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Okay so by now you already know The Top 10 ways to beat the Casino and you're ready to let 'em have it ... but first let's master a couple of additional basics ...

Craps TableDid you know that the game of craps originated in France? If the first toss of the dice resulted in a 7 or 11 (a natural) - you won, but a lost if a 2,3 or 12 (craps) was rolled. If any other number came up, that number (the point) must be repeated before a 7 shows up. Note how the 7 changes from a natural win on the first roll to a loser on all subsequent rolls.

In a casino, the player with the dice throws the first roll - the"come out roll". If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 on the first roll, the house loses and anyone with money on the "pass line" wins. If the player rolls craps, the house wins and players with money on the pass line lose. The player continues to shoot any number apart from a 7 or 11. After a point (this will be the only number on the table marked with a puck) is made, any player can also bet "come" or "don't come". Come means that the bettor is hoping you'll make the point before crapping out.

A don't come bettor is betting against you and is hoping that you'll crap out before you make the point. The next toss of the dice is treated as the start of a new roll and it's not uncommon to see more than a dozen side bets going on at once. It's enough to make your head spin and you've got to stay focused on what you're doing in order to prevent being distracted.

On a pass line bet, the house has a 1.4% edge. Taking full odds cuts this edge down to zero. Yes that's right, zero. The more money you place on the odds portion of your bet, the more you cut into that 1.4% edge against you.

So once you've figured out how much money you want to play with, place the table minimum on the pass line, with the rest on odds. Next time we'll take a closer look at how to place your bets on the craps table.

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