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I recently took inspiration from some posts on here, and decided to build my own portable craps table. My goal was to spend less than 50 bucks and make something lightweight flat (for ease of storage) and that I won't care if I mess up making (first time ever making something like this, or using a routing bit).
So far so good. I've got one more bumper set to make, and they'll soon have a layer of felt on them since it was on sale at the local fabric store for next to nothing.

I have friends over for poker nights and I would like to add craps in to the mix, but my question is: what are the rules that you use for home craps games?
How much are your chip buy ins? How do you pay out if someone ends up ahead?

If anyone is in the north Los Angeles area, I would love to play with you to see how your home games work. I live in Santa Clarita.
 

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I recently took inspiration from some posts on here, and decided to build my own portable craps table. My goal was to spend less than 50 bucks and make something lightweight flat (for ease of storage) and that I won't care if I mess up making (first time ever making something like this, or using a routing bit).
So far so good. I've got one more bumper set to make, and they'll soon have a layer of felt on them since it was on sale at the local fabric store for next to nothing.

I have friends over for poker nights and I would like to add craps in to the mix, but my question is: what are the rules that you use for home craps games?
How much are your chip buy ins? How do you pay out if someone ends up ahead?

If anyone is in the north Los Angeles area, I would love to play with you to see how your home games work. I live in Santa Clarita.
Good luck with the build (and games...)

Craps is usually played house vs. players, so your players would buy(in) whatever amount of chips they want, that cash would go into the house's bank, games would be played, wins would mean additional chips payed from the house to player(s), losses would mean chips added back into the house's bank. At the end of the night, players should expect to be able to cash(out) any/all of their chips, even if the house is "down" for the night...the bank would need to have a pretty hefty bankroll to sponsor a game like that. I'm sure local rules could be put into play (maximum wins/losses, max bet sizes, some sort of combined/pool acting as bank, etc.) but I'd view it as playing blackjack with friends: one dealer, multiple players, and the dealer/bank needs to cover ALL player wins, while pocketing all player losses.

Oh yeah, the other thing? Craps, as described, is quite illegal in Kalifornia. Buyer player beware. ;)
 

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Oh I know how craps is played in a Casino.

I saw a thread on here about a home game someone ran where there wasn't illegal activity but money changed hands between players similar to poker...but if someone ended up ahead they would recalculate the payouts. Sounded cool but when I tried to send them a private message their account was set to not receive messages...so it was no help.

Maybe I'll just stick to free.
 

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Oh I know how craps is played in a Casino.

I saw a thread on here about a home game someone ran where there wasn't illegal activity but money changed hands between players similar to poker...but if someone ended up ahead they would recalculate the payouts. Sounded cool but when I tried to send them a private message their account was set to not receive messages...so it was no help.

Maybe I'll just stick to free.
If you wanted to make it a bit more interesting, but make sure no one gets salty over losing too much, you could run your craps game like a poker tournament. Everyone buys in for a set amount and a set number of chips and you play for a specific amount of time. Whoever has the most chips at the end takes first, next most 2nd, and so on. You could also increase the minimum bet every 15-20 minutes to drive action if needed. Might take a few tries to get the format right but it seems like it would be fun. Otherwise just have one person play as the bank and everyone else plays against that person. Would be a fun side game for people that had busted out of the poker tournament.
 

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I have a game that uses a computer program that runs on a web page. I wrote it.
Mainly it just keeps track of buy ins and bank total.
We play 100/1 buy in. $5 gets you 500 in chips. We play till a certain time. Then everyone cashes in at the same rate.
If the bank total is less that the total payout, it calculates how to pay proportionally based on who had what.
If the bank has extra, it stays till next time and adds to the total bank.

My first table was similar to yours and usually ended up with most people winning.

Later, I made a 12ft table with real green diamond ends. Now it almost always ends with a loosing session for most. Lol

All you need is a few field betters to loose all their money and fund the few that win.

 

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When we've played craps at home it was each person takes turn as the "house" against the field of players. Sometimes it sucked when a player got hot and you had to pay out a bunch but wasn't . We also allowed the "house Player" to set the min/max bet within a scale (for example the he can set min max between 1 and 5)

The only downside to this is all players must almost stay in the game till all players have been the house.
 
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