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Craps Photos

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Craps Couple
Casino Craps
Pass Line

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History of Craps

The dice are the oldest gambling tools. According to Scarne’s research, the dice and games associated with them can be found all over the ancient world. Roman Emperors Augustine, Nero and Caligula were devoted dice players, even trying to cheat at the game. Modern looking cubical die were found in Egypt and dated at 600 B.C. The ancient Indian epic "Mahabharata" tells the stories about the warriors throwing the dice and loosing fortunes. Koreans were also big fans of the dice in the early days. American Indians used 4-sided knucklebones to create their dice games. The fact that Arabic language uses the same word for a knucklebone and a die means that the dice were popular in Arab world for a longer time that anybody can remember.

The origin of the dice can be traced to prehistoric times when a primordial fortuneteller used to throw sacred arrows, bones, sticks and stones upon the ground trying to predict the future for his tribe. Before they became gambling devices, the dice were the shaman’s attributes. After that they went through a long evolution of shape, size, form and markings. They were made of wood, stones, bones, animal teeth and horns, nutshells and seeds. In Greek and Roman civilizations the dice were made of expensive materials like ivory, precious stones, metals, and porcelain. The material for modern casino dice is hard cellulose. The dice edges are razor sharp, and the corners are needle sharp. The cellulose is transparent to avoid dice loading.

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How to Play Craps

No special skill is required in order to roll dice, but the beginning player will need to understand how the game works.

Rolling the Dice
Craps is a game of rounds. The first roll of a round is called a Come Out Roll.
A round can last just one roll or a several rolls, depending on what's rolled and when.

Each player takes turns rolling the dice. The player who's rolling is called the Shooter. Everyone wagers on the same roll of the dice, whether they're the Shooter or not. The Shooter keeps rolling until he "sevens out" (rolls a seven at the wrong time), and then the next player gets to roll.

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Craps Glossary

The advantage, or edge, a casino has over a player on a particular bet on the craps layout. Also know as House Edge or Casino Advantage

Any Craps
A one roll bet that the next dice roll will be a craps (2, 3 or 12)

Any Seven
A one roll bet that the next dice roll will be a 7

Bar the 12
Shown on the craps layout in the Don't Pass Line and Don't Come Box areas

Behind the Line
A bet on the free-odds after a point has been established on the come out roll

Betting Right
Betting that the dice will pass

Betting Wrong
Betting that the dice won't pass

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Craps Art Toons

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Fast Shooter
Full of Craps
Going Overboard
The Optomist

Craps Cartoons

4th Grade Craps
Health Care Craps

Craps Quotes

Craps is very visual, but it's complicated, It's about how you simplify it without bastardizing it.
Jack Webb, American Actor

If you are trading after hours, you are basically playing Craps with the market. So if you're willing to do that, you might as well go to Vegas and play real Craps, because at least you might have fun doing it.
Mark Brandon, Australian Author

I've always played cards. I can't remember when there wasn't a gambling game going on somewhere, even if it was a craps game in a wheelbarrow on the backside of the racetrack.
Wilford Brimley, American Actor

I just did some real gambling. I went to Las Vegas. I was playing Craps because I had a lot of money and I needed to lose it very quickly.
Greg Fitzsimmons, American Stand-Up Comedian

He's an honest man - you could shoot craps with him over the telephone.
Earl Wilson, American Journalist

To me, film right now is dormant. It's a sleeping giant. It's the plaything of corporations. The people who determine what American film is today are no different from high rollers who go to Las Vegas. They just want to take all the money and put it on one big number and roll the dice on that number and if it craps out, next number. Next case.
William Friedkin, Director “The French Connection and The Exorcist”

Craps Jokes

I Thought You Were Watching
Two bored casino dealers are waiting at a craps table.

A very attractive redhead comes in and wants to bet $20,000 on a single roll of the dice. She says, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm bottomless." With that she strips naked from the waist down, and rolls the dice while yelling, "Momma needs a new pair of britches!"

She then begins jumping up and down and hugging each of the dealers. "YES! I WIN! I WIN!"

With that she picks up her money and clothes and quickly leaves. The dealers just stare at each other dumbfounded. Finally one of them asks, "What did she roll anyway?" The other answers, "I thought YOU were watching!"

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Craps Tips

Do not try to hand cash to the dealer to make change. The dealer is not allowed to take any cash or chips directly from the customer. You need to place your money on the layout, before the shooter gets the dice, and ask the dealer for "change only."

Don't try to slide dice across the layout thinking you can control the outcome. The first time the boxman will call out, "No roll." The second time, possibly some token punishment like a slapped wrist. The third time you will be asked to leave the table.

If you want to take a risk, do so when it is your turn to throw the dice.

Keep your hands off the table and out of the way of the dice being thrown. You do not want to disrupt the game by altering the toss with your hands.

Learn how to make a Pass Line bet or how to Place the 6 or 8. Both of these wagers have house advantage of less than 1.5 percent, making them one of the best bets in the casino.

Once you learn how the Odds wager works, never make a Line or Come bet that you are not willing to back up with full odds.

Place the six or eight to win in multiples of $6

Some wagers like Pass/Don't Pass bets, Odds, Come wagers, the Big 6/8 or Field bets can be made by you. On the other wagers, place you money on the layout and ask the dealer to make those bets for you.

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