Fast Track Gambling Tips Series
This Craps Tips lesson includes how to play, betting,
some basic lingo.
Craps Tips is one of the fast track gambling tips series for casino
games and can be
printed for your next casino visit online or off.
1) Let’s run through the numbers: 2, 3, 12 are craps-losers. 7 and 11–a
2) Point Numbers are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10 and these points must
be repeated before a 7 is rolled.
3) When a player is handed the dice to throw, the first roll is
and a 7 or 11 immediately
wins. Whereas the 2, 3, or 12 immediately loses.
4) If the player throws any of the other numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9,
10, the player continues to throw until either that same
point number is rolled again, in which case the player wins, or until a
7 is rolled, in which case the player loses.
5) Any other number has no significance to the pass-line wager.
explains why the 7 sometimes wins, and sometimes loses. If it is thrown
on the first roll, it wins. If it is thrown when the player tries to
repeat his first-roll number,
it loses and is called a 7-out.
6) Keep your pass line or don’t pass bet to the table minimum; use
progressive betting when taking or giving odds. That’s where the real
money is won.
7) The Odds bets are determined by a probability chart and are based on
36 combinations a pair of dice can be rolled.
8) For instance, the 7 can be rolled in six combos (combinations);
which is the highest combination probability. The 6 and 8 can
be rolled in five combos, and the 5 and 9 can be rolled four combos,
while the 4 and 10 can be rolled three combos each.
9) Be sure to place correct amount on odds bets (as shown below) or
casino pays only even money.
6 and 8 - 6 to 5 odds. Pays $6 for every $5 wagered.
5 and 9 - 3 to 2 odds. Pays $3 for every $2 wagered.
4 and 10 - 2 to 1 odds. Pays $2 for every $1 wagered.
Therefore, placing the 6 and 8 is a good bet.
10) Always repeat a winning parley bet.
11) Don’t advance in your betting progression until you win two parlays
in a row or win with odds.
12) Don’t Pass/Don’t Come are excellent bets at a ‘cold’ craps table.
13) Be wary about making field or proposition
14) Craps Tips: Best bets: Under 3% house edge being any intelligent
Pass line -1.41%
Don’t pass line - 1.40%
Don't come -1.40%
Place 6 and 8 to win -1.51%.
Multiple odds blows the house edge away:
Single odds - 0.85%
Double odds - 0.61%
Triple odds - 0.47%
5 x odds - 0.32%
10 x odds - 0.18%.
15) Craps Tips and Terms:
imaginary line that
separates players 3 and 4 OR on larger tables, players 4 and 5.
It dictates where the dealer will place the players’ Come, Don’t Come,
Place, Buy or Lay Bets and eliminates misunderstandings.
The words SIX and NINE are used instead of 6 and 9 for the same
Craps Tips from Larry Edell
is only one person who is seated and that person is the boxman.He (or she)
care of things,
for both the table and the players.
He keeps an
the bets, and more importantly, the average bets of all the players who
you tip the
dealers, the boxman takes it upon himself to bump up your average bet a
He has an obvious personal interest in this, as all of the dealers
tips. He would rather have tippers return to his casino than
The boxman also
disputes and is charge of the table’s chip bank, which is directly in
him, by the middle of the table. The boxman is the most experienced
employee at the table. Occasionally an inexperienced dealer might make
unpopular decision and the boxman can overrule it.
Craps Tips: Stickman
The man with
stick is called
the stickman. He technically is one of the three dealers, and they all
around the table, so each dealer takes turns with the stick. The
stickman retrieves the dice and pushes them to the shooter, taking
to display the dreadful seven that, of course, is bad luck.
takes care of
the proposition bets, and helps the other two dealers, who are on the
side of the table (next to the boxman) and handling all of the players’
Tips: The Pit
Behind the tables
called the “pit”. Players are not allowed to walk through this area.
In the pit
are one step above the boxmen. Their primary functions are to watch out
cheaters and to keep track of rated players. When you first check in
for a marker, or when you leave and ask for a comp, or if you switch
this will all be handled by a floor person.
this is the pit
boss. He is in charge of the casino personnel at all of the tables. You
rarely see him.
If you have a dispute regarding ratings or
table play you will
be speaking with a floor person, not the pit boss.
Craps Tips: Disputes
happens during your play and the dealer closest to you disagrees with
For example, you have a $10 hard six and the
throws wildly. The dice bounce around all over the table and somehow
sitting on top of each other. If they were separated on the table it
your hard six, but the dealer suddenly calls out “no roll!”
would be to the
boxman, who could overrule the dealer. If he doesn’t, you can yell,
I want to talk to the pit boss!” They really will stop play and a floor
will come over and see if he can resolve the situation first by talking
boxman. If he can’t, he’ll call over a pit boss.
get that far.
The boxman knows that it is more important to keep the players at his
his casino, than it is to pay off a few hundred disputed dollars.
very competitive these days and they will do a lot to keep you as a
Now that we
personnel, let’s take a quick look at the craps table itself, and learn
things that many players often overlook.
Craps Tips: The Table
both sides of
the table announcing what the minimum and maximum bets are.
sign might say “$10 to $1,000, 2X odds”. This means that the minimum
is $10, the maximum flat bet is $1,000 and the casino offers two times
There are usually several tables in the pit area, with
different stated limits.
It is not uncommon to see four tables, each with different minimums –
$1, $5, $10
weekdays, the minimums are lower, and on weekend evenings, the minimums
high as the traffic will allow. In the evenings, when all the tables
use, the house usually raises all of the minimum bets.
you are a $1 player,
it is easier to find a low minimum table in the daytime.
apply to flat bets only, not proposition bets. If you want to bet
usual on the 2, 3, 11, 12 or hardways you better ask the dealer what
limits are as they are never posted. Sometimes it’s as low as $50.
On the table
itself, there are
grooved chip holders in the sides to hold your chips. You can also use
these racks to track the table. Just use a red chip for pass-line
winners and a
white one for don’t pass winners. This way you can see which way the
table is going.
For example if you have four red chips and only one white,
you’ve got a hot
table, and you might want to increase your bets and odds. If you have
white chips than red ones, you might want to switch to the “don’t” side.
hand-to-hand contact with you, your money or your chips. If you want
turned into chips, drop it on the table and say “change”. He will take
money, convert it into chips, and push the chips back to you. Even when
a bet, he will either place your winnings next to your bet, or push
you. Never try to hand anything directly to a dealer.
Craps Tip: Have fun
while you’re playing.
Talk to the other players and dealers.
Try to make some
Tip the dealers if they help you and use your chip
racks to keep track
of the table direction. And, as always, good luck at the
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