Ever play slots next to the craps tables? How distracting…..all that noise…..and smiles…..and camaraderie……and fun…….and, hmmmmmm?
There’s got to be more to it, right?
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.
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.
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…. draw the three of hearts, no Royal, side out” ……hmmm, maybe not…..)
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 that game.) You can make money just by riding along with a good shooter.
Larry Edell, from Casino City Times writes, “Are you are tired of the hassles and changing rules at the blackjack tables? Are you tired of getting no profits and no comps at roulette? Maybe you should give craps a try! It gives you real player control, the possibility of very high profits, a very low casino edge, the ability to ride along with someone else’s skills, lots of easy-to-get comps, occasional long money-making streaks, and the ability to determine how the table is going by talking to the other players. Where else can you find a better game than that?
I think the best way to learn is to ask a real craps player to take you to a real craps table in a casino. Everything I know I can thank Mark Devol and Dr. Mike from “You Can Bet on That” and Cousin Vito from Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast. In New England, all casinos have real craps tables, except Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, which sports an electronic version like “bubble craps.”
Want to practice, or learn on your computer or iphone? There are programs and apps galore. Here are some places to start:
Websites: Gambling Teachers – http://www.gamblingteachers.com/craps.html
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!”