By Jerry Stich

Craps is the only game where the casino gives you the means of winning and the outcome is quite literally in your hands (sort of). The casino gives you two dice and actually allows you to throw them. There is no other casino game where the player has control. He can’t shuffle and deal the cards in blackjack or pai gow poker, nor can he spin the little white ball around the roulette wheel.

Craps is the only casino game where this happens. Craps also has a large array of bets that can be made. For this reason, a big portion of the questions received are about craps.

For those who are unfamiliar with craps, here is a very brief description of the game.

The most common bet in craps is the pass line bet. Once a shooter makes a pass line bet, if the first roll is a 7 or 11, the pass line bet is a winner and the bet is paid 1 to 1. If the roll is a 2, 3, or 12, the pass line bet is a loser and the bet is taken by the dealer. If the roll is any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) it becomes the “point number.” The shooter must then roll that number before a 7 to win the bet. If a 7 appears before that number, the bet is lost.

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