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No, you don’t have to roll the dice if you don’t want to. I remember one of the first times I rolled, I hit the “croupier” (dealer) in the belly and the dice rolled off the table onto the floor….
Take it easy. Take it slow – learn your P’s and Q’s in the early morning, when the casino is quiet. I am not going to kid you, Craps is a complicated game. If you want to start out slow, tell the dealer you are a beginner, and just play the “Pass” Line to begin with. That way, you can pick the game up slowly. My general recommendation is to go with what you feel. If you feel like an eight is imminent, go with it. If you feel the roller will roll a seven at some later point in the game, BET IT!!
Gambling is about going with your heart. There are the ODDS. Yes, those pesky odds. But betting against the odds in just about every game is where the real money is to be made.
The casino definitely has the edge in this game, but it is a game of chance as well as choices. I will not even venture to try to explain to you the game; you will have to research this on your own. However, I must state to you, there is nothing more exciting than hitting a “hot” table, and the joys of reaping the benefits of a “hot” roller. Dare to do it – you will not regret it.