Craps Tournaments

Craps tournaments are very popular in all parts of the world, whether played in land casinos or online. However Craps tournaments are very different from normal craps games and the following points should be kept in mind.

  • There are free entry tournaments for beginners and high entry fee tournaments for craps professionals, so be clear exactly where you belong.
  • Free entry tournaments have a fixed prize, whereas as in buy-in tournaments the prize consists of the pooled entry fees.
  • Some ‘free’ entry tournaments are not really free hence, it is important to read the fine print.
  • Rules vary from tournament to tournament and could be different from normal craps rules. It is essential to read the rules before registering for the tournament.
  • In craps tournaments you are not playing against the house, but against the other players. You have to win more chips than the other players.
  • Apart from the rules there is other information you should ask for so that you can decide if your time spent is worthwhile. The number of players is important because it indicates your chances of winning.
  • It is also important to know how the prize money will be distributed. Whether the tournament is a winner-take-all affair or few top scorers will share the prize money.
  • Large tournaments usually progress in rounds, with the winners of a round proceeding to the next one. Often after each round, winners get consolation prizes.
  • If you are playing online craps tournaments do check out the credibility of the site. The quality of the game and the safety of the money are both important.
  • Craps tournament skills are different. You have to keep tabs on how much your co-contestants are winning or losing and plan your strategy accordingly.
  • Some tournaments mandate that your chips are in full view of your competitors and can scratch you for hiding your chips.
  • If you are falling behind you will have to make the more aggressive plays by staking larger amounts so that you can catch up.
  • However do not leave the catching up till too late because there is usually an upper limit on how much can be wagered.
  • Another way of catching up is betting on low probability outcomes like low or high totals, which have higher payouts.

Have a good time, socialize and make friends. Craps tournaments are not all about money.