Blackjack – The Beginning Game

The logic of craps, as with all gambling games is a combination of knowledge, mathematical probabilities, skill and being in “The Zone.”

Knowledge is understanding what the game is all about – purpose, execution and wagering probabilities.

Mathematical probabilities – The amount of money you have to play with should determine how much you place on each wager – how many chances you’ll get to place a wager to see if you can win.

Skill comes from practice – track your playing sessions. Track which wagers you finally began to understand, which wagers paid the most, etc.

The Zone – the incredible gaming experience when you’re in the right place at the right time. Like anything else based on mathematical probabilities there are times when it all comes together. In Blackjack you win multiple hands in a row and progress your wager with each hand. In Craps you get on a table and the dice behave – either in your hands or in someone else’s hands. The difference is that you know enough about the game to keep collecting on your wagers.

The Logic of Craps is based on a pair of dice with one to six dots on the dice. When you look at a Craps layout there are numbers all over the place – what do those numbers mean and how do you wager on them.

The numbers you deal with in the game are 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The most rolled numbers – based on the combination of dots on the dice – are 6, 7 and 8.

The first thing you do – your ticket into the game – is the Pass Line bet. Place your wager on the Pass Line directly in front of the space you’re standing at the rail. There are sections in the chip rail. Each player has a section of the chip rail to gather their chips and their playing spot is in front of them on the Craps layout.

The turn to “shoot” the dice passes around the table from player to player. Often (and this is what you hope to find) a player will have a long roll and may not want to gather their chips immediately on the Pass Line bet.

What do you do – call the dealer over and place your long roll bet directly in front of the space you’re standing at the rail with your eyes closed. Most of the time the dealer will gather your chips for you but occasionally a dealer will take a long time and place your wager directly in front of yourself and “shuffle” your chips.

Now you have a new number – let’s say 6 – on the come-out roll. If the number you’re standing on is a seven, you win. Your new chip denomination becomes available for play. If the number you’re standing on is a 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, you lose. Your old chip denomination remains as available for play.

All of this New Number crap? Oh it happens all the time. You may even hear the dealer say, “New number, New Number,” or, “New Number, please.” It’s a standard procedure.

Now, don’t get upset. It’s a small price to pay for the opportunity to play the game. The agent hopes you will purchase a number. If you’re lucky, you may get a series of advantageous rolls, which should improve your bankroll and hopefully, enable you to come out a winner when you bet the next number.

At any rate, “good enough” is the operative words of the game. Every player who has walked up and down the Las Vegas strip knows this.


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