How to Cheat in Craps: Is it Really Worth It?

An unfortunate fact has been present in the gaming world for thousands of years is that players sometimes don't play fair. Cheating is illegal, and is taken extremely seriously by both the establishment and the law, but it is still done. Here, we will cover, for informational purposes only, how to cheat in craps and the methods involved.

The first method that the average craps cheat will employ is loaded dice. There are two primary ways to load a die: by weighting it and by shaping it. A weighted die refers to a one that has been modified to include a small weight stuck on the inside. The weight will affect the pattern of the roll, and increase the odds of whichever face the weight is attached to. In order to prevent this activity, most casinos use transparent options that are impossible to hide a weight in.

The other way to load a die is to modify its shape. A skilled craftsman can modify the shape of a die and increase the odds of a certain side being rolled by making tiny changes in the angles of a die's faces. This is not an easy trick to employ in a casino setting, however; most establishments stay away from those with rounded edges to make it easier to notice if they have been shaped, and they also employ rotations to keep those that have been potentially loaded out of the hands of fraudsters.

Loaded dice are not easy to get inside a casino, and most dealers are able to spot them fairly easily. For those reasons, some cheaters have turned to past posting as a way to win craps dishonorably. Past posting is a sleight of hand trick that involves quickly stacking chips on a bet the instant the rolled dice begin to come to rest. It is very difficult for the dealer to detect this scam, however any overhead surveillance is entirely capable of detecting past posting. Past posting is, contrary to popular belief, as illegal as loaded dice are and offenders can and likely will be seen as having broken the law. This means that knowing how to cheat in craps should only reinforce the fact that it should not be done.