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Craps shooting in Tunica, MS. Some observations.

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by Bazzito52, Aug 20, 2012.

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  1. Bazzito52

    Bazzito52 Low-Roller

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    As mentioned in a previous post, I recently went to Tunica, MS with my son for a two night stay courtesy of CET.

    I had been there one time previously a few years ago and mentioned a couple of things to watch out for, one of which proved to be spot on accurate, the other a bit of an exaggeration.

    The exaggeration?

    I told him “You’ll see many players making hop bets on nearly every roll.”

    Wrong! Unlike my first visit we didn’t see a single hop bet made the entire two days. We did see lots of “world” bets made, but the hop bets seem to have fallen out of favor. Or maybe they just all tapped out. (“What’s a world bet?” he asked. “It’s simple,” I replied. “It’s the five worst bets on the crap table all at the same time!”)

    Spot on?

    I said, “You’ll see all of the players sitting on stools at the crap tables in Tunica.”

    When we got there, he said, “Dad, you were wrong. All of the players aren’t sitting on stools.”

    “You’re right, son,” I was forced to admit. “Look at that table. There are six players at it and only five of them are sitting down!”

    Unbelievable. I even stepped up a crowded table on our last night and a player said to me, “”There’s room next to me. I’ll even get you a stool!” A real southern gentleman!

    Can you imagine half or more of crapshooters sitting down in Las Vegas? I find this custom in Mississippi to be truly weird.

    Now here’s the thing that really got us about shooting craps in Tunica:

    On our last night, we were at Harrah’s an a shooter shot a really nice roll. 10 passes and a couple of numbers. He even shot the six six times in a row at one point. That’s making the point of six three times in succession! Awesome.

    Anyway, my son and I were cramming and jamming for all it was worth and after about the shooter’s eighth pass a mentioned to him, “Carl. Look at the other players. Every single one of them has a $5.00 line bet! Not a single player except for you and me has pressed up their play!” And sure enough, it was true. We had both started out with $5.00 bets plus odds, and when the shooter sevened out, I had a $100.00 line bet and my son had a $40.00 line bet and double odds. Not a single other player at a jamb up full table had increased their line bets above the minimum for a ten pass hand!!

    I am willing to state, at this time, that the crapshooters in Tunica are, as a group, the dullest, most inept players in the country, bar none.

    Can you imagine any casino in Las Vegas where at least half the table wouldn't have at least pressed up their play by a unit or two for a 10 pass hand? Me neither.

    Well, that’s the end of my musings concerning our Tunica trip. We’re back in Vegas in October and looking forward to a place where the crapshooters stand up and press up.
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Though I am not a craps player, I can tell you this from our hundreds of visits there. The vast majority of the players drove there. Mostly from the Memphis area. And lots of them hourly workers. Since they go so often, they could easily be trying to stretch their money. Granted, they should press, but....

    Harrahs is the closet casino to Memphis. At Gold Strike and Horseshoe, the caliber of player moves up a little. Not sure if it is the 5 more miles, or what.
     
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    I think that you just ended up on a table with new players. Tunica has it's share of players who do not press, but I have seen it in Vegas also.

    On the last morning of a trip in Vegas, I walked up to get on a table. I usually wait for the roll to end before I buy in and watched a young lady rolling. After about 45 minutes I decided I had to get in. Her roll went on for about 10 to 15 more minutes. I ended up winning around $700 to $1000 dollars. But the lady who had been rolling and making point after point and hard way after hard way was still betting $10 line bet with maybe max odds and had $12 6 and 8 and 10 on other numbers. After I started betting and pressing my bets they started to press a little. Some people just don't know any better.

    Also in tunica most places have 20-100x odds. So if the people were increasing there odds they could go up to $100 or even $500(horseshoe) odds and that would pay better to increase odds than to increase line bet.

    I would have been sitting down if I could find a stool. I promise you that not all Tunica tables are dull. Probably bigger players at Gold Strike or Horseshoe

    Nostress is correct there are lots and lots of locals. I usually go every 4 to 6 weeks and I see the same people every time that I go. The dealers say they are there everyday.
     
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    Have to agree with the last two posts. The majority of players in Tunica are working class locals and retirees, especially if you ever going during the week. Most of them are trying to make their gambling dollar last. And personally, I don't think the decision to press or not to press is what makes a craps table dull or not. Heck, if I am on the pass line and the shooter hits TEN pass lines as you stated, I wouldn't call that table dull no matter what other people are betting! Because I am making bank!

    I play mostly at GoldStrike and some at Horseshoe. While the $5 craps tables are still the most popular at both places, on any weekend you can find some people betting higher denominations. For the most part, though, the action is comparable to the action you would see any evening at a lower tier property on the Vegas strip.

    On another note, the newish All Small and All Tall bets at Goldstrike see a lot more action than I see on that bet at the Vegas properties. In Tunica, I see action on those feature bets from half the table with every shooter.
     
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    The players not pressing are losing less money in the long run. To call them inept for that is ... strange.
     
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    So let me get this straight. Tunica allows 20 times odds with a $5 minimum. The Original poster had his pass line bet up to $100 but was playing only double odds. And he was complaining about the ineptitude of the OTHER players.
     
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    I hear ya, but didn;t want to say it.

    And for any craps players out there, 20x odds is standard for Tunica. Horseshoe has 100x odds. Of course, I don't think there are any BJ tables where dealer stands on soft 17 (not even in the hgh limit areas). So I've always found tunica great for craps, bad for BJ
     
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    Thanks for the clarification. I never been to Tunica. I play frequently at MSS and with their 20X odds, seldom is my line bet over 5 dollars. Am a low roller, but have had my place/odds bets at 100 dollars on a hot roll.
     
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    You, sir, have just made my day!!!

    I'm hitting Tunica this Friday (after the SouthCarolina/Vandy game) and staying at GS. I am stoked to hear they now have the all small etc bet! I first went to tunica because of the fire bet which is great but the 'All' bet seems more fun and easier to obtain.

    As for the OP, I too am surprised these players didn't press up more. But to each their own.

    My first time there I was on my last hundy and strolled into Horseshoe for craps at 1am. I didn't leave til 9am and had multiplied that Hundo x 20. This was because of those locals (can't recall if they were seated or standing). It was amazing. Every single shooter made at least 2-3 passes. I'm not sure how they fared but I know it made my birthday big time!

    So why does it matter if they are sitting or standing anyway? I figure if there's room enough why not go ahead and sit. On crowded tables it is harder to sit and takes up more room as I have seen at Harrahs Metropolis but otherwise it makes no diff to me.
     
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