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The Craps Layout
 

The 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 illustrated layout.

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Short Stack Tactics
 
As 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.
 
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