Craps Tips and Key Tactics

Craps Tips and Key Tactics

Are You Superstitous?

It is a pretty well-known fact that in the game of Craps you will come across a lot of superstitious players. Our advice is to be careful not to do anything they might deem as bad luck, because they may not be best pleased and they’ll assign the blame to you if they start losing. Be careful of the following:

  • During a game of Craps do not use the word ‘seven’ when a point is set. Players of Craps tend to think that by doing this it would be more probable that a 7 will be thrown. In fact most times they refer to the number ‘seven’ as ‘it’.
  • When it is your turn to roll, try to avoid hitting a player’s money with the dice. Most Craps players are under the impression that this will induce a ‘seven’ and kill any points that have been set.
  • Especially if you are a man, do not tell anyone at the table that you are new to the game. Don’t mention anything about this. It is understood that new male players at a craps table are unlucky and tend to seven-out quickly.
  • If on the other hand you are female, you should make it a point to say that you are new to the game. ‘Virgin’ girls to the craps table are known to be very lucky and are expected to land good numbers for a long time, therefore they don’t seven-out. As soon as you mention that you’ve never played before you’ll see a spike of bets on the table, players will start playing all kinds of money on the table, sometimes they will also hand over some money for you to bet with. It’s common to see experienced women players claim that they are new to the game just to see this amusing spectacle unfold.

The Truth About Betting Systems

You’re probably going to land on a lot of websites that will claim that they have ways on how to beat the game of Craps. You will also probably encounter a lot of adverts for Craps strategy. So let’s just be straight up about all of this – they are all rubbish. Why do we say this about the Craps strategy? In the game of Craps it is not possible to beat the house edge and continue to win for a long time. Craps is a game of chance. If everything these people say about the systems was true then by now these authors themselves would all be millionaires sitting by the pool in one of their luxurious villas on an exotic island, sipping martinis.

But no, instead they are trying to sell you books about how you can beat the game of craps for 30 dollars including shipping. Furthermore, if what they say is true then by now all casinos around the world would have gone bust or at least bought one of these amazing books to find the flaws in the game, rushing to re-arrange them.

You can, however, find many good books that can teach you how to play the game, they can show you how to use a good craps strategy, while playing and how not to get too deep into the game, but all genuine books will never promise that you are always going to win.

Is It Possible to Cheat at Craps?

Loaded Dice

The original big cheating method for all dice games consisted of dice that were loaded with more weight or dice not having the normal or natural shape or form by sanding or shaving off tiny pieces, causing them to land on certain numbers more frequently than they would normally. Nowadays a lot of casinos have their own dice with their name or logo stamped on them. Dice may also be numbered. Prior to sets of dice being placed on the craps table, the numbers are verified to guarantee that they are the casino’s dice. By only doing this, one cannot guarantee that there are never any loaded dice that enter into the game, dealers and other table members of staff are all the time attentive when a dice leaves the table or they happen to notice some other kind of diversion. The best and most accurate solution would be transparent dice.

Past Posting

One of the most common cheating methods in craps is called past posting. This is a technique where players place a bet on the table after the dice would have already landed. In the early 2000’s a punter was sentenced to between 8 and 25 years in prison for using this technique. He did this by waiting for the dealer to roll the dice and then asking them for change. This way they would get distracted and once the dice would stop he would place his chips on the winning spot. The guy managed to walk away with around $86,000.

Casinos are very wary about past posters, so be very careful that you do not do anything that might be interpreted as doing the same. For example, if you notice that your chips have been knocked over by the dice, allow the dealer to reposition them. However, if there comes a time that you have to touch your chips while they are laid down on the table, be sure to hold the palms of your hand up so that the casino cameras and the dealers are sure that you are by no means trying to place more chips on the table.

Who Are the Most Well-Known Craps Cheaters?

We all remember casino robberies seen in films, but this is even better. Here is a list of some of the greatest casino robbing masterminds that pulled off amazing thefts in real life in the process of becoming the biggest casino cheaters in history. They operated using gadgets, mathematical techniques or quite simply people on the inside while they robbed many casinos of millions of dollars. Although you might see all this as fun and glamour in films, it was not so for these individuals after they were caught.

Have a look at how these men found ways to scam the system in many of the world’s largest casinos. Some of them even used technology to mix up electronic and manual one arm bandits. Some others managed to beat the system in craps, roulette and also Keno.

Find out more here.

“As silly as it might seem at first, craps is not just a game of cold probabilities and memory-less dice at all times with all shooters. Rather it is a game of ebbs and flows, and rhythms and repetitions.”

The Captain of Craps
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