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Craps Math and Statistics
- The Basic Math of Craps: Required Understanding for Smart Players: To fully understand the game of craps, you must understand the basic math behind it.
- The Importance of Knowing How to Calculate the House Advantage : Except for the Free Odds bet, every other craps bet has a built-in house advantage (i.e., casino advantage) over you. How does the casino get its advantage, and how do we calculate it?
- Distribution Variance Is Our Weapon Against the Casino : Craps is a game of math. It’s all about statistics. The game is designed with the math stacked against you. Knowing that fact, let’s find a way to use statistics against the casino.
- Don’t Let the Gambler’s Fallacy Hook You : This article doesn’t try to earn you a PhD in statistics, so don’t think you won’t understand it because you were terrible at math. We explain the concept using real-life situations so it’s easy to understand. If you want to be a consistent winner in the casino, whether live or online, you must never let yourself be influenced by this phenomenon.
- The “Gambler’s Fallacy” Clarified : “What exactly do you mean when you say past outcomes don’t affect future outcomes, and how does that affect whether a certain number is due to hit?” Let’s see if we can clear this up.
- Response to a Post about “Gambler’s Fallacy” Clarified : A user posted a comment stating that Gambler’s Fallacy is “bad theory, poor mathematics, unreasonable statistics and pure nonsense.” we felt the need to create a new post to respond.
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?
- 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.
- Are Crooked Dice an Issue at a Live Table? Nowadays, as long as you play at a reputable casino, you don’t have to worry about crooked dice that favor the casino.
- What’s the Proper Technique for Rolling the Dice? : This article applies only when playing at a live craps table. When playing online, you simply click the “Roll the Dice” button and the computer simulates a roll usually with cool sound effects.
- The Dice Control Scam: Don’t Fall for It! : Let’s be clear from the start. “Dice control” or “dice setting” is pure nonsense.
- Golden Touch Craps: Our Review and Opinion of GoldenTouchCraps.com : our opinions on the methods being taught at the golden touch craps site.
- Hedging Your Bets: Don’t Do It! : “Hedging” is when a player makes one bet with the false belief that it can “protect” another bet.
- Always Be Aware and Carefully Watch Your Bets and Payoffs : Most dealers are good in terms of skill, speed, accuracy, and personality; however, they’re human and even the best ones make mistakes. Get in the habit of paying attention to your chips on the table.
- Which Bets are Good and Which Bets are Bad? : The only weapon you have against the casino is your brain.
- Winning Systems and Craps Pros – No Such Things : There’s no such thing as a consistently winning craps system. Accept it.
- How to Bet to Minimize Losses and Be Around for the Hot Roll : The approach allows me to lose less money over longer periods of time, which gives me a better chance of being at the table when a hot roll appears.
- The Crapspit’s Preferred Strategy for Playing the Game : Here is our preferred craps system. Enjoy!
- 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
- Online Craps : Practice craps playing online. We explain why we think it is a good idea to practice at an online casino.
- Online Craps versus Live Craps: Is Playing Online Safe and Fair? Let’s look briefly at some of the key pros and cons of each, and then we’ll talk about the fairness issue.
- Online Casino Bonuses – What You Need To Know : Besides the many positive reasons for playing at an online casino, the biggest attractions online casinos use to bring back their customers are bonuses.
- Download versus Instant Play Games at Online Casinos : When deciding which online casino to play, one of the things to consider is if you want to download the gaming software or go for instant play.
- Banking Methods for Online Casinos : Let’s look at the most common banking methods that online casinos offer.
- What’s So Great about Online Casinos? : Why do so many people like playing at them instead of live ones? Here are a few of the main reasons.
- Independent Review of the Sun Palace Online Casino : Sun Palace offers one of the best Real Time Gaming (RTG) experiences available in the online casino industry.
- Honest Casino Reviews : Plannning to play craps online ? Be sure to pick a safe, legitimate, and trustworthy online casino.
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
- Scott and his wife’s trip to Biloxi, Mississippi and their stay at Beau Rivage Hotel. If you plan to travel to Biloxi, it is worth reading. Who knows, you may end up deciding to stay at the Beau Rivage hotel too!
- 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.
- Casino Cheats and Thieves: The Simpler the Better : The 3 biggest methods is theft by casino insiders, theft by customers who snatch-and-run, and cheaters at table games, especially the craps tables.
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