Game of Craps had quite a whirlwind path before it came to be what it is today. The game started as a simplified version of the American game of Hazard, which dates all the way back to the Crusades. It has a colonial origin, from the beginning of the 19th century Louisiana. This game was originally played with dice, where a shooter can choose a number between 5 and 9 to be his main number. It was simplified in a way that the main number is always seven, which is considered to be the luckiest in many cultures.
Initially, Craps weren’t accepted among the American high class. It was considered to be a game of the underprivileged, so it was taken to the streets of New Orleans. It became such a success, that one street in the city was named after this popular game.
But even after that, Craps had quite a tough time. This game was widely abused by many casinos around the world by using unfair dice that would create combinations in casino’s favor. This problem was resolved at the beginning of the 20th century when a famous dice maker from Philadelphia, John Winn, created a principle to help determine which bets were allowed, and which weren’t. This method is still used to this day.
Craps was a famous game among children as well. It became especially popular during World War II, mostly between young American soldiers. This tradition of theirs — playing Craps on their bunk beds, is what made the game the most popular choice for players in every casino in Las Vegas.
To this day, Craps is a way of unison. In this game, the players together are winning against the house. Do not get confused, because every game has a house edge. We will explain all of this further, so read along!
When playing Craps, you will notice that there are several members of personnel gathered around the table, which may seem like the game is more difficult or complicated than it really is. But don’t be discouraged by it, since it only means that the game will run even smoother, and you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Aside from not one, but two dealers, who are taking care of the bets and all the other details to ensure there are no delays of any kind during the game, there are two more important professionals. Without them, the game of Craps would not go as easy as it should. The first one is called the boxman, and he covers all the bets made in each round, and supervises every part of the game.
Next, there is a stickman — they are in charge of the stick that is used to push the dice on the table, as the name would suggest. It may not seem like that at first, but the stickman is crucial for the game of Craps. They are calling out the results, and they also do the pushing and remind the players it’s their turn to throw.This is to avoid any possible frustrations during each round of the game.
Once you’ve approached the Craps table, you will encounter a setting that can look a bit intimidating, but it is quite easy once you get the hang of it.
You will see a field marked “Pass line,” in which you are posting bets regarding the number that you think the dice will depict. If you bet on this line, you are betting for the shooter. Rather, if you post your bet on the “Don’t Pass” part of the table, you are betting against him. Next, you will see the area between the boxman and the stickman, that is meant for posting proposition bets. They concern only you, not other players.
Keep in mind that after you learn your way around Craps, you will be able to post much riskier bets. In the meantime, experts suggest that it is safer to bet on the Pass line at first, at least for a couple of rounds.
United We Stand
Unlike many casino games, when you play Craps, you are playing with other members, not against them. Namely, everyone has the chance to roll the dice, and everyone is betting on the same roll. That way, you can easily lose even though you did not even roll. You have the chance to pass the dice to the other player so he can roll instead of you, as well.
While playing Craps, your main goal is to win by getting either 7 or 11 on your first throw. Keep in mind that if you get a 2, 3 or 12, you lose what you initially bet. In addition, rolling 7 will not bring you a sure win every time. For example, if you get it before rolling the point twice, it is one of the worst outcomes you can have in Craps.
As The Game Progresses
No round of Craps can begin until the shooter has placed a bet on the pass (or a don’t pass) line. Namely, if you choose to make a pass line bet – you are betting on the dice. And if you are placing a bet on the don’t pass line – you are betting against the dice. Other players can make these bets as well, but they do not have to. Until the point has been made, the button with the word “OFF” written on it will remain. The point is the number that the shooter has to get when rolling dice. After it has been made, the button will switch to “ON”. Bear in mind that you can still make bets after the point was determined, which is known as an “odd bet”.
After the bets have been placed, the only thing left to do is to put all your fate in the shooter. The game of Craps is quite specific since the shooter can bring a win to many players, not just themselves.
Habits To Avoid
In Craps, like any other casino games, you can encounter many superstitious players. That’s why it couldn’t hurt learning what absolutely not to do, just so you don’t annoy other participants or mess with your luck!
For starters, you should never yell out the word “Seven!” Not even to save your life. It is considered to be one of the biggest superstitions when playing casino games. If you happen to utter it, do not get surprised if many players actually leave the table altogether!
Also, many players think that using different dice on the same roll brings the worst luck you can possibly imagine. That’s why you can quite often hear a shooter yell “Same dice!” in case he accidentally drops the dice off the table. Because you can never be too sure, right?
And lastly, no matter how many times you’ve seen it in the movies, do not throw both dice in the air at the same time! It is safer to toss one by one than risking the uncomfortable glares of the entire casino personnel, and other players at your table.
Craps are one of the most popular table game in casinos around the world. It has everything — the excitement, the rush, the thrill of winning after those dice determine your fate. If you ever find yourself in a casino and hear a loud group of players jumping up and down, they are most likely at a Craps table. The rules of this game might seem complicated at first, but they are quite simple to understand once you’ve studied the table layout. After that, all you need to do is roll the dice (or watch the shooter roll them for you), and watch the magic happen!