OK, Just How DO You Play Craps, Anyway? – Part One

If I had to guess what the number one question that’s asked of our Los Angeles casino night team (besides ‘where’s the bar?’), it’s “Craps? do you PLAY this game?” And, usually, my response goes something like, “That’s asking ‘how do you fly the Space Shuttle,'” but, when you think about it, flying the shuttle might just look easier to the uninitiated when it comes to what has to be the most imposing game on the casino floor.

But, fear not, my friends: There’s good news! The chips are valueless, and the dice don’t know the game is fake! Translation: IMHO, the best way to learn the game of Craps is at one of the many Vegas-Casino-night Craps tables in your area. Yep, free lessons, and, should you die a horrible death in the hour that it takes to teach you how to play, you can look inside your wallet/purse and say to yourself, “Wow. Haven’t lost a dime.”

Ahh, yes, it’s good to be us. Being the best Los Angeles casino night party company DOES have its advantages……
So, since the question has been ASKED, we thought to ourselves, “what better way to teach the game than explain some of the nuances in our blog? (Yeah, we talk to ourselves a lot. Too many crazy casino parties.)

PART ONE – GETTING STARTED
Yes, we’ll skip over the history of the game. In prior blogs, we’ve already explained that our history grades in school weren’t the best, so we start off in our wheelhouse: the game itself. Ever heard the term, “Seven-come-eleven?” Craps is the game that witty lil’ phrase came from, because on the very first roll of a sequence (called the ‘Come-Out-Roll’), if you throw a 7-or-11, you win your first bet, which, as WE teach the game, is the “Pass Line” bet.

OK, I know, I know, I’m already hitting you with these names, titles and phrases. No worries, as Scott “P” would say. You’ll get the game, eventually, for one simple reason: This game is just like my mother-in-law. Repetitive. The game constantly repeats, so, if you give this game (in a live setting at one of our events) just one hour, we’ll teach you ALL you need to know. But, first, as Tony Soprano would say, “Ya gotta learn the lingo.”

First roll of a series of rolls? Come out roll.
Pass Line Bet? First bet to place on the table.
Here…Picture yourself standing right in front of a Craps table in Las Vegas. (Or, better yet, get a picture of the Craps layout, and check it out.) Remember, the ends of the table are mirror images of each other. Stand on either end, you’ll get the same game… See the pass line at the bottom? That’s where you’ll place your chip(s) for your initial bet, right in that skinny lil’ area, right in front of where you’re standing at the table.

Now, on the very first roll of a sequence, yes, the come out roll, 7-or-11 is an automatic winner, and 2, 3, or 12 is an automatic loser. (2-3-12, that’s Craps, baby.) But, if any other number comes up, you’ll see the dealer mark that particular number, and, until the end of the roll, you’ll need the shooter (the one rolling the dice) to throw THAT number before a seven, to win your pass line bet. Let’s say for example, he threw a six. OK, that’s your number.
Yeah, I know, it’s starting to go over your head. Remember, my mother-in-law. You’ll get it, it keeps repeating.

Now, when it comes to the pass line bet you made initially, the only two numbers that matter to your bet are SIX (which would be a pass line winner), or SEVEN (which would be a pass line loser). Yep, once you “create a point” (throw some marked number, like six, on the come out roll), seven turns into your enemy. But, you KNOW how dice can be, if the shooter doesn’t throw a six OR a seven for a VERY long time?

Good question, my friends. And that’s where we’ll move to part TWO of, “How the heck do you PLAY this game?” We’ll post Part Two in a few days… In the meantime, we’ve assigned you some homework: Go online, and search for one of the many free craps trainers online. You can roll the dice, get acclimated to the Craps layout, and maybe even win a few fake chips.
We know — We’re experts in fake chips. See you next time…