How much do you really know about craps? Some of you play it pretty well – basic strategy, horn bets, hard-ways, 6 & 8 this and that – but what kind of all encompassing knowledge do you have. In other words, how smart do you think you are about the game so many of you love playing?
Thanks to the website GAMERISMS.com, I have put together a little true/false quiz for you. Here you go, it’s your turn to roll…..here are your “yo eleven” craps true/false questions:
A. Craps Facts Trivia: History
- The origin of craps in a game called hazard that dates back to the Crusades.
- French and British settlers brought craps to America.
- Popularity for playing craps decreased during World War II.
- The house edge in craps offers some of the worst odds among table games.
B. Craps Facts Trivia: Winners
- The longest verified roll in a casino is 154 rolls that happened on May 23, 2009 when Dr.Mike from the famous podcast “You Can Bet On That” rolled dice for 4 hours and 18 minutes at Harrah’s Rincon Hotel Casino in California..
- In the mid-1990’s Archie Karas turned $17 million into $40 million by betting on craps over a span of several months. He would often bet $100,000 per roll.
C. Craps Facts Trivia: Game Play
- There is no regulation size to a craps table. The tables in most casinos are 12 or 14 feet long.
- Craps die are red in color and opaque as the ones used in monopoly games.
- Each table requires four casino employees – the box person who monitors the rolls and supervises monetary transactions; two dealers that place and pay out bets; the stickman who pushes the dice to players and handles the proposition bets in the middle of the table.
- The player rolling the dice is only allowed to touch them with one hand. If they reach for the dice with two hands, they will be warned by the stickman.
- The dealers at a craps table cannot handle money directly from players. Cash must be laid on the table.
Here are your answers
A-1) T – it was actually mentioned in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the 14th century.
A-2) T – It is quite possible that craps spread from both the English and the French – the French, when they were forced out of Nova Scotia and became know as Cajuns, bringing their dice game, or “crebs” with them. The first English settlers on the Mayflower supposedly brought their dice games to America. Religious freedom and gambling…….hmmmm…….
A-3) F – it actually soared in popularity during the mid-20th century as soldiers in World War II played during their down time.
A-4) F – With a house edge of only 1.4% for specific wagers, craps actually offers some of the best odds among table games.
B-1) F – Actually it was Patricia Demauro in only her second time playing craps at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.
B-2) T – Yup, then proceeded to lose it all
C-1) T – The tables in most casinos are 12 or 14 feet long. According to the Wizard of Odds, some of the longest craps tables are found in Atlantic City.
C-2) Dice for the craps table are transparent and made exclusively of cellulose except for the spots, must be formed in the shape of a perfect cube with all edges and corners perfectly square, that is forming perfect 90 degree angles. By the way, the spots must be arranged so that the side containing one spot is directly opposite the side containing six spots, the side containing two spots directly opposite the side containing five spots and the side containing three spots is directly opposite the side containing four spots.
C-3) F – While the optimum run craps table does have this configuration, some casinos are now cutting back sometimes playing half a table, cutting out the box-man and one dealer.
C-4) T – only one hand.
C-5) T – this is true for most table games. Why? It helps surveillance (the eye in the sky) keep track for your benefit and the casino’s.
Did you learn anything? Hope you had fun.