Cheating at craps is a bad idea for multiple reasons. We don’t encourage anyone to cheat. But some people might have legitimate reasons for wanting to learn how others cheat at craps, so we’ve included this page about various cheating methods and techniques. You can also see our cheating pages for video poker or slots here.
The first reason for not cheating at craps is simple enough. You should find a way to earn an honest living. Selling your integrity for casino winnings is a losing proposition, so just don’t do it.
Another, more practical, reason not to cheat at craps is that it’s illegal. We’re assuming that you’re playing casino craps when we say this. If you’re playing street craps or in a bar somewhere, just playing is illegal, but if you get caught cheating in that kind of game, you’d probably be better off getting busted for cheating in a casino. Spending some time in jail and paying restitution to a casino are both better than getting shot in the kneecaps by one of your “gambling buddies”.
The most obvious way of cheating at craps would be to introduce some kind of loaded dice into the game. Casinos are pretty hip to this trick, though, and they require that the dice be in view the entire time you’re holding them.
Some sleight-of-hand experts might be able to switch a loaded pair of dice with the casino’s dice and affect the game’s outcome, but he’d have to pretty talented and skilled at sleight-of-hand. There’s not much margin of error here, either, because if you screw up and get caught, the casino will prosecute.
Past posting is one way some players try to get an edge over casinos. The phrase means placing a bet after knowing the outcome of the game. (It’s also called “late betting.”)
It’s obvious how this would benefit you. Suppose you bet $10 on the pass line, but you’re watching closely, and you add another $10 chip after you know you’ve won. Clearly, you’ll win more money with a 100% chance of winning.
The problem is that a craps table has lots of people working, and many of them are there specifically to watch you and make sure that you don’t try any kind of past posting tricks. If you get caught trying this, you’re going to face a stern warning and a lot of embarrassment at the least, but you’re more likely to face expulsion from the casino and prosecution.
Casinos have no patience for cheaters.
What if you could throw the dice with such skill that you could affect the outcome of the roll? Would that constitute cheating?
Strictly speaking, it would not constitute cheating, because you haven’t modified any betting amounts or equipment. You’re just playing with a lot of skill.
We’ve seen people describe this type of skilled dice throwing as making craps into a game of skill similar to darts. We’re skeptical about some of the claims that we’ve seen, but we’re also intrigued by the possibility that someone could affect a roll’s outcome.
If you’re interested in learning more about dice control and dice setting, you can buy any number of books and videos with instructions about how to hold and throw the dice.
Michael Shackleford, a gambling math expert, has expressed some interest in dice setting because his friend Stanford Wong went to a seminar on the technique and gave it credence. Wong is one of the better-known advantage gamblers and card counters in the business. On Shackleford’s page on the subject, he mentions Frank Scoblete as well, and we’ve read one of Scoblete’s books on the subject. (We have not tried his techniques or even practiced.)
If you’re still not convinced that cheating is a bad idea, we’ll relate one story about a well-known alleged craps cheat. Quinton Carter, who played safety for the Denver Broncos, was charged with three felonies. Apparently he was trying to increase his winnings by past posting.
The court dropped its charges against Carter, but part of the agreement included his forfeiture of his $1000 bond.
Guess how much money Carter was allegedly adding to his bets?
$5 at a time.
Vegas casinos, even small ones like the Texas Station, take cheating seriously. So should you.