Top 5 Pro Craps Tips

There can be little doubt that craps is one of the most consistently entertaining games you will find in just about any casino on Earth (or in cyberspace, for that matter). There’s just something undeniably thrilling about watching those dice bounce all over the felt, clatter against the rail and come tumbling to a stop. It doesn’t matter if you’re actually the shooter at any given moment. Hell, you don’t even have to be actively involved in the game in any real capacity. Even being a spectator standing around a lively craps table is a lot of fun.

But when it comes to shooting craps, there are quite a few characteristics that separate the pros from the amateurs. Naturally, you might suspect a big pile of chips and a strong winning average to be chief among these, but you would be wrong. While it certainly helps your standing in the craps community to win more often than not, there are other features that are even more illustrative about what kind of a player you are. If these intangibles had to be grouped together under one umbrella, it would be called ‘etiquette.’

That’s right. Anyone can get hot with the dice from time to time when the ever-capricious Lady Luck decides to pay a visit. But the true craps player of distinction is notable for the manner in which he or she plays the game. You could say it’s a matter of style, but in fact it goes deeper than that. So whether you have been playing craps for decades or are just introducing yourself to the pleasures of the game, it’s a good idea to brush up on some fundamentals of craps etiquette.

First of all, players are not supposed to handle the dice with more than one hand, pass them directly from hand to hand, or take the dice past the edge of the table. The only way to change hands when throwing dice, if permitted at all, is to set the dice on the table, let go, then grab them with the other hand.

When throwing the dice, you are expected to hit the farthest wall at the opposite end of the table. Be sure to toss the dice and not slide them, but keep the toss no higher than the eye level of the dealer. Also, you should always tip your dealer appropriately. This is especially important if you are winning.

After the come-out roll, never allow the word “seven” to pass from your lips as that is considered bad luck. It’s also a surefire way to offend other players. On the subject of bad luck, you should also refrain from changing dice in the middle of a roll. It is also considered rude to ‘late bet,’ or make wagers while the dice are no longer in the middle of the table. While permissible, excessive late betting will generally garner a warning.

Finally, keep any food, drinks, cigarettes and other personal items off the chip rail at all times. Because you don’t want to look like a slob no matter how well the dice are rolling.

What Is the Dice Game Called Chinchirorin?

Most modern gambling games are played with cards, but many years ago Chinese immigrants played an interesting game that utilized three six-sided dice and a bowl. It goes by many names other than Chinchirorin including Cee-lo, Four-Five-Six, Dice, and more. Despite its history, this game is still played today, and even gained a bit of popularity when it was included in Genso Suikoden; a video game series that was first released for the PlayStation console in 1995.

When playing the game you need only three dice, a bowl, and at least one other player besides yourself, although more is recommended. This is a betting game and there are different variations but the two main ones are described below. The first is where all players bet against the bank, and in the second it’s a ‘winner takes all’ game.

Chinchirorin with a banker

One person is the banker and all others make even dollar bets against the bank. The player who was declared as the banker must put up an initial bet known as the center bet. Once that has been placed, the other players may fade, or cover, a portion of their bet. Each player, starting on the left of the banker, may fade a portion of the bank until the entire amount of the bank is covered by the players or until every player has had a chance to place their bet. Once the bets are placed, the dice are rolled. If the banker rolls an automatic win(if the banker rolls 4-5-6) the banker gets all of the bets, if the banker automatically loses on the roll (rolls a 1-2-3) then the banker loses all bets. However if the banker neither loses or wins on the first toss of the dice, then the banker must keep rolling until he either gets a win, loss, or a set point.

A set point is where there is a pair of dice and then an extra one (such as 3-3-6). The single die will then become the bankers point and that’s when all of the other players will now be able to roll. Starting from the left of the banker each player will roll until they get an automatic win, loss, triple, or any point. If they get a point higher than the bankers they win their bet, and vice versa if they get a point lower. If they get the same point as the banker then it is a draw and there is no winner or loser. This continues around until all players have rolled then the game restarts.

Chinchirorin without a banker

This is where all players are equal and no one is the banker. At the beginning of each round the players will agree on a bet, put that money into a pile, then they will then begin rolling the dice. Whoever has the best roll wins; this includes automatic wins, and highest point. Once the winner is determined they get all of the winnings and then a new round starts.

Craps Strategy – The Mechanics Of Playing Craps

At the craps table only one person has the control of the dice at any one time. and the numbers he throws with the dice will determine what all the craps players win. The shoot, as a series of rolls is known in craps, goes around the table clockwise, with each player getting the opportunity to roll the dice. Once a player has the dice he is in control until he throws a seven after a point has been established.. Players do not have to roll the dice, they can relinquish the dice prior to a come out roll, or leave the table when in the middle of a shoot if he/she has to be elsewhere.

When a shooter is ready to roll, one of the craps staff known as a stickman will offer several dice from which the shooter selects two. Before rolling the shooter must make a line bet, either pass or don’t pass on the craps table layout. After this bet the craps shooter may roll the dice onto the layout. The dice must hit the far wall of the craps table before coming to rest. This ensures fairness for the casino, by getting a random bounce on the dice.

The first roll is known as the come out roll and is the most important in the game. It determines the point that must be repeated for what are known as right bettors (betting with the shooter against the house) to collect on a multitude of bets.

A come out bet will occur when,

  • The previous shooter sevened out – rolled a seven before repeating the point
  • When a new shooter is rolling the dice for the first time
  • After a shooter has rolled 7 or 11 on the previous come out roll
  • After a shooter has rolled a craps (2,3 or 12) on the previous come out roll ( a losing pass bet)
  • After a shooter has repeated his point before throwing a seven
  • In the next article I will talk about the pre come out roll bets and the point.

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    The History of Gambling

    Playing casino games stays very popular since the beginning of time. The history of gambling goes back to the ancient times and there are much archaeological evidence that gambling was present in all advanced societies of the past: Greek, Egypt, India, China, Roma, etc. Numerous artifacts like dice, inscriptions of game rules and others were found all over the world. Some of them have been dated back to 2300 B.C. But it was the 14th century AD when gambling was considered to be against the law. King Henry VIII of England has banned gambling when he found out that his soldiers were spending more time playing than actually working.

    The practice of paper money shuffling in ancient China became the predecessor of the modern game we know as blackjack. The practice has evolved into card playing, which was borrowed by the Mameluke Empire. Mamelukes, being Muslims used various designs somewhat reminiscent of famous Muslim carpets, to decor the cards. Upon its arrival to Europe in the Middle Ages, the players started using royal ranks of men within the Royal Court to denote the cards. But it was only in the 1500’s, when the French have introduced the Queen to the cards. These cards were known as the “French Pack”, and were the direct predecessor of the modern 52 card deck.

    Roulette, as a casino game also has a very interesting history. The word «roulette» means «a small wheel» in French. The game we know today was popular in France in Modern times, and was edited by Francois and Louis Blanc into the form we all are familiar with. They have introduced the “Single 0” to the game in 1842, and roulette was brought to America in that variation. The Americans have made their own version of the game, introducing the “Double 0” to the wheel. Thus, there were already two types of roulette – European and American. There are ongoing debates regarding the origin of the game itself. Some people claim that roulette was invented by Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician who lived in the 17th century. Other state that the game was introduced by the Chinese and brought to Europe by Dominican monks. Regardless of its origin, roulette still is the most fascinating casino games today.

    Dice have been around for more than 20 centuries, being involved in numerous activities, ranging from gambling to religious rituals. Dice, as we know it now, are very popular due to the game called «craps». This game was highly popular among the rich and famous of the 18th and 19th century England, and was originally called «Hazard». It was imported into France, where it got its modern name. “Craps” has derived from the word “crabs”, meaning “pair of ones”. The game was a huge success in America, where it was simplified into the present form and played on steam powered show boats.