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A Comprehensive Guide to Playing Craps

3 Jun

I started gambling almost as soon as I came out of the womb. At the age of 5, I was betting using Crayola Crayons as currency (the 96 box obviously. Anyone who had less than a 96 box without a crayon sharpener I not only defriended but punched in the face. There were also 128 crayon boxes, but the rich kids who had them were treated with taunts of “Oh did you use Daddy’s money to buy those?). 4th grade brought the era of Pogs, a incoherent and mind-boggingly complicated game in which you would bet using your pogs and slammers. Pogs were actually the most similar of all childhood games to Craps, with its wild swings in chips won and lost. But we’ll get to that. From Pogs came Pokemon and Magic Cards but I’m not going to talk about those here (sorry, nerds). By the end of the 90’s, gambling in the mind of our generation was left to to high rollers and gambling addicts, sitting by the horse races throwing their money away. Then the poker fad swept the nation in the early 2000’s, and suddenly everyone was a compulsive gambler. From poker I moved into blackjack, and on my first Atlantic City trip I played every game except one: Craps. Craps has always been glorified in the movies, with images of well-dressed men surrounded by supermodels cheering as they roll and bathe in money showering from the ceilings. But approach a craps table and you are immediately blinded by an incomprehensible board of squares and numbers. My second trip to AC I was berated upon arrival that I didn’t know how to play craps and was given a crash course in the rules. Thirty minutes into my first game, I was hooked. Every other game you win or lose on your own, while craps brings the entire group together in either agony or defeat. On subsequent trips to Vegas and AC I haven’t even considered playing anything else, and I’m convinced there’s almost no better feeling than being part of heater in craps. Being part of a heater is one of the greatest feelings in life, equivalent to the first time you bang a perfect 10 or seeing the earth from the surface of the moon. So for anyone uninitiated or intimidated by the game of craps, after the jump I’ve put together a guide and some important phrases or words for you to learn.

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Hump Day Links of the Week

1 Jun

Blake Lively: Naked pictures from two years ago were released yesterday.  Two words: Holy shit.  Her publicist has since come out and denied they are real…which after looking at them you can tell she is clearly lying.  Wow.   Barstool Sports (NSFW)  UPDATE (6/2/11): The guy who released them got pissed since everyone was saying they were fake and subsequently released 12 more photos clearly proving they are her. Not sure what the publicist’s next move is here past fleeing into Mexico never to be seen again.  What Would Tyler Durden Do (NSFW)

An 84 Egg Sandwich to start the day.  I feel like I could eat this right now and still be hungover afterward. iBlackedOut

Jessica Fegan is attractive and is Turd Ferguson Blog’s June Model of the Month Turd Ferguson Blog

This site does a weekly “thong battle.”  Why didn’t we think of this first?  Guys Gab

Moving is literally the worst thing in the world.  Pretty good business idea by these guys.  Verdict is out on whether these are legit movers or exclusively serial killers and robbers.  But interesting nonetheless.  MapDispatch

This guy won $15 million playing blackjack in Atlantic City a couple weeks ago.  Part of me thinks this is awesome and the other part is filled with self-loathing at the amount of money I’ve lost over the years in that god forsaken place.  Daily Mail

The cast of Jersey Shore still showing Italians how we roll in America.  And no, in this case this is not a good thing.  Celebribabes

This guy is training for a spartan race, which sounds absolutely terrible.  Reading this makes me upset about the fury and fear I feel when I see the subway elevator is broken.  BroBible

Hedge fund manager John Paulson made $155 a second last year.  So in the time it takes you to take a shit, play a couple rounds of brick breaker on your phone, and wash your hands, this guy most likely made more than your yearly salary.  Who wants to start a hedge fund?  National Skirt Day Capital Management has a nice ring to it.  CNN Money