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Craps Etiquette - Do's and Don'ts

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There are some unspoken rules every Las Vegas craps player is expected to abide by around the craps table. As you learn the basics of the game of Craps, you should also take the time to learn some important Craps etiquette. Knowing what to do and what not to do around a Craps table could save you a lot of embarrassment and is also essential to enjoying the game.

You can be the most knowledgeable player at craps but no one will really care if you don't follow the proper craps etiquette. Breaking these rules of conduct at a craps table will earn you an admonishment from the dealer and a few annoying looks from other players. To avoid being the annoyance here are some craps table etiquette tips.

1 Never hand the dealer cash

Don’t hand the dealer cash. No dealer in Las Vegas is ever allowed to take the money from your hand. It’s nothing personal, but it’s one of the casino rules. If you want to buy-in, simply wait and between rolls of the dice, put your money on the table, make eye contact with the dealer and say, "Change, please".

2 Always keep dice visible

When you become the shooter and have picked two dice from the selection, do not remove the dice from the table or hide them from the dealer. Always keep the dice where the dealer can see them.

3 Don’t buy-in during the middle of a roll

Never try to buy-in (exchanging cash for chips) when the shooter has been handed the dice. Just wait, the dealer will indicate when it’s okay to place bets and when you should not. If you’re playing, make sure the dealer confirms any bet you’re trying to place before the shooter rolls the dice.

4 Don't waste everyones time

As a shooter, you are in control of the pace of the game as well as the game itself. When it's your turn to shoot the dice, just shoot the dice. Other players will appreciate it. Blowing on dice is a great way to spread germs. Don't do it. Remember you can always "pass right" is you don't feel like shooting.

5 Passing right

For some rounds it is perfectly okay for you to skip your turn as the Shooter and pass the dice on to the player on your right. To do this, simply open your hand with the dice in your palm and indicate them towards the player to the right of you, in a clockwise manner.

6 Hands high

When you may hear the stickman / dealer say, "Hands high" or "the dice are out", as the dice are pushed over to the shooter. This means that all players must lift their hands off of the table to ensure they are not interfering with play.

7 Be respectful to other players

Practice some table manners. Don't hang your hands over the edge of the rail or rest drinks on the rail. Don't drink too much since no one wants to have a loud drunk at the table. Don't be a slob either. Drinks and cigarette ashes don't belong on the craps table.

8 It's okay to ask the dealer for help

Feel free to ask your dealer for help or instructions if you’d like to learn about the different bets. Just don't depend on the dealer to help you out throughout the game. The craps table is usually crowded with people and it will be impossible for dealers to coach you and do their jobs at the same time.

9 Don't forget to tip

Always tip your dealer during the game or when you leave the table, even if you lost money. It's the right thing to do. Remember you should never hand a dealer money. To tip, simply place money or chips on the table for tipping purposes — just be clear about what the money’s for. You can also place a bet for your dealer.

Best Craps Bets in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, the best bets in craps are the pass/don’t pass, come/don’t come, place bets on the six and eight, and the odds bet.

Craps Strategy and Things you should know

In Craps most players' strategies center around knowing which bets to place and which bets to avoid. Most winning players avoid all bets except for the Pass Line and Come bets and certain Place bets(6 or 8), leaving the Field, Proposition, Big 6 and Big 8 bets to those pulled in by the stickperson.

Remember, you want a 7 or 11 on the come out roll. If 7 or 11 appear you win, if 2, 3, or 12 are rolled you lose.

Once a point is established, you can't pick up your bet, you have to wait until the player sevens out.

Listen to the stickman. He calls the game, and everything he says is important. Don't hesitate to ask the stickman for more information on Proposition Bets.

When you become the shooter and have picked two dice from the selection, do not remove the dice from the table or hide them from the dealer. Always make sure your hands are empty.

Craps can offer one of the best table game odds in Vegas. The house edge is just 1.4 percent, that means, for every dollar you bet, on the average you’ll only lose about a penny.

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Craps House Edge
The house edge is just 1.4 percent. Meaning, for every dollar you bet, you'll only lose about a penny on average.

Craps House Advantage and Expected Loss

  House Advantage For Every $100 bet, the player can expect to lose
Pass/Don't Pass 1.4% $1.40
Prop Bets 10%-16.7% $10 - $16.70
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