There are laws in place using states where an outcome will not be determined by way of a toss of the dice. This means Craps games, once we know them, are prohibited. However, clever casino operators have installed Craps games using cards instead of dice. Contrary to popular belief, that is a great opportunity because it provides an advantage to the player that’s not available in a typical dice game of Craps.
The game of Craps played with cards is played just as is Craps with dice. The table layout may be the same (with the possible addition of two colored boxes that determine the shoe to be used. You may also bet on those colored boxes.
The casino uses cards numbered ace through six (1 – 6) rather than dice. They also use a shuffle machine known as a “constant shuffle machine” since they don’t bury cards as they are exposed, instead, they are immediately returned to the shuffle machine (that’s why it’s called constant). The same cards used to obtain a point on the come out roll may not be open to be drawn again until a fresh shelf is hit, rendering it disproportionately likely to throw a seven instead, resulting in a win for the incorrect bettor. Remember that fact – we’ll utilize it later.
After the point is set up, two more cards are dealt to represent another roll of the dice. That continues before point is manufactured or the “shooter” sevens out.
For the purpose of this article, I’m not going into the guidelines and/or strategies of the game of Craps. I’m assuming you know them, and the goal of this article is to explain differences and similarities of the Craps game used cards as opposed to the dice Craps game.
The short and very sweet difference between your two is this: you will find a very distinct and big advantage to playing Craps with cards if you’re a “wrong bettor”. You, the ball player, actually have the advantage over the casino which is not found in any game nor in any dice version of Craps.
Conversely you will find a bigger advantage for the house if you’re a “right bettor”.
Is there any question concerning how you should play the card version of Craps? The answer is obvious – you must be a wrong bettor. Put aside all objections you ever had to betting with the home and against the shooter. You are playing Craps to make money – not friends.
Why will be the wrong bettors now ready of positive odds? Put simply, why do we players have an edge over the casino? metal dice set of – after all, you can find strategies that obtain the house advantage down towards “0” where the house advantage is small (in dice Craps in addition to in other games), but nowhere at any time has the player actually had the advantage over the house – as yet.
Here’s the amazing news:
first, as stated above, the cards that established the point cannot be used again throughout a shooter’s attempts to help make the point. This makes a seven even more likely to come up before the point, resulting in a win. That’s important, but that isn’t the best part…
In a game of Craps played with dice, laying odds is the way we get the overall odds against winning right down to the cheapest (best) number possible. That means we can reduce the house advantage to near zero.
However, in a game of Craps used cards, by knowing when to lay odds against lots and how much to lay against a number, we get the odds down, past zero and right into a very healthy advantage for the ball player. Here are the numbers:
laying odds against a 4 or 10 in a dice Craps game, results in zero advantage to the house (after figuring the don’t pass and or the don’t come – the specific odds give the advantage to the house: 1.364)
but, laying odds contrary to the 4 or 10 in a card Craps game gets the house advantage at -0.253. Yep – that is clearly a negative number, and thus the benefit goes to the player – absolutely unusual! California casinos just like the Viejas in NORTH PARK generously offer 10x odds (around $1,000 winnings), which means you should make best use of maximum odds against a 4 and 10.
Laying odds against a 5 or 9 in both games remains at zero – no advantage to the home nor to the ball player. So, lay your “normal” odds against a 5 or 9.
Laying odds against a 6 or 8 in a dice Craps game, results in zero advantage to the home.
But, laying odds contrary to the 6 or 8 in a card Craps game gets the house advantage at -0.207. Yep, another advantage for the ball player! Again, in California, lay maximum odds.
So, if the player laid the maximum odds on points of 4, 6, 8, and 10, then the overall player edge between your don’t pass and laying odds would be +0.022%. That’s amazing!