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Craps Math and Statistics

 

The Craps Table etc

  • The Craps Table Layout : A standard craps table layout comprises two sections: 1) side section (there are two identical side sections, one on each end of the table), and 2) center section. Each side section is manned by a dealer.
  • The Craps Table and Its Primary Elements : Anyone who’s strolled through a full-service casino has likely seen a craps table.  In this article, we’ll not only learn about the table itself.
  • The Table Crew : The crew for a standard-size casino craps table comprises five people: one boxman and four dealers.
  • The Proper Way to Get and Protect Your Chips at a Craps Table : Get your buy-in money ready before you even leave your hotel room. Take your buy-in amount out of your wallet and place it in one of your front pants pockets.
  • Your Table Position Can Make or Break Your Playing Experience :   If you want in the game, then you have to suck it up and squeeze in between the fat drunk and the obnoxious jerk. The people on either side of you can influence your mood and your entire experience at the table.
  • Proper Etiquette at the Craps Table : Displaying craps etiquette is little more than using your common sense and being courteous. Your craps playing time will be much more fun if you simply use your head and be nice.

 

Learning to Play Craps

  • The Simple Fundamentals of Craps : Here’s an obvious but very important piece of advice that will save you money: never play craps, either live or online, without knowing how to play the game.
  • Have the Proper Attitude for Playing Craps : If you gamble, you must accept the fact that you have a fair chance of losing. Casinos are in business to make a profit, and they make huge profits off people who don’t know what they’re doing.
  • The Wisdom of Setting Win/Loss Limits : Most so-called gambling “experts” agree that we should always set win/loss limits and have the discipline to stick to them. I don’t agree with the word “always,” particularly with win limits.
  • How to Properly Plan and Budget Your Gambling Vacation : During your Vegas vacation, nothing is worse than going broke the first day.  A little advanced planning helps.
  • Don’t Fight a Cold Table, Adapt to It : Few things make you feel as lousy as when you’re playing the Pass Line at a cold craps table. The distribution variance has turned against you and nothing goes your way as you lose every bet you make.
  • Know When to Quit :  The longer you gamble, the more you increase the chance that the casino will take your money. That’s a simple fact. Accept it.
  • Never Surrender If the Dice Don’t Cooperate : Just as you’ll experience hot rolls at the table where you can win gobs of money, you’ll also experience cold streaks where you might lose a big chunk of your buy-in. Don’t let those cold streaks discourage you.
  • What Does It Mean to “Color” at the Craps Table? : When playing craps you might hear slight variations of the term “color”, but they’re all fundamentally the same. For example, the most common forms are Color, Color In, Color Out, and Color Up. Find out what it means and why do players do it?

 

Craps Dealers

  • Tipping the Dealers : You ask, “You mean I have to tip the dealers?” No, you don’t have to, but you should when they’re helpful or making your time at the table more enjoyable.
  • Your Rewards for Tipping the Dealers : We talked about tipping the dealers in another article, so this article focuses on why we should tip them. You think, “Why in the world should I tip the dealers, especially when I’m losing?” The answer may surprise you.
  • When and How to Tip the Dealers :  In this article, you’ll learn how to give a tip so you don’t look like a newbie. If you’re new to the game and don’t understand the bets and lingo mentioned in this article, that’s okay because you’ll get the general idea of how and when to tip.
  • How dealers keep track of everyone’s bets : How in the world do the dealers keep track of everyone’s bets? It’s actually a very well organized and simple process based on each player’s table position.

 

 Craps Dice

 

Craps Betting

 

Craps BETS

  • Learn the Basic Pass Line Bet Before All Others : Understanding the game basics will make understanding the Pass Line and other bets a lot easier.
  • The Place Bet: My Favorite Bet on the Table : You can make a Place bet on any of the point numbers, which are the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. As with most other bets on the table, the Place bet plays against the 7.
  • The Lay Bet : The Lay bet is basically opposite of the Buy bet. You bet that a 7 will appear before one of the point numbers (i.e., 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10). Let’s review the true odds for each point number against the 7.
  • Is the Field a Sucker Bet? We evaluate whether the Field bet is considered good or bad based on its house advantage, which depends on how the casino configures the bet.
  • The Hardway Bets : You bet the “Hardway” only on the 10, 8, 6, or 4 such that it will appear before either the “easy way” or a 7.
  • The 2, 3, 11, and 12 Bets :  The table layout’s center section has separate boxes for you to make proposition bets on the 2, 3, 11, and 12. Each is a discrete one-roll bet (i.e., not a “standing” bet).
  • The Big 8 and Big 6 Bets :  The Big 8 and Big 6 are such sucker bets that most people don’t bet them, so it’s become uncommon to see them on a craps table anymore.
  • The Horn and Whirl Bets :  The Horn is a one-roll proposition bet on the 12, 11, 3, and 2.
  • The Craps and Eleven Bets : The Craps and Eleven, also known as “C&E,” is a proposition bet on one roll that adds the Eleven to the Any Craps. The “C” portion of a C&E is exactly the same as the Any Craps.
  • 3-Way Craps and Over/Under 7 Bets : The 3-Way Craps bet is almost exactly the same as the Any Craps bet. The difference between them is that the 3-Way Craps is three separate bets (i.e., a bet on the 12, a bet on the 3, and another bet on the 2).
  • Hop Bets : A “Hop” (or “Hopping”) bet is a proposition bet based on a single roll and is made on a certain combination of the dice.
  • The Don’t Pass Bet : Learn all about the don’t pass bet.
  • The Buy Bet: Sometimes Good, Sometimes Not so Good :  Everything about the Buy bet is the same as the Place bet except that it pays true odds (and you have to pay a price to get those true odds) and your chips go in a different position on the table layout.
  • The Come Bet : Come bets work like Pass Line bets, but the key difference between the two is that you make a Pass Line bet before the shooter establishes a point; whereas, you make a Come bet after the shooter establishes a point.
  • The Don’t Come Bet : This article assumes you’ve already read our other articles and learned the material regarding the Pass Line, Don’t Pass, and Come bets.
  • The Field Bet :  The Field is a one-roll bet. they don’t “stand” for repeated rolls; instead, they win or lose on one roll.
  • The Any 7 Bet : The term “Any 7” means a 7 can show with any dice combination (i.e., 1-6, 2-5, or 3-4). The Any 7 is also known as “Big Red” and can be printed on the table layout a variety of ways to suit the casino’s preference, such as Any 7, Any Seven, Seven, and Big Red
  • The Any Craps Bet :  If a craps appears on the roll immediately after making the bet, you win. If a craps doesn’t show, you lose. A “craps” is when the dice show a 2, 3 or 12.
  • The Small, Tall, and All Bets :  These bets are addictive, especially when players see the bettor win and get paid a hefty payoff. The minimum bet amount is usually only $1.
  • The Fire Bet:  You hope a single shooter makes at least four unique point numbers without rolling a 7-out.
  • When to Buy the 5 and 9 Instead of Placing Them :  It is explained in the article about the Place bet and the Buy Bet. However, here you will be provided a real-life example so hopefully inexperienced players don’t fall into the same predicament as the poor guy  John Nelsen recently saw at the craps table.
  • The “Free Odds” Bet in Craps :  We explain the Free Odds bet in detail in our other articles about the Pass Line and Don’t Pass bets. In this article we summarize the material.

 

 

Other topics – Mainly online casino related

 

 Craps Game Variations

  • Bubble Craps Machines ? A fairly new variety of craps called “Bubble Craps.” Read this article to learn why we avoid this game. It covers the basics of the game and leave it up to you to decide if you want to check it out in the casinos.
  • Crapless Craps : Sometimes called “never ever craps” or “ruse craps” & is a variation of the standard game where the player cannot lose on the come-out roll because there are no craps rolls.

 

Destinations to Gamble

 

Gambling Taxes

  • Gambling and Taxes: Pay Them or Pay the Price. : Gambling winnings are taxable. Yes, you must report them on your Form 1040. It doesn’t matter how much or how little your winnings are, you must report them. Perhaps not everyone does, but the law requires you to report your gambling winnings.

 

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  • George Custer

    Standard Table Crew: You have listed 5 people. It is not five people. It’s actually 4 people: a boxman, two dealers, and the stick person.

  • PhilD

    Have learned a lot from you and my first foray into Craps in Vegas yielded three modest winning sessions out of four, with no major loss. But I have one bone to pick. Any suggestion you can identify a “hot” or a “cold” table in advance obviously succumbs to the Gambler’s Fallacy. That is, even five or ten consecutive seven-outs may only forecast five consecutive 7’s or 11’s on the very next come-out rolls, or vice versa. That must be true because, as you’ve taught us, past results never – – that is, never foretell future results. So all you can do is decide for what duration of time you intend to play and hope, then enjoy whatever occurs. ‘Cause even when you’re on a winning run, it’s always true – – always – – that the very next plays may all be seven-outs.

    • crapspit

      Hello PhilD! I am glad the site content has been valuable to you. Good luck at the tables and always gamble with what you can afford to lose and enjoy the game of Craps.