Guide to Gambling
Here we are going to go through some helpful hints
and tips about playing craps, as well as debunk some of the
more popular superstitions and rumors.
Helpful Hints -- In addition to the general
Helpful Hints and Tips for the casino
in general, these are specifically for the craps table:
Touch and throw the dice with your forefinger and
thumb only, and make sure the dice hit the backboard
-- Some "experts" say "Never throw the
dice" while other "experts" have written
whole books on "Rythmic shooting" and how you
can magically cause the desired numbers to appear. This
is all crap (excuse the pun). Throwing the dice is a fun
part of craps which you should learn how to do, but at
the same time do it right by using only two fingers and
keeping the dice in sight of the boxman at all times.
When you throw the dice, make a nice arc which causes
the dice to land right in front of the wall, hit the wall,
and then bounce back on the table. This (common) method
of shooting will draw the least amount of attention to
you by the casino personnel, which correspondingly will
keep your own stress level low. Oh, and don't believe
for a second that you can cause the dice to land any particular
way, because you can't.
Keep an eye on the payouts -- It is not that dealers
are dishonest, but there is a lot of action going on whenever
a craps table is "hot" and they are human and
make mistakes. If they do make a mistake against you,
point it out, and if disputed ask the boxman for a ruling.
If they make a mistake in your favor -- keep your mouth
shut! If you don't know what the payouts should be,
you have no business gambling.
Avoid Crowded Tables -- Although crowded tables
are generally more fun, there is also a much higher likelihood
that the dealers will get distracted and screw up your
bets. So don't play at crowded tables. The best tables
are often empty tables. There is NO truth -- nada, none,
zilch -- to the statement that "an empty table is
a cold table". Dice have no memory, and if you are
the only bettor you can play at your own pace without
much chance of the dealers screwing up your bets.
Beware Superstition -- On each and every roll,
the odds of a particular number coming up are exactly
the same. Dice have no memory and are controlled by nothing
other than gravity, momentum, and random chance. Do not
think that because the dice have been "cold"
that it means they will eventually "warm up"
or that because they have been "hot" they must
now go "cold". You must wash all such thoughts
from your mind, and concentrate on the odds on each individual
"Because Something Happened, the Next Roll Will
Be a _____" -- Usually, when you hear this
line it will end with "7", such as in "If
one of the dice bounces off the table the next roll will
be a 7". And in fact a 7 is the most likely roll,
because it is easier to make a 7 than any other number.
But this has to do with statistics, and nothing to do
with luck. The dice are little cubes of clear plastic,
and do not remember what object they last hit.
The Rythmic Shooter -- Some (self-proclaimed)
experts will state that some craps players are "Rythmic"
shooters, meaning that they can roll the dice in such
a fashion that the 7 never appears, or does appear depending
on what is needed. This is completely bogus. Because of
the felt table, and the serrated foam wall, it is impossible
to throw a certain number or predict what numbers might
appear. People who claim that they can do this are "full
An Empty Table is a Cold Table -- Empty tables
are neither "hot" nor "cold" (remember,
the plastic dice cubes have no memory).
The dice are clear plastic -- This is so that
the boxman who examines the dice can look for weighted
inserts which cause the dice to roll or not roll some
number more than others. These are known as "loaded"
dice, and they do exist. Usually, the cheater will take
some dice and bore holes in them, and fill the holes with
lead. But they can be quickly caught with clear dice.
There is a mirror on the wall opposite the boxman
-- This is so the boxman can see the back of people's
hands when they are rolling, and can look out for either
changes in dice or somebody stealing chips.
"Right" bettors bet on Pass and Come, and
"Wrong" bettors bet on Don't Pass and Don't
Come -- The famous gambler known and "Jimmy the
Greek" was a "wrong" gambler, meaning he
always bet with the House that the 7 would appear before
the number. Of course, Jimmy was best known for setting
the spread the year Joe Namath and the New York Jets won
the Super Bowl -- heavily against the Jets (in retrospect,
Jimmy the Greek was a really lousy gambler). But whichever
way you bet, the odds are about the same.
Additional Pages on Craps
Craps Strategies --
Analysis of the basic craps strategies, and several
popular strategies for betting.
The Parity Hedge System
-- Short history of the Craps system that took the gambling
world by storm in the early 1970s -- until the system's
most prolific gambler was found dead in the desert!
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