Take charge of your gambling at the craps table

2014-01-02T00:00:00Z 2014-01-06T19:29:32Z Take charge of your gambling at the craps tableJohn G. Brokopp jbrokopp@comcast.net nwitimes.com
January 02, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Have you ever thought of a casino in terms of a stock exchange or commodities market? Sure, it’s a stretch, but similarities are there.

Buying and selling stocks, or trading in commodities, are investment activities to be sure, but who would argue they are also forms of gambling? You invest to win but there’s always a very good chance that you could lose.

It just so happens that the fellow with a copy of the Wall Street Journal tucked under his arm receives an air of respect as an investor, yet the guy reading a copy of the Daily Racing Form is written off as just a gambler.

When you bet your money you take your chances, be that on the Dow Jones, on a bushel of soy beans, or at the craps table.

You may ask, “Why the craps table among all the games available in a casino?” It just so happens that when you play craps it’s the closest an average person can come to owning a seat on the stock exchange or being a trader on the floor of a commodities market.

When you step up to secure your position at the craps table and buy into the game, you are in charge, which is unlike any other game you can play in a casino.

You bet only when you choose to bet.

Craps was the first community gaming experience and has always afforded astute players “time on device” whereas slot machine manufacturers have only recently begun to emphasize those trends in new product development.

The game itself is the ultimate interactive gambling opportunity. The players themselves have the power to create the synergy that comes with a hot roll, often times making a craps table the sensory focal point on the casino floor.

The dealers may very well run a craps game, but it is the players who are in control. Each wagering decision rests literally in the palm of the shooter’s hand. In fact, it’s only the fleeting seconds between the time the dice are sent flying to when they come to rest on the layout that the players aren’t in charge.

Craps cannot be compared to blackjack on a skill level as it applies to playing decisions, however the game more than makes up for its deficiencies in that department with its myriad of wagering options and the knowledge required to take best advantage of the freedom and flexibility of play.

One of the biggest advantages of the game is the fact you can play at your own pace. You can feel comfortable not having your money at risk on every roll, unlike blackjack where if you sit out a hand you always draw attention from other players.

The rules of the game permit you to increase or decrease your wagers at any time, even take them down entirely if you so desire. There’s even the option of calling your bets off for a roll or two. It’s strictly up to the player.

Deriving the best value from your craps playing experience is simply a matter of avoiding the game’s bad bets, such as many of the gimmicky one-roll propositions, and concentrating instead on what are the very best bets you’ll find in a casino.

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