Posted in Craps September 24th, 2010

What’s all the Commotion? A Quick Guide to Craps

Amid the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip, gambling is still king in Sin City, with casinos ultimately driving the many tourist attractions under the famous bright lights. Spending a weekend in Vegas without trying your luck on the tables would be like sticking to beer in wine country, ordering a salad at a steakhouse or wearing a blindfold to the Playboy Mansion. Of course, to a newcomer, the casino floor can be quite intimidating, particularly the commotion arising from the money hungry hordes crammed around the craps table. Craps is perhaps the most exciting bet in the casino, full of chance, camaraderie, and, if the dice fall right, big payouts. Here’s a quick rundown of the must-knows, after that, may beginner’s luck be with you.The Pass Line bet is the initial bet before a player begins his or her roll. When you “Bet the Pass,” you wager that the roller will spin either a 7 or 11, at which point each better will be rewarded in the amount equal to their bet. Only if the dice land showing 2, 3 or 12 (collectively), will you lose your bet right away. In the event any other number come up, play continues with bets still standing, only now the objective is for the roller avoid casting a 7. In order to win, a player must roll either a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, before turning up a 7, matching the number to the original roll. For example, if you came up with a 5 on the pass bet, you would now need to throw another 5 before “crapping out” with a 7. After the original pass bet, players can place an additional “odds bet” if they believe their number will show before a 7. Odds bets are considered by many to be the best bet in the casino, paid based on true odds (pass bets are even money), with no house edge. Odds payout payouts then depend on the number in question. There are more ways to roll a 6 than a 4, thus 4 will pay more than 6 off the same bet amount.It is perfectly legal to bet against the roller by placing a “Don’t Pass” bet, known as “betting on the dark side,” though it is considered poor form at most tables, particularly disadvantageous for new players looking to learn the game. For more advanced questions and general strategy, dealers at craps tables are more than happy to introduce more players to the game, just remember to tip. All in all, the unique lingo, speed of play and sense of community fostered at a craps table offers a gaming experience unparalleled elsewhere in the casino, a rite of passage for any Vegas vacationer.

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