I thought I'd post about my first time playing craps, which was this morning. I've spent the last week reading on the Wizard's site and some in this forum, so thanks for all the tips. My usual spot is the Horseshoe Hammond, and I got there at 9 AM thinking there should be some open spots. However, only one table was going and it was full. I played some video poker (I know the pay tables aren't great there) and made $60, and then saw they were opening up a new table.
I bought in for $300, which I figured should last awhile, especially since I planned on playing conservatively. It's a ten dollar table, and I played with full double odds. It's 100x odds at the Horseshoe, but with a ten dollar minimum that's all I was willing to risk. I only passed the pass line with one or two come bets.
The dice started two to my left, and it was pretty cold. After halfway around the full table I think I was down to $150. There was one good shooter that hit a couple points, but by the time the dice came to me I was even further down, I think to less than a hundred.
So I get the dice and I'm pretty nervous, so the first throw goes off the table. But I settled down (some, still went off table two more times) and ended up doing well. I shot for close to half an hour, although only made one point. Some of my come bets hit, but I didn't have more than three numbers covered at any one time. So I made about $200 on the roll, but the people around me did really well. My first roll was a hard eight and my neighbors started betting that a lot, and I ended up throwing three more hard eights with no easy eights in the mix. They were loving me at that point, and on the last one the lady next to me told me she had be ten for me, so I got $90 out of that. Finally sevened out and got a nice little round of applause. Another neighbor who was betting $30 on the hard eight put down $15 on the passline for me after my roll.
I played a little while longer and ended up leaving exactly even (after a tip), after about two and a half hours. It was a lot of fun.
I do have a couple of questions. Only myself and one other guy were playing any come bets. Everyone else was all over the middle of the table, to the point where I couldn't see how the dealers kept track of everything. Is this typical? Is the minimum for those bets a dollar, or are you expected to spread a certain amount over those bets? And why no come bets for most people?
Most of us innumerate craps players know that come bets suck because you have to hit a number twice to get paid compared to only once with the more superior place bets. Also playing the middle of the table is the best craps bet when you are betting what the table is giving you.
Oct 19, 2009
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I'm uncertain as to whether this is a humor thread or not.
Yeah, place bets pay off when hit the first time.... at fairly low rates.
Come bets and Pass Line bets (same thing really) gotta hit twice but pay off better.
Youse pays your money and youse takes your chance.
Center Action... they don't pay that Stick Man to advise people to play conservatively.
Your bankroll can swing either way very quickly with craps. Even playing very conservatively at $10 table you'll have a few sessions where you burn through $300 very quickly.
Is the minimum for the place bets the table minimum?
The center bets, i.e. the sucker bets, are so bad that the house will let you bet les than the table minimum. Even at a $100 min table, you can bet $1 on the hard ways. It's that bad of a bet.
Yet, the suckers always try to tell you how good it is, especially when it hits.
Did someone really just say that place bets are better than come bets because you have to hit the come bet twice? Lol.