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"Fun-To-Know: Craps Made Simple!"

An okay tutorial DVD on one of the most popular casino games to play.

Robert Hood

Having talked about and reviewed Poker Made Simple!, I extended my learning of casino games going with this DVD. Popular with casual gamers especially, Craps is the game where you have the highest possible edge in winning. Being a game featured on countless movies and TV shows, I decided to take a chance and see what all the fun is about.

Robert Hood teaches this amazing game, having been working for the casino industry since 1979. He did a great job explaining the staff members standing by the Craps table and their role(s) to the patron/gamer. The presentation then carries on to the spaces players can place bets on, what they mean and how much the bet wins. Most likely, the player will be looking at the PASS and DON'T PASS areas, and on occasion will look at the COME bets. You also learn about the Horn Bets and the World Bets, including the odds the shooter will face in which the occurrences of the number(s) the dice will land on. Yeah, you'll find it's one of the busiest games to ever be played but also giving opportunities to rapidly increase your profits.

Not really a bad presentation, but personally, my attention drifted off as soon as Hood went through the Odds and the PASS Line tutorial. All due respect to his knowledge of the game, but I found it to be too slow and unclear at times. Hood was gracious enough to spell everything out and repeat himself about some of the betting lines and the talking of odds, but perhaps the wonky editing, inconsistent audio levels and the slower-than-a-classroom-professor explanation didn't win me over. Don't think that's a harsh critique, as I've stayed up and watched this entire lecture by Professor Leonard Susskind's Introduction to Quantum Entanglements from Stanford University. It's fair to say that it was the teaching style and the mediocre video editing that threw my concentration off.

Craps Made Simple DVD menu

That brings to the DVD information. The video is in full screen (4:3) format—interlaced—with an MPEG-2 (mpgv) compression (the frame rate at 29.97). The audio is compressed via A52 Audio (ac3) over a 48000 Hz sample rate with 32 bits.

I felt the presentation could've been better, as there were subtle distractions in the background when showing the shot of the Craps table. The lackluster editing made the lesson from Hood seemed hard to listen all the way through. While Hood did a good job, he could've picked up the pace a little bit (repeating his points in the lecture wasn't all bothersome, however). Not sure if it was being comfortable in front of the camera, or not getting ahead of himself, but it was quite messy.

Some folks who have watched and reviewed this DVD got the basics and followed through the tutorial just fine. It is not the case with me. Since I found that the Fun-To-Know website has been shut down for a while now, it is unlikely that suggesting to re-produce this would ever be considered. Nevertheless, you did alright, Mr. Hood and thank you.





  • Decent tutorial teaching the most popular game at casinos.
  • Majority of the basic lines explained, and which ones to play/bet on.
  • A little too dry of a presentation/tutorial.
100% (A+)
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Title Fun-To-Know: Craps Made Simple!
Description Crap Made Simple is an easy to follow interactive DVD. Learn to play the game step by step and have a great chance to win.

Just Pop-in the DVD and let us show you how to
master the rules of Craps and know exactly what
to do when playing the game.

A professional Craps trainer explains in detail and through live demonstrations the rules of the game, from the basic idea of the game to the most advanced rules. You will get to understand the mistakes made by players, and how to interact with other players around the table. Our expert will give you tips that will help you make the right decision while playing the game. With this interactive DVD you will minimize your loses[sic] and will have a greater chance to win. Good Luck!
ISBN / Bar Code number 8 22479 04112 0
Video Format 1.33:1 (4:3) / Full screen
Audio Format Stereo
Disc Count One (1)
Language(s) English
Genre Sports / Special
Subtitles --
Rated Not Rated
Region Region 1 - NTSC
Specification Color
Features [PLAY ALL], [CHAPTERS] {PAGE 1}: Introduction, The Basics, The Dice & Odds, Pass & Don't Pass Bets, Field Bets, Come & Don't Come Bets, Place Bets; {PAGE 2}: Center Bets, Horn Bet, World Bet, Horn High Bet, Hard Way Bets, Strategy, Let's Play
Studio Millenium Interactive, Inc.
Production Millenium Interactive, Inc. / Tapeworm
Company Millenium Interactive, Inc.
Item / Product Number ????
Closed Captioning Yes
DVD Release 2003
Run Time 60 minutes (Menu - 0:58, Play All - 0:57:11. Total DVD time 0:58:09)
Copyright © 2003 DV Pop-ins, inc. U.S.A. All Rights Reserved.
Other Formats ????
Quoted Reviews --
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