Craps Players Have the Most Fun – 5 Reasons

The Craps table can be a very confusing place to the beginner!

The Craps table can be a very confusing place to the beginner, but it always sounds like the players have the most fun.

Ever play slots next to the craps tables?  How distracting…..all that noise…..and smiles…..and camaraderie……and fun…….and, hmmmmmm?

It always seems like it’s a band of warriors, or a team winning against the champs. A group of Davids trying to bring down Goliath together, and whether they do or not,  the banter, the laughter, and the joy of making that long roll supersedes all losing.  Together they have made the good fight.

There’s got to be more to it, right?

Let’s inspect this more deeply….. here are five reasons craps players have more fun than any other table games.

1) It’s not just about a beating the house, it’s beating the house TOGETHER! The community, the friends – the kind you bring or the kind you make, and it’s not only OK to vocally yell for their success, it’s encouraged.  Even the dealers at the table seem to get into the fun, or they should – it’s encouragement personified – a battle together against the casino.

Fun at craps

2) It’s about tolerance.  Yes, there are those nay-sayers that believe in the anti-point – the “Don’t-Pass” bettors. But, if they behave, even they are allowed to bring their bad karma to the Spartans fight for the point to be made.

Don’t Pass Bet in Craps. Not the favored bet on the table.

3) It’s about the “stick man” – a dealer that actually announces what’s happening.  A craps stickman is the casino staff member who calls out the dice rolls and then returns the dice to the shooter. It’s like having your own color commentator.  Wouldn’t that be cool to have behind you at a VP machine (“four to a Royal…. three of hearts, no Royal, side out”   ……hmmm, maybe not…..)

Stickman to the left, boxman in the center, dealer to the right makes for a well-oiled machine.

4) It’s about playing at different levels of proficiency. For a game that looks so complicated – it’s really not hard. And while asking for advice at other table games usually results in grunts and grumbling from players and dealers alike, your new friends are more than happy to help you.  Go with a buddy who does play craps is even more fun.  “Pass line” – that’s all a craps newbie needs to know to join the fun.  All that other stuff on the table? There’s Plenty of time to learn about that.  K-I-S! (Keep It Simple)

5) It’s about throwing the dice – to throw the dice means you control the fate of the table.  As Star Trek’s Spock once said, “”With great power comes great responsibility” – but don’t let that bother you. On no other table game do you have the control – YOU’RE THE ONE TO THROW THE DICE!  The roulette dealer never let’s me turn the little ball in the wheel, and the BJ dealer doesn’t even let me touch the cards, never mind deal!  (Yes, I know you hold the cards in single deck BJ, but try finding it.) In New England, both Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, Maine casinos and Rhode Island’s Twin River have real craps tables.

Shooting the dice everyone gets the chance.

Many casinos give free lessons.  Want to practice, or learn on your computer / iphone – there are programs and apps galore.  Here are some places to start:

Websites: Gambling Teachers –

Software: WinCraps (Online Casinos also offer free craps play)

Books: “Craps: Take the Money and Run” by Henry Tamburin &

             “Craps Made Simple” by Tomas B. Gallagher

Apps: “Aw Craps!”

Craps Dice

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…….keep those dice a-rollin……..
That’s all for now.

Craps Quiz – How Much Do You Really Know?

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?

Dogs Playing Craps – Love It.

Thanks to the website, I have put together a little true/false quiz for you.  Here you go, it’s your turn to roll… are your “yo eleven” craps true/false questions:

A. Craps Facts Trivia: History

  1. The origin of craps in a game called hazard that dates back to the Crusades.
  2. French and British settlers brought craps to America.
  3. Popularity for playing craps decreased during World War II.
  4. The house edge in craps offers some of the worst odds among table games.

B. Craps Facts Trivia: Winners

  1. 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..
  2. 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 

  1. There is no regulation size to a craps table. The tables in most casinos are 12 or 14 feet long.
  2. Craps die are red in color and opaque as the ones used in monopoly games.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Gambler Archie Karas during “The Run” – turns $50 into $40 million then loses it all


Long craps table in A.C.

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.