by Frank Scoblete

Craps
Number **2, 3, 4,
5, 6 & 7 **are discussed in this *Learn**
to Play
Craps *lesson**. **

Craps
is a game of
numbers, eleven of them to be precise: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11,
and 12.

These can be wagered in different ways and, depending on
the wager, you
can face house edges that are reasonable, about 1.5 percent, or nuts,
about
16.67 percent.

How you play
the game of craps depends, I
guess, on whether you
are a reasonable individual or nuts.

In this craps number
lesson, I take
a look at the craps number 2, 3 4, 5, 6 & 7 in a literal way
and in a
numerological way.

Since we have two
six-sided dice in craps with each die having six spots, starting with
the
one-spot and going to six spots, there are 36 possible combinations (6 X 6 = 36).

Craps
Number
2 can only be made if each die lands on a
one-spot.

Thus, the probability of
the 2 on any given roll is one in 36.

The odds of this
happening are therefore
35 to 1. That is, there are 35 non-twos to every one 2.

Gamblers who bet the 2
straight up at craps are getting a very poor bet, not because of the
longshot
quality of the situation, but because the payout is usually 30 to one.

That
means the casino has an almost 14 percent edge on the bet. In a fair
game,
where neither the casino nor the player had the edge, the 2 would pay
off at 35
to one. The casino is therefore keeping those extra 5 units for itself
when a
player wins on the 2.

On the Come-Out roll,
the 2 is considered
part of “craps”.

Right bettors, those who
are betting with the shooter, lose their Pass Line bets should the 2
appear
during the Come Out.

Once the Come-Out is over and a point
is established, the
two has no effect on the Pass Line bet. Don’t bettors, those who bet
the Don’t
Pass line, love the 2 as it’s an instant winner for them.

But all numbers have
other connotations as well, not just their mathematical ones. Two is
considered, if not evil, well, not nice.

It will not bring
you luck if you bet
it. So combine its high house edge with its low numerological character
that
deserves its nickname -- snake eyes!

Craps
Number
3 can be made in two different ways: either
2:1 or 1:2.

The 3
is also a craps
number, so it’s a loser for Pass Line bettors on the Come-out roll but
a winner
for Don’t Pass bettors on the Come-Out.

For gamblers betting
straight up
on 3, the house
pays off this 17-to-1
shot at a mere 15-to-1. That gives the casino a hefty 11 percent edge!
Yuck.

Yet, believe it or not,
in numerology the 3
is considered the
luckiest of all.
While this looks
good in numerology circles, in craps
circles, it has less luster. Even when combined with others as in the
bet Any
Craps, the house has a crippling edge on it.

Craps
Number 4 is
the first
of
the “point numbers.” On the Come-Out roll if the shooter rolls a 4, the
4
becomes his “point” and he must make this
again before the 7 appears or he loses.

There
are three ways to make a 4
with two six-sided dice: 3:1, 1:3, and 2:2. Four made with 2:2 is
called a
“hard way,” because there is only one way to make it. Since there are
six ways
to make a 7 and only three ways to make a 4, the odds of making a 4 are
2-to-1
against.

You can bet that the
craps number 4
will be made the hard way.

In this, you are betting that 2:2 will come
up
before 3:1, 1:3, or all combinations of the 7. There are eight ways to
lose
this bet and one way to win it. The casino pays off at 7 to 1. The
house edge
is therefore 11 percent. Awful.

Some gamblers like to
“place” the craps number 4 when they play. That means they plunk down
$5 (or $10 or
whatever) and say, “Place the four!” The dealer will take their chip(s)
and put
it directly in the box marked 4 in the upper layout. If the 4 should
hit, the
casino pays off at $9 to $5.

Since the true odds are 2 to 1,
and the “true
payoff” should be $10 to $5, the casino edge on placing the 4 is
therefore 6.67
percent. Not good.

Cut the edge of
the casino on the craps number 4 by buying it.

If you plunk down $25,
adding $1 for a
commission, the casino will pay off the 4 at its true odds of 2 to 1.
The edge
on a buy of the 4, when you pay a $1 commission on $25, is 3.8 percent.

However,
some casinos
will only take the commission on a winning bet. This reduces the house
edge on
the “buy 4” to an approximately 1.3 percent -- a good bet in the craps
world.

In numerology, the 4
is considered to be solid and of all things that are solid and thick
such as
wood or your brother-in-law’s head.

It is also Earth
herself, so when you bet it
knock on some wood.

This would be a good one for women to bet since it is a
feminine representing
Mother Earth. But
men had better watch out because the
“4”
is considered the second most unlucky next
to 13, as it deals with things that can end, such as, well, Earth,
wood and a hot streak.

Craps
Number 5,
sometimes referred to as the “fever” by dealers, can
be made four different ways with two six-sided dice: 1:4, 4:1, 2:3 and
3:2.
When you are betting on the 5, you are a three-to-two underdog since
there are
six ways to make the 7 and only four ways to make the 5. Six to four is
three
to two.

The 5 is also considered one of the “inside”
numbers, along with 6, 8,
and 9. Many “action” players like to bet it as part of a four-way
inside bet.
You’ll hear them call out, “Give me $44 inside.” That means $10 on the
5 and 9,
$12 on the 6 and 8.

When you place the 5 in increments of $5, a winning wager
will pay $7. At first, this might sound great, but the true
odds of the
bet would be $6 for $4.

You’re betting an extra dollar but that extra dollar is only
being paid off at even money. The house edge on a placement of the 5 is
four
percent.

We have 5 senses and some ancient Greeks believed that there
were 5 basic elements in nature.

Craps
Number 6
is one of the two most powerful numbers, after the 7 at
craps.

There are five ways to make a 6 (1:5, 5:1; 2:4, 4:2 and 3:3)
and thus the 7 is merely a six-to-five favorite. Placing the 6 is not a
bad bet
as craps bets go since the house has only a 1.5 percent edge. You bet
$6 to win
$7.

However,
if you are going for that
longshot of a hard six (3:3) be aware that the casino has a nine
percent edge
over you. Ouch! Many craps players like to place the 6 and the 8
together as
these are the two most-frequently appearing
after the 7).

The 6 is a settled, relaxed, passive, and normal
but it has a powerful love
component as well
– it represents a mother’s love. As such, it’s clean and unselfish.
Although it
is considered female and somewhat passive, it is not bad luck; in fact
it
is “perfect” as its
divisors, other than
itself, add up to it: 1 + 2 + 3 = 6.

Now we come
to the central craps number in all
of craps, the 7;
sometimes called “the devil,” sometimes called “big
red”. The
7 is the most powerful craps number and the most pivotal.

It can be made
six ways
(1:6, 6:1, 3:4, 4:3, 2:5 and 5:2). If you take a look at a single die,
you will
notice that all the opposite sides add up to 7. Take a look at the side
that
has the six-spots, flip it over and you’ll see the one spot; the
four-spots,
opposite the three-spots; the two-spots opposite the five-spots. Every
time a
single die lands, we’re halfway to seeing a 7 appear.

The 7 is a boon on the come-out roll. If it hits, you win
your Pass Line bet immediately. It’s a bane on the “point” side of the
game, however,
since a shooter must make his “point ” before a 7 to win. During the
point
cycle of the game, the craps number 7 is a two-to-one favorite to beat
the 4 and 10,
a
three-to-two favorite to beat the 5 and 9, and a six-to-five favorite
to beat
the 6 and 8. And don’t think that betting a 7 straight-up is going to
help you
loot the casino coffers.

The Any Seven bet is the single worst bet at
craps.
It’s a one-roll bet that the *next roll*
will be a 7. You get paid four-to-one if it is.

This might sound like a decent payoff but when you realize that the
true odds
of the bet are five to one, you soon discover that the casino has a
16.67
percent edge.

If the craps number 7 is the devil, then the Any Seven is a legion of
fallen angels.

Seven is completeness, as there are 7 days in a week, and
then we start all over again. In craps, a 7 wins in the beginning and
loses in
the end for Pass Line bettors; it’s just the opposite for Don’t Pass
bettors.

For craps players, the craps number 7 is a god--it is feared, it is
loved, it is supreme and we sacrifice a lot of money to gain its favor.

Craps
Number is followed by 8,
9 10, 11 & 12 **
**OR

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The longest craps roll in terms of time was one Stanley Fujitake, the famous “Golden Arm” from Hawaii, who rolled for over three hours, six minutes at the California Club in Las Vegas in 1989. He rolled 118 numbers before he sevened out.