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How to Play CrapsWhether you are a seasoned Las Vegas gambler or gambling just for fun, one thing every gambler wants is to win money and walk away with more money than they walked in with. On the other hand, the ultimate goal of every Las Vegas casino is to make money. Casinos are designed to operate under the basic understanding that, over the long term, the house will come out ahead. This is achieved if the casinos take in as much as possible and pay out as little as possible.  We have all heard the saying, "the house always wins".

free gaming lessonsFact: You should know that Las Vegas casinos has the mathematical advantage in every game. No matter what game you play blackjack, roulette, slots, craps , Texas Hold em, Baccarat or any other casino game. Just remember that games of chance are based on random outcomes and always favor the casino.

Our goal in this section of the lasvegas-how-to.com is to acquaint you with the rules and regulations for each game, which in turn will make for a better gaming experience.

Las Vegas Comp Cards

Las Vegas Comps, which is short for complimentary is a way Las Vegas casinos rewards it's frequent gamblers by offering them free complimentary rooms, buffet passes, show tickets, and so on.

Earning comps is a way of getting free stuff for your casino dollar. To earn comps, you must have the most valuable card in any Las Vegas casino which is a "Players Club Card". Here are more information about comp cards. Never drop a single coin into a machine if you don't have your player's club card inserted in the machines card reader. The Vegas comp card is free and will allow you to earn comps you can use towards free shows, free rooms, free food and in some cases a cash rebate.

But you can’t get any of these freebies if you don’t have a players club card. Next time you visit any Vegas casino, walk straight to the players club window and sign up for a free card. Here is a list of participating casinos: Some casinos might give you some freebies right away just for signing up.

 

The house advantage is the difference between the true odds and the odds that the casino pays you when you win.

It is important to know the house advantage for each game. House advantages also vary by region, casino and game. Today if you ask any Vegas gambler where is the best place to play, they will most likely say, downtown or off the strip.The reason is because people believe the games with the best odds in Vegas can be found the further away you go from the Vegas strip. On the Las Vegas strip, given the common rules, the approximate house advantage for each game are as follows:

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Las Vegas Casino House Advantage

  House Advantage For Every $100 bet, the player can expect to lose.
Baccarat    
Player/Banker 1.1%-1.2% $1.10 - $1.20
Tie 14.4% $14.40
Blackjack 0.5%-1.5% 50c - $1.50
     
Craps    
Pass/Don't Pass 1.4% $1.40
Prop Bets 10%-16.7% $10 - $16.70
Keno and Sports    
Keno 1-15 Spots 25%-30% $25 -$30
Video Keno 8%-15% $8 -$15
Sports Betting (Bet $11/Win $10) 4.5% $4.50
Roulette    
Single Zero 2.7% $2.70
Double Zero 5.3% $5.30
Slot Machines    
Nickel Slots 7%-12% $7 - $12
Quarter Slots 5%-10% $5 -$10
Dollar Slots 2.5%-6% $2.50 -$6
Video Poker 0.5%-5% 50c - $5
source: American Gaming Association

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Now you see why casinos consider slot machines their "bread and butter".

Look for games with a small house advantage. For the player, the best games to play are Blackjack, Craps and Baccarat. These are the games where the house advantage are most reduced, meaning in the short run you can beat them.

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The Video Clip above answers the following questions about Casino Gambling
1) Are gaming rules the same in every casino?
2) What is a "table minimum"?
3) Do table minimums change at various times of day?
4) What are "table maximums"?
5) Can I ever make a bet that exceeds the table maximum?
6) What does "check change" mean?
7) What does "coloring out" mean?
8) What is a "pit boss"?
9) What does "card counting" mean?
10) How can I learn to card count?
11) What will happen to me if I'm caught card counting?
12) How does casino security know what I am doing?
13) What is a "marker"?
14) What does it mean to "get rated" in a casino?
15) What are "comps"?
16) When is the best time to find the lowest stakes tables in a casino?
17) How does the casino make money with poker games?
18) What is the "vig"?
19) When should I tip the dealer and does he get the tip?
**** The Video Clip above answers all the questions ****

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Nevada State Gaming Rules

The minimum age for gambling in Nevada is 21 and the law is strictly enforced. Casinos can be fined heavily by the state or have their license revoked for allowing anyone under 21 to gamble or loiter in gaming areas.

Adults cannot play slot machines with kids looking over their shoulder, nor can they park infants in strollers besides slot machines or gaming tables.

Security guards will inform violators of the state law one time and escort them from the premises for repeatedly ignoring warnings.

If you win a jackpot of $1,200 or more in any Las Vegas casino, the casino will ask to see your social security card and have you fill out a W2G form for the IRS.

Responsible Gaming

Under 21 in Las VegasThis website encourages you to play responsibly by betting within your limits and by recognizing that over time the house will come out ahead.

To view a full copy of the American Gaming Association Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming, visit the AGA website at www.americangaming.org.

If you wish to view the AGA’s win-loss brochure, “The Guide to House Advantage”, visit www.americangaming.org

Copies of the brochure “When the Fun Stops – Understanding Compulsive Gambling” are available at most Casino Cages, and Players Club Desk.

Warning Signs of Problem Gaming:

If you feel you need help, please call the following 24-hour confidential national hotline:

Nevada Council on Problem Gambling 1-800-522-4700

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Las Vegas Gambling Phrases and the meaning

All in - When a player bets all of his or her chips.
Comps - Free complimentary rooms, buffet passes, show tickets, and so on, given to frequent gamblers.
House Edge - The statistical advantage that the casino maintains over the player.
One-armed bandit - A slot machine.
Pit Boss - A table games supervisor on the casino floor.
Cage - Where casino cashiers exchange chips for money.
High Roller - A gambler who wagers large amounts of money.
Eye in the sky - A casino’s high-tech camera surveillance network.
Let it ride - To roll over your winnings into another bet.

Loose slots - Slot machines with above-average pay outs.
Tapped out - Broke, out of money.

Toke - A tip or gratuity (short for “token”).
RFB - Room, food, and beverage comps.

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Learn to play casino games

Learn to play casino games by clicking on the links below. Each link tells you a little about the game, the rules and gives you an online video on the game in action. Hope you enjoy them.

Learn to playBlackjack

Learn to play Roulette

Learn to play Craps

Learn to play Slots

Learn to play Keno

How to Play Baccarat

How to Play Texas Hold Em

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Hand-held gambling in Las Vegas

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Don't bring your cell phone to the race and sports books. They are prohibited.

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