Craps appears to the novice to be a complicated game but it’s easy to get a handle on. Once you do, you’ll find that there are many ways to play it. Want to go for a ‘big killing’ against disadvantageous odds? You can do that. Want to make some smart plays with a low house edge? You can do that too. Want to mix it up and do a little of both? The strategy for craps is easy to tailor to your own personal betting style.
One other important consideration is where to play craps. Whether you’re playing at an online casino or a land based property not all craps games are created equal. You want to find a table minimum that works for your bankroll along with other rules advantageous to the player. In this article, we’ll list a few of the best places to play craps in Las Vegas. For an online player, it will help you get an idea of what sort of craps rules variations you should be looking for at Internet based casinos.
BEST LAS VEGAS CASINOS FOR CRAPS PLAYERS
Generally speaking, there’s a similar concept for finding the most player friendly casinos no matter what your game. There’s usually an inverse relationship between low limits and player friendly rules and proximity to the Las Vegas Strip. The major Strip casinos have no trouble attracting players to their property with their name and amenities. A casino halfway up Boulder Highway doesn’t have this luxury. Furthermore, the casinos away from the Strip rely more on the locals market–and that market is on balance more discerning about the intricacies of payback percentages, minimums and other player advantages.
We’ll organize our list accordingly giving you the best places to play craps on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown and elsewhere in the city. One final disclaimer–casinos have a tendency to change rules, limits and marketing strategies on a whim:
LAS VEGAS STRIP
Like we noted previously, you’re not going to have as easy of a time finding low limits and favorable rules on The Strip as you are elsewhere in the city. For years, the nondescript Casino Royale was one of the most ‘player friendly’ properties on the Strip for a number of table games. It’s still a decent place to play with relatively low minimums ($5 minimums aren’t uncommon) but the most player friendly rules are now found at The Cromwell–formerly Bill’s Gambling Hall and before that the Barbary Coast. The Cromwell is the only Strip property to offer 100X odds on craps. Most Strip properties offer odds well below 10X. The minimum bet at The Cromwell can drop to $5 during the day but more typically will be $10 or $15 and particularly at night.
As far as other low minimum crap games on the Strip your best bet is to head North or South. The Sahara (formerly the SLS) reportedly has $5 craps though $10 is more common at night. South of Tropicana, you can check out the Excalibur or Luxor. As is usually the case, you’re more likely to find low limits during the day.
DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS
Downtown Las Vegas will usually have lower limits and generally more player friendly rules. Most of the downtown properties offer 10X odds though Main Street Station has 20X odds. You’ll find $5 minimums at most of the Fremont Street properties with some including the Plaza and the Four Queens offering $5 minimums at night. The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate offer $5 minimums during the day and weeknights but increase to $10 on weekend nights. The Golden Nugget offers $10 day minimums with $15 nighttime minimums.
ELSEWHERE IN LAS VEGAS
You’ll find even more low limits on the Boulder Highway and at other offstrip properties like Santa Fe Station and the Suncoast. Right now, the lowest minimum in town (and possibly the world) can be found at Jokers Wild which is just off the Boulder Highway in Henderson. You can find $2 craps at Jerry’s Nugget in North Las Vegas and $3 games at the Fiesta on Rancho and Henderson, the Eastside Cannery and Sam’s Town.
Sam’s Town also has the best odds on Boulder Highway–20X odds. Most of the other ‘offstrip’ properties offer 10X odds though a few have gone to 5X or lower.