Hello from Seattle, WA

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by CraigR, May 23, 2019.

  1. CraigR, May 23, 2019


    CraigR Member

    May 23, 2019
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    Hi all, I'm new here but not new to the game.

    I've played Craps since the day I turned 21. That's a while now! For years and years, I would always pass the dice on a full table because I didn't want to be the guy everybody looked at with a grimace when I threw a 7-Out. So, back in 2014-15 I went to Phoenix to watch the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. I flew down to Vegas and rented a car since airfare to Sky Harbor was so high because of the game. Before I drove back to Vegas, I searched online to see if there were any Craps classes other than the ones taught by the Vegas Casinos. I was looking for someone with some real experience to teach me how to play the game. Primarily, how to throw the dice properly.

    I found the The Dice Coach (Beau Parker). You can Google him if you want to see his website or YouTube videos. Anyway, I signed up to take his Basic class. I was fortunate enough to book on a weekday when no one else was taking the class with me. I ended up with a private lesson. Beau is just one of the old Vegas pros that can teach you the game. I have gone back for a refresher/tune-up critique class one time since. I'd do it again because both times I got some good advice and strategy tips out of it. My winnings have more than paid for the cost of admission!

    And for those who are asking - Yes, I set my dice. I try to hit the same landing point every time. I pay close attention to table conditions. I study each shooter and decide how to bet based on my observations.

    There is strategy involved. This is a thinkers game. I go into it knowing the House advantage and have different betting strategies based on they type of game I'm playing. (ATS, Fire Bet, & Traditional) I also decide how to bet based on the odds multiplier. Standard odds 3x,4x,5x vs all 5x or all 10x. (Odds is a discussion for a different day!)

    A little bit about where I gamble -
    Here in Washington there are 35 Native American operated casinos owned by 25 tribes. (Source: National Indian Gaming Commission)
    Washinton's Indian casinos are located across 15 counties. Snohomish County has the most tribal casinos with five. It is followed by King County with four.
    Each casino tribe is federally-recognized and its casinos are approved and regulated by the U.S. Interior Department. These tribes have also signed a gaming compact with the Washington State Gambling Commission to share revenues and to limit the type of casino games that can be played.
    State Authorized Games:

    I understand that this forum is for Craps, but this information may be helpful if you're coming to Washington State and plan to gamble here.

    The following casino games have been authorized by the Washington State Gambling Commission.
    Washington Indian Gaming Class III Authorized Games - Class III games are played against the house.
    Blackjack, Baccarat, Big 6, Chuck-a-Luck, Craps, Keno, Off Track Betting, Pai Gow Poker, Poker (Class III), Red Dog, Roulette, Sic-Bo, and Tribal Lotteries.
    Washington Indian Gaming Class II Authorized Games - Class II games are played against other players not the house.
    Bingo, Flashcash Bingo machines, Mega Mania Bingo machines, Pull-Tabs, Progressive Pull-Tabs, Poker (Class II), Rocket Bingo machines, Tab Force Pull-Tab Readers, and Wildfire Pull Tab machines.
    Minimum Gambling Age:
    You must be 18 years or older to gamble in Washington State.
    Not all casinos allow guests under the age of 21.
    You should call in advance of your visit if the age limit is of concern to you.

    Well, I've probably rambled on way too long now...
    I think the game of Craps is fun and exciting, but it can also be very frustrating. And remember, "If you have a gambling problem, please seek help. Gamble responsibly, and only wager what you can afford to lose."

    Good Luck and let's all hope for a long roll! Yo! Eleven!
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