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John Marchel

John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine. Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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Craps is a simple game

23 Jun 2018

By John Marchel
Craps is one of the most exciting games to play at a casino, and it can also be a simple game with simple bets. In fact, the simple bets at craps offer some of the best odds for the players in the casino.

The more complex bets, on the other hand, give the house a much larger advantage.

An important item to know about with this game is there are some very specific procedures to follow. For example, you can place some of the bets yourself, whereas others must be placed by the dealer or stickman. You need to know who does what? The table staff of boxman, dealers and stickman are assigned very specific roles. However, they can be very helpful and you should play with them, not against them.

To help in establishing a good rapport with the staff consider making bets for the dealers now and then thus becoming part of the winning “team.” Making bets for the crew during the game is a better idea than leaving them tips when you leave the game. You will normally get better individual service from each of them during the game.

Remember this, the come-out roll is the first important roll for all the players. The player has an advantage during this roll, but subsequently the advantage switches back to the house after the number has be established. There are more than 100 types of bets available in this game (does anyone know the exact number?). Some are one-roll bets and others are all-day bets, and all have different odds. Smart players know which bets to take and which to avoid.

Knowing which bets have less house edge will enable you to play long and effectively without risking a lot of funds. Like all casino games, read about this game, study the details, and stay away from the long shots and you will enjoy the game more each time you play it.


• Dice are the world’s oldest gaming devices, they were used even before recorded history (players might not be able to read, but could count spots).

• The Egyptian game of Senet was played with dice. Senet was played before 3000 BC and up to the 2nd century AD.

• With the 1 on top and the 2 and 3 faces run counterclockwise, the die is called "right-handed", and if those faces run clockwise, the die is called "left-handed". Western dice are normally right-handed, and Chinese dice are normally left-handed.

• When it comes to sizes, most casinos use 19mm size dice, (about 3/4 inch) some use 16mm. Board games (Monopoly, Backgammon, Yahtzee) will use 12-14mm dice.

• Casino dice are made of cellulose acetate, and are manufactured to a tolerance of 0.0001 of an inch and have a polished finish (making them transparent) or a sand finish (making them translucent).

• For blind people, braille dice are available (not in the casino, but can be found on the Internet and in some Las Vegas stores).

• No matter how you look at it, only three sides of casino dice are visible at any one time.

• Casinos cancel dice (disfigure them) when they finish their use at a table, just like they do with playing cards, so they can’t be re-introduced into a game.

• To cancel a die, most casinos use a small hand operated press that imprints a circle on the dice.

• Casino dice are called perfect or precision dice because of the high standards used in their manufacture.

• The spots on casino dice are drilled exactly 17/1,000th of an inch deep, then filled with paint that weighs exactly as much as the material removed from the spots.

• 4 December is National Dice Day. Its origin is not known, but the day is set aside to promote all sorts of games using dice.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at

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