GETTING STARTED WITH CRAPS
Craps is a casino dice game that involves a great deal of action and strategy, both with money and the dice.
To understand how to play casino craps, a player first needs to understand the craps table personnel and where they are located. The most common table personnel for craps games in casinos include dealers, a boxperson and a stickperson.
The boxperson is in charge of the craps table and is the immediate supervisor for the entire game. The supervisor is also in charge of the chips and must handle any disputes between the dealers and players.
The dealer to the boxperson’s right side is the 2nd base dealer. Any craps player on that side of the game is on the 2nd base side. A key way to remember this is to look at the field. On 2nd base, number two on the field is the furthest from the boxperson.
The dealer to the boxperson’s left is the 3rd base dealer. Any craps player on that side of the game is on the 3rd base. A key way to remember this is to look at the field. On 3rd base, number twelve on the field is the furthest from the boxperson (1+2=3rd base).
The dealer moving the dice with a long-hooked stick is called the stickperson. The stickperson is located center of the table-opposite of the boxperson.
If a player is “straight out” they are located at the middle end of the table on either side.
Supervisors use the color of a player’s clothing, as well as the players position to designate the player for ratings.
HOW TO PLAY CRAPS
The game of craps has many exciting aspects to it. The concept of playing craps is to roll a number (a point) with two dice and then roll that same number again before a seven is rolled. The person at the craps table that rolls the dice is called “the shooter.”
When there is a number marked by the “pucks,” it means that the number is the “point” of the game. This is the number that the shooter is trying to make before seven rolls.
If the point is made, the puck is turned “off” and the shooter shoots again. It is now a “come out roll.” A “come out roll” means that it is the beginning of the game and there in no point established.
If the next number that rolls is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, then that is the point of the game. The shooter again tries to shoot the point before seven. If seven rolls before the point, we call that a “seven out.” The shooter loses control of the dice and we give the dice to the next shooter.
A new shooter makes a point and then tries to make the point before a seven, just as the previous shooter.
BETTING IN CRAPS & CRAPS STRATEGY
When playing Craps, the most common craps bets are pass line, place bets, hard ways and craps & eleven. Below are several betting terms that you should familiarize yourself while playing craps.
Pass Line Bet: Players are betting that on the first roll 7 or 11 rolls to win, 2, 3, or 12 loses. If a number such as: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 rolls, the number must repeat before a seven to win.
Don’t Pass Bet:Player betting that on the first roll 2 or 3 rolls to win, 12 is a push, 7 or 11 loses. If a number such as: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 rolls, a seven must roll before the number repeats.
Come Bet:Is just like the pass line bet, same rules apply. It’s a game within a game.
Don’t Come Bet: Is similar to the Don’t Pass bet, same rules apply. It’s a game within a game.
Field Bet: If any of the numbers that are in the field box come out, player wins. A field bet can also be referred to as a “ONE ROLL BET.”
Place Bet: Wagers made on the point numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) that are not contract bets. A Place Bet is “off” on the come-out roll unless the player indicates otherwise.
Proposition Bet: One roll bet, the numbers are 2, 3, 7, 11 and 12.
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