Craps: Facts and Figures

Dice LoveIf you are ever looking to find the craps table in a casino just listen carefully; head toward the area with the most cheering, clapping, and shouting (and sometimes moaning) and you will end up at the table. When the table is hot enough the excitement will draw players from all parts of the casino.

Craps is also popular at online casinos, and while the game lacks the noise level, it provides an easy no-pressure way to learn the game and its nuances, test betting strategies, or simply avoid a trip to the nearest brick and mortar casino.

Craps is rife with colorful phrases, fascinating trivia, and, like all casino games, math.

We don’t promise that any of the items below will improve your game but they will provide you with some conversation starters the next time you are at the table.

Craps is a centuries old game that can be traced back to a game called “hazard” that was played during the Crusades. The game was brought to America by French and British settlers.

The name “craps” is said to come from the French word “Crapaud” which means “toad.” The theory is that it derives from the way players looked when they squatted to shoot the dice in street games.

American dice manufacturer John H. Winn was responsible for the modern craps table layout. He helped to popularize the came in the mid-1800s.

The house edge at craps for certain bets is 1.4% making it one of the best odds among all table games.

The free odds bet at a craps table is the best bet you will find in a casino as it carries no house edge.

The longest verified roll in a casino is 154 rolls. The record was set at the Borgata in Atlantic City in 2009 by Patricia Demauro. She held the dice for 4 hours and 18 minutes. It was only the second time she had ever played craps.

Legendary gambler Archie Karas upped his already substantial $17 million dollar bankroll into $40 million over a few month span in the 1990s. He often bet $100,000 per roll.

Binions Horseshoe in Las Vegas was famous for offering no limit games. In 1980 William Lee Bergstrom bet $777,000 on the Don’t Pass line. He won.

There is no set “regulation” size for craps tables. Most casino tables are between either 12 or 14 feet long.

Casinos use a lot of dice. One manufacturer who supplies dice for Las Vegas casinos ships 25,000 pair a month.

A casino die is red and translucent.

The opposite sides of a die always add up to seven.

The pattern used for a five on a die is called a “quincunx.”

Casino dice are three-quarters of an inch on each side.

The spots on the dice are 17/1000th of an inch deep. The paint used to fill the spots weighs exactly the same as the material that was removed to create the spots.

The dice at a casino table are replaced approximately every 2000 rolls.

A player that bets against the shooter by betting on the don’t pass line is said to be playing “the dark side.”

Dice StackThere are four people at a casino craps table; the “box”, who supervises all the monetary transactions, monitors the rolls, and makes decisions concerning the game, the stickman who calls the game, pushes the dice to the shooter, and handles the proposition and hard way bets.

The stickman’s stick is actually called a “mop” or a “whip.”

The stickman will never push the dice to a shooter when they show a seven.

In a casino the shooter can only touch the dice with one hand.

Placing a penny under the table is considered to bring good luck.

Saying the word “seven” at any time other than the come out roll is considered bad luck. The acceptable way to refer to a seven is “big red.”

Eleven is called “yo” so not to confuse it with the word “seven.”

A “sleeper” is a bet a player leaves behind when the owner leave the game.

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