There are laws in place using states where an outcome might not be determined by way of a toss of the dice. This implies 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, this is usually 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 exactly 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 can even bet on those colored boxes.
The casino uses cards numbered ace through six (1 – 6) instead of dice. They also use a shuffle machine referred to as a “constant shuffle machine” since they don’t bury cards because they are exposed, instead, they are immediately returned to the shuffle machine (that’s why it’s called constant). Exactly the same cards used to get 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. Understand that fact – we’ll use it later.
After the point is established, two more cards are dealt to represent the next roll of the dice. That continues before point is made or the “shooter” sevens out.
For the purpose of this short article, I’m not going into the rules and/or strategies of the game of Craps. I’m assuming you already know them, and the purpose of this article is to point out differences and similarities of the Craps game used cards instead of 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 player, actually have the advantage over the casino which is not found in any game nor in any dice version of Craps.
Conversely metal dice will find a bigger advantage for the house if you’re a “right bettor”.
Is there any question as to the way you should play the card version of Craps? The solution is obvious – you must be a wrong bettor. Put aside all objections you ever endured to betting with the home and against the shooter. You’re playing Craps to make money – not friends.
Why are the wrong bettors now in a position of positive odds? In other words, why do we players have an advantage over the casino? That’s unheard 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 anytime gets the player actually had the benefit over the house – until now.
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 make the point. This makes a seven a lot more likely to come up before the point, producing a win. That’s important, but that’s not the best part…
In a game of Craps used dice, laying odds is the way we obtain the overall odds against winning right down to the lowest (best) number possible. Which means we can reduce the house advantage to near zero.
However, in a casino game of Craps used cards, by knowing when to lay odds against a number and just how much to lay against lots, we obtain the odds down, past zero and 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 supply the advantage to the house: 1.364)
but, laying odds against 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 unheard of! California casinos like the Viejas in NORTH PARK generously offer 10x odds (around $1,000 winnings), and that means you should take full advantage 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 house nor to the 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 has 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 utmost odds on points of 4, 6, 8, and 10, then your overall player edge between the don’t pass and laying odds would be +0.022%. That’s amazing!