Right up front, there is something that needs to be said.
Boy, does it feel good to be back.
True story. Believe me, when you work for a company whose motto is "This Beats Working," It's tough to take a vacation. We've said it once, and we'll say it again -- Aces Casino is the best company to work for. It's been described as "Pixar on PED's." The company actually studied how Pixar did business, and company owner Lawrence J. Stephens built his business model with the Disney animation giant in mind. I heard he even visited their northern California facility a while back. It shows, trust me.
So, as you can imagine, every day is a fun day here at Aces Casino. Especially what we call "game days," A.K.A. the dates that we put on casino parties for our fantastic clients all over southern California. The events are ALWAYS great, and It's so gratifying to help clients with their fundraisers, private parties, birthday celebrations, "grad nights," holiday parties. And, without question, the best thing about the events (besides having fun with the clients) has to be the ability to teach our guests how to play some of the games that they've always wanted to learn, but didn't want to risk real money at a live Las Vegas gaming table to find out how to play.
Enter Aces Casino.
Bottom line -- We LOVE teaching the games! And, I have to agree, some of the games CAN be intimidating, but not when the "Aces Casino College of Casino Game Knowledge" takes over. And, should you ask which of the games is the most requested casino game in the industry when it comes to the interest of the players to learn how it works, one name always comes up.
Craps. Just one word, a word that makes people shudder.
If I had to guess what the number one question that's asked of Aces Casino, the Los Angeles casino night party crew (besides 'where's the bar?'), it's "Craps? Wow...How do you PLAY this game?" And, usually, my response goes something like, "That's asking 'how do you fly the Space Shuttle,'" but, when you think about it, flying the shuttle might just look easier to the uninitiated when it comes to what has to be the most imposing game on the casino floor.
But, fear not, my friends: There's good news! The chips are valueless, and the dice don't know the game is fake! Translation: IMHO, the best way to learn the game of Craps is at one of the Aces Casino Craps tables. Yep, free lessons, and, should you die a horrible death in the hour that it takes to teach you how to play, you can look inside your wallet/purse and say to yourself, "Wow. Haven't lost a dime."
Ahh, yes, it's good to be Aces Casino. Being the best Los Angeles casino party company DOES have it's advantages......
So, since the question has been asked...And asked....AND ASKED, we here at Aces Casino thought to ourselves, "what better way to teach the game than explain some of the nuances in our Aces Casino blog? (Yeah, we talk to ourselves a lot. Too many crazy casino parties.)
PART ONE - GETTING STARTED
Yes, we'll skip over the history of the game. In prior blogs, we've already explained that our history grades in school weren't the best, so we start off in our wheelhouse: the game itself. Ever heard the term, "Seven-come-eleven?" Craps is the game that witty lil' phrase came from, because on the very first roll of a sequence (called the 'Come-Out-Roll'), if you throw a 7-or-11, you win your first bet, which, as WE teach the game, is the "Pass Line" bet.
OK, I know, I know, i'm already hitting you with these names, titles and phrases. No worries, as Scott "P" (the winner of the 2010 'Aces Casino 500') would say. You'll get the game, eventually, for one simple reason: This game is just like my mother-in-law. Repetitive. THe game constantly repeats, so, if you give this game (in a live setting at one of our events) just one hour, we'll teach you ALL you need to know. But, first, as Tony Soprano would say, "Ya gotta learn the lingo."
First roll of a series of rolls? Come out roll.
Pass Line Bet? First bet to place on the table.
Here...Check out this picture of one end of the Craps table...It's that pic you saw at the top of this blog. (See? Aces Casino isn't the Orange County casino party leader for nothing! We aim to please! Grin) Remember, the ends of the table are mirror images of each other. Stand on either end, you'll get the same game....... See the pass line at the bottom? That's where you'll place your chip(s) for your initial bet, right in that skinny lil' area, right in front of where you're standing at the table.
Now, on the very first roll of a sequence, yes, the come out roll, 7-or-11 is an automatic winner, and 2, 3, or 12 is an automatic loser. (2-3-12, that's Craps, baby.) But, if any other number comes up, you'll see the dealer mark that particular number, and, until the end of the roll, you'll need the shooter (the one rolling the dice) to throw THAT number before a seven, to win your pass line bet. Let's say for example, he threw a six. OK, that's your number.
Yeah, I know, it's starting to go over your head. Remember, my mother-in-law. You'll get it, it keeps repeating.
Now, when it comes to the pass line bet you made initially, the only two numbers that matter to your bet are SIX (which would be a pass line winner), or SEVEN (which would be a pass line loser). Yep, once you "create a point" (throw some maerked number, like six, on the come out roll), seven turns into your enemy. But, you KNOW how dice can be, sometimes......What if the shooter doesn't throw a six OR a seven for a VERY long time?
Good question, my friends. And that's where we'll move to part TWO of, "How the heck do you PLAY this game?" Brought to you by your friends at Aces Casino, the best Orange County casino night party company in SoCal. (And modest, too!) We'll post Part Two in a few days..... In the meantime, we've assigned you some homework: Go online, and search for one of the many free craps trainers online. You can roll thedice, get acclimated to the Craps layout, and maybe even win a few fake chips.
We know -- We're experts in fake chips. See you next time........