Hollywood makes it look so easy to succeed at gambling, but it really isn’t. In most of those movies, the protagonists are winning because a. they are mathematical geniuses, and b. they are technically cheating.
You don’t have to be a mathematician or a lawbreaker to improve your odds at gambling. You can stack the odds in your favor using your own abilities if you just know how.
This is especially true when it comes to dice. So, what are these tricks? How hard are they to perform, and how do you even do them? We’ll talk more about how to shoot dice, and teach you a few more general tricks, in the next few paragraphs.
The Basics of Craps
Craps is a casino staple, and is somewhat unique among gambling games, because you’re not necessarily playing against each other, as much as you are playing against the odds. The game consists of a few simple phases.
Everybody places a minimum bet on one of two outcomes. Not surprisingly, betting is a major thing in most casinos. Experienced gamblers have even created their own slang that you might want to look into. “Pass” means you are betting on the player to “win,” while “Don’t Pass” means that you’re betting the player will lose. These bets can’t be changed throughout the course of the game.
Usually, every player rolls a die or a pair of dice and the highest roll goes first. Once this has been determined, the player takes what is called the come-out roll. The come-out roll is important because it helps to set up the rest of the game. A perfect roll is a 7 or 11 while losing rolls are 2,3, and 12. The player keeps rolling until they roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.
Playing the Game
This number becomes the point. From here on out, the object of the game is to roll the point number before you roll a 7. If you roll a 7, you lose, and the next player gets a turn. If the point is rolled, the game is won and you start the game over with another come-out roll.
A Few Considerations
It is important to note that turns go clockwise around the table, and you need to throw your rolls against the back of the table.
Improving Betting Odds
Before we get to rolling strategies, it may be best to talk about betting, and how to make it work for you. It’s no secret that the casino’s goal is to win money, so they’re going to stack the odds against you, if only slightly.
In some games, the casino will even alter the rules a bit to put the odds back in their favor. Craps is one such case. When making a no pass bet, the odds are technically in your favor in a normal game, which is why most casinos will make one fail number, often a twelve, into a re-roll.
Because of this, the best odds you can get in a casino are 50% or even. This means that the casino holds no edge in the bet. Unfortunately, you don’t either.
An “Odds” bet is a good example. In an “Odds” bet, you can bet high odds, sometimes even up to 100, and the casino doesn’t influence it. These are the best odds you’ll get, so take them whenever they’re offered.
There are a few rules to dice rolling. For instance, you’re only allowed to roll with one hand and that hand must stay within the boundaries of the table. This is to keep you from replacing the casino’s dice with “loaded” dice, or dice weighed a certain way so that lucky rolls come up more often.
What are the Odds?
You can improve your betting knowledge by keeping the odds in mind. For instance, you’re more likely to roll a 7 than any other number.
The odds of rolling a 7 are one out of six. There are 6 possible combinations that add up to seven on a standard set of two dice. The total number of possible rolls is 36, which means that the odds are technically 6 out of 36, which simplifies to one out of six.
One out of every six aren’t great odds, but they’re higher than the odds of rolling any other number. Keep this in mind when considering the long game. Initially, your odds are the same whether you bet pass or no pass, but no pass becomes a lot more likely after the come-out roll.
How to Roll
Experience gamblers use a method commonly referred to as controlling the dice. This is technically a misnomer since at no point do you ever have absolute control over how the dice land.
That being said, many gamblers swear by one method of rolling. It involves making a V shape with the numbers when you’re looking down at them.
To do this, put two threes at the top and make them face the opposite direction. However, you will need a lot of practice to gain any sort of control.
How to Shoot Dice
Craps may seem like a complex game at first, but with some practice, you can learn how to play and play well. Knowing how to shoot dice is certainly a helpful skill, but, truth be told, there’s only so much the dice can do.
Knowing more about the games and what the odds are will give you much better chances of walking away with more money than you started, which is the entire point of gambling anyways.
When it finally does come to dice, there is one thing you might consider trying. It’s called the V method, and it might help you control the dice a bit better. Even so, this will take a lot of practice to truly get a handle on it.
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