Craps

Learn to deal Craps
Learn to deal Craps, the most high action, high intensity game in the casino.

CRAPS: 6 weeks – 80 Hours

The school’s objective in this program is to produce a confident, employable dealer, proficient in all procedures of Craps in an entry level position.

The course of Craps begins with the terminology, rules of the game and check handling. Extensive hands-on training is then used to teach primary and advanced betting, take and pay procedure, totaling, converting payoffs, stick handling and dice calls. The student is advanced to proposition bets, place bets, come bets, buy bets, odds, and multiple odds. Various table limits, security of the game, casino variations and job interview/audition procedures.

Topics Covered:
  • Orientation
  • Cheque Cutting
  • Stick Calls
  • Pass Line, Don’t Pass and Field
  • Making Change
  • Come Bets, Don’t Come Bets and Off-and-On
  • Prop Bets
  • Odds
  • Place Bets
  • Buy Bets and Lay Bets

Craps classes are taught Monday through Friday from 11am to 7pm.

The total cost of the course is $349.00

Students practice on the school's full size, regulation craps table

Students practice on the school's full size, regulation craps table

Nick KallosNick’s Notes on Craps

People love Craps because it’s high action, high intensity. It’s fast and furious. Some people still stay away due to the intimidation factor, but the casinos are offering free lessons now. The result is that more and more people are discovering this exciting game. You can learn the game while it’s going on. Just slip into an empty spot, put your money on the table for the dealer to cash in for chips, place a bet on the pass line, and you’re good to go. Shoot the dice and have fun. There’s no other game that will give you the same longevity for your money.

Who is your typical Craps player? It’s a guy from the Midwest who brings out his 5 cent cigar, lights it up and gets to be a star in Vegas for a couple days. He’s got his roll of 25 cent chips or even $1 chips and he stacks them high. He’s a big shot. He can make noise, throw the dice and raise hell. And he’s doing it with $1 bets. You can’t even do that in Blackjack.

Just think, he’s got $1 on the line and cocktail waitresses coming by every few minutes. He’s got the dice in his hand and he’s controlling everyone’s destiny. He might control the dice for twenty minutes and only make $5 on his small bets but he’s having a blast and everyone is patting him on the back. He feels like a king! He’ll go back home and tell the story to all his friends. This is why Craps is such a hot game.

Craps is a good game for the house, too, but believe it or not the house can get punched out easily. The house has a saying that the dice are “out of line”. It doesn’t really mean that they aren’t square anymore. It means the house considers the dice to be out of control. I once dealt a game where the shooter held the dice for a ninety minutes and walked out with over $500,000. It’s a crazy game but the house still loves it because the percentages are there for them over the long run.

Dealers can be intimidated by Craps, too. Many times I’ll have students sign up for Blackjack and Craps, but after learning Blackjack they think about dropping Craps and learning Roulette, Pai Gow or Min-Baccarat instead. It’s the intimidation factor. So I ask them to try Craps for two days and if they still don’t think it’s for them I’ll let them switch games. But after a couple of days most dealers get comfortable with it. You have to stick with it. Once dealers realize that it’s just a big long table with noise, they won’t have any problems.

Years ago Craps was dominated by male dealers, but more woman are signing up for it now. They’re sticking with it and they enjoy it. Female Craps dealers have an undeniable edge in this business. They can get into high-paying jobs in less time than male dealers.

The type of person that wants to deal Craps is not afraid of a challenge. Yes, when the dice are thrown only one number hits but many things happen on the layout. You’ve got the Field, the Come, the Horn, the Hard Ways and much more. It takes an entire crew to handle all the action. But when you’re a dealer on a hot game the time really flies.

The main reason to become a Craps dealer is that you’ll never get into the big leagues without it. You need it to deal at a big house like The Venetian or Caesars.

Although I can’t guarantee anyone a job, if you complete our Craps class you will have the skills and confidence you need to make a good impression when you audition for a casino dealing job.

Even if dealers don’t learn Craps right away they often come back for it because they see the action and know they won’t get bored. Blackjack dealers sometimes get bored after dealing for 6 months or a year but in Craps that doesn’t happen. It’s a great game that players and dealers love.

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