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. What about "Tiddlywinks," you say? Pish-posh, child's play...
So, one would imagine that it would go without saying that the game of Craps (Ed. Note: and NOT tiddlywinks, which IS one word, we've discovered) 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 finish up with Part Three -- analysis of the Side Bets in the Game Of Craps. (For those joining us a little late in the game, you can find parts 1 and 2 of this side-bet series here and here.)
#9 -- "Point 7"
This side bet was at the 2009 Global Gaming Expo, and in June 2010 at the Las Vegas Hilton. It is licensed by Casino Gaming LLC. It is a side wager made on the come out roll. If the player rolls a point, and then a seven on the second roll, the bet pays 7 to 1. All other outcomes lose. The house edge is 11.11%, which surprises me, but I wouldn't hesitate to bet this if some of our staff was shooting the dice.
#10 -- "Replay"
Replay is a craps side bet spotted at the Boulder Station on September 16, 2010. It pays if the shooter makes the same point at least 3 times before seven-ing out. Hold on to your hats - The house edge on this lil' darlin' is 24.79%.
#11 -- "Twice As Nice"
Twice as Nice is a side bet that has been seen at a casino in Biloxi. It wins if the shooter throws any specific pair, including a total of 2 and 12, twice before a seven. For example, rolling a hard 10 twice before a 7. Wins pay 6 to 1. House edge -- 29.40%. (Oof.) I get this one. I can't throw hard-ways to save my life.
#12 -- My Favorite Name - "Pete And Re-Peat."
Pete and Repeat has also been seen at the same mystery casino in Biloxi. It wins if any total is rolled twice before a 7. Wins pay even money. The house edge on this one is 5.79%.
Whew... That's a lot of "action." So much for our 3-part series that delved into some of the more exotic side bets that exist in this great game of Craps, 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, before we leave, be sure to check out the first edition from our "Superstition Digest" series, which I'm sure is something we can have a little fun with... That one comes out on July 22, and it looks to be a riot. We'll have something in-between, don't you worry....OK, Have a good week, and we'll see you later!