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How to Play Craps
A Beginner to Expert Guide to Get You from the Sidelines to Running the Craps Table
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Welcome to the Craps Table!
Chapter 2: The Absolute Basics
Chapter 3: The Green Felt
Chapter 4: Playing the Game
Chapter 5: Beyond the Basics
Chapter 6: The Lingo
Chapter 7: Never, Ever!
Chapter 8: Come 7, Come 11
You’ve heard the sudden bursts of cheers as you’ve strolled past the crowded Craps table.
You have even seen the countless TV shows and movies with the dice flying in slow motion over the green felt before knocking against the wall. The dealer barks out, “Winner!” and then the table roars with applause.
Now you want in.
But as you step up to an empty, unused craps table in a Vegas casino just to survey the complex boxes with terms like “Field” and “Pass Line”, you’re hesitant. You have second thoughts about going to an active table and putting $20 down because it just seems so impossible to play.
And then there isn’t just one dealer like at the blackjack table or roulette wheel, but four!
A bead of sweat tickles your brow and you walk away from the intimidating Craps table and decide to invest your money at the Wheel of Fortune slot machine or tackle a few hands at the three-card poker table.
This book is designed for the beginner who has always wanted to experience the thrill of throwing the dice but was too afraid to learn how to play.
Worry not, shooter, this guide will have everything you need to step up to the table with confidence and have fun playing the wild game of Craps!
What This Book Will Teach You
The Absolute Basics
The first part of this book is going to explain the bare bones of Craps. This will be a short introduction into throwing the dice and what the numbers mean when they come up.
The second part of this book will explain the Craps table and break down what the numbers and terms on the green felt means.
Playing the Game
We will then explain the game in further detail and what to expect when the dice goes out, when you can bet, when you may win or lose money, and when your bet is safe.
Beyond the Basics
Now that you know the table and the basics, it’s time to go beyond the basics. What are some fun bets to play? Why are some people making strange bets?
Part of the fun of playing Craps is the seemingly goofy lingo that goes along with it. “Yo, 11,” “Nina at the Marina,” and “Crap check,” are just a few examples of what you can shout out or what the dealers may call out.
After you spend a few minutes at the Craps table, you will discover that there is a lot of superstition. This means certain words or phrases uttered will give you death stares and looks of concern. We will cover the words you should avoid when at the table and proper etiquette.
Your First Time
Finally, we will give you a few tips on what you should do when you step up to the table for the first time.
A few months after I turned 21, my uncle insisted that I learned how to play Craps. We headed out to a nearby casino where he spent 5-10 minutes explaining the process and giving me a lesson on the game.
At the end of his lecture, he said, “Okay, let’s go have lunch and then come back and play. Once you have money down, you’ll learn real quick how it all works.”
That stuck with me because I fully believe it. There is nothing like getting your hands dirty when it comes to learning. You could read all the material you want on how to drive a car but until you put the car into D and step on the gas pedal, you won’t completely grasp the concept.
This book is going to teach you how to play Craps, but you will really learn how the game goes once you have money on the table.
This will by no means cover the game of Craps, but this section is going to briefly tell you how the game is played. This will make learning everything else a little easier.
Craps is played with a pair of 6-sided dice.