Date: 5/24/96 at 14:41:15 From: Anonymous Subject: Craps Dear Dr. Math, Currently, I am a high school student who is studying the probability and outcome of the game craps. I would be grateful if you could send me any information that you have pertaining to this game. Thank you for your time. Mike D.
Date: 5/24/96 at 18:43:35 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: Craps Hi there - Here's some information about craps from the Web (but see the corrections below, sent in by an experienced reader): HOW TO PLAY CRAPS - Victor H. Rover http://www.iaw.com/casino/cyber/craps.html _____________________________________________________________________ Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 01:35:55 -0400 (EDT) From: Tina/splinter Subject: Craps answers A bit of history... I dealt Dice for years and am now at the supervisory level. At the site listed above, Romer is correct, you can join the game at any time during a shooter's "hand." His mistake is in saying that you can not make a passline bet with odds if the point is already established, and in failing to say that you may not make a don't pass bet when a point has been established. _____________________________________________________________________ There's also a rec.gambling.craps newsgroup that has a Frequently Asked Questions about Crabs Web page at http://www.conjelco.com/faq/craps.html Here's a question from it about odds: Q: C3 What are "Odds"? A: C3 (Matt Wilding, Ken Elliott III) Casinos allow a player to place "odds" on pass, don't pass, come, and don't come bets after a "point" has been established. If the bet on which odds are placed wins, the odds bet is paid fairly. This means the odds on pass and come bets are paid 2-1 for the 4 and 10, 3-2 for the 5 and 9, and 6-5 for the 6 and 8. The odds for don't pass and don't come bets are paid 1-2 for the 4 and 10, 2-3 for the 5 and 9, and 5-6 for the 6 and 8 (this is called "laying" odds). The player should make odds bets that can be paid exactly, or the dealer will pay off by rounding down. Odds on the pass line and come bets should be a multiple 5 if the point is 6 or 8 and a multiple of 2 if it's a 5 or 9. (Don't betters can figure this out themselves.) Casinos advertise the maximum odds bets they allow as the maximum amount "times" the original bet the odds bet may be (for don't pass and don't come bets, it's the maximum amount "times" the expected win). You can increase your odds bet over this advertised maximum only enough to allow you to make an odds bet that can be paid exactly. A player can modify his odds bets at any time. _______________________________________________ If you'd like more information on odds, the questions asked and answered at http://www.conjelco.com/faq/craps.html are: What special terminology is used at the Craps table? How is Craps played? What are "Odds?" What is the house advantage on 10x odds? What are "Come" and "Don't Come" bets? What are all those other bets? What are the odds for all these bets? I recommend you investigate them for yourself - there's a lot of information available at this site. -Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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