Really An Easy Game
Craps: Getting Started --The Right Way!
There are many games within the game of craps, but we are going
to keep it simple and start at the beginning.
When you approach the Craps Table, you will see four people that
make up the Craps Crew. These are the people that will pay your
wins, take your losses and keep the game moving. There are two
dealers, one for each end of the table, a stick man who stands
mid-table on the player’s side, and a box man who sits mid-table
on the casino side.
The table layout consists of a field of various numbers. The
Left and Right layouts are mirror images of each other, and it
is the responsibility of the dealers to take the losing bets or
pay out on the winning bets for his/her particular end of the
The stick man, standing at the center of the table on the player
side, handles the dice and all of the proposition or “Prop”
bets. The stick man will never take his/her eyes off of the
dice. He/she will control the dice, giving them to the shooter
at the appropriate time. He is also responsible for placing bets
on the proposition bets, located in the middle of the table.
These bets are the hard-way bets, horns and whorl bets and are
considered “high vig” or high-risk bets. We will discuss these
in a later article, but in the beginning, it is best to stay
away from these bets.
The box man sits in the middle of the table across from the
stick man, and generally has the final word on any question of
play. He oversees all of the dealers, to make sure they do all
of the payouts correctly and the game flows smoothly.
When you as a new player enter the game, make sure the dice are
in the middle of the table before you buy-in. If the dice are
out, this is when the shooter has the dice and is ready to
shoot. Always wait until the shooter has thrown the dice and the
stick man has the dice back in the middle of the table before
you buy-in or ask the dealer to place any bets for you. This is
the first rule of etiquette at the table and it is an important
one. You do not want to interfere in any way with the shooters
NOTE: Be sure and read the Feature article on DiceCoach.Com by
Michael Vernon, Table Manners. It is an excellent article on how
to conduct yourself at the craps table and a MUST read for all
who play the game of craps.
On the table layout, you will see six numbers at the top of the
table, the 4-5-6-8-9-10. These numbers are referred to as the
“point numbers”. You will also notice a puck that says ‘OFF” on
one side and “ON” on the other. If the puck says “off” and is
not on a number, that means the shooter is coming out for a new
point. If the puck is “on” one of those numbers, then the puck
is marking the shooter’s point.
The object in craps is for the shooter to roll or to “make” that
particular point before rolling a 7!
On the “come out roll”, no point has been established as yet. On
this roll, the cone out, a 7 or 11 will win and the dealers will
pay all Pass line bets. If a 2, 3 or 12 (also known as crap
numbers) are rolled, the Pass line bet is lost and the dealers
take all bets. But, although the Pass line bet is lost, the roll
stays with the same shooter. At this point, another Pass line
bet is placed and the shooter tries again for a “natural” (7 or
11) or a box number.
Once the shooter establishes their point (one of the six numbers
at the top of the table), all he has to do is hit that same
number again before he rolls a 7. If the shooter hits his point,
he gets to start a new hand all over again. This will continue
until a 7 is rolled after a point is established. The last
number on any hand is a 7, and that signals that the shooter’s
roll is over.
For a new player just starting out, keep it very simple. Bet the
minimum bet on the Pass line with single or double odds. The
odds are the bets placed behind the Pass line bet and these are
the best bets on the table. The Pass line pays even money, but
the payout on the odds behind the Pass line will very depending
on which number you have established. These odds are called the
true odds. The 4 and 10 pay 2 to 1 ($2 for every $1 bet), the 5
and 9 pay 3 to 2 ($3 for every $2 bet), and the 6 and 8 pay 6 to
5 ($6 for every $5 bet).
There are many different betting strategies, and what you should
do is find a strategy that works well for you, and is in keeping
with your bankroll. We will be talking more about these other
betting strategies and bankroll management in future articles.
For now, take just one step at a time. Master that step before
you go on to the next.
We at DiceCoach.Com offer basic dice classes, as well as various
advance classes. We can help you find the appropriate strategy
and bankroll management plan that best fits your bankroll and
your comfort level. We can also customize our classes to fit
your particular needs.
And, always remember that mathematically speaking, one cannot
beat the game of craps. But with dice influence, you - as a
shooter, will have an advantage at this game. You will be
creating a “window of opportunity” to benefit both yourself and
your fellow players.
Remember to always keep the fun in the game!
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