@ The Craps Table
a standard craps table you will usually find four or five casino personnel
doing their jobs. A couple (up to four with one on break) of these
folk will be dealers, accompanied by a supervisor usually referred
to as the boxman. The boxman isn't always a part of the table crew,
and can float around to different tables keeping track of things for
more than one group. The boxman is basically the casino's executive
craps man, if there is a problem or issue he's the man to come over
and make a final decision. The boxman is also dressed one scale up
from the dealers and is in a noticeable suit and tie, they are also
usually more static than their amigos, sitting down and not moving
much but the eyes. They are keeping track of the casino's chips, which
is of course, an important position.
Next on the block is the stickman. The stickman's job at the craps
table is pretty easy to figure out, even if it's not the easiest to
do. Identifiable as the man with a long, flexible stick used to push
the dice around the table, he pushes the dice around the table with
a long flexible stick. The point being that he's the only one who
ever touches the dice other than the shooter. This is also the voice
of the craps table, as the stickman announces the play by play of
the game. With each roll of the dice, a winner or a loser is declared.
They push the dice back to the shooter at the end of each session.
Additionally the stick man is in charge of the center of the craps
table layout, and places all bets for the proposition numbers.
The final two officials are dealers responsible for either end of
the table. As the stickman sits the middle and handles the proposition
bets, the dealers handle everything to do with the mirrored ends of
the craps table.
Ok, lets break down the table and let you see what each area is for.
The craps table layout is perhaps the most intimidating aspect of
approaching craps for new players. The sheer size of the table is
enough to make the weak-hearted scuttle back to their blackjack game.
First lesson, cut the craps table in half! That's right, the pass
line, and come area that you see on the half of the table near you
is a mirror image of what's at the other end of the table. You could
literally cut half the board off and not miss any of the game. In
fact you will often find online craps games such as our own only showing
half of the board.
This is all you need to see to learn the game, so for space saving
purposes we'll use the half table imagery. Now lets have a look at
the major areas of the table and which bets they correspond to.
First off lets look at the pass line, which of course corresponds
to the pass
And of course, the opposite of the pass line bet corresponds to the
don't pass bar, its the don't
Playing the field is a common and popular bet, to place a field bet
use the area you see highlighted below. Read up on the
The come bar is also a frequently used area of the craps table layout.
Learn to use this bet, as it comes in very handy. The
The opposite bet to the come bet is the don't come. The area is a
little harder to find so we point it out to you here. Read more about
Another favorite in the casino is a place bet. For these bets you
just place your money down on the table layout and tell the dealer
you want to 'place the 8' or which ever number you want. The dealer
then moves your chips to that number on which you have put your place
A slightly more advanced bet is based around doubles. These are called