What to look for in a good craps game

2013-07-19T00:00:00Z What to look for in a good craps gameJohn G. Brokopp Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

With all of casino destinations from which to choose in the Greater Chicago area gaming market, it's always wise to go "shopping" once in a while to check out the differences in house rules and determine which establishments offer the best deals to match your style of play. Today's survey covers the game of craps.

The Field is a one-roll wager that wins if a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 are rolled). Look for tables that offer "Triple the 12" in the field. The perk cuts the house vig on a field bet to 2.70 as opposed to 5.55 when both the 2 and 12 are just double.

Odds (an optional wager you make in addition to your line bet after a point has been established). This is an important component to the game because it's the only wager you can make where the casino does not take an edge. Winning bets are paid off at true mathematical odds.

Some casinos can offer up to 100-times odds, but the norm is 10 or 20 times odds.

High rollers are really the only ones who benefit from 100-times odds. If you find a $5 game and make the minimum pass line bet, 100-times means you can place a max odds bet of $500. At a 20-times table, $100, at a 10-times table, $50.

Buy Bets mean paying a commission on a place bet on the 4 or 10 and in return receiving true odds of 2 to 1 instead of 9 to 5 if the number hits. Watch for casinos that collect the commission only if the number hits. At most places you pay the commission up front.

As for promotions, be on the lookout for the casinos which pay a bonus to any shooter who makes all six points (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10) on the same roll.

The real beauty here is that it doesn't cost players a penny extra, such as in the case with Caribbean Stud Poker, for example, where players must play an extra dollar to be eligible for the progressive and bonus jackpots. It's a true, no strings attached bonus. Everyone who picks up the dice and makes a minimum bet on the pass line is eligible.

Granted, making all six points on one roll is mighty tough, but it’s a true bonus when you find it.

The opinions expressed are solely the writer's. Reach him at jbrokopp@comcast.net. John Brokopp's Beat the Odds tips air Sundays at 8:20 a.m., 2:50 p.m. and 10:42 p.m. on WBBM Newsradio 780.

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