Watching Your Money at the Craps Table

Pay attention to your money! Craps seems to be the only game where even seasoned players don’t know where their money is. When a craps game is blowing up, it’s moving fast, and many players are making multiple bets, it’s easy to understand that a dealer might make a mistake. At the same time, when a table only has two or three players on it, some dealers will become so nonchalant about it that they don’t pay attention at all. Learn what to watch for as the game moves along.

Are You Getting the Right Change for Your Craps Bets?

To begin with, know how much your bets cost. If you don’t know how much your bets cost, you can never know how much change you’re supposed to receive. Dealers will make mistakes, and if you’re not paying attention, you may get back the wrong amount of money. It could be too much… it could be not enough… You should give back money if you know they gave you extra. It’s technically stealing. If they didn’t give you enough back, then you’re being robbed. The best way to win an argument with a dealer and/or boxperson is to know how much the bet cost, how much money you gave the dealer, and how much change you received.

$54 across outlined with the puck on point six. There is $55 on the COME as the bet and $3 in the apron as change.

Are Your Craps Bets in the Correct Spot?

Make sure your bets are being put in the correct spot on the layout. If the dealer puts your bet in someone else’s spot when it’s time to get paid, they’ll pay the wrong person. You will even have players try to take advantage of these mistakes by claiming those bets belonged to them and then shrug while saying, "That's my $15 ten. I don't know what happened to yours..."

A $15 bet on spot four. A $15 on spot 2 with 50% opacity. Signs saying the bet is placed in the wrong spot.

Are Your Craps Bets on the Right Number?

You should make sure the dealer is putting your bets on the correct number. Even if the dealer heard what your bet was and repeated it back to you, they could very easily put that bet on a wrong Place bet number. Watch the dealer as they set up your bets to ensure there aren’t problems in the future.

A $12 bet on place bet 8. A $12 bet with 50% opacity. Signs saying the bet is placed in the wrong number.

Before you ever make a bet on the table you should know the basics to playing the game.

The Pass Line and its Odds are the first bets you should learn on the Craps table

The most common bets after the Pass Line. These are fun to play with a lot of betting possibilities.

They work like the Pass Line and offer Odds that don't have an advantage for the casino. 

Also called the Dark Side, these players are saying the shooter won't be making points.