Blackjack – The Beginning Game

The logic of craps, as with all gambling games, is a combination of knowledge, mathematical probabilities, skill and being in “The Zone”.

Knowledge is understanding what the game is all about: aim, execution and betting odds.

Math Odds – The amount of money you have to play with should determine how much you place on each bet – how many chances you get to place a bet to see if you can win.

Skill comes from practice – keep track of your play sessions. Keep track of which bets you finally started to understand, which bets paid the most, etc.

The Zone – the incredible gaming experience when you are in the right place at the right time. Like anything else based on mathematical probabilities, there are times when everything comes together. In Blackjack, you win several hands in a row and increase your bet with each hand. In Craps, you sit on a table and the dice behave – in your hands or in someone else’s hands. The difference is that you know enough about the game to keep collecting your bets.

What does it mean when a blackjack table is hot?

The logic of Craps is based on a pair of dice with one to six dots on the dice. When you look at a craps layout, you see numbers everywhere – what do those numbers mean and how do you bet on them.

The numbers you are dealing with in the game are 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The most frequently rolled numbers – based on the combination of dots on the dice – are 6, 7 and 8.

The first thing you do – your entry ticket to the game – is the Pass Line bet. Place your bet on the Pass Line directly in front of the box where you are at the rail. There are sections in the chip rail. Each player has a section of the chip rail to collect his chips and his playing spot is in front of him on the Craps layout.

The turn to “shoot” the dice moves from player to player across the table. Often (and this is what you hope to find) a player will pick up the dice and keep rolling good numbers.

What does that mean. It means that once a point number (4, 5, 6, 9, 8 or 10) is established, the shooter continues rolling the dice until he rolls a combination of seven. That role could come soon or it could come a lot later. When it comes much later, all the bets on the table have a chance of winning a return of the house – multiple times – that’s really cool.

Some of those bets are one-time bets — like the Horn, the Don’t Pass, the Field, the Big 6, and Big 8 — along with a few others. So if the right combination of dice doesn’t come out, the dealers will take the one-time bets. If you want to play that bet again, you must place it before the “shooter” rolls the dice again. Stick to your Pass Line bet, the backup for the Pass Line, the Point numbers, starting with 6 and 8, until you get a feel for the game.

Many of the bets – the Pass Line and Back-Up Odds, the Place Bets on the numbers at the top, the Hardways (if the number didn’t appear in a different configuration) – will continue to play and pay hopefully as the “shooter” continues his role When that “shooter” rolls a combination of seven, the dealers take all bets on the table and the game begins again, the dice move to the next person to the dealer’s left.

When should you hit at blackjack?

When it’s your turn to “shoot” the dice, the dealer will place five dice in front of you – pick two. The dice should fall from the other side of the table, so you need to roll them with gusto. The best way to roll the dice is to twist your wrist and roll them underhand. Some players place the dice side by side in a favorite combination and roll them. It’s a personal preference for how you roll the dice – they just need to hit the other side of the table, land flat and stay on the table.

The game has a puck that marks the point in play. One side of the puck says OFF and the other side says ON. Before a point in play is established, the puck sits, face up, on the side of the line numbered 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. One of those numbers becomes the point in play and is paid if that point number is rolled before a seven is rolled.

When the Point number is rolled, bets on the Pass Line and backup bets pay out and the puck turns to the Off side and is returned to the Point numbers side. The shooter then rolls the dice to establish a new point number.

While the shooter is rolling to establish a new point, a seven and eleven win and a 2, 3 or 12 loses the Pass Line bet. While a Point is being established, some of the other bets are in play – others are not. Please contact your dealer if you have other bets on the table.

Once a point number has been established, you will want to place a bet on the 6 and 8 and then wager on the COME. That bet continues to the next Point number rolled. That’s when you start enjoying multiple payouts – when good numbers keep coming.

Again, the 6, 7 and 8 are the most frequently rolled numbers. Once you’re paid on the 6, 8 and the point number and your reserve starts to grow – cover the other top numbers and hope for a “Long Hand”. A long hand is what happens when a player keeps rolling good numbers before rolling a seven. When that happens, the players continue to get paid until the shooter rolls a seven. Then the dealers take all the chips on the table, the puck changes to “Out” and the dice move to the next player. And you start all over again.

The good thing about understanding the logic of Craps is that you can jump in and out of the game – with the dealer’s approval. So if you’re wandering the casino and find something good happening, you know enough about the game to jump into the action.

Author is the Casino Manager for The Fantasy Casino Dealer Service. Every year we teach hundreds of people to play slot games. The basic needs of our guests are generally the same – what is the game about – how do you bet – how do you win – what is the logic behind the game.