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Learn Craps in 5 Easy Steps


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© 2011
How can a player with no prior experience, except in
watching, learn craps in 5 easy steps? Craps is the
most popular dice game played on casinos. Craps could
be the casino game of choice of a novice player who
hasn't settled yet for his or her game of specialization,
or it could be an welcome alternative to games involving
shuffling cards and peering at slot machines.
The fun that results from playing craps could be endless
and is often contagious; players do not hesitate to
show their heightened state of exuberance upon winning
a craps session. What makes craps a bit fearful to
study, however, is that it is a quick-paced game, often
with very loud player commentary, so psyching yourself
up to deal coolly with these situations is important
before beginning craps sessions and before even
thinking for playing craps regularly.
It is possible to learn craps in 5 easy steps, if one is
willing to first set aside all thought of assimilating
complicated craps jargon and instead focus first on one
basic but important, and perhaps, money saving bet in
craps: the passline bet.
The passline bet has a low house edge (1.41%)
compared to other forty or more varieties of craps
(1) While waiting for a shooter to roll two dice, you
    place your passline bet.

(2) If the shooter shoots a sum of 7 or 11 from the
combined score in the two die, you win. If the shooter
shoots a sum of 2, 3, or 12 instead, you lose.

(3) If the sum is none of the above, get the sum and
that becomes what you call your 'point'.
(4) The shooter rolls the dice repeatedly until the sum
reaches the value of the 'point', in which case you win
even money; but if the shooter rolls a 7 you lose. Note
that for every single bet, the point number never
changes, regardless of whatever the shooter has rolled

(5) Then if you choose to, you may place another
passline bet and the process begins anew.
Here is an instance: You place a passline bet of $100. A
shooter then shoots the dice, and the results are 5 and
8. The sum is 13. Because it's not a 7, 11, 2, 3, or 12,
the number '13' becomes your 'point'.
The shooter rolls again, repeatedly, until he or she gets
a sum of 13, in which case you win $100 (your bet), or
he or she gets a sum of 7, in which case you lose your
bet. (Note: If the shooter rolls a 7, you win only if it's
the sum during the first roll. Otherwise, you lose.)
So, by mastering the passline bet, you can have as
much enjoyment as other craps players who prefer
more involved betting options. After the passline bet,
the odds bet is a welcome variant. The odds bet is an
optional extra bet made after the passline bet. The
usual odds bet in some casinos, is known as the double
odds, where the odds bet is twice the passline bet. For
example, in our passline bet above ($100) our odds bet
should be $200.
The odds bet is paid off this way: If the point is 4 or 10,
you get a 2 to 1 pay-out (twice your odds bet); if the
point is 5 or 9, you get a 3 to 2 pay-out (1.5 times your
odds bet); if the point is 6 or 8, you get a 6 to 5 pay-
out (1.2 times your odds bet).

The odds bet is less advantageous mathematically than
the passline bet, but is a great addition after you learn
craps in 5 easy steps through the passline bet.
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