Rolling for fun!

Nov 30, 2004 12:28 AM

The game of craps is all-of-a-sudden a hot game in the casino. More than ever before, tables are packed with players, who always seem to be whooping it up.

There are probably several reasons for the game’s newfound popularity. The main one is the crackdown on blackjack. Several casinos in Nevada, most of which are on the Las Vegas Strip, have cut the payment for a natural blackjack from 3-2 to 6-5. They’ve also made some other changes, such as hitting a soft 17, that helps swing the odds slightly further into the house’s favor.

Another reason is the number of younger customers finding the casino. In places such as the Hard Rock and others geared toward Generation X, young players seem to gravitate toward the tables and less to slots. In addition, the sizzling rise in the number of poker players, fueled by all the celebrity TV tournaments, has sent more customers into the casino’s fleecing pens.

Here are seven reasons why craps should be your game:

(1) The player controls the game. You can ask for the same (or different) dice, set them in any way you want before shooting, ask for the table limit to be suspended, and choose from a variety of bets, ranging from even money shots to proposition bets at healthy odds. Where else can you have this much fun?

(2) Many of the bets have a casino advantage of under two percent. Some of the more popular bets are pass line with maximum odds, don’t pass with maximum odds, come bet with maximum odds, and don’t come bets with maximum odds. If you play at a 100x odds table, the casino advantage here is only .02 percent or less. Where else can you find a better deal than that?

(3) You can increase your money by 900 percent in just two rolls. Try it. Bet just one lowly dollar on the two or 12. If it wins you get $30. Let the $30 ride. If it wins, you get $900. You’ve turned $1 into $900 in less than a minute. Sure, it’s highly unlikely. But where else do you even have a chance of winning this kind of money in such a short time?

(4) You can make money just by riding along with a good shooter. Look for someone who makes small $5 bets while other people are shooting, but increases his bets to $25 or more when he’s the shooter. Maybe he has a craps table at home and practices. Maybe he’s a psychic. Who knows? But when he bets, you should bet the same way he does. When he wins, you will, too. Where else can you make money using someone else’s talents?

(5) You get a lot of comps playing craps. Buy in with a large amount and make a big first bet. Play at a casino that gives you credit for your spread instead of your individual bets. You could end up with a free room, a free show and free meals. Where else can you get so much free stuff?

(6) There are long profitable streaks in craps. A shooter can hold the dice for an hour and everyone at the table cleans up. Once you learn how to recognize these streaks by charting the tables, you can hang on and be betting black chips before you know it. Where else can you get this mix of pure excitement plus constantly increasing profits?

(7) Craps is a people-oriented game. You can talk to the gamblers next to you, and the dealers, too. Ask them how the table is going. Talk to everyone. Ask if they’re good shooters. Try to notice if there are any don’t bettors and how they’re doing, especially if you’re a don’t bettor yourself. Where else can you make friends and money at the same time?

Good luck at the tables!