette, Craps is one of the more well known casino games, both in the real and virtual gambling world. Craps’ simplicity and excitement draw both amateur and professional gamblers and the monetary stakes vary, attracting both average players and high rollers. The unique aspect of craps is that is not limited to the casino, but craps can also be played at house parties and even on street corners. This is what makes the game of craps so popular because anyone can learn how to play it and it introduces gambling to circles outside of the casino.

Craps is easy to learn as the rules are not very complex. Oftentimes, the only prerequisites for a good game of craps are a pair of dice and a few people. The excitement of playing in a casino, either online or in an actual facility is that the excitement of the crowd surrounding the craps table often fuels the game.

To begin a game, the player makes a passline bet. The bet is played before the dice are rolled. If you roll a 7, you’ve won. If you roll a 2, 3 or 12, you lose. Any other number you roll becomes what known as the point number. If you roll a point number, you must roll that number again before rolling a 7 or an 11 to win. If you roll 7 again before rolling the point number, you lose.

Players can make additional bets in addition to the first bet, a move that is known as the odds bet. This means that the casino loses the usual house edge and the game begins to be played on real odds, versus an edge one way or another.

Before beginning any game of craps, especially in the casino, check out other players first to learn different tips and strategies. If you are playing craps in an online gambling room, then be sure to check out rules and regulations and take advantage of any classes or other educational materials about the game. The best success stories in gambling are those who learned everything about the game they play. Craps is no different. Learn all of the tips and tricks of the game of craps to be truly successful and win big. And for casino amateurs, craps can be the best way to start on a really big roll.

Increase Your Chances of Winning Using A Craps System

February 10, 2014 by  
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If you’re a craps player you probably enjoy playing the craps game with a minimum of risk. A craps system is a method of obtaining this. If you follow this system you will have a long and more enjoyable play whether you’re playing craps at an Indian casino or from the best casino gambling online website.

A good system for the craps game should include

<ul>
<li>a Craps game plan </li>
<li>odds, such as  knowledge </li>
<li>executing enough discipline to follow the craps game plan</li> </ul>

<b>The Craps game plan</b>

Have you ever seen The Lakers or any other top football team going into the Super Bowl without a game plan?  I haven’t.  And this is also true for the Craps game. You don’t enter a serious Craps game without some sort of a game plan. With a good Craps game plan to follow, it’s  less likely that you’ll get caught up with all the “bad bets” at the table when things go wrong  Vital questions your game plan must answer, for example is when to bet, what to bet on and how much to bet, etc.

<b>Know Thy Odds</b>

You should know the odds for any number that is rolled in the Craps game.  As Craps players we know that the house has a definite advantage as the seven has the highest chance of rolling than any number. So a general rule of thumb should be that the further away from a seven the number is, the lower the chance it has of being rolled. Let’s say a two has a one in 36 chance while an eight has five in 36 chance of rolling. So by applying a little common sense, you’ll see that you should  chose to place bets on numbers that have higher chances of rolling.

<b>Craps discipline</b>

To carry out your craps game plan, you need to drum up discipline. This means doing like the professional gamblers do; don’t let greed and fear tempt you away from common sense.  If you keep focused and execute a little discipline, you can play only the strongest bets on the table and eventually walk away with minor losses instead of ruin.

If the fortunate event of having a nice stack of the casino’s chips in front of you occurs, executing discipline will also help you to go home.

Don’t Pass Betting

January 11, 2014 by  
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Don’t pass betting in dice is one of the least used bets that can be made in a casino. There are several reasons for this lack of popularity of a don’t pass bet. The first and most obvious is it goes against the bulk of the crowd at the table as most bettors at a craps table are betting for the shooter to make points. Don’t players are also not very popular with the other players. Another reason is odds on don’t bets take more money than pass bet odds.

A dice game offers the best odds for a player if they are willing to bet properly. Proper betting means taking or putting up the odds on a shooter’s point. The house edge in a dice game is higher on the pass side than the don’t side. The edge is just over a tenth of a percent better on the don’t side. The house edge is 1.414 on the pass line and 1.402 on the don’t pass bet. This doesn’t look like much, but it is over time. In order to get this edge as low as possible the player must give or take the odds. That is the rub for the don’t player.

Let’s say the point is ten. The pass line bettor can take the odds and get paid 2 to 1 on their money if the ten repeats before the seven shows. The don’t bettor has to put up the payoff as odds and will only get half the money put up if the seven shows first. In the first case the bettor put up $10 to win $20 when the ten shows before the seven. In the don’t pass scenario the bettor had to put up the $20 to win $10 when the seven shows first. This odds differential of bet size is what stops many players from playing the don’t side. It is hard for many to put up 20 to win 10. If the table is running cold, then this is exactly what the bettor should be doing in order to get the best odds and lower the house edge on the game. All of the other point numbers are played the same way, except the don’t bet is smaller as the odds are less than two to one. The expert dice player wants to be on the right side of a table trend and the trend tells the player whether to take or give the odds.

Laying The Odds In Dice

January 11, 2014 by  
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Laying the odds at a craps table means you are betting against the shooter or against a specific number showing before the dreaded seven. A bet against a shooter means the bettor wants a seven to roll before the shooter’s number rolls. This is often referred to as playing the don’t side of the table. A don’t bettor is laying odds against certain numbers being rolled before a seven is rolled. A don’t ten bet would be the original bet plus laying the odds of say $20 to win $10 on the odds bet. The original bet would pay even money.

The odds on a don’t four would be the same. The odds on a don’t five or nine would be lay $9 to win $6. The odds on a don’t six or eight would be lay $6 to win $5.

As you can see, you need to put up the come side pay off when laying the odds on a don’t bet. This may account for the fact that many players will not play the don’t side. Another factor is the don’t bettor is making what could be considered pessimistic bets. This is a fallacious perception. Don’t bettors are just taking the house side of the bet and also getting a slight edge in the crap table odds. It takes more money to play the don’t side, but on a cold table it is the winning strategy. You can also place don’t bets just like you can place come bets. Again these are not popular with the general dice shooting public.

Laying the odds behind the line on a don’t come bet is similar to a behind the line bet on a come bet. The difference is you need to bet more money as you are laying the odds instead of taking the odds. The math is the same in both cases and the chances of the bet winning depends on the way the table is running. It is the negative perceptions of don’t betting that stops this strategy from being employed more than it is. It makes sense from a dice playing method, but going against the rest of the table is not a popular way to join a table of excited dice players.

A mathematical edge in any gambling game should be exploited if you have the means to do this. Don’t come betting is just such an edgy bet.

Selecting A Winning Craps Table

January 10, 2014 by  
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You’ve decided on which Casino to attack, now how do you decide on which Craps table to play?

Of course, your first consideration will be the table odds. The more the merrier! That’s true ONLY if the table odds of any given table fits within this session’s bankroll.. that is the portion of your bankroll currently assigned to this one session. Selecting a high odds table (like 10X) does not mean that you must bet at that level, but if it fits within your session’s bankroll, by all means do! Taking advantage of the odds like this is the best way to “even” the playing field by removing the built-in, huge house advantage that the Casino enjoys at the other games.

So, assuming all things being equal (all the open tables fit within your bankroll’s parameters), let’s pick a table…

Some are crowded, some are nearly empty of players, and some are totally devoid of players.

Which looks like the best table for you?

I could go into a long dissertation based upon what kind of bettor you are in order to make this decision, but I won’t!

I could discuss noise vs. silence = winning vs. losing, but I won’t!

I will say this: The dice have NO memory.

Understand? Many don’t – The Dice have NO memory.

Put another way: Each and Every roll of the dice has a random result totally free from ANY and ALL previous rolls. By the way, you should have a good understanding of the true odds of any given roll. You can get the chart at many Craps websites.

Therefore, logic tells me that what has been rolled recently plays NO role in picking a table on which you can win money.

What about Hot vs Cold?

If you’re a “right bettor”, you instinctively would not want a cold table… BUT, the dice have NO memory.

If you’re a “wrong bettor”, you probably avoid hot tables… BUT, the dice have NO memory.

Some bettors believe very strongly in superstitions, and I say: That’s fine! Picking a table based upon superstitious is fine.

Selecting a table based upon noise (or lack of) is fine!

Selecting a Hot or Cold table is fine!

My reason for selecting a table is very simple: I pick one where the position that I prefer is available! That’s all – no big scientific reason…

because truth be known – it just doesn’t matter!!!! … and why? Because, (say it with me): The Dice Have No Memory!

Much more important is knowing when to LEAVE that table for another.

Learn How To Play Craps

January 10, 2014 by  
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Learning how to play craps is fairly easy, but it can seem a little complicated in the beginning though. If you have ambitions to join a gambling net of craps players or you just want to play craps for fun, there are certain basic rules and strategies that you have to learn upfront.
In addition to pure casino gambling entertainment, the purpose of playing the craps game is

<ul>
<li>Rolling a specific number before rolling a 7.  The first roll – referred to as</li>

<li> “coming out” determines which  number is needed to be rolled again before a seven. </li>

<li>This number is what we call a point. A point can be a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. </li>

<li>If a 7 is rolls before the point, (go home); your wager is lost, (the game is over.)  at which time the procedure starts all over again. </li></ul>

<b>Some  Basic Bets</b>

<u>The pass line</u>
is probably the most fundamental and the very first bet you should learn.  This is the first bet in the craps game and is placed before the come out roll. This bet
<ul>
<li>wins if a seven or 11 is rolled on the come out roll. </li>
<li>loses if a two, three, or 12 is rolled on the come out roll.</li>
</ul>
If a point is rolled on the come out roll, the pass line bet wins if the point is hit before a seven.

<u>The don’t pass line</u>
is the opposite of the pass line bet. This bet
<ul>
<li>wins if the pass line loses </li>
<li>loses if the pass line bet wins.</li>
</ul>

<u>The come.</u>
is placed after the come out roll. Else the same rules apply to this bet as to the pass line bet.

<u>The don’t come </u>
is the opposite of the come  This bet
•       <ul>
<li>wins when the come bets lose</li>
</ul>

<u>Bet that a certain number will be rolled before a 7</u>
Such bets are played as “place” and “buy” bets, which means that different numbers have different house advantages and payouts. Here are some more odds:
<ul>
<li>7 rolling: 6 in 36 </li>
<li>6 rolling: 5 in 36 </li>
<li>8 rolling: 5 in 36 </li>
<li>4 rolling: 4 in 36 </li>
<li>10 rolling: 4 in 36</li>
</ul>

<u>Bet that a seven will roll before any certain number</u>
Such bets are what we call “place loser” and “lay bets”.

This was a little craps game primer.  Practice these rules by playing it on the web for a while and get comfortable with the bets.  Then you are ready to learn more about the craps casino card game.

The Can’t Lose Craps System

January 10, 2014 by  
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Ah, so you’re interested in a craps system that can’t lose? Well, there is no such system, but today I’ll share with you a craps system that’s pretty darn close. In fact, there’s only one roll where you “could” lose. After that it’s money in the bank.

Warning: If you like high-paced action and make you sweat types of wagers, this isn’t for you. To make a system for playing craps very safe, we have to get very conservative. Still interested? Okay, let’s go.

I’d recommend playing this system with larger units. Playing $5 or $10 units isn’t going to accomplish much of anything. It’s a decent way to get used to the system, but after that, step it up some. You’ll see why soon enough.

This craps system is so easy that your grandmother could do it in her sleep. The system starts on the come out roll. Don’t know what this is? Look it up. We need to get moving here.

Okay, on the come out roll make a wager on the Don’t Pass Line. For demonstration’s sake, let’s imagine that you just put $30 down on the Don’t Pass Line. Now it’s time to sit and wait. The come out roll-before a point is established-is the only time you can lose. Once the point is established, you can’t lose and you’ll see why in a second.

Since we have a Don’t Pass Line wager, we’ll lose if a 7 or 11 is rolled. But we’ll win with a 2 or 3-12 is barred.

Let’s imagine that the next roll is a 4. The point is now 4. Your next, and last, move is to place the point. Again, if you don’t know what this means, check out any Craps 101 guide. You need to place the point for the exact amount of your Don’t Pass Line wager.

Let’s review. You now have a Don’t Pass Line wager for $30 and a place bet on the 4 for $30.

Possible outcomes include:

A 7 is rolled. If this happens, you lose your place bet, but win your Don’t Pass Line bet. Thus, you break even.

The point is made. If the point is made, you lose your Don’t Pass Line wager, but you win your place bet and you win it-key phrase here-with odds. So, that $30 bet on the 4 just paid $90 total. Deduct your $30 loss on the Don’t Pass Line and you’ve just made $60.

 

Play Craps Like a Pro

January 10, 2014 by  
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To the beginner, a game like Craps can be rather daunting.  Once you have learned the basics and know the rules, however, you will find the game rather simple to grasp. As always, strategy plays an important role and following a calculated and intelligent strategy will assure any player of good, if not always winning, results.

A crucial part of craps is for the player to understand that it is a game of rounds. Not much can be done to manipulate the outcome at craps. Instead of trying to predict the result of a single roll, a strategically well-planned game involves riding on the outcome and accordingly varying the amount of a bet. You must bet more when you are winning and less when you are losing.

Using the Odds
Try to use high-odds bets and be mentally prepared that you will not win each time the dice is rolled.  Hence, take the best odds you can manage, use them in your favor as far as possible and play cleverly.  The best odds on the table, in a game of Craps are Pass, Don’t Pass, Come, Don’t Come.

Most bets can be added to, removed or deducted from, at any point of time. There are certain exceptions to this which are the come and pass bets where the player cannot go beyond the maximum bet on the odds. It is said that a Pass bet gives the house a 1.41% edge whereas a Don’t Pass bet gives a little less than 1.41%. These Line Bets form the core of a winning strategy. A part from this a player, in order to improve the best bet, must concentrate upon the Odds. He must either buy Odds in a Pass or Lay Odds in case of ‘Don’t Pass’. This plan improves your initial bet because the house takes on edge on Odds.

Place an Odds Bet by supplementing the initial Pass/ Don’t Pass with an incremental amount after the Come Out roll. Generally you must buy the biggest Odds possible for the greater the Odds bet, in betting the maximum here you minimize the house advantage.

Here’s a basic rule that you can follow: If you’re Laying Odds, let the Initial Don’t Pass bet be a multiple of $6 and then bet full on your Double Odds for a multiple of $12. Similarly, when Buying Odds, make your Pass bet a multiple of $5 so as to make the Double Odds, multiples of $10.

Don’t Pass for Success
Most players choose to play right and Buy the Odds as the paybacks appear to be larger. But here’s a piece of advice to those, playing seriously to win. The strategy is to look at playing wrong so as to take the smaller house edge and grind it out.  Playing Wrong and Laying Odds is for seasoned players with a big roll and who for those who have the perseverance to spread the wins over longer play time.

When it comes to Double Odds, it may be safer to not Lay Double on each round. Let’s take a look at probabilities. You will find that there are four ways to roll a 5 and 9, three ways to roll 4 and 10 and five ways in which you will roll 6 or 8. Finally, there are 6 ways to roll a 7. Here’s the catch, when you’re betting wrong and going for Double Odds, the 6’s and 8’s will appear frequently making you lose the bet. Hence a good strategy will be to play Double Odds on the 4’s and 10’s.

Be Humble
One last piece of advice which comes direct from experience: Before you arrive at the table, try to know the rules and the basic terminology used in the game. Craps has its own language which may seem complicated to a novice but can easily be learned with practice. There is nothing more annoying than a pushy player who has no idea what he (it is usually a he) is doing.  Make sure to learn the basic terminology, and be humble enough to admit that you may not know everything about the game

How To Get Comps Playing Craps

January 10, 2014 by  
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In the old days, Las Vegas really took care of its players. That’s what you see in all the movies. My favorite take on the “player” was from the movies Swingers-you’re so money.

Unfortunately, today’s Las Vegas is a penny pinching corporate environment. It’s not enough to simply go and play. You’ll go unnoticed unless you’re dropping tens of thousands in one spot. Casinos are huge places and no one in the Craps pit will know that you played $10,000 on video poker unless you do it right.

Your first step-before spending one dime in a casino-is to get a player’s card. I don’t know of one casino that doesn’t have one these days. You can get a player’s card from the redemption center. Just ask anyone that works for the casino and they’ll point the way.

A player’s card is basically a little credit card looking thing. They take all of your information (name, address, birth date, etc) and create an account for you. Once you have a player’s card all of your action is logged to that account. Aside from possible comps and bonuses, these cards are great for tax time. You’ll be able to get a print out of your wins and losses. And it’s a third party source, so it’s solid for the IRS.

Using the player’s card is very simple. Let’s say you are about to partake in some fun video poker action. Each machine will have a little card slot on the front. Just enter your card, wait for the confirmation that it’s accepted, and play. Remember to leave your card in the slot when you play and remember to take it with you when you leave. If you lose it, they’ll just give you another one.

When you go to the tables, it’s a little different procedure. You need to give your card to the dealer-who then hands it off to the pit boss. They’ll scan the card and then rate your play.

Now that you are “in the system,” you can ask for comps or earn them via bonus programs. Anyone can now pull up your account and see what you’ve been playing. There’s no need to prove it anymore.

As a bonus feature, most Las Vegas casinos give card holders discounts on shows, buffets and other products and services. It’s definitely worth the couple of minutes to get a player’s card for each casino you visit.