Street Craps Rules

The phrase "street craps rules" is almost an oxymoron. The game is played in back alleys, back rooms and schoolyards around the world. Dating back to the early 1900s, the dice-throwing game is an illegal form of gambling. During the hardest times in United States history, the 1930s, the game flourished along the streets of large cities, including Chicago and New York. The poorest people placed their bets in the hope of making a few dollars more for the week. Mainly, they just lost their grim earnings and went hungry for the week, but a few made a living running and playing the game. Street craps remains illegal in modern times. Those who organize the games can actually be charged with racketeering. Before taking up a friendly game in your home, be sure the shades are drawn and the lights are low. Only invite those you know for sure are not stool pigeons or snitches.

  1. Dice. Street craps rules call for two regular game dice be used. Some sneaky organizers use loaded or trick dice to assure the bet placers lose.
  2. Betting. All bets must be placed when the dice are in the hand of the shooter. Street craps rules are mostly enforced when it comes to betting as it is the key to money changing hands.
  3. Pass. In street craps rules, a bet is placed as a "pass" when the shooter believes the sum total of the dice will be seven or eleven. If the dice hit these numbers, the bettor wins.
  4. Don't pass. Street craps rules include a "don't pass" betting option just like in a casino. This is when the bet placer thinks a two, three or twelve will be the total of the dice.
  5. Points. In street craps, if the sum of the two dice is four, five, six, eight, nine or ten, it makes a point. These points act as carry over bets for the next round.
  6. Shooter. There is only one shooter at any given time. In street craps, the shooter is the person throwing the dice. The shooter can bet or pass.
  7. Fingers. According to the rules of street craps, all fingers must be kept clear of the shooting area. This goes for feet and other body parts as well.
  8. Player additions. There is no limit on the number of players in street craps. Players may be added between any throw that does not include previous points.
  9. Bounce. Street craps rules require that the dice bounce off a wall or other back stop. If the dice do not bounce, the throw is no good and must be redone.
  10. Run. Possibly the most important street craps rule is to run if the police show up. Illegal gambling is not smiled on by local authorities.
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