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Enjoying and Exiting Craps Games

25 July 2020

By John Marchel

The oldest confirmed record of a game of chance where dice were used was in 1573 B.C., by the Egyptians. The so-called Theban dice, as they are known, are resting today in the Egyptian museum in Berlin.

The modern game of craps is truly an American game first developed on the Mississippi and other inland steamboat rivers of the 1800s. The game of craps is an outgrowth of the popular European three-dice game called Hazard. In that game the three dice were thrown out of a tin or a wooden horn. By the way, that is where the term “tin horn gambler” comes from. Today’s two-dice craps game is the fastest, noisiest, and has the best odds for the player of any casino game offered.

To win at craps you should have a winning plan or a strategy before you begin to play. Here is a basic plan to get you started. First, learn which are the best bets to make and which are the poor ones. Next, you should understand exactly how much money is being bet at any one time. Too little will reduce your win-rate, too much could hurt during a short losing streak. In addition, you should have an adequate bankroll to take advantage of a hot roll. Finally, you must know when to leave. If you win a lot but give it back you are not a winner. If you do lose make sure it is a limited loss that will not affect your total visit.

To start with, only play craps in casinos that offer double odds or better. Some will offer up to ten times odds, which is excellent for the player. This is assuming you are only betting the pass line and come bets and are taking the double odds. With single odds the house will have a 0.8 percent edge over the player.

With the double odds the house edge will be further reduced to 0.6 percent. Over the long haul the player can expect to lose only 60 cents for every $100 wagered. So, when selecting a casino for craps always go for the most odds they offer.

We all heard the expression: “hot roll.”

What makes a hot roll? Some experts say when a shooter makes three or four points in a row it’s a hot roll. Others declare that 10 to 15 numbers must be rolled before the seven to make it a hot shooter. Still some will define a hot shooter as one who can hold the dice for at least twenty minutes.

The big thing for you, the player, is to leave the table after a hot roll. Normally, you won’t see more than one hot roll per session of play. Therefore, it’s good advice to take your winnings and go when that hot streak is finished. Remember, it’s a good gambler when he or she leaves a winner.


• In 1804 a new street in New Orleans was named “Rue de Craps” after the new dice game that had become popular in the city. The name was later changed to Burgundy Street, by the insistence of residents who did not enjoy the association of the word.

• William Lee Bergstrom walked into the Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas in Sept. 1980 and asked if he could place a $1 million bet. He returned a little later with a suitcase containing $777,000. The case was taken to the craps table and placed on the Don’t Pass line. The woman holding the dice sevened-out in three throws and he left with over $1.5 million.

• To be able to shoot or throw the dice at craps, a player must have a Pass Line or Don’t Pass wager on the table. He cannot have a Place bet or Proposition bet solely and be entitled to throw the dice.

• The dice game, craps was first introduced to the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco in 1949, ninety-three years after the casino first opened.

• The stick used by the dealer to move the dice around the craps table is also known as a “whip.”

• Prior to the Middle Ages, Arabs played a game using small numbered cubes called “Azzahr” meaning “the die.” Historians believe the game of Hazard and Craps can trace its origin to that Arab game.

• In Argentina players at the craps table, called “One-Six,” sit in chairs around a semicircular table.

• The see-through cover over the house chips on a closed craps game is called a “lid” In the gaming industry.

• The plain, unmarked outer edge of a craps table layout (beyond the Pass Line) is called the “apron.”

• We generally expect crap dealers to be sharp and always alert to each players action. However, a “Jammer” is known as a sloppy and slow craps dealer.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine. Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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