All you have to do is mention the phrase, "side bets," at one of the desk cubicles at Aces Casino Entertainment, the Orange county casino party company leader, to draw a crowd. Yes, 'tis true, we'll bet on anything in this place. We were all over the "World's Greatest Diceroll" that we did a blog piece on earlier this year (Ed. Note: Damned snake-eyes, I STILL can't believe it.), we do all the Super Bowl and World Series Pools, World Cup Soccer, rock-paper-scissors, board games, box games, 6th-grade kick-ball basketball results, you name it. We're on it.
So, one would imagine that it would go without saying that the game of Craps is considered the "house fave" with the Aces Casino Entertainment crew. Most everyone deals it, and almost everyone to a man (or woman) loves to play it in Las Vegas, when we visit there on our annual "Aces Casino Las Vegas road trip sabbatical," which took place last week. More on that later, we promise.... Bottom line - Get a job here. You won't be sorry. We have a LOT of fun here. (Ed. Note: For the record, Aces Casino Entertainment is not currently accepting applications. On average, we hire about two people per year.)
Now, explaining WHY Craps is the favorite game to play for all of us crazies is easy to explain... It's easily the most exciting game in the casino (especially when the table is hot), plus, there are not just the normal wagers played by a great percentage of the players at the tables.... "There Are SIDE BETS GALORE!" TONS of them, some that you may not even have heard of.
So, to that end, let's continue with Part Two -- analysis of more of the Side Bets in the Game Of Craps.(We'll do Part 2 today, and Part 3 in the July 15 blog entry...)
#5 --The "All Bet"
If you loved the "Small and Tall Bet," you'll REALLY love THIS one. Sam's Town in both Las Vegas and Shreveport offer this bet. The All bet wins if the shooter rolls a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 before rolling a seven. A win pays 174 to 1, or 175 for 1. The odds - a house edge of 7.99%.
#6 -- The Continental Breakfast - Four Rolls, NO Seven
Sam's Town in both Las Vegas and Shreveport offer this bet. The bet wins if the shooter can go four throws without rolling a seven. A win pays 1 to 1. The odds - 3.54%.
#7 -- "7-Point-7"
"7 Point 7" is a craps side bet which debuted at the Orleans casino in Las Vegas in late 2008. The bet wins if the player gets a seven on the come out roll, or the dreaded "point 7," where the player sevens out on his second roll. House edge - 5.56%. Sounds familiar.
#8 -- "The Sharp Shooter"
The "Sharp Shooter" is a side bet in craps spotted at the Hooters casino in Las Vegas in March, 2009. The bet is made when a new shooter takes the dice, and pays according to how many times he makes a point. Two or less passes, and the bet's a loser. 3 or more passes is where the bet begins to pay off at 5-to-1. It sounds like a fair deal, but the house edge on this simplistic wager is a whopping 21.87%. Pass-a-dena.
So much for Part Two showing the masses some of the more exotic side bets that exist in this great game of Craps. Next up on July 15, we close out our series of Craps side bets with Part Three of the series, brought to you by Aces Casino Entertainment, the top Orange County casino party company on the west coast. (Ed. Note: Shameless plug, but well deserved.) Oh, and before we leave, be sure to check out the first edition of what we'll call "superstition Digest." That hits on July 22, and it looks to be a riot. Have a good week, and we'll see you later!