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Crapless Craps

Crapless Craps
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Ok, how in the world can there be crapless craps? I have known guys who have attempted to create several different casino games but none have succeeded. However, a gentleman named Bob Stupak was successful with crapless craps. Stupak opened Vegas World in 1979 which peaked in the 1980’s as a casino known for its innovative games. The casino profits were said to be over 100 million a year during the first few years. People typically enjoy trying new things and crapless craps was a fresh twist to the traditional classic. But the question remains- is crapless craps really a better deal for the bettor? Let’s find out.

In the traditional game of craps players have a chance to lose on the come out roll. For example, if the numbers 2, 3 or 12 are rolled the player loses, but if a 7 or 11 shows then the player wins. In crapless craps you can’t lose on the come out roll. How? In crapless craps if a shooter rolls a 2, 3, or 12 they are treated as points, just like the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. Also, if a shooter rolls an 11 it too is considered a point number. In fact, the only way you can win on the come out roll while playing crapless craps is to roll a 7. If any of the other numbers is thrown, they become the shooter’s point.


The table layout for crapless craps is also different than the traditional game. The numbers 2, 3, 11, and 12 are lined up next to the 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 as point numbers. You can also make an odds bet on any of the “new” point numbers. Most casino payoffs are 6 to 1 for the 2 and 12 and 3 to1 for the 3 and 11.

In crapless craps you are also allowed to make place bets on the 2, 3, 11, and 12. Most casinos payoff at 11 to 2 on the 2 and 12, and 11 to 4 on the 3 and 11. The casino advantage on these place bets is 7.1% (2 and 12) and 6.2% (3 and 11). These percentages are not as good as those offered in the standard game. Overall your odds are not as good compared to the standard game of craps, but for some people it’s simply a change of pace and they seem to enjoy not losing on the come out roll.

If you have ever been to a casino and played or watched a craps game then you might recall how intense players get during the come out roll. Remember the come out roll determines the fate of the player’s probability of winning. For some players, a sure win is a good way to begin a game. But is it really a sure win?

Hey, I love the thought of a sure win just as much as the next guy but there’s always a catch- right? Yes. As a player you must remember that it will be incredibly difficult to hit a point number of 2, 3, 11, or 12 as there is only one-way (combination) to roll a 2 or 12, and just two ways to roll a 3 or 11.

In review, crapless craps offers all numbers as point numbers except for the number 7. The number 7 is the only winning number on the come out roll while all other numbers rolled become the shooter’s point number. Once a point number is established the only way to lose is by showing a 7. A player can make odds bets, and all the other bets are available except for the don’t pass line bet. In my opinion, if anyone cares to take it, play the standard craps game as it offers better odds and lower casino advantages. Luck to ya.


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