Craps is the most exciting game in the casinos. Craps players are an interesting and diverse lot too – from working-class men and women betting a small percentage of their incomes, all the way up to the economic elite of society betting tens of thousands of dollars on a single roll of the dice.
“Baby needs a new pair of shoes,” one says. Another says, “I need a new Lear jet!” It doesn’t matter what category you are in, the game holds fascination and thrills galore no matter your betting level.
As a game that allows players to exercise their skill along with having a strong element of chance, blackjack has more subtleties than most casino games. It also leaves plenty of room for question and comment. Let’s try to answer a few questions and relay a few comments submitted by readers.
Q. Weird thing at blackjack the other night. Some guy wanted to double down on blackjack when the dealer had a 6. The dealer told him it was against house rules to double on blackjacks. It became this whole big thing. The pit supervisor came over and told the guy sorry, they don’t allow it.The dealer busted, the player complained some more, but I told him we didn’t know if the dealer would have busted if the player had taken a card for his double. Just for discussion, how bad is doubling with blackjack vs. 6? Does it make a difference if blackjacks pay 3-2 or 6-5?
Okay, this column might ruin your fun if you are a craps player. That is correct. As a busy-bodied gambling writer I want everyone to see craps the way I see it because, well, I am right.
First, as craps players know and as many novices hovering near the table can readily see, craps has such a variety of bets that it can give a new player a headache. Watching players throwing out their chips and calling out weird names (“I’ll take a C and E.” “Give me a Yo for five dollars!” “All the hard ways my man!”) will make many…
Craps is one of the more intense and therefore more fun games in a casino. But it’s also among the more difficult to understand. Frank Scoblete is one of the most knowledgeable craps aficionado’s on the planet and here, he explains some of the basics of the most exciting game in the casino.
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Featured Craps Question: I like to play the Pass Line plus odds and two Come bets plus odds in craps. How would I use the 5-Count method?
Do I play the Pass Line with no odds and wait for the 5-Count and then play odds on the Pass Line and then my two Come bets plus odds?
Craps expert Frank Scoblete gives you the scoop on 5-count, craps and winning more…check it out!
For people hungry to be fed a meal of odds and adrenaline, they can find it in the casino at the craps table. There is usually clapping, yelling, high fives and more as players roll the dice in hopes their bets pay off.
When it comes to craps, there are many ways to take advantage of favorable odds that will effect the outcome of your play.
Craps has a cornucopia of bets, ranging from the truly awful to the quite good in terms of the house edges. There are any number of ways you can bet the 11 numbers at the game (those 11 numbers being 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12). Some of these ways have low house edges and some — you guessed it! — have high house edges and some — you probably guessed it — have everything in between.The best bets at the game are Pass and Come or Don’t Pass and Don’t Come. Find out the rest!
Casino games are full of judgment calls with what plays you should make. Should a blackjack player hit hard 16? Yes, if the dealer’s face up card is 7 or higher, but not if it’s 6 or lower. Should a Three Card Poker player match the ante with a play bet? Yes, if the hand is Queen-6-4 or better, but not with lesser cards. But there are absolutes, too. And many of those absolutes are absolutely not’s.
Here are a few things you should NEVER do in a casino….
Question: What do the following sayings have in common?
An apple a day keeps the doctor away…
Better late than never…
High fences make good neighbors…
Always play the Pass, Come and take full odds!
Answer: They are all true.
Check out our list of other truth’s about smart casino play!
Get top craps tips with questions from your fellow gamers.
My first bet is $220 inside. After three hits I make a $15 come and go down with full 75 odds. I play at a casino where I can go 5x odds. Am I better off just pressing to $75 or continue to make the come bets? I have read from some writers that the Pass Line and Come bets are not really that good; that the casino is tricking people to make those bets. I’d also like to know about systems that call for betting those bets that come in with high house edges in order to balance out expectations based on probability.