How Do U Play Craps At The Casino?

How Do U Play Craps At The Casino
How to Play Craps – The game of craps has many exciting aspects to it. The concept of playing craps is to roll a number (a point) with two dice and then roll that same number again before a seven is rolled. The person at the craps table that rolls the dice is called “the shooter.” When there is a number marked by the “pucks,” it means that the number is the “point” of the game.

  1. This is the number that the shooter is trying to make before seven rolls.
  2. If the point is made, the puck is turned “off” and the shooter shoots again.
  3. It is now a “come out roll.” A “come out roll” means that it is the beginning of the game and there in no point established.
  4. If the next number that rolls is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, then that is the point of the game.

The shooter again tries to shoot the point before seven. If seven rolls before the point, we call that a “seven out.” The shooter loses control of the dice and we give the dice to the next shooter. A new shooter makes a point and then tries to make the point before a seven, just as the previous shooter.

Is craps a good game to play at the casino?

Craps is considered the fastest game in the casino, and for many, it’s the most thrilling. It’s a dice game that’s played on a specially-designed table where players place their bets based on what they believe the outcome of the next roll of the dice will be.

What does 7 mean in craps?

Don’t Pass – A Don’t Pass bet is a bet for the shooter to lose (“seven out, line away”) and is almost the opposite of the Pass line bet. Like the Pass bet, this bet must be at least the table minimum and at most the table maximum.

  • If the come-out roll is 2 or 3, the bet wins.
  • If the come-out roll is 7 or 11, the bet loses.
  • If the come-out roll is 12, the bet is a push (neither won nor lost). In some casinos, the bet pushes on 2 and wins on 12 instead. Others allow the player to choose to either push on 2 (“Bar Aces”) or push on 12 (“Bar Sixes”) depending on where it is placed on the layout. The push on 12 or 2 is mathematically necessary to maintain the house edge over the player.
  • If the roll is any other value, it establishes a point.
    • If, with a point established, a 7 is rolled before the point is rolled again (“seven out”), the bet wins.
    • If, with a point established, that point is rolled again before a 7, the bet loses.

The Don’t Pass bet pays even money. The Don’t Pass bet is a no-contract bet. After a point is established, a player may take down or reduce a Don’t Pass bet and any corresponding odds at any time because odds of rolling a 7 before the point is in the player’s favor.

Once taken down or reduced, however, the Don’t Pass bet may not be restored or increased. Because the shooter must have a line bet the shooter generally may not reduce a Don’t Pass bet below the table minimum. In Las Vegas, a majority of casinos will allow the shooter to move the bet to the Pass line in lieu of taking it down; however, in other areas such as Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, this is not allowed.

Even though players are allowed to remove the Don’t Pass line bet after a point has been established, the bet cannot be turned “Off” without being removed. If a player chooses to remove the Don’t Pass line bet, he or she can no longer lay odds behind the Don’t Pass line.

  • The player can, however, still make standard lay bets on any of the point numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10).
  • There are two different ways to calculate the odds and house edge of this bet.
  • The table below gives the numbers considering that the game ends in a push when a 12 is rolled, rather than being undetermined.

Betting on Don’t Pass is often called “playing the dark side”, and it is considered by some players to be in poor taste, or even taboo, because it goes directly against conventional play, winning when most of the players lose.

What is the best bet in craps?

What are the best craps bets in terms of odds? The best craps bet in terms of odds is the don’t pass/don’t come bet, which gives the house an edge of just 1.36%. To make things even better, you can use the ‘free odds’ option once the point is set and reduce the house edge to as low as 0.01%.

How do you win at craps every time?

Download Article Download Article It’s easy to find the craps tables on any casino floor – just follow the shouts! Perhaps no other game in the casino offers the sort of communal thrills and spills as craps. Like all forms of gambling, it’s impossible to gain an edge over the “house” while playing craps.

  1. 1 Always prioritize the safest bets on the table. If you have a massive bankroll and can stand to lose lots of money for the thrill of a few big wins, you can probably make high-risk, high-reward bets to your heart’s content. Otherwise, it’s smart to take only the safest bets – the ones that offer the smallest house edge. By doing so, you minimize your risk – while the house will still have a mathematical advantage, it will be as low as possible.
  2. 2 Take (relatively safe) pass bets. Though there are many, many betting possibilities in the game of craps, the safest bets are, luckily, fairly simple. The simplest, most fundamental bet in the game of craps, the pass bet, is also one of the very safest, with a low house edge of 1.41%, Pass bets pay even money – in other words, if you bet $10, you win $10.
    • With a pass bet, if the come out roll is 7 or 11, you win, while if the come out roll is 2, 3, or 12, you lose. If another number is rolled, this number becomes the “point” and the shooter continues rolling. If a 7 is rolled before the point is rolled again, you lose, while if the point is rolled again before a 7, you win.
    • Don’t make pass bets after the come out roll – this is allowed, but the value of the bet diminishes.

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  3. 3 For the absolute lowest house edge, take don’t pass bets. The don’t pass bet is almost the opposite of the pass bet – 2 or 3 on the come out roll win, 7 or 11 lose (12 pushes). If a point is established, you win if a 7 comes before the point and lose if the point comes first.
    • However, note that most players generally make pass bets, so if you make don’t pass bets, you’ll win when they lose and vice versa. This can create the table dynamic of you “going against” everyone else, which some people like and some don’t.
    • Like pass bets, don’t pass bets pay even money.
  4. 4 Maximize your winnings with odds bets. Odds bets are somewhat unique in that they are truly fair – the house has no edge at all on these bets. However, odds bets can only be made on top of other bets, so, if you make an odds bet, the house still has an edge (albeit a diminished one) on your overall wager.
    • Making an odds bet after a pass bet is betting that the point will be thrown before a 7. The odds bet pays 2 to 1 on points of 4 and 10, 3 to 2 on a 5 and 9, and 6 to 5 on a 6 and 8.
    • Making an odds bet after a don’t pass bet is called “laying the odds” and is the opposite of a normal odds bet – you’re betting that a 7 will be rolled before the point. Laying the odds against a 4 or 10 pays 1 to 2, 2 to 3 against a 5 or 9, and 5 to 6 against a 6 or 8.
  5. 5 Consider also making come and don’t come bets. Come and don’t come bets are essentially the same as pass and don’t pass bets, except they’re made at any point other than the come out roll. In other words, the roll after the come bet functions as the come out roll for the come bet. The conditions for winning a come or don’t come bet are the same as those for pass or don’t pass bets, respectively. The odds on both are mathematically identical.
  6. 6 Avoid risky bets with major house edges. Certain bets carry high house edges and are to avoided by serious gamblers at all costs. Only take these bets for their entertainment value – the thrill of risking your money on a long shot. In particular, put bets and proposition (prop) bets offer very unfavorable house edges, so avoid making these bets if you’re looking to make money.
    • Put bets are essentially pass bets that “skip” the come out roll. In other words, you won’t win on a 7 or 11 on the first roll and so on. Since much of a pass bet’s value is in the come out roll, put bets can have house edges of as high as 33.3%, However, one mitigating factor is that odd bets can be made on top of put bets, lowering the house edge on the overall wager.
    • Proposition (or “prop”) bets are basically bets made on the next roll of the dice. You bet on a specific number, and if the next roll comes up that number, you win. Prop bets are very risky and thus offer high payouts. However, the house edge is large (from about 5% – 17%, depending on the number you choose), so these bets aren’t effective ways to make money.
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  1. 1 Realize that, in casinos, the house will always have an edge. The idea that it’s possible to “win” at any form of gambling is somewhat of a falsehood. Though it’s absolutely possible to leave the craps table with more money than you came to it with, it’s crucial to understand that craps, like every game in the casino, has a built-in house edge,
    • Thus, you’ll never, ever want to play craps with money you can’t afford to lose. Always consider the absolute worst-case scenario before heading to the craps table.
  2. 2 Look for “downtown” tables. In the gambling Mecca of Las Vegas, the casinos on the famous “Strip” are renowned for their glitz and glamour, while the casinos in Vegas’ lower-rent downtown area, to attract visitors, are known to offer slightly better odds in the form of more-favorable payout systems.
    • There are many minute differences between “downtown” and “strip” tables. For instance, on a downtown table, while a $3.00 place bet on a 6 or 8 pays $3.50, while on a strip table, the house rounds this amount down and pays out only $3.00. Additionally, proposition bets of 2,3,11 and 12 have ever-so-slightly higher payouts on downtown tables ( 30 to 1 for 2 & 12 and 15 to 1 for 3 and 11) than on strip tables ( 29 to 1 and 14 to 1, respectively).
  3. 3 Look for games with experienced dice setters. “Dice setting” is a technique for rolling dice that (theoretically) allows the shooter to control the outcome of the roll to a small degree. The actual usefulness of dice setting is a topic of some debate among gambling experts.
    • If you’re trying this method, bet with the dice setter on low-risk bets. That is, if s/he bets pass, you should bet pass, if s/he bets don’t pass, you should bet don’t pass, and so on for come bets. Generally, you’ll want to stick with these low-risk bets. Don’t follow the dice setter on high-risk bets – no amount of dice-shooting skill is likely to cancel out the long odds of winning such a bet.
  4. 4 If legal, look for craps games outside casinos. “Street craps”, an improvised, informal version of craps, can be played virtually anywhere with just a few dice and willing participants. The primary advantage of street craps over casino craps is that there is no house to take an edge on your bets. Rather, it’s up to the players to “cover” each others’ bets by wagering against each other.
    • Also, since street craps is usually played without an actual craps table, the betting system is usually simplified and somewhat improvisational. Depending on the game, you may be able to make up your own prop bets and set payouts on the fly. This means that, if you’re a shrewd gambler, street craps can conceivably be more lucrative than casino craps.
    • Note however, that, often, gambling outside of a licensed casino or gambling hall can be considered a crime, Before looking for a street craps game, be sure to check local laws in your area to make sure you’re not breaking any.
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  1. 1 Budget. Many gamblers end up spending far more money than they originally intended to. Avoid having this happen to you by set a hard, inflexible budget for your gambling session. Set aside a certain amount of money that you can stand to lose as your bankroll for the day.
    • It can be easier to budget smartly if you have a healthy attitude towards gambling in general. Think of your gambling session as a form of entertainment, rather than a way to make money. This way, you’ll be satisfied even if you lose money, while any money you win will be a “pleasant surprise.”
  2. 2 Set win and loss limits for yourself. Knowing when to stop gambling is crucial. No matter how much you may win, if you play forever, you’ll eventually lose all of your money to the house. To prevent this sort of over-reach, set hard, inflexible cash limits that, if passed, will end your gambling for the day. For instance, you might decide to stop as soon as you win or lose 50% of your starting bankroll. This way, if you hit your upper limit, you’re prevented from losing any payout you receive by gambling for too long. Conversely, if you hit your lower limit, you’ll still have money reserved for your next session.
  3. 3 Quit while you’re ahead. As mentioned above, if you play for long enough, the casino will take your money. Because of this, it’s a smart idea to cash out when you’re ahead. Resist the perennial gambler’s temptation to boost your winnings further by playing just “one more roll”, as innumerable payouts have been squandered this way.
  4. 4 Don’t get too caught up in the thrill of it all. Above all, the best tool a craps player can have is a cool, rational head. It’s easy to get swept away by the rush of excitement that comes with a winning roll, but try not to. If you’re at a rowdy table, making a few great rolls can make you feel like a celebrity, but your present odds will always be the same regardless of your past luck.
    • Other than this, enjoy yourself. Craps can be one of the funnest, most exciting games in the casino – especially if you win!
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  • Question What is the best method or way to play the field bet in craps? Field bets are made when the shooter is on a roll or hasn’t crapped out with a 7. When making a field bet, place chips on the number or numbers that could come up before a 7 is rolled. This bet has a 5.56% house edge.
  • Question Can I increase my don’t pass bet in craps after a point has been established? No. However, to increase the payout, you can play “odds” by placing additional bets behind your original pass bet. If the number wins, the odds bets will pay more than the pass bet, as well.
  • Question If I am playing the front pass line in craps, should I place bets on the 6 and 8? If you’ve already maximized your odds on your pass line bet and you have made a considerable amount of wins on the pass line, then making a bet on the 6 and 8 is reasonable. Just remember that the odds on the pass line are better.

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Advertisement Article Summary X If you want to win at craps, always prioritize the safest bests on the table, like pass bets or don’t pass bets. You can then increase one of these wagers by adding an odds bet and taking the maximum odds. Avoid risky bets like put bets and prop bets, since these have odds which are strongly in favor of the house.

What is the minimum bet in craps?

Craps minimum bet. How does it work? – Las Vegas Forum Level Contributor 2,059 posts 8 reviews 7 helpful votes Craps minimum bet. How does it work? 6 years ago

HiThis is potentially a silly question from a certified silly man. I will be playing craps for the first time and have spent some time watching youtube videos. I have resigned myself to playing $10 minimum tables on the strip in places like casino royal and maybe NYNY as I am there over the weekend.

Now, I like the look of the Iron Cross strategy. will I have to place $10 on the pass line. $12 on 8 and 6 and $10 on 5 and 9? I may also do the odd field bet too. Or can I place $10 on the pass line and $6 and $5 respectively? I am basing my question on when I have played $10 min roulette I didn’t place $10 on each number as over all I was well over $10 bucks a spin. 1. Re: Craps minimum bet. How does it work? 6 years ago This post was determined to be inappropriate by the Tripadvisor community and has been removed. Level Contributor 4,980 posts 34 reviews 16 helpful votes 2. Re: Craps minimum bet. How does it work? 6 years ago Based on your question, $10 pass line, $12 each on 6&8, $10 each 5 & 9. And place odds, the idea you must play max odds at 100x is ludicrous Edited: 6 years ago Level Contributor 55 posts 3. Re: Craps minimum bet. How does it work? 6 years ago You just have to have a minimum bet of $10 on the pass line. So the $10, $6, and $5 is perfectly fine. Level Contributor 1,392 posts 10 reviews 9 helpful votes 4. Re: Craps minimum bet.

  • How does it work? 6 years ago Post #3 is incorrect.
  • Post #2 is correct.
  • Why you would want to play the iron cross is beyond me though.
  • Pass line and two come bets with as much odds as you can afford or passline with odds and place the 6 and 8.
  • Your bankroll should last longer that way.
  • Level Contributor 4,980 posts 34 reviews 16 helpful votes 5.

Re: Craps minimum bet. How does it work? 6 years ago Carolina is giving bad info, he/she is incorrect with palce bet amounts on a $10 table Level Contributor 64 posts 13 reviews 7 helpful votes 6. Re: Craps minimum bet. How does it work? 6 years ago As a first time player you should follow Ninepays advice.

My suggestion for a $5 table. Start with $100-200. Make a $5 pass line bet with a $10 odds bet once the point is established. Do this for a few rolls till you are comfortable with this bet while watching the rest of the confusing activity around the table. Once comfortable make a $5 Come bet (done on any roll after the pass line bet is established) with a $10 odds bet once that come point is established.

Do not have more than one pass line and 2 come bets at any one time. If you win on a come bet make another immediately. On a $10 table start with a minimum of $200. I usually stick with $10 odds bets until I am ahead. Then I increase to $20 on th 4,5,9&10 and $25 on the 6 & 8.

  • Level Contributor 171 posts 2 reviews 2 helpful votes 7.
  • Re: Craps minimum bet.
  • How does it work? 6 years ago Iron cross is always so boring for me personally.
  • Takes a lot of luck but if you really want to get a rush playing, just play the minimum on the line, add the odds bet and play hardways, horns, various odds bets.

It’s a suckers bet by odds but you’re there to gamble anyways. I’ve seen a lot of money being made in a short period of time, had a roller throw nothing but hardways like 11/15 rolls and the table made major bank. Level Contributor 198 posts 17 reviews 7 helpful votes 8.

  • Re: Craps minimum bet.
  • How does it work? 6 years ago If you are playing on a min.
  • 10 table, then all bets must be a min.
  • 10, including the field bets.the exceptions would be those bets called “center action bets” (hard way bets, horn bets, etc).instead of making any field bets, I would suggest making an additional place bet.

Level Contributor 3,317 posts 9. Re: Craps minimum bet. How does it work? 6 years ago Will you be going downtown at all? You can almost always find a $5 table down there somewhere, and that is all I am comfortable playing. Also always has a $5 table even on Saturday nights.

  1. I have been playing for about two years now, but each trip I have to work up my confidence to buy into a game! It sure can be fun when you get a good group at the table.
  2. I like the 1/2/3 rd spots closest to the stickman for me to be able to roll, you will have to find your comfort spot! Level Contributor 688 posts 10.

Re: Craps minimum bet. How does it work? 6 years ago WizardOfOdds.com is your friend. Go there, read some, watch some videos, and then go have fun. : Craps minimum bet. How does it work? – Las Vegas Forum

How hard is it to learn craps?

How to Play Craps for Dummies – How to Play Craps for Beginners? Beginners are often so intimidated by the numbers, the terms, and all the different bets available in a game of craps. Also, complicated tables like the ones you find on Wizard of Odds might push you away from the craps tables and not play the game. Playing craps is easy. You don’t need anything more than a guide for Dummies like this one to move from beginner to expert. If you don’t know how to play craps, make sure you read the part that follows carefully enough to pay attention to all the different elements that compose a game of craps.

What is the all bet in craps?

Any Craps Bets – It’s common in craps games to refer to the 2, 3 or 12 numbers as ‘craps numbers’. In an ‘Any Craps’ bet, players wager the shooter’s next roll will land on one of these three numbers. Single or Multi-roll: Single Roll House edge: 11.11% Payout odds: 7:1

Why is it called craps?

The History Behind Craps and Dice –

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If you’re not familiar with Craps, it is essentially a game played with dice in which the players make wagers on the outcome of the roll, or a series of rolls, of a pair of dice. Players may wager money against each other (“street craps”) or a bank (“casino craps” or “table craps”).

Because it requires little equipment, “street craps” can be played in informal settings. Legend has it, Roman soldiers invented the game of craps using knuckle-bones of a pig as dice and their armor shields as a table. Others believe craps originated from an Arabic dice game called Al Dar, which means “dice” in Arabic, and that merchants brought the game over to Europe in the 12th Century.

The most commonly accepted version of the game’s creation is that it was invented by Sir William of Tyre in 1125 during the Crusades and named after a castle named “Asart” or “Hazarth.” Later called “Hazard.” Fast forward a bit, this English game “Hazard” became extremely popular in French taverns during the 17th Century.

Because it required little equipment, “street craps” could be played in informal settings. It is believed around this time the name “craps” was invented as a spinoff of the French word “crapaud,” meaning ” toad” in reference to the original style of play by people crouched over a floor or sidewalk. What later became the American version was brought to New Orleans by Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville, a wealthy gambler and politician descended from colonial Louisiana landowners.

A flaw in the game allowed players to exploit the casino until American dice maker John H. Winn, also know as the father of the modern game, corrected this issue during the 19th Century by introducing the “don’t pass” betting option. It was his version that continued to flourish, spreading throughout the French Louisiana colony of Arcadia and later along the Mississippi river in gambling boats.

Should you buy the 6 and 8 in craps?

You can get recommendations from your friends and the concierge on where to catch a great show, grab a bite to eat, or even where to have a drink and enjoy some live music, But to really wrap yourself in the Vegas experience you need to learn the casino table games, and Caesars Entertainment has some key craps tips and strategies for one of the most exciting table games in Vegas. Craps is all about the odds, and the 6 and 8 are decent bets, because only the 7 is rolled more frequently. A bet on that giant 6 and 8 pays even money (bet $5, and if a 6 or 8 is rolled, you win $5), and your bet stays up until a shooter “sevens out.” (That never happens! Actual results may vary.)

What is the best bet in a casino?

Many people will be visiting a casino this summer, whether on a trip to Vegas, on a cruise ship, or just at a local casino during a “staycation.” But before you go, you may want to know which games give you the best chance of winning. So we went behind the scene at two casinos, and spoke with the game managers, to find out which games give you an edge.

  • Table Games Your Best Bet Jay Bean, a Caesar’s floor manager, agreed to sit down with us and talk about the games with the best odds.
  • He said many people don’t realize that table games have much better odds than slots.
  • They are intimidated by thoughts of card sharks taking their money, with images of an intense Texas Hold ‘Em tournament in their minds, and so they stick with the safe games: the slots.

But they are doing themselves a disservice, he said. Bean’s advice? After you’ve spent some time on the slot machines, move on to the Blackjack table, and start by just observing.1. Blackjack Blackjack has the best odds of winning, with a house edge of just 1 percent in most casinos, Bean said.

  1. Plus, you are playing against only the dealer, not hooded poker champions.
  2. Blackjack is one of our easiest games to play,” Bean said.
  3. You’re just looking for a number that beats the dealer’s number without going over 21.” If you’re a novice, Bean said to sit down during a less busy time, such as the afternoon, and the dealer will walk you through the game.

But the same is not true with poker: You should practice the game with your friends first, at home, Bean said, until you are comfortable with it. Bean said novices are best off passing on the poker tables, where yes, the competition can be tough. You can find out more information about the game of blackjack at the following link: http://wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/ 2.

  • Craps So from the Blackjack table, he suggests moving on to the dice game Craps, the game with the second best odds, also nearly 50-50.
  • The Craps table can be a bit intimidating for the beginner with all the boxes on the table, Bean admitted.
  • But it’s really not tough, and it has one of your best chances of winning.

In the end, all you are really doing is betting on a dice roll. For more information on craps, visit: http://wizardofodds.com/games/craps/ 3. Roulette Bean said your next stop should be the Roulette wheel. It’s simple, and pays fairly well. “So you bet on your favorite numbers,” Bean said.

“The dealer spins, and if your number comes in you win.” If you stick to betting on just Reds or Blacks, you have nearly a 50-50 chance of walking away a winner. If it lands on red when you choose red, you will double your bet, Bean explained. While it may seem you have an even chance of winning by simply choosing a color, there is one catch that gives the house its edge: the extra green 0 and 00 position on the wheel.

It’s on all American roulette wheels. Or, if you feel lucky, play just one number. It’s hard to win, but if you do it pays out 36 to 1. For more information on roulette, visit: http://wizardofodds.com/games/roulette/ Worst Odds Your worst odds? The casinos, understandably, did not want to talk about games with poor odds.

So we turned to Forbes Magazine, which in a report about Best Bets at the Casino, said two popular games – the Wheel of Fortune and the ever-popular slot machines – have the lowest odds of winning, with a house edge of 10 percent or more. The Experts Agree Professor of Analytics Michael Magazine has crunched the numbers, and agreed that blackjack is the best way to go home with money in your pockets.

He said if you take a little time to learn the game, you have the best odds of winning. “You are somewhere between 44 percent to 48 percent in every single hand of winning,” he said, noting that no other casino game gives you odds that good. But Magazine cautioned that he’s not promoting gambling, because he said even games with the best odds still favor the house.

  • Play it long enough and you will lose.
  • In the long term the house doesn’t lose,” Magazine said.
  • If You Love The Slots.
  • Finally, if you really enjoy playing the slots, here is some good information to know, from state casino reports we examined.
  • With slots, the more money you put in per bet, the higher your chance of winning.

If you put the max in a penny machine, which is usually around 50 cents, you have much better odds than if you put in 2 cents. In addition, penny slots have the lowest odds, with $1 and $5 slots paying much better. Always gamble responsibly, and don’t waste your money.

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Is it better to place or buy in craps?

The perils of the 4 or 10 Buy bet in craps QUESTION: I have heard, although not seen, that certain casinos offer different commissions on a 4 and 10 Buy bet. Of three casinos near where I live, all offer a Buy bet with a 5% commission. Was I misinformed? — Nick F. ANSWER: Essentially, a Buy bet resembles a Place bet except that you pay a 5% commission on the amount of your wager. When you win, you are paid at the true odds, minus, of course, the 5%. For those buying the 4 or 10, it is advised that you wager at least $20 because the minimal commission the casino will charge you for making a Buy wager is a dollar (5% of $20). The casino edge on any Buy bet for $20 works out to 4.76%, with smaller wagers increasingly higher. Because a Buy bet does nothing more than give the house a 5% commission for paying you correct odds on a winning bet, I recommend sticking with wagers that give the house less than a 2% edge, such as a Place bet, but only on the 6 or 8. Stay away from placing the 4 or 10, as the house edge is 6.67%. Placing the 6 or 8 has a smaller house edge (1.5%) than buying the 4 or 10, and it is also plenty cheap. A Place bet can be made for as little as $6. My point here is that there are other wagers on a craps game that are far superior to buying the 4, 10 or any number for that matter. But for the exception below, I generally cannot affirm the Buy wager as recommended play. As to your question, Nick, yes, there are certain casinos that offer a different commission structure on a 4 and 10 Buy bet. Some charge only if you win. When your 4 or 10 are losers, you don’t have to pay the commission, and the house edge drops all the way down to 1.67%, making for a terrific wager. Longtime readers of this column know the drill and make only wagers on a craps table, or anywhere in the casino, that has less than a 2% house edge. A Buy bet on the 4 or 10, one that is commission-free if you lose, is one that I would recommend adding to your betting repertoire Q: On a bike trip across France, I stopped in a casino and happened upon a game similar to roulette, but much smaller. Do you know anything about it? The game was closed, and there was no one around to explain what it was. — Jerome P. A: I believe what you are referring to is Boule (La Boule), which is a simplified version of roulette. Boule is analogous to roulette in that it features a table and a spinning wheel, but it has only nine numbers and three different colors on which you can bet. Boule is played with a large wooden wheel and a rubber ball that’s a bit smaller than a tennis ball. The game is quite simple, but you can lose a lot of money quickly if you play. Every bet offered has a house edge of 11.11%, which is far worse than roulette (5.26%), or a true European single-zero wheel that offers a rule called “en prison” (1.35%). Mark Pilarski is a contributing editor for numerous gambling publications. E-mail questions of [email protected] : The perils of the 4 or 10 Buy bet in craps

What does buying the 4 and 10 mean in craps?

10. Re: Craps question – buying the 4 or 10 10 years ago In Vegas, buy the 4 and 10 if your bet is $20 or more. If less then $20, then place bet. In my experience, if you throw down $20 or more on each, the 4 and 10, they put a Buy marker on your chips automatically because it’s a better payout for you. For 5, 6, 8, and 9, always do a place bet, never a buy bet. Commission is paid if you win.

Why does craps have 6 and 8?

You can get recommendations from your friends and the concierge on where to catch a great show, grab a bite to eat, or even where to have a drink and enjoy some live music, But to really wrap yourself in the Vegas experience you need to learn the casino table games, and Caesars Entertainment has some key craps tips and strategies for one of the most exciting table games in Vegas. Craps is all about the odds, and the 6 and 8 are decent bets, because only the 7 is rolled more frequently. A bet on that giant 6 and 8 pays even money (bet $5, and if a 6 or 8 is rolled, you win $5), and your bet stays up until a shooter “sevens out.” (That never happens! Actual results may vary.)

How do you win at craps every time?

Download Article Download Article It’s easy to find the craps tables on any casino floor – just follow the shouts! Perhaps no other game in the casino offers the sort of communal thrills and spills as craps. Like all forms of gambling, it’s impossible to gain an edge over the “house” while playing craps.

  1. 1 Always prioritize the safest bets on the table. If you have a massive bankroll and can stand to lose lots of money for the thrill of a few big wins, you can probably make high-risk, high-reward bets to your heart’s content. Otherwise, it’s smart to take only the safest bets – the ones that offer the smallest house edge. By doing so, you minimize your risk – while the house will still have a mathematical advantage, it will be as low as possible.
  2. 2 Take (relatively safe) pass bets. Though there are many, many betting possibilities in the game of craps, the safest bets are, luckily, fairly simple. The simplest, most fundamental bet in the game of craps, the pass bet, is also one of the very safest, with a low house edge of 1.41%, Pass bets pay even money – in other words, if you bet $10, you win $10.
    • With a pass bet, if the come out roll is 7 or 11, you win, while if the come out roll is 2, 3, or 12, you lose. If another number is rolled, this number becomes the “point” and the shooter continues rolling. If a 7 is rolled before the point is rolled again, you lose, while if the point is rolled again before a 7, you win.
    • Don’t make pass bets after the come out roll – this is allowed, but the value of the bet diminishes.

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  3. 3 For the absolute lowest house edge, take don’t pass bets. The don’t pass bet is almost the opposite of the pass bet – 2 or 3 on the come out roll win, 7 or 11 lose (12 pushes). If a point is established, you win if a 7 comes before the point and lose if the point comes first.
    • However, note that most players generally make pass bets, so if you make don’t pass bets, you’ll win when they lose and vice versa. This can create the table dynamic of you “going against” everyone else, which some people like and some don’t.
    • Like pass bets, don’t pass bets pay even money.
  4. 4 Maximize your winnings with odds bets. Odds bets are somewhat unique in that they are truly fair – the house has no edge at all on these bets. However, odds bets can only be made on top of other bets, so, if you make an odds bet, the house still has an edge (albeit a diminished one) on your overall wager.
    • Making an odds bet after a pass bet is betting that the point will be thrown before a 7. The odds bet pays 2 to 1 on points of 4 and 10, 3 to 2 on a 5 and 9, and 6 to 5 on a 6 and 8.
    • Making an odds bet after a don’t pass bet is called “laying the odds” and is the opposite of a normal odds bet – you’re betting that a 7 will be rolled before the point. Laying the odds against a 4 or 10 pays 1 to 2, 2 to 3 against a 5 or 9, and 5 to 6 against a 6 or 8.
  5. 5 Consider also making come and don’t come bets. Come and don’t come bets are essentially the same as pass and don’t pass bets, except they’re made at any point other than the come out roll. In other words, the roll after the come bet functions as the come out roll for the come bet. The conditions for winning a come or don’t come bet are the same as those for pass or don’t pass bets, respectively. The odds on both are mathematically identical.
  6. 6 Avoid risky bets with major house edges. Certain bets carry high house edges and are to avoided by serious gamblers at all costs. Only take these bets for their entertainment value – the thrill of risking your money on a long shot. In particular, put bets and proposition (prop) bets offer very unfavorable house edges, so avoid making these bets if you’re looking to make money.
    • Put bets are essentially pass bets that “skip” the come out roll. In other words, you won’t win on a 7 or 11 on the first roll and so on. Since much of a pass bet’s value is in the come out roll, put bets can have house edges of as high as 33.3%, However, one mitigating factor is that odd bets can be made on top of put bets, lowering the house edge on the overall wager.
    • Proposition (or “prop”) bets are basically bets made on the next roll of the dice. You bet on a specific number, and if the next roll comes up that number, you win. Prop bets are very risky and thus offer high payouts. However, the house edge is large (from about 5% – 17%, depending on the number you choose), so these bets aren’t effective ways to make money.
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  1. 1 Realize that, in casinos, the house will always have an edge. The idea that it’s possible to “win” at any form of gambling is somewhat of a falsehood. Though it’s absolutely possible to leave the craps table with more money than you came to it with, it’s crucial to understand that craps, like every game in the casino, has a built-in house edge,
    • Thus, you’ll never, ever want to play craps with money you can’t afford to lose. Always consider the absolute worst-case scenario before heading to the craps table.
  2. 2 Look for “downtown” tables. In the gambling Mecca of Las Vegas, the casinos on the famous “Strip” are renowned for their glitz and glamour, while the casinos in Vegas’ lower-rent downtown area, to attract visitors, are known to offer slightly better odds in the form of more-favorable payout systems.
    • There are many minute differences between “downtown” and “strip” tables. For instance, on a downtown table, while a $3.00 place bet on a 6 or 8 pays $3.50, while on a strip table, the house rounds this amount down and pays out only $3.00. Additionally, proposition bets of 2,3,11 and 12 have ever-so-slightly higher payouts on downtown tables ( 30 to 1 for 2 & 12 and 15 to 1 for 3 and 11) than on strip tables ( 29 to 1 and 14 to 1, respectively).
  3. 3 Look for games with experienced dice setters. “Dice setting” is a technique for rolling dice that (theoretically) allows the shooter to control the outcome of the roll to a small degree. The actual usefulness of dice setting is a topic of some debate among gambling experts.
    • If you’re trying this method, bet with the dice setter on low-risk bets. That is, if s/he bets pass, you should bet pass, if s/he bets don’t pass, you should bet don’t pass, and so on for come bets. Generally, you’ll want to stick with these low-risk bets. Don’t follow the dice setter on high-risk bets – no amount of dice-shooting skill is likely to cancel out the long odds of winning such a bet.
  4. 4 If legal, look for craps games outside casinos. “Street craps”, an improvised, informal version of craps, can be played virtually anywhere with just a few dice and willing participants. The primary advantage of street craps over casino craps is that there is no house to take an edge on your bets. Rather, it’s up to the players to “cover” each others’ bets by wagering against each other.
    • Also, since street craps is usually played without an actual craps table, the betting system is usually simplified and somewhat improvisational. Depending on the game, you may be able to make up your own prop bets and set payouts on the fly. This means that, if you’re a shrewd gambler, street craps can conceivably be more lucrative than casino craps.
    • Note however, that, often, gambling outside of a licensed casino or gambling hall can be considered a crime, Before looking for a street craps game, be sure to check local laws in your area to make sure you’re not breaking any.
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  1. 1 Budget. Many gamblers end up spending far more money than they originally intended to. Avoid having this happen to you by set a hard, inflexible budget for your gambling session. Set aside a certain amount of money that you can stand to lose as your bankroll for the day.
    • It can be easier to budget smartly if you have a healthy attitude towards gambling in general. Think of your gambling session as a form of entertainment, rather than a way to make money. This way, you’ll be satisfied even if you lose money, while any money you win will be a “pleasant surprise.”
  2. 2 Set win and loss limits for yourself. Knowing when to stop gambling is crucial. No matter how much you may win, if you play forever, you’ll eventually lose all of your money to the house. To prevent this sort of over-reach, set hard, inflexible cash limits that, if passed, will end your gambling for the day. For instance, you might decide to stop as soon as you win or lose 50% of your starting bankroll. This way, if you hit your upper limit, you’re prevented from losing any payout you receive by gambling for too long. Conversely, if you hit your lower limit, you’ll still have money reserved for your next session.
  3. 3 Quit while you’re ahead. As mentioned above, if you play for long enough, the casino will take your money. Because of this, it’s a smart idea to cash out when you’re ahead. Resist the perennial gambler’s temptation to boost your winnings further by playing just “one more roll”, as innumerable payouts have been squandered this way.
  4. 4 Don’t get too caught up in the thrill of it all. Above all, the best tool a craps player can have is a cool, rational head. It’s easy to get swept away by the rush of excitement that comes with a winning roll, but try not to. If you’re at a rowdy table, making a few great rolls can make you feel like a celebrity, but your present odds will always be the same regardless of your past luck.
    • Other than this, enjoy yourself. Craps can be one of the funnest, most exciting games in the casino – especially if you win!
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  • Question What is the best method or way to play the field bet in craps? Field bets are made when the shooter is on a roll or hasn’t crapped out with a 7. When making a field bet, place chips on the number or numbers that could come up before a 7 is rolled. This bet has a 5.56% house edge.
  • Question Can I increase my don’t pass bet in craps after a point has been established? No. However, to increase the payout, you can play “odds” by placing additional bets behind your original pass bet. If the number wins, the odds bets will pay more than the pass bet, as well.
  • Question If I am playing the front pass line in craps, should I place bets on the 6 and 8? If you’ve already maximized your odds on your pass line bet and you have made a considerable amount of wins on the pass line, then making a bet on the 6 and 8 is reasonable. Just remember that the odds on the pass line are better.

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Advertisement Article Summary X If you want to win at craps, always prioritize the safest bests on the table, like pass bets or don’t pass bets. You can then increase one of these wagers by adding an odds bet and taking the maximum odds. Avoid risky bets like put bets and prop bets, since these have odds which are strongly in favor of the house.

What numbers do you not want to roll in craps?

Pass Line – An even money bet, made on the first roll of the dice (known as the “come out roll”). You win if a 7 or 11 roll, or lose if 2, 3, or 12 roll (known as “craps”). Any other number that rolls becomes the “point” and the point must roll again before a 7 to win.

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