How to Play Craps – A Beginners Guide
Craps, also known as “pool” or “lottery” is a simple dice game where the involved players make bets on the result of a series of dice rolls, or successive rolls. Players can also wager actual money against each other. Since it usually takes very little equipment to play, “pool” craps can often be played easily in casual settings.
The earliest version of craps was at first simple and easy, using wooden slabs with small holes in them, thus representing the “dice” used in making bets. The game has since progressed to include metal slabs with more elaborate holes. Each player would place a bet of some fraction of the slab’s value onto the corresponding hole in the board. Craps stick man is then used to push the game piece toward the goal, making it inevitable that it would end up in the hole, or “die”. A winning bet/payout is therefore made by adding up the difference between the current (active) value of the slabs and the current (active) total amount of all the dice rolled.
The basic mechanics of the dice game are simple enough and have been adopted and refined for use in other games. All the rules of the craps game are stated in the traditional booklets which are distributed widely by retailers and online. A typical booklet will indicate the number of “craps” that can be rolled, the specific “turns” that are allowed per round, and the types of bets that can be placed on particular rounds of craps play. Many retailers also have complete instructions manuals which are available for use with craps games. Many websites sell complete sets of instructions manuals for no additional charge.
As far as variations are concerned, they are numerous. In addition to the traditional games of “pass the word”, “boggle” and “pool”, craps now come in the form of “word games” where a group of players receive words from other players and have to combine them in sequence to form a sequence of words that begins with that letter and ends with the next letter – in a manner similar to the popular game show Wheel of Fortune. “Texas Holdem” and “rug game” are two other varieties of craps games. In addition, many variations of craps exist including limit games and tournament games.
The basic rule of the craps game is that the group of players to begin playing with the goal in mind to roll the dice and make a bet. The object of the game is not to get “directly” to the number 1 but rather, to reach a goal by the end of the game. This is done through careful planning and strategic thinking, since it is often very difficult to predict how a group of people will roll their dice and reach the goal. Thus, planning is very important. This is one reason why experts advise beginners to play craps with at least one other person, as a “dickering” partner can often provide an impartial point of view and can help make it easier to plan strategies.
When the game starts, each player gets five cards face down. The first group of players to reach a total of twenty-one points wins, and the person with the most wins. Although it sounds simple, winning often turns out to be more complicated than it appears on paper. The group of people playing craps may have originally set out to play for only ten cents, but when it comes to betting, the pressure can build up and each individual may feel that he is the only one who can win. If this is the case, then the player has to be very careful in his decision making. However, if everyone is playing for the same amount of money, and each person knows the total value of his or her bet, then it is not difficult to calculate the odds and come out with an outcome that is in everyone’s favor.