Craps is the favorite casino game to play for many casino regulars. Compared to other games it is fast, exciting and wild. Like other casino games, it appears to be complicated at first but it is actually is very simple. It is played on a large long flat felt table, which has walls built along the sides. To start, all bets are made. Then the stick man pushes the dice to the "craps shooter" (the person rolling the dice), who throws the dice across the craps table so they strike the wall on the opposing end of the craps table. The shooter is only the shooter for one round (called a "session"). After their session is over, the dice are passed along to the person on their left to begin a new session.
The very first roll a new shooter throws is called the "come-out roll". Before the shooter rolls the come-out roll for a session, they are required to make a "pass-line bet". Other players will likely also make a pass line bet at this point, although it isn't required.
What the shooter rolls on the come-out roll is important. The resulting dice total will either win or lose for pass line bets or remain neutral for pass line bets. If it wins or loses (a win is a roll of 7 or 11, a loss is a roll of 2, 3, or 12) the session is instantly over and the same shooter rolls another come-out roll.
When the come-out roll doesn't instantly win or lose for the pass line bets, it means a different number must have been rolled (either a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) and this number becomes known as "the point" number for the remainder of the session. The dealers will move an "On" button to the point number which identifies the point number to all players at the table.
Now the pass line bets that have been left in limbo are resolved (won or lost) based around the point number. After the point has been set, the shooter will now continue rolling until either the point is rolled or a seven. If the shooter is successful in rolling the point, the result is a win for the pass line (and a loss for the don't pass). If the shooter rolls a seven (called a "seven-out"), the pass line loses (and the don't pass wins).
A casino craps table is run by four casino employees: a "boxman" who guards the chips, watches the dealers and handles coloring out players (exchanging small chip denominations for larger denominations in order to preserve the small chips at a table); two dealers who stand at either side of the boxman to collect and pay out bets; and a stickman who stands directly across the table from the boxman, takes bets in the center of the table, does the play-by-play announcing of each roll, collects the dice with an wooden stick, and directs the base dealers to pay winners from bets in the center of the table. Each employee makes sure the other is paying out winners correctly. Occasionally, during less-busy times, only one base dealer will be working the table.
Steven on November 26, 2006
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