Craps Dice

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Craps dice are just like any other dice: six sides, six numbers and each opposite side adds to seven. Dice have a long history of being used around the world. As with any game, craps has cheaters--those who use altered craps dice to gain an advantage. Fortunately, there are ways that you can tell if you are using altered craps dice.

Dice are considered the oldest gambling tool known to man. They have been around for thousands of years. Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire are known to have used dice in games played by pharaohs and soldiers. The Roman Empire used bones, hence the term "roll the bones." Today dice are used in a variety of games from casino to home board games.

There are those who will cheat to win at craps. They will alter a pair of die and slip them into the game. The common types of altered die are loaded and crooked dice. Loaded die are weighted down on one side to increase the odds of a certain number being rolled. Crooked dice will have certain sides rounded out and others left flat. The dice are likely to land on the flat sides for predictable rolls.

How to Check for Altered Craps Dice

There are a couple of ways to ensure that you are playing with clean dice. To check for crooked dice, hold the sides of the two dice together in a methodical order. If a side is rounded it will not match up correctly and the dice will wobble. You can sink a die several times and see how it sinks. If it keeps flipping over and landing on one number, the die is loaded. You can also check for loaded dice by holding the dice by the corners between two fingers with as little pressure as possible. A weighted down side will rollover repeatedly for an easy tell.

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