An empty Craps table lacks only... a player. The dealers are casually talking among themselves and stand attentive to anything to resist boredom when the table is "off the grid". Craps dealing requires high energy and thick skined personnel. During the "off hours" there is always one table available. There may be no player in sight, but the dealers will rotate as usual and are waiting.. waiting for the FIRST player to step up to the table. Weekends and evenings attract Craps players in hordes. The hours from 3AM to 1PM can be quiet and considered dead time at many smaller Casinos. The majority of Craps Players avoid an empty table as if you can catch some deadly virus. Even a table with one, maybe two players will not attract the majority of players in hiding. I hate to admit it, a busy table shares the misery of losing. When you play at a full table, all of the players share the losses and share the wins, alike. It is difficult to High Five on a big win, when you are the only player... A crowded table is able to conceal the best of players and the worst. For the vast majority of Craps Players, and I say this not from loitering around the Craps pit to observe individuals circling the pit waiting... and waiting for the First Player to buy in and watch the Stick push the five dies and call Dice Are Out. Or... We have a shooter! But from walking up to an empty table, drop my $200/$300 and buy in. The dealers pull out chips from the table's bank according to the colors in the player's chip rack. With a $200 buy in, you will usually get two $25 chips, twenty nine $5 chips and five $1 chips on a $5 table. Since your green $25 chips are in the highest denomination in play, the dealer will stack ones, fives and twenty five dollar chips. Occasionally someone buys in for $1000 and less with black $100 chips, so the dealer will pull out some black chips. (This is all a bit of back ground information, as this is for those yet to experience every nuance in Craps dealer procedures). Once you place the Pass Line or Don't Pass minimum bet the Stick will push the five dies to you for the selection of two (Dark Side players can shoot to "win", there is no prohibition against one active shooter or 14 at a table to shoot with the House.) After this, there is nothing different in Dealer procedure nor how you play your game. It is all routine after this. What you will find as remarkable, and you will be a bit curious when it happens... other players begin to come out of their "hiding spots" behind the slot machines and loitering around watching Black jack action. No body wants to be the FIRST player to open a table. One advantage for being the First Player to open a table is you can take your time, play your game at your pace and if you LOSE, you get the dice right back. For those who profess to have Dice Influencing skills, now is the time to strut your stuff. You can set your dice and warm your arm up without anyone wanting to speed the game up. The dealers want you to last long enough to attract the bashful players out of their hiding places. And once the game begins, the bashful begin to arrive and quickly... if there are any waiting on the sidelines. I believe that the reluctance to be the First Player to open a table is just a lack of confidence to step up to a dead table, with the dealer's watching your every move. When I first began to shoot Craps... there was no way I was going to walk up to a dead table and start a game. I might have had a heart attack or just barfed up onto the cloth and left the Casino. At the beginning the pressure seems immense. So you loiter around some slot machine as if you are taking a break from a busy day beating the Casino out of their own money. The First Time you open a dead table... you have become a Craps Player, versus a player of Craps. Being able to gather the self confidence at an intimidating game as Craps, it requires to make this one big step... DO IT. You will recognize when you can step up, buy in and shoot without much thought as to who is watching and care less. You win, the stigma, and this is what I call it, is lifted off of you immediately. You lose, keep going until you have had enough self abuse, or your bankroll is depleted. The game goes as fast or as slow as you want. THIS IS YOUR TABLE, YOUR DOMAIN AND temporarily to take 100% responsibility of why you won, or why you lost. It is not an easy event in a Craps Players list of things to do for the First Time. You will get over this First Time and after making the "grade"... you can watch behind the slot machines and see if this, next First Shooter, either makes nothing out of it or is nervously taking his first steps of becoming a true Craps Player for the rest of his life.