Vegas craps, or playing craps in Las Vegas, is pretty much like playing craps anywhere else in casinos across America. Of course there are some differences. The greatest difference of them all… it’s Vegas baby!
There is no mistaking the allure and excitement surrounding that great city of lights in the dessert. Known the world round for its history and glamour, it is hard to think about playing craps and not think about Vegas. But, if you intend to play Vegas craps, there are several things you need to know. Continue reading to discover the facts that really matter, if you want to win at Vegas craps.
The one thing most important to know about Vegas craps is that the basic rules of the game are much like anywhere else. There is only one shooter at a time. That shooter must make a bet, or have someone make a bet for her, in order to be able to roll the dice.
The shooter’s objective is to make as many pass line wins as possible. This can be done by either rolling a 7 or 11 on the come out roll, or establishing a point number then follow that by rolling the point number again, before rolling a 7. The shooter’s turn ends when the shooter rolls a 7 after establishing a point number.
The shooter and other players at the table can make a bet on either the Pass Line or the Don’t Pass line. The shooter and players have the option of making odds bets as well, once a point number has been established.
The differences beyond this point have more to do with odds offered, payouts, types of proposition bets, and creative game options.
The most significant of these are the odds offered and the payouts on certain bets.
In Las Vegas, craps has what can be considered two craps zones. There is Downtown craps and there is Strip craps.
Although some variations are interchangeable, depending on the casino you play at, there are some clear distinctions. First and foremost are the odds.
At downtown casino craps tables, the odds bets are usually higher than on the Strip. The majority of Downtown casinos offer between 5 times and 20 times odds on line bets. On the Strip, the majority of casinos offer the standard 3-4-5 odds.
To explain the odds briefly, 5 times odds mean that if you bet $5 on the pass line, and the shooter establishes a point number, you are allowed to bet a maximum of $25 on the odds for that point number. So, should the point number win, you will not only win $5 profit on your Pass Line bet, in addition, you can win as much as $50 profit on your odds bet, depending on the point number.
3-4-5 odds, which are popular at most Strip casinos, are slightly different. Rather than every point number being paid based on the odds payout you choose, the odds payouts are as follows: maximum odds are 3 times odds for the numbers 4 and 10, 4 times odds for the numbers 5 and 9, 5 times odds for the numbers 6 and 8.
Beyond this, the other difference between Downtown and the Strip casinos is that Downtown casinos tend to have higher payouts on bets than the Strip casinos.
What you must understand is this: Higher odds and higher payouts, mean less house advantage, which means you have a better advantage playing at casinos that use Downtown Vegas craps odds than anywhere else. The only exception being any casino that offers more than 20 times odds on line bets.
So, playing at tables with Downtown Vegas craps odds, versus tables with Vegas Strip odds, and versus craps odds at tables any where else for that matter, will lead to more profit for you, all other things being equal. Will the casinos point this out to you? I think you know the answer to that.