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Old April 17th, 2005, 12:13 PM
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How does the odds work. on the pass line. How much money can you put behind your pass line bet.
does double odds mean put 2 chips behind 1
5 times odds means 5 chips behind your bet.
Or can you many as you want behind your bet.
Thanks for your help.
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Old April 21st, 2005, 10:05 PM
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I will happily try to explain, however first recommendation is to get a beginners book at library or local bookstore. It can be found in gaming area, card games etc.
There are so many bets on the craps table that are way favored for the house advantage.
To answer your questions:
First of all when you walk up to table, there should be a sign posted under the rail, on inside of table usually just under where the "dealers" stand -the casino staff on either side of person sitting down (the boxman.)
This sign will tell you the minimum bet, and what odds you are able to place. From what I read on posted here on cruisemates, most cruise casinos have double odds.
In general this means "double" your original bet that you placed lets say on the passline ( I won't even explain don't pass odds very confusing)
The "odds" bet is the truest and most favorable bet for the player. If one were to bet, always play the max one is allowed and can afford behind the line. I can instantly tell a "new, or don't know how to maximize your odds" when someone throws a bet on passline, takes no odds or worse yet a huge passline and little odds.
To get chips for paper money lay it out, and as placing it say "change, or change only only" --this lets them know you want chips and not placing a bet! . Be courteous and wait for a lull or see dealer has paid bets off before throwing money in--their first responsibility is payoffs then

I will give you an example how bets are paid off.
Say you placed $5 on pass line and double odds behind it once the point was established. Say it was a 4. This is a harder number to hit before a 7 and so a 4 or 10 is paid at 2 to 1. So pass line is paid $5, while the odds bet of $10 is paid $20 so you risked 5 in front, 10 behind and won $5 + $20. The 5 & 9 are paid at 3:2, and 6 & 8 paid at 6:5 accordingly.
Most bets say are minimum table amount (come,field,place etc.) the middle of the table or call, horn bets are usually $1 minimum as they are more of hunch bets and odds are against the player at an average of %11 range. Although they are a real rush to bet a $1 and get paid odds at 10:1 or higher--for the thrill of the bet, not the logic of the bet! Hope this helps, I can add more as you post questions.
#1--GET A BOOK and read up--just basics help, I am also sure casino will have free lesson times.
#2 Have Fun!
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Old August 1st, 2005, 08:42 PM
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Good idea to get book
Craps is a great game - easy to play - but looks intimidating to the uninitiated.
There are also some good websites that will teach you the basis of craps
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 03:47 AM
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Just remember, the pass and don't pass lines are the best odds for the player in the casino (unless you can count cards at the blackjack tabe). The house has only a 1.41% advantage on these bets. The odds bets are paid off at true odds, they are an even bet.

If you want to get on the numbers, use the come bet. It's better odds.

The rest of the table are sucker bets and the casino likes people who play them.

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Old July 4th, 2006, 07:24 PM
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I am a wrong way bettor - I play the don't pass and the don't come. I will usually place a bet - get past the 7 and 11, and then lay one or two times odds.
One interesting story about a guy who showed the world that he didn't know how to play craps. He mistakenly put his chip on the don't pass line. After the point was established - a nine - he became very agitated. The casino employee - nice as can be - assured him that it was not a problem to move his chip to the pass line - which the player did. The player was SO thankful to the employee - what a nice guy and what a nice casino!. A seven came up shortly afterwards - and I had a good laugh.
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I have never cruised (Sept 2 will be our first) but croupiers in all other casinos I have ever been to have always been wonderful about helping "newbies", especially when the table are slow. And placing the occasional bet "for the boys" will also insure that they "help" you all they can.

Craps is the most exciting game in the house and the best player odds, but when that table goes cold (and it will), go away and come back when the yelling starts. A cold table will turn you against the game forever and it's really a great game.

And ladies, there was a time when we of the female persuasion were not even welcome at the table, but thank goodness, we have come a long way. Nothing is as exciting as seeing a lady (and I love it when it's me !) on a good roll, for 20-30 minutes and everyone at the table making money. I have even had other players place bets for ME ! ! When on a good roll....

Have fun and ask questions if you have them, croupiers love to educate players on the etiquette of craps.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 11:16 PM
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Take 10 people 2 dice and a table and you get craps. What a great game to play. It is probably the most exciting game there is. You can bet the minimum bet on the pass line and play along with the big boys who are betting on everything and everyone is just as happy to have you there. Yes it is confusing but with a little time and the help of the staff you will pick it up in no time.
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