See also:game of dice (called Craps in
See also:America), once very popular in England and played for large stakes at the famous rooms of
See also:Crockford (St
See also:James's Street,
See also:London) and Almack (
See also:Pall Mall, London), . The player or " caster " calls a "
See also:main " (that is, any number from five to nine inclusive) . He then throws with two dice . If he " throws in," or " nicks," he wins the sum played for from the banker or " setter." Five is a nick to five, six and twelve are nicks to six, seven and eleven to seven, eight and twelve to eight and nine to nine . If the caster " throws out " by throwing aces, or deuce-ace (called crabs or craps), he loses . When the main is five or nihe the caster throws out with 11 or 12; when the main is six or eight he throws out with 11; when the main is seven he throws out with 12 . If the caster neither nicks nor throws out, the number thrown is his "
See also:chance," and he keeps on throwing till either the chance comes up, when he wins, or till the main conies up, when he loses . When a chance is thrown the " odds " for or against the chance are laid by the setter to the amount of the
See also:original stake . Seven is the best main for the caster to
See also:call, as it can be thrown in six different ways out of the
See also:thirty-six casts which are possible with dice . Supposing seven to be the main; then the caster wins if he throws 7 or II; he loses if he throws crabs or 12 . If he throws any other number, 4 for example, that is his chance . The odds 'against him are two to one, as 7 can be thrown in six ways, but 4 only in three; hence six to three, or two to one, are the correct odds, and if the original stake was £1, the setter now
See also:lays £2 to £I in addition .
It is useful to remember that 2 and 12 can be thrown in one way; 3 and II in two ways; 4 and to in three ways; 5 and 9 in four ways; 6 and 8 in five ways . The odds against the caster are thus given by
See also:Hoyle: If 7 is the main and 4 the chance, two to one; 6 and 4, five to three; 5 and 4, four to three; 7 and 9, three to two; 7 and 6, six and five; 7 and 5, three to two; 6 and 5, five to four; 8 and 5, five to four, &c .
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