I wrote an interesting article about fixed, loaded and rigged craps dice that might be kind of interesting to read. It’s amazing how many different kinds of rigged dice there are and what types of clever tricks that cheaters will use to alter the performance of these dice. I listed about 20 different manipulations that are most common and there are hundreds more that could have been listed here as well.
The whole goal of fixing the dice is to get them to roll on certain numbers. This is one of the illegal forms of cheating unlike dice control, which is built and practiced as a skill. The dice are rigged so that they land on specific numbers. There are three main categories that I found as well that make up the majority of these crooked schemes!
The three types of dice are loaded dice, shaved dice and shaped dice. All the other kinds are basically subsets of these three main styles. A loaded dice usually consists of weight variations or something that alters the center of mass in a dice. For example, putting a small dumbbell inside a pair of dice to make one face heavier than the others so it will land on the surface of the craps table more often.
An example of a shaped dice is something that alters the form of the dice such as making the faces concave for convex. Also, cheaters can add slight variations of the ships like raised surfaces and even duplicate sides with the same number, sort of like a coin with both sides being heads.
Finally, a shaved dice is when you cut or rough up the dice in ways that certain sides “grab” onto the felt or cloth on the table, sort of like little hooks. The saw tooth edge or razor edge are two of the examples in the article that can do this. Other shaved variations include shaving off a side of the dice to make the whole general shape rectangular instead of cubic so the dice will land on the longer end instead of the short end. There are just tons of different little tricks that cheaters can do to the dice to rig them. In fact, some of them are clever enough to get away with even in modern casinos with transparent dice. Others are old and obvious finds as well.
I wrote another article a few days ago about cheating at craps. When I did some research, there was a few interesting techniques that I came across. First of all, I did not know it was so common that people would steal chips from other players at the craps tables. If you did the research, you will find quite a few cases on internet forums, blogs and message boards about people mysteriously losing chips after playing craps.
So how do these thieves get away with it? Usually they wait for inexperienced players and take advantage of their confusion over the game or their lack of attention on their own chips. Other times the crook will wait until there are a lot of people around the table and for the table to get hot. When this happens, people start getting excited and will celebrate loudly and possibly jump around a bit. Usually the focus will all be on the table and on the dice, but not on player’s chips sitting on the rail!
Stealing chips technically isn’t cheating at craps since this can be done in any type of casino and gambling game. The same goes with placing late bets at times when it is unnoticeable. Some of the real cheaters use fixed dice or dice that are rigged to benefit the player. Usually they are shaped differently or have weights inside of them in order to get the dice to land on certain numbers more often than others and you can read in the article how players can get these dice into the game as it is hard to do. There are a ton of ways to rig the dice and I will write an article soon with about 20 different ways to fix the dice.
Still, the safest form of cheating is learning dice control, as I talked about yesterday. Technically and legally, this isn’t cheating and players who can actually master dice setting can earn a lot of real respect, especially among the elite and advanced players. This is also one of the safest forms of “cheating” around because it is nearly impossible to get caught once you got the system down good enough where your throws look flawless and natural.
A few days ago I wrote a large article and guide to dice control. I think you will find the bulk of your information there but I will definitely be adding a few more pages there that will go into more details and get into the specifics of controlling the dice. If you do not know what dice control is, I will explain a little bit about it.
Basically, this is just a technique used by “advantage players” as a way to gain an advantage to the game of craps. The methods used here lie in a type of grey area between legal and illegal as well as being a form of cheating. This is synonymous to how card counting works with blackjack. Technically, dice setting (or dice control) is not illegal, but casino still have the right to throw you out if you get caught.
The whole purpose of the strategy is to control which numbers the dice will land on when you throw them. It’s a lot like bowling, pool or darts where you need to fine tune your skill and learn how to precisely throw the dice so they land on a specific number. For example, you could make a ton of money by consistently throwing snake eyes or boxcars (the number 2 or 12), the same thing goes with the number 7, which is even easier to control because of the large number of combinations available.
All I can say is read that article and just keep on practicing because it takes some serious skill, which can result in some serious payouts as well. Really, the whole name of the game is to throw the dice on an axis. Basically you just need to line up both cubes so that they stack together into a rectangular block. Then you will want to throw them as a single piece and finally you will want the dice to fly through the air as a single piece as if they are glued together. You also want them to be thrown straight and level to the table so that they bounce at the same time. This is really the whole strategy.
You also want to throw them hard enough so that they bounce off the opposite wall of the table. Some general tips is to make the least amount of contact with the dice and to apply as less pressure as possible on them. All the specifics are in the article and they should be very helpful for beginners to get started and to learn what these techniques are all about.
This is a very important topic that I think will benefit people who use betting systems. As you may already know, betting systems can be used in just about any casino game including craps. They are usually just patterns of styles of betting that players can do in order to manage bankrolls and risks. Some well known betting systems are the Martingale, Parlay, Paroli, Labouchere, Fibonacci and etc. All of these require an important element in order for them to work properly.
The main requirement is that players need to be wagering money on a bet that pays out even odds. That means the house edge must be as small as possible and the odds of winning being nearly 50:50. Some bets are better than others for these kinds of strategies because the house edge differs slightly.
For example, if you wagered on snake eyes, the house edge is 13.89% and pays out 30:1 odds. The big red seven bet has a house edge of 16.67% and pays out 4:1 odds. So which bet would work best with a betting system? First of all, the any seven bet would work much better because the odds are closer to 1:1 than the snake eye bet, even though the house edge is worse. Still, both of these bets are terrible for betting systems.
The key is to get something that pays out 1:1 odds or something that you can win with odds nearly equal to those of flipping a coin and betting whether it will land on heads or tails. Below is a list of the best craps bets to use with craps betting systems:
Pass Line – 1.44%
Don’t Pass Line – 1.36%
Come – 1.44%
Don’t Come – 1.36%
Each of these bets pays 1:1 even odds and can be increased even better when including the free odds. Always remember that the house edge doesn’t mean much. Even if the any sevens bet paid 5:1 odds with 0% house edge (one of the best in the house), it would apply terribly with a betting system. For instance, if you used the Martingale craps system here, you would have to lose 5 times on average before finally winning, which means you would have to double your bets five times. It is already risky enough using Martingale when you lose 1 out of 2 times! Imagine doing that with the snake eyes bet when you lose 35 times for every win.
Although, when you find all of the 1:1 payout bets, the one with the lowest house edge is the better one because you win more often in the long run. For instance, the don’t pass and don’t come bets are the ideal ones (I always play the don’t pass bet). The free odds increases your advantage against the house, but you probably don’t want to uses these in one of the basic systems yet because it gets complicated when some bets you are allowed to place them and in others you are not. Plus the amount of money you are betting is directly related to how much you need to bet on the odds bet and that can throw your whole system off. I will try to include a few advanced systems specifically for craps in the future though.
I headed back out to the casino last night to try out some craps again. This time I only got $20 in free bonus money from the casino, but it’s better than nothing! One thing I wanted to see is if this casino had some different variations to the normal craps rules that I’ve been talking about. As expected they have all of the same rules and all of the various types of bets, except for the fire bet of course.
Although, on Friday nights they actually do change the rules a bit by letting players win 5 for 1 odds on any seven (the big red bet) and a payout of 8 for 1 on the any craps bet. Both of these bets pay out true odds, which makes them the best bet in the house. This is why the casino allowed changes in the rules for one day out of the week. This basically attracts lots of people to the tables, including people who don’t know the game well. In the end, it makes a ton of money for the casino by just getting people in the doors and creating an exciting atmosphere.
If you have a craps table at your casino, it would probably be beneficial to see if they have any special nights like this. Even better, a casino in your area might make this rule permanent for every night. Now that I know this rule is available on Friday, I will probably come in more often that night when it is convenient.
Other than that great news, I continued playing with my favorite strategy, which is just betting on the don’t pass line and then taking maximum odds on every bet the whole night lol! I also wagered the minimum amount of $5 and tried formulating my own system but was too distracted by all the players talking to me and all the time between rolls. I will try to formulate it better than throw it on the blog sometime because I used to have a great system in the past that seemed to work well. Instead, I just reverted back to a form of the Parlay betting system which I will also write later on.
The results of betting on the don’t pass and maximum free odds gave me a profit of $60, but it was slow and took a lot of time due to the nearly 50:50 odds. I also used the free $20 and wagered it on my lucky 13 number on the roulette wheel at the end of the night like I usually do and of course I didn’t win. Still, it’s nice coming out $60 ahead by playing the best bet in craps.
If you use a Mac and you have been looking around for online casinos to play at, you may have noticed some problems getting the game to work on your computer. There is actually a few online casinos that I will show you that will be playable on the Macintosh operating system as well as the Windows XP and Vista. I will also explain why craps and other casino games sometimes do not work on the Mac.
First of all, many people decided to get a Mac because of the reputation for better security over the internet. In the old days, most people had Windows and computer hackers and virus makers knew this. They studied up on the operating system because they could hit a wider range of computer users and get more rewards for their work. The Mac on the other hand didn’t have many users, so hackers and “phishers” didn’t bother doing all the work to try learning another system, hence leaving the Mac users alone. This is one reason why the Macintosh nowadays seems to be much more secure, but that isn’t the whole story and it gets more complicated than that too.
Now for online casinos. Software developers for gambling systems built and engineered their programs to work with Windows and the application ran with the executable file extension “.exe”. Again, they didn’t bother developing a who separate program for Mac users at the time since everyone used Windows and Mac doesn’t use “.exe” files unless it has an emulator built in. So essentially, online casinos didn’t work on the Mac.
Now that Macintosh is taking a greater share of the customers, a few online casinos are designing their games to work with the Mac. Slotland Casino and CasinoMax happen to be some of my all time favorite casinos and they accept US players as well as Macintosh users! Both of these casinos are owned by the same company, which is highly reputable and uses Real Time Gaming software to power their games.
Players can also play with real money or just practice the games for free. They even have a VIP program as well for the high stakes players out there. One thing to note is if you are located in the United States, you should visit these sites and take a look at their payment methods. I know they accept US players but there are many banking options to use.
The fire bet isn’t actually a standard bet. In fact, not all casinos allow this bet on their tables. For the casinos that do, this is actually a type of side bet that is usually found on table games. Also, you will typically find tables that support this bet at the bigger casinos in Vegas or Atlantic City, but even some of the smaller ones will allow it.
Basically, this is a huge multi-roll bet. You want the shooter to throw point numbers on the come out roll and then hit those same point numbers again to end the round. There are only six available point numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10. In order to win the jackpot or the entire fire bet, a shooter must throw all six individual point numbers on the come out roll and then “make” those points. Most importantly, the shooter must not roll a 7 or else the round ends and the whole cycle has to start over again.
Another thing to remember is if you establish “9” as the point and throw again before a seven, that would count as completing 1 of 6 points. After the “9” has been done, the dealer will place a fire marker on that number. If the shooter throws another 9 and clears the point a number of additional times, it still only counts as marking 1 of the 6 numbers. You still have to clear 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 as well, all without rolling a 7
The fire bet does not pay out for the first three points that are completed, but the payout odds are as follows:
4 points pays out 24:1
5 points pays out 249:1
6 points pays out 999:1
As you can see, players can win $1000 for every $1 bet. For example, if someone placed a $100 fire bet, they could win $100,000! Of course only the big casinos like those in Vegas would allow the betting limit for this side bet to be this high.
The free odds bet is actually the greatest bet in the entire casino and in the game of craps. The reason this is such a wonderful bet is the fact that they pay out true odds, which means the actual odds of winning are the same as the payout odds. This also means the house has no edge, advantage or profit margin. Basically the house has a 0% edge!
The odds bet is usually made as a complement to the pass line or don’t pass line bets. They also apply to the come and don’t come bets as well. When you place any of these line bets, you wait until the shooter rolls the dice. If you don’t crap out or seven out (depending on what you are betting on), then a point number will be established. It is only after the point is made that the odds bets become available.
Players may only place odds bets in multiples of their original line bet wagers. For instance, players can bet in 1x, 2x or 3x their bet increments. Large casinos like those in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, Monte Carlo and etc., will allow 10x, 50x and even 100x odds bets. This can also be found at some online VIP casinos as well depending on if the casino will allow players to customize their craps tables like it has been known at the Slotland Casino. Take a look at our Las Vegas multiple odds percentage chart to see how much your odds improve as you increase your odds bets.
The general rule of thumb is the higher the multiplier of odds bets you place, the lower the house edge gets. Remember, the odds bet itself is pays true odds, but you are using this in addition to your line bet, which already includes a small house edge. Placing an odds bet will just reduce the mathematical house edge to fall in your favor as you put more money on odds. Also, the pass and come odds are the same thing as well as the don’t pass and don’t come odds. True odds is true odds! Remember, the don’t pass line has just slightly better odds than the regular pass line bet.
I put a lot of links in this post because there is a lot of information about this bet since it is more of an advanced strategy. I would suggest reading a lot about the rules in order to get a good grasp of this part of the game. Once you understand this aspect of free odds, you will get a huge appreciation for the game as I have and just how rare it is to get such great odds and luck.
Big red and any sevens is basically the same bet. When a player wagers on this bet, they are betting that the shooter will roll a seven on the very next roll, making this a single roll wager. If you win on the come out roll with a 7, players usually will win $4 for ever $1 bet or 4:1 payout odds. This leaves a huge house edge of 16.67% which makes this bet the worst one in the house and one of the worst ones in any game at the casino!
Wagers with really high house edges like this are usually common with the proposition betting options. The proposition bets are available in that area at the center of the table between the two identical major layouts where the line bets and points are. Basically the propositions are usually indicated with pictures of dice on the table layout and where you are allowed to bet on snake eyes, boxcars, etc.
So the title of this article says “no house edge” right? Well, as a matter of fact, some casinos have different rules that allow for changes in the payout odds. In fact, Slotland Casino allows for 5:1 payouts or winning $5 for every $1 bet. Interestingly enough, the odds of rolling a seven have these same odds as well. When the actual odds of rolling something are the same as the payout odds, that means the difference between them is zero. This difference is also the house edge, which would be 0% as well.
This is known as being paid true odds and there is almost no bet in any casino game that will pay out true odds because the casino never profits from it since everyone has fair equal odds of winning. In the long run, everyone breaks even but players have a much better advantage in the short run than they would have with a house edge! Normally the big red 7 bet pays out 4:1 odds but that is why you should always be diligent of the rules because you could catch a hidden gem that not many people would know about. If the casinos alter the rule for this bet, they probably have for a few other bets as well. So if you see something like “any seven pays 5 for 1”, then this is an awesome deal!
One thing you should always take advantage of when going to a land based “brick and mortar” casino is their bonuses. Usually these are different than online casinos in that they just give you free money with no strings attached. Though these types of bonuses are usually smaller since they do not require a deposit or anything like that.
Last night when I went to the casino, they gave me $40 in free money. It was as simple as living in an odd or even zip code. For instance, many of these casinos will give out something like $20 for odd ball reasons like an odd or even birthday or license number and this alternates every other day as well in order to attract people to come to the casino.
Also, they gave another $20 out because of having an odd or even age as well! It just depends on what casino you are going to and what kinds of promotions they offer. The casino I go to actually gives out as much as $100 in a single night if a player has all the numbers lined up, which you would have to be pretty lucky to qualify for every bonus they are offering on a single given night.
They will also give out special bonuses on your birthday. Almost every casino has a program like this too, though last night was not my birthday so I did not get a bonus. I did remember to bring my comps card, which I talked about a few times on my other roulette game blog so they were able to automatically scan my card and put in the bonus money into that. You can put the card into the electronic slot machines and use the money right there. Though if you are playing a game like craps, you can go to the teller and they will just swipe the card and give you cash, which you can bring to the craps table and have the dealers exchange for chips. Don’t forget about these bonuses, they work out great if you take advantage of them!