Learn to Play Craps – Tips and Strategies – Bridge Or Heel the Don’t Pass Bet?

Be smart, play smart, and learn how to play craps the right way!

If the payoff for a Don’t Pass Odds bet equals the amount of the Flat bet, then the Odds bet is bridged. The part of your Odds bet that’s equal to the Flat bet is placed directly next to the Flat bet. Then, the rest of the Odds bet is placed on top “bridging” them. For example, suppose you make a $5 Don’t Pass bet and the shooter rolls a point of 8. Knowing the true odds for the 8 are 6:5 (i.e., six ways to make a 7, and five ways to make an 8), you then lay $6 in Odds with the hope of winning $5. In this example, if you win the $6 Odds bet, you win $5, which exactly equals the amount you win with your $5 Flat bet (i.e., your $5 flat bet is even money, which means you win $5). Therefore, since your Flat bet and Odds bet win the same amount (i.e., $5 each), you bridge your $6 Odds bet by placing a $5 chip directly next to your $5 Flat bet, and then placing the $1 chip so it bridges the two $5 chips.

If the payoff for a Don’t Pass Odds bet doesn’t equal the amount of the Flat bet, then the Odds bet is heeled. This means you place the bottom chip of your Odds bet chip stack directly next to your Flat bet. Then, place all remaining Odds bet chips on top of that single chip but offset and leaning on that bottom chip (i.e., your Odds bet chip stack is crooked because it’s leaning on the bottom chip).

Confused? That’s okay, don’t get nervous. The dealer is always willing to help if you forget. After a couple of times, it all makes sense. It won’t take long before you’re a pro. If you’re not sure what to do the first time you try it, simply tell the dealer, “I want to lay some Odds but I don’t know if it should be bridged or heeled.” The dealer asks, “How much do you want to lay?” Suppose you say, “Fifteen dollars to win ten.” The dealer asks you to drop your chips on the table (dealers aren’t allowed to take anything, especially chips, directly from a player), and then he properly heels or bridges them based on the amount of your Flat bet. You’ll quickly get the hang of it. Just don’t be afraid to ask the dealer questions. His job is not only to deal, but also to be friendly and help the players.

Now you know! Remember, learn how to play craps the right way.

21St Century Roulette – A New Way to Play, the Digital Way

The most popular roulette table game in today’s casinos is played at a table with a house dealer, a wheel with 38 pockets, 18 red, 18 black and 2 green colors containing the numbers zero and double zero. A single zero wheel also exists and is popular in European Casinos. The table has a felt betting layout with numbers and colors corresponding to the wheel.

Let us first consider how the casino advantage (house edge) is calculated. The popular double zero wheel has 38 numbered positions that include:

0, 00 and 1 through 36. The payout for a single number win is 35 to 1. Assume there are 38 $1.00 chip bets on all the numbers. The casino will collect 37 losing wagers and pay the winner 35 chips. The casino retains a $2.00 profit, therefore 2/38 = 5.26%.

Basic Table Roulette

Here are the bet(s) combinations that players can make at the basic table:

a) Straight Up – Chip(s) placed on a single number. Example: # 17. A winning payout is 35 to 1.

b) Split Bet – a Two number bet vertical or horizontal. Example: Chip(s) placed on the line between the 5 & 8. Pays 17 to 1 if either of the two numbers win.

c) Street Bet – A bet on three consecutive numbers. Example: Chip(s) placed on the line of a bottom row number such as 19, will cover 19 -21. Payout is 11 to 1 for the win.

d) Corner Bet – A bet on four numbers. Example: Chip(s) placed at the corner intersection of 25, 26, 28 & 29. Winning payout is 8 to 1.

e) Line Bet – A six consecutive number bet. Example: chip(s) placed on a line between two numbers at the bottom such as 31 & 34 will cover 31 – 36, the payout is 5 to 1 for the win.

The above examples are known as Inside Bets. There are other betting options on the felt called Outside Bets with more desirable odds but less desirable payouts. They are:

Column Bet – Betting on twelve numbers in a column such as 1 – 34. Winning payout is 2 to 1.

Dozens Bet – Betting on the first twelve, second twelve or third twelve. Winning payout is 2 to 1.

Red or Black – A bet on either color. A winning payout is even money at 1 to 1.

Odd or Even – A win also pays even money.

1-18 or 19-36 – Pays even money for the win.

21st Century Roulette

Enter the 21st Century and technology has added some competition with virtual reality. Three variations are currently available:

Rapid Roulette

Electronic Roulette

Video Roulette

Rapid Roulette

The Rapid Roulette pit has a live dealer and wheel surrounded by twelve player stations, each with a video screen containing a virtual table. Players have the option of selecting their own virtual chip denomination and can change their value any time. Increment amounts are: $.50; $1.00; $2.00; $5.00; $25.00 and $100. The minimum bet is five dollars. All buy in’s and cash outs are handled by the dealer. Once you purchase your credits, select your chip amount. When the screen displays “place your bets” you will have exactly 40 seconds to “touch screen” your wages on to the virtual table. If you make an error you can clear and reset or drag the chip(s) into the desired position with your finger. The dealer then spins the ball. All wins and losses are resolved instantly on the credit meter.

An interesting feature is the “neighbors” bet. For instance, if you bet #8, press the neighbors tab and the two numbers on each side of the #8 on the wheel will be bet for you. Your bet will cover #8, 12, 19, 29, and 31. Winning payouts are the same as table roulette.

Electronic Roulette

The Electronic Roulette cell has eight player stations with video screens containing wagering options similar to Rapid Roulette. The minimum bet is two dollars. Virtual chip values are: $1.00, $5.00, $20.00, $50.00, $100. Each unit has a bill acceptor for credit purchases and a slot for your player’s card.

In the center, is a real wheel, which is continuously rotating. Once the “place your bets” single appears on the screen, the players have exactly 50 seconds to make their wagers by touch screen. When time expires, a small ball is catapulted onto the wheel. After the ball lands on a number, credits are automatically added or deducted from all player stations. A cash out button will deliver the ticket when players are ready to move on.

Video Roulette

This option has a virtual display of the wheel and table, in a unit similar to a slot machine. You may wager for as little as five cents and play at your own pace. Various amounts can be incrementally increased up to ten times by touching the screen to wager and then pressing spin when ready. Although this seems convenient, you pay a price for the benefit. All winning payout amounts are reduced. For example, if you play at the twenty-five-cent level, the winning payout is 34 for 1 instead of the traditional 35 to 1. This return doubles the house edge to 10.53 %. Playing at the five or ten cent level, the payout is 32 for 1. The house edge is now 15.8%. This is the price you pay for betting small and slow.

Good Luck with whatever game you choose!