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Craps is one of the popular table games at many casinos.

Casinos and their gaming research and development partners have put new spins on slot machines and blackjack through the years, but the game of craps has for the most part been left untouched.

If you stay away from the gimmicky side bets that have been added, the game’s math gives you arguably the best bang for your gambling dollar.

Craps was the first casino game to offer a “community’ gaming experience, and has always afforded serious players the “time on device” factor which slot machine manufacturers have only begun to incorporate the last decade or so.

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

Dealers may very well run a craps game, but it’s the players who are in control.

Each wagering decision rests literally in the palm of the shooter’s hand. It’s only the fleeting seconds between when the dice are flying to when they come to rest on the layout that the players are not 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 craps is the fact you can play at your own pace. You can feel comfortable not having money at risk on every roll, unlike blackjack where sitting out a hand always draws the attention of the other players at the table.

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 off your bets for a roll or two. It’s strictly up to the player.

Deriving the best value from your craps-playing experience is a matter of avoiding the game’s bad bets, such as the one-roll propositions, and concentrating instead on the very best bets, such as betting the Pass Line combined with exercising an option known as “taking the odds”.

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You bet the Pass Line at the start of a fresh roll. A 7 or 11 is a natural winner and you are paid even money. Craps (2,3, or 12) is a loser. Any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) establishes the point which the shooter must roll again before a 7 in order for the dice to “pass” and for you to collect even money on your bet.

When you take the odds, you place a supplemental wager behind your Pass Line bet in varying multiples depending on the house rules. It’s the very best bet you can make in a casino because it is the only one that has no house edge. You are paid at true odds (2 to 1 on the 4 and 10; 3 to 2 on the 5 and 9; 6 to 5 on the 6 and 8).

A Pass Line bet combined with odds keeps the house edge to a bare minimum, ranging from 0.6 percent with double odds all the way to 0.02 percent with hundred-times odds, meaning for all practical purposes you are playing the house dead even.

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Eloise is A&E Editor and a food, entertainment and features writer for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.