Nevada OKs craps-style table game

Apr 22, 2009 7:53 PM

The Nevada Gaming Commission last week approved a new table game that re-creates the craps table – but without dice!

The new game is called Play Craps, which plays faster, friendlier and more comfortably than conventional craps, while retaining the traditional game’s odds, payoffs and wagering opportunities.

The game successfully completed a field trial at Rampart Casino in Las Vegas and the Eureka Casino in Mesquite. The game is currently being reviewed by several casinos for placement and will become available soon.

"This game will revitalize the game of craps and introduce it to a new market," said Michael Christian, game inventor and chairman of Play Craps Inc. "It is craps, but better."

Play Craps is played on a custom table shaped like a blackjack table, but about a quarter larger. The table is the height of a roulette table and seats nine players comfortably with their own chip trays and drink holders – no standing around (please note, especially for women in high heels!), as at a traditional craps table.

Players wager on a field that is a re-creation of a craps layout and which affords all the betting opportunities of conventional "tub" craps – pass, don’t pass, come, odds bets, the field, etc. Instead of players throwing dice, two DieCards are dealt by one of two dealers working the game.

Each DieCard bears the image of a die face. A roll is made when two DieCards are dealt and placed by the dealer near the center of the table. The game uses 324 DieCards dealt from a continuous shuffle machine.

So the essential difference is that the cards, which simulate the throwing of two dice, are handled by the dealer – much quicker and less "painfully" than the shooter at the craps table.

The number of cards and constant shuffling insures that odds are within four one thousandths of a percent of conventional craps, Christian said. Game stats were established by Gaming Laboratories International and by the Nevada Gaming Control Board staff. "This really does constitute the ‘Good Housekeeping’ seal of approval," he said.

As there is no dice-handling by players both the speed of the game and its security are enhanced. The game is less intimidating to new players because no one is "to blame" when a seven-out is thrown and players lose. Like blackjack, players have their own space and can sit comfortably.

"We expect casinos will like this game because it appeals to a new market, is twice as fast, takes up half the space and needs half the personnel of traditional craps," Christian said.