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.

Who Plays Online Poker?
Whenever 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 anyone.
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