The game of craps has a long history spanning several cultures with roots from the Arab world to Roman times. The version of the game we play today though comes from the English game Hazard which was a hit with taverns in the 17th century.
The game may, to beginners, appear to have a lot of confusing lingo but it’s easy to understand once you know the basic bets like pass and don’t pass and what numbers on the dice get you a win or loss. Betting starts with a dice roll on the come out roll which the shooter wins with a 7 or 11 and loses with a 2, 3 or 12. Any other value takes you to the point round. Every player on the table can bet on one player’s turn to shoot. The dice go around in this fashion as each player chooses whether to roll the dice or not.
Once you have all the bets figured out you can play the game with mastery and improved strategy. However, a beginner is safest going with the pass bet which is easy enough to play.
Macau is known to be one of the premier gambling spots in the world. It is a place where luxury and a touch of class are combined to give you the ultimate holiday. Even if you are visiting just for a couple days, your stay is bound to be lavish. One of the hotels designed for such lavish holidaying is the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel. The hotel was opened in 2007.
The Venetian Macao is located at the Cotai Strip, which is designed to look like Vegas. The 3 km mega hotel also has one of the most exciting casinos to play at in Macau. The sheer floor space of the hotel complex makes it the seventh largest building in the world. In fact, the itself casino is the largest in the world and holds 800 playing tables as well as 3400 slot machines.
The hotel certainly has no shortage of accommodation with its 2,905 suites which go all the way up to the 38th floor starting from the 7th floor. The spacious rooms offer a variety of amenities with the best and top most suite, the Presidente, fashioned as a complete home away from home with 4 bedrooms.
Everyone loves a rags to riches story, and I can’t think of anything more appropriate for that title right now than the success of Yorkshireman John Hesp at last year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP). All poker fans will be familiar with this series of poker tournaments dating back to 1970, with generous prize money and helping to bring public awareness to many of the current big names in the poker world.
Hesp was typically a £10 stake poker player at his local Hull, UK casino, nothing serious. He didn’t have money to burn. Nevertheless John had a lifelong dream of playing in the World Series of Poker and so scrimped and saved until he’d amassed the $10,000 entry fee. He then headed to Vegas to take on 7220 other poker players. What happened yet took the poker world by storm and captured the imagination of poker players around the world.
With his flamboyant dress sense and happy-go-luck ways, Hesp gained fans aplenty as he progressed through the tournament. And progress through the tournament he did! First John made it to the final 500, then 100, and against all odds eventually the final table. Media fascination with his story increased by the day and he found himself sitting at a table where the winner was set to win an astonishing $8,150,000. As it happens John Hesp eventually finished in 4th place winning $2.6 million. The second biggest win ever by a British player.
John has continued with life as usual after his huge win, taking part in only a handful of poker tournaments since. Regardless of how his future poker career goes, one win will likely always stand out for him.