Discussion in 'Table Games' started by Srvanwyk, Jul 14, 2012.
What casinos would everyone recommend for craps amateurs? Just started playin and still learning
A forum search would yield you many results.
Go for the casual low limit places... Casino Royale or Bills, u til you get a handle on the game. Many players there are laid back and also new to the game.
Casino Royale likely to become too hectic.
I'd go to almost ANY casino as long as it was EARLY when the tables are likely to be at a very relaxed pace and dealers can extra time with a self-confessed "newbie". Limits are likely to be lower then too.
Go to the various FREE lectures, mostly 11:00am, Noon or 4pm or 5pm. Immediately after the lecture you can play right there for real and the former instructor now Dealer will know you are a relative "newbie" and will keep things slow for as long as he can. I think Tuscany still has the rule that if dealers are at an empty table, you can ask for a full lecture at ANY time.
Also... no matter how embarassed you may feel for some reason ... ASK QUESTIONS. Its your money and you have a right to know what is going on.
Main Street Station (Downtown) has 20x Odds as does, SamsTown in Boulder. Riviera has 1000x odds. Casino Royale has 100x odds. Most others will be 3x4x5x or 5x or 10x odds.
Ultra posh, Venetian, is actually a good place to learn during the day since they usually keep one table that is "low and slow". Its usually the first table nearest the credit desk and one of the dealers may be a trainee too. USUALLY Strip tables move the fastest, then downtown and then local casinos are the slowest, but these are general rules. Friday and Saturday nights, everybody is likely to be a bit jammed up and too fast to give you special attention. Table limits may be a bit high at nights.
Get off the strip. Go downtown, or off strip. CR could be a good place but as stated above might be too hectic ESP during prime hours. Plus the place can get VERY smoky, whic might be a distraction as well. But their staff seems a lot better with newbies/rooks than some of the bigger houses on the strip.
This would be more of a "what time" rather than "what casino". Your best best is to play at a slow or empty table going at your pace and asking lots of questions to the dealers. The dealers are generally helpful and will be more so during a slow or empty time.
I don't think it matters what casino you play at.
Assuming you know how to play and are not looking for a free lesson, I would suggest starting somewhere with a low limit so you can play and get comfortable with the lingo and table customs. For the sake of variety, here's three suggestions: Excalibur, Harrahs, or TI. All have lower limits and the tables attract enough of a crowd to make it fun
I know how to play I just don't consider myself an expert and I've never played in vegas... Sometimes it's appears that things are pretty serious as I pass by a table
That probably means the don't pass is hitting a lot! Stick with Harrahs or Excalibur. The limits are lower and the crowd is less serious. And have fun
Flamingo was very laid back. That's where I first played. The dealers were very accommodating. They even convinced my wife to join in and play and basically held her hand the entire time. Good luck.
What Foolsgold said about Casino Royale is right... those tables always seemed to be packed.
I've taught many new shooters how to play before noon at any downtown joint. you can find $5 dollar minimums and almost empty tables.
I think it's less about what casino and more about when to hit a table to learn. There are multiple casinos that offer free lessons in the morning but if you have the basics down then all you need to do is either find a table with only a few people playing or stand near a table and watch how things play until you feel comfortable enough to throw some chips on the board. Remember that you don't have to roll the dice when your turn comes around either. It's okay to decline and let the next person go while you simply play the board and observe.
The first time I played craps was last summer. I was staying at the MGM and decided to hop onto a table in their casino that only had about 4 people playing at it. I only watched for a few rolls then started playing the board after watching others place bets till I felt comfortable transferring what I had learned to a real table. The scariest part for me was when I was given the option to roll. I didn't want to screw up so I declined the first few times but I eventually bucked up and gave it a throw. After a few throws I felt comfortable doing that as well and I was having so much fun I don't think I spent more then 15 minutes playing anything else before hoping back on a craps table the rest of the trip.
Time does make a difference when to play. As others mentioned, mornings are pretty mellow just about everywhere.
I would also stay away from the lower limit games on the strip (during the non morning times) like CR. Because they have lower limits they are usually packed. the action is fast and for a newbie you might get lost with your bets.
Not sure about now but in the afternoon and evenings most tables on the strip are relatively busy. The flamingo has some lower limit tables during the day but they are usually busy and not as enjoyable for newbies. but that's JMHO.
As others have mentioned, you can probably get into "lesson" games where they teach newbies to play craps, then after the lesson is over they let the newbies play for a little while.
Downtown and off strip properties (like boulder highway) aren't as busy and you can play at your leisure and ask questions if there aren't many players on the table. It's usually hard to ask questions on strip craps tables because the dealers are usually busy with the crowd.
And to add if ya play at bigger houses its kinda assumed ya know what ya are doing.
I say jump in and swim!
I have played here and there, always nervous about walking up and playing..but I have read a lot on the internet as well as played some over time in Vegas. At Imperial Palace when we were the only people at the table the dealers were awesome giving help when needed, same at Bills and Binions.
I say just go in, bet the pass line and just watch a bit and start making bets as you fell comfortable as the game progresses..and have FUN!
I learned to play at 6AM at the Tropicana many years ago. It was me and two other "newbies" The crew was very accomodating because honestly I thought they were bored standing at an empty table. They suggested our betting and I played for a couple hours and walked away about $100 or so in the black!
My only suggestion is to not just go "butt in" on a crowded table that is moving fast. I'm a big "mojo" player and hate when the games gets slowed down by someone, but then again I was that person once too!
Best of luck to you throwin' bones!
Thanks everyone for the info can't wait to get out there and play
You would think the smartest thig to do would be to start at a super low limit table but this is not the case.
Low limit tables will usually be crowded plus they will have inexperienced dealers who might or might not speak english that well. They might speak it but you have to hear it through a strong accent.
The best thing to do is to take a lesson during the morning at most major placee.
If you feel a bit more confortable skip the lesson and go to a table with a reasonable limit You can find $5 and $10 tables in lots of places during the day. you wont be betting that much anyway so dont let it fool you.
If you go to a nicer place they table workers will be more knowledgable of the game and better able to help you out then a low end place.
ask them what to do if you have doubts.
When you look at a craps table, 80% of the table is bets you wont play anyway so you dont need to learn them all the first time out.
I guess my initial post was kinda vague I always play pass line with odds I'm just not familiar with making place bets such as how much to bet etc... And I guess I just wanna learn the rest of the game with irking people who know it inside out
Which ever location I also recommend going early morning to get an empty table with lower limits. The dealers will be available to assist when its only you or one other person there.
What some of the others have said is good advice. I will add that I quite playing craps on he strip except for a relapse or two. Downtown or off strip is the place to play and enjoy craps. The strip has gotten to the point where they really aren't interested in your play and sometimes act like it is a pain to have you there. Craps is a great game and a lot of fun, play where you are appreciated and enjoy your experience.
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