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Beginner's Dice: Ten Easy Steps to Learning the Game, Part Three

29 November 2007

Step Eight: Know the Rules

I mentioned in the opening to this series that craps has rules and you must follow them to the letter or you'll be hit with the stick. Actually, you'll be scolded by the boxman and the dealers. Here are the typical rules of the game:

  1. You must have a Pass Line or Don't Pass bet in order to shoot the dice.
  2. You cannot take the dice off the boundaries of the table.
  3. You can only touch the dice with one hand.
  4. When you shoot the dice you must hit the back wall.
  5. When you buy in, you must drop your money on the table and say, "Chips," or something to that effect.
  6. You are not allowed to touch someone else's chips, even if they land in front of you.
  7. Should the dice leave the table and land in your chip rack, pick them up and put them back on the table. Do not hand them directly to dealer.
  8. Should the dice land on the floor, pick them up and hand them to the dealer. Do not put them back on the table. (When dice leave the table it is possible that they are "switched" which is an old cheating move. So you hand the dice to the dealer, who will hand the dice to the boxman, who will look to see that the proper identification numbers are on them before putting them back in play.)
  9. Make your bets when the dice are in the middle of the table, not when a shooter is about to roll them bones.
  10. Do not dangle your hands over the table.
  11. Do not call out a bet unless your chips have been placed on the table.

Step Nine: Know the Culture

Craps is a world unto itself. I could do a whole book on the culture of a craps game but I'm coming to the end of my word limit for this article. Suffice it to say that there are certain superstitions or mores that you had better adhere to while at a craps game, or else - or else, you're going to get some lip from guys who think you are an idiot and aren't afraid to tell you and the whole world so in the grossest of terms and loudest of tones. So, even if you are not the "knock on wood" superstitious type, when in Rome do as…well, you get the picture. Here are seven superstitions that you should follow, whether you believe in them or not.

  1. Never say the word "seven" when the shooter has the dice in his hands after the point has been established. Even if you are a Don't Pass bettor and you want the 7 to appear, you don't want to actively root for it for fear of offending someone who has not yet been DNA tested as fully human.
  2. Do not dangle your hands over the table or point to a bet, even if it's just the tip of your finger over the table, or you could be in trouble.
  3. Do not laugh when someone asks a girl who appears to have never rolled the dice to do so. It is a known "fact" that women who have never rolled the dice will have good rolls the first time out.
  4. If you are a man, never admit that this is your first craps game. As soon as you get the dice, people will be sneering at you because men who have never rolled the dice before are destined, destined, to seven-out early.
  5. When you are rolling and one or both dice go off the table immediately call out, "Same dice!" If you allow the dealer to substitute different dice, you'll seven out on the very next roll.
  6. Never interrupt the shooter. It is possible that the shooter is in "the zone" and you might just disrupt his rhythm. This is just good common sense and good manners as well.
  7. Do not drink anything at the table with the number 7 in it like Seven-Up or Seven-and Seven.

Step Ten: Playing Strategy

Let's put this in a simple package, shall we?

Bet the Pass, Come or Don't Pass, Don't Come and take/lay the most in Odds that you can afford once you get up on a number. Place the 6 and/or 8 for six dollars each. If you can afford it, you can consider buying the 4 or 10 for $35 or for $25 in games where the commission is only taken from a winning bet. Obey the rules and adhere to the superstitions of the game. Go up on two or three numbers and don't increase your betting level or the number of your bets until you have a nice, hefty profit for the roll at hand.

Play the above way and you will face low house edges on your bets and enjoy the most exciting game in the casino. And think on this: Once you have played craps the above way, you are no longer a novice, but a player!

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Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

> More Books By Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Beat Blackjack Now!: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge!

> More Books By Frank Scoblete