average craps table is the size of a large billiards
table, and imprinted on the surface of this table
is the craps layout. A layout lists all the bets the
casino will Site and shows the betting areas where
these bets may be made. On some of the bets the correct
odds the house will pay are listed as well. All bets
made by the players are eventually placed on the layout
in full view of the other players and the dealers,
who handle the bets.
The layout is divided into three parts-one center
section and two identical end sections. Thus players
at either end of the table may make the same kind
of bets and have these bets placed, paid off, or collected
by a dealer close by without slowing down the games.
A craps table can accommodate anywhere from twelve
to twenty-four players, though when a table is full
the players really have to squeeze together. In front
of each player is a rail, divided into the same number
of sections as there are players, for bettors to keep
their chips when they aren't in play on the layout.
The standard color of the layout is green, on a flat
surface, with the lines, words, and boxes imprinted
in white. Sometimes yellow is used instead of white,
and sometimes the layout surface is of a different
color, depending on the casino. In Las Vegas, the
Hilton and Aladdin use blue to match their decor.
The casino layout illustrated below is a fairly standard
one used in Northern Nevada, the downtown casinos
in Las Vegas, and those in Atlantic City. Layouts
differ slightly from casino to casino, but in most
American casinos the same bets can be made, though
at slightly varying odds. The Las Vegas Strip casinos
use a layout that offers slightly less favorable odds
on the center and field bets than those shown on the
a result, a player who might call a $7,000 bet from
someone who had another $100,000 in his stack might
easily not call the same bet from a short-stacked
player, even though his own cards were the same. Against
the short stack, there's no chance to bluff, no chance
to make a brilliant move, and no chance to make extra
money if one makes a strong hand.
Try to avoid becoming a short stack. If you become
one, try to climb out of the hole as quickly as is
reasonable, but don't give up the ship.