Some players also bet on the 11 or 12 for the boys;
others bet on any craps for them. However, it would
be wiser to make a bet that gives the crew a better
chance of winning, such as a line or come bet. If
I've been doing well at the table, I always make sure
to make a line bet for them along with my own, and
if a point number is thrown on the come-out roll,
I back their bet with proper odds. The dealers appreciate
this kind of bet, because they know they stand a very
good chance of winning it.
Some dealers don't deserve to be tipped. Some are
nasty, impolite, incompetent, and disinterested in
the games, and it makes the gambling session an arduous
one. Dealers such as these make the player feel as
though they're doing him a favor by taking his bet.
When I encounter this type of dealer, unless I'm in
the middle of a favorable roll, I get away from the
table and take my business elsewhere.
Some players tip dealers just to keep them on the
safe side, especially if they're big bettors and big
winners. They don't want to make enemies among the
dealers, because all gambling wins should be reported
to the IRS, and some dealers who have been stiffed
by big winners can get downright mean. I had dinner
one night in Vegas with a craps dealer from a Strip
casino, and he mentioned, after a number of drinks,
a story about a player who had been at his table some
months before. The player had a fantastic winning
streak, taking in over $50,000, and in the end he
tipped the boys $25, one green chip.
classic principle of tells is that when he's acting
he's lying. A player who goes out of his way to act
weak or indecisive is very likely to have a very strong
hand. The reverse is less reliable, but a player who
goes out of his way to appear very strong and sure
of himself is probably very weak. This is less reliable
because some players do go out of their way to act
strong when they are strong. And some players act
strong when they are strong because they don't care
if you know it or not. But almost no one goes out
of his way to appear weak when he really is weak.
Some players behave weak naturally when they are weak,
but they aren't going out of their way to do so.