Casino and Etiquette

It is improper for a craps player to handle the dice using both hands. Thus, shaking the dice inside your cupped hands before throwing them is generally frowned upon by others. You must not also go past the edge of the craps table while handling the dice prior to a throw. The proper way to change hands during a throw, if it is permitted in the casino, is by placing the dice on the craps table, letting them go, and then taking them using your other hand. There are some casinos that adopt a strict no dice setting rule. This procedure is adhered to by craps player to ensure that there are no attempts of dice switching in the process with the simple sleight-of-hand.

When a player throws the dice, it is generally expected that it will hit the back wall on the opposite end of the craps table. A dice throw that fails to bounce off from the back wall is referred to as Mellenberg Rolls. Most brick and mortar casinos will consider a dice throw that does not hit the back wall legitimate if it clears past the middle part of the craps table. In some instances, casinos will declare a dice throw as a “no roll” due to the apparent controllable state of the dice throw. Generally, casinos will not allow players to throw the dice by sliding them across the craps table. However, there are some casinos that explicitly consider such instances as no roll. Players are required to “toss” the dice up to a height which is usually not higher than the dealer’s eye level.

The dice are declared “in play” when they are thrown and land on the bets of players on the craps table, on the working stacks of the craps dealer or on the device that is used by the dealer in marking a point. The dice is also in play on a dice roll when they rest on top of each other. On the other hand, the dice roll is declared invalid in case one or both dice end up in the bank of the boxman, the bowl of the stickman and along the rails where players store their chips. A “no roll” is declared every time a dice or both leave the craps table after a throw. In such instances, the boxman will first inspect the condition of the dice before resuming play.

The Evolution of Craps Game

The popularity of the game of Hazard surged dramatically during the 17th century and during the height of its popularity, the game was a regular fare in English taverns. Hazard has long been associated with nobility and a significant number of gambling houses have it as their main draw. On the French side, the game came to be known as craps, which was coined from the word “crabs.” This is the term that was used in the game of Hazard to refer to a losing situation where a player ends up with a 2 dice roll. While there is no solid evidence that would materially substantiate this claim, this is considered to be the most acceptable version of the history of craps.

The ancient game of Hazard was introduced and started in America by French and British settlers. The spread of the game gradually reached the southern regions of the continent where it also became an instant hit among the local residents.

19th Century Milestones

During the early part of the 19th century, the evolution and development of the game of craps took a dramatic turn. It was during this time that John H. Winn introduced some changes which simplified the game. This also led to the introduction of a new table layout, which was referred to during that time as the Philadelphia layout. Winn is also credited for the adoption of the Don’t Pass and Pass craps bets as well as the Big 8 and 6.  It was also because of his contributions to the game that players were able to wager against the craps shooter. And because of his substantial participation and contribution in the evolution and development of the game, Winn is acknowledged to be the main author of Craps rules.

20th Century and 21st Century Milestones

The game of craps reached global recognition and popularity during the twentieth century and twenty first century. The game spread to other parts of the globe when US soldiers had their tour of duty overseas during the Second World War. If there is one interesting thing that is shared by the warring armies during the Second World War, it is the game of craps. It is the favorite game of soldiers and the lull times in between their skirmishes were spent playing craps. It finally regained its enviable position in the hierarchy of games in casinos when online casino games were finally launched and almost instantly gained a massive following.