I Was A Fortunate Novice ...
While visiting Vegas last month I noticed that the
minimum bet for craps had been lowered. It must have to
do with a hope of attracting players to the game. Most
of the casinos I visited during this time were fairly
empty, which is no surprise to me, while our nation
lives through this temporarily depressed economy. I saw
some tables with one dollar minimums that would normally
be at five. Wow...Seeing these lower table limits makes
me feel a bit nostalgic. It made we realize how
fortunate I was to have learned the game when I did.
You see, back in the late '90's, I had a great time
learning my basic betting strategies to this game and
practicing my tosses because the tables offered low
limits like what I am seeing today. Over a decade ago,
it was not unusual to find a twenty five cent table at
the Plaza in Downtown Vegas. Back in those days I could
find those twenty-five cent orange chip tables downtown
and off the strip. Having caught the craps playing bug
during a typical "virgin" shoot, I remember how after
reading a few books about the game I had a desire to
invest as little money as possible to gain some
confidence with particular betting strategies that most
players will find within the Dice Setter website pages.
Essentially, I was looking for cheap tuition to attend
"Craps College." It is one thing to diligently practice
my tosses, betting strategies and approaches at home
with virtually no money at risk. It was quite a
different story to go to the casino and invest my money
on what, in theory, should yield a profit at the craps
tables. So, back then, those quarter craps tables
allowed me to afford a great craps education with little
financial investment in the game.
My typical buy-in in those days was one hundred bucks.
For that amount of money I found myself playing marathon
sessions at The Plaza. I practiced my sets and dice
deliveries from numerous spots and employed various
versions of steep regressions, iron crosses and 'doey-don'ts"
all on the cheap. It was great. The dealers and box men
were great and no one "sweated" the money.
Allow me to digress here regarding sweating the money.
Craps dealers back then were bright and cheerful and
welcomed everyone to the game and were eager to teach.
And, if casino personnel are reading this newsletter and
wish to have a lot more players at the table, they might
want to read the article from Casino Journal.
Okay, I don't think players in Vegas will find a
twenty-five cent minimum craps table today. Those days
are long gone. The only "quarter" tables a player can
find use green chips. That's twenty-five dollars. Still,
Vegas craps players can find one dollar to three dollar
minimum craps tables at a few casinos some having better
than "strip" odds.
Here's a list where you'll find some low minimums
provided to me by one of the professional craps players
in Vegas that keeps me posted on the current events
inside those Vegas craps pits. He writes:
As the casino floors in Las Vegas need less vacuuming,
casinos are starting to beef up their marketing ploys to
get the carpets dirty again. At the craps tables, some
of the marketing promotions include:
Binions - $1 table near the front door, but it quickly
$3 and $5 as the crowd gathers.
Freemont - $3 table 24/7
Golden Gate - $3 table started the trend downtown
Sam's Town - $3 table
Eastside Cannery - $3 table
Many of the local non-Strip and non-Downtown casinos
still offer $3 games
Plaza - new Crapless table
Vegas Club - new Crapless table
Harrah's, Bally's and Rio can be found with $5 limits at
various times including Friday and Sundays
Perhaps this is a good time to try your unconventional
tosses and expose yourself to those steep regression
strategies for a lot less than you would have had to
invest a few years ago.
||- In cards, a good deal depends on luck, and luck depends upon a good deal. -