Walking away from the roulette wheels, we hear cries
of excitement: "Winner! Winner! Winner! Take
the don'ts, pay the line, eight came easy. Coming
out, same good shooter. Craps, eleven, horn bets,
whirl bets, highs and lows, place your bets. Let's
go, throw an eleven, shooter."
What's all the shouting about? Amidst all the excitement,
we see a cluster of players crowded around a large
oblong table-a craps table, the most exciting of casino
games. You can get more action and more bets down
at the craps table in five minutes than you can at
roulette or online blackjack games in an hour.
Belly up to the table and watch the shooter roll the
dice. Notice the pass-line bet on the layout, one
of the best bets, because the casino advantage is
only about 1.4 percent. If you're a beginning player,
you're probably somewhat confused by all the shouting
and the myriad of bets confronting you on the layout.
But, for now, place a $5 bet on the pass line and
go with the shooter. After the come out roll, it's
a very simple matter to understand-a 7 or 11 wins
on that first roll, called the "come out,"
while a 2, 3, or 12 loses. All other numbers are points-4,
5, 6, 8, 9, 10-and the shooter's objective is to repeat
that point number, 6 for example, before a 7 s rolled.
If he or she rolls a 6, you're paid even money-$5.
If a 7 is rolled, the dealers quickly scoop up the
losing bets, including yours.
someone wins a tournament at the World Series of Poker,
he wins a lot of money, but no trophy. Instead, he
wins a highly coveted gold bracelet. When you hear
that Phil Hellmuth has won nine bracelets (his total
as of this writing, tied for the all-time lead with
Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson), that means he has
won nine WSOP tournaments (in his case "only"
one of those was the $10,000 buy-in World Championship.
Normally, you can expect to encounter stronger players
as you move up the stakes ladder, but that's a generalization
that has almost enough exceptions to invalidate it.
Hidden behind those screen names are the young and
the old, men and women, boys and girls (players affirm
that they are of legal age, but it's practically impossible
for a site to verify this, especially if a child plays
on his parent's account-another good reason for parents
not to keep their passwords stored), experts and novices,
solid players and inconsistent players, Americans
and foreigners. Who plays Internet poker? Just about