for Winning at Craps
craps players are losers, and some of them are very
heavy losers. I've seen thousands of games played
in casinos around the world, and I've watched and
spoken to many craps players, some of whom consider
themselves very knowledgeable. In addition, I've interviewed
dealers, boxmen, ftoormen, pit bosses, shift bosses,
and casino managers about the games.
My impression is that most players, even those who
are battle-scarred veterans of the tables, don't have
any idea how the games should best be played. They
are forever talking in terms of hunches and feelings,
and few of them even know the correct odds of the
As to casino personnel, some of them are so ridden
with superstitions that their remarks were worthless
except to show the blatant ignorance of so-called
professionals in the field.
They talk constantly of how to stop hot rolls by changing
the dice, by delaying the games, by changing dealers
at the table. They act as though the dice themselves
were observing all this casino action, as though the
dice were waiting for the pit boss's next move before
deciding what number they'd come up on the table.
Of course, it's all nonsense, but so many casino people
believe in superstitions that they've become an accepted
fact in the casino industry.
a player could open for his entire $1,000 stack. This
is not a very goad play. Most of the time, he'll win
the $3 in blinds. Once in awhile, someone behind the
"bully" will wake up with a great hand and
call this over-bet into a dry pot (bet a large amount
at a small pot~. You will sometimes see this happen,
however, particularly in online tournaments.
As in all games, a raise must always equal or exceed
the previous bet or raise.
Cardrooms interpret differently how an all-in raise
affects reopening the betting for other players. Suppose,
for example, that Andy opens the betting for $100.
Bob raises to $500, and Carl and Dave call. Now Andy
moves all-in for his entire remaining $404. Even though
Andy has technically re-raised, that all-in raise
is only an insignificant $4, most cardrooms don't
permit Bob, Dave to now put in another re-raise. Most
cardrooms require in this situation that Andy's re-raise
must be at least half the previous bet or raise before
Bob, Carl, or Dave can then re-raise.