Craps is a popular dice game in which players take a bet on the result of a certain number of dice to roll or a sequence of rolled dice. Usually, players can bet either on a group of dice or on a single die. “Baccarat” is another common game of craps. “Whichever player rolls the highest number of dice” wins the game. Since it only takes small equipment, “smokestone” craps can also be enjoyed in informal situations. The game has been very popular in the United States since its inception; more specifically, in the Deep South and Southwest.
Craps is played by throwing a set of dice, striking the match, and watching for the result. The first to win gets all their money won back. The object of craps is to get as many trees as possible without paying out too much or to losing the game. Winning is dependent upon the result of certain random rolls. The initial roll of the dice can either give an advantage (if the roll is favorable), or disadvantages (if the roll is unfavorable). The game can also be determined according to a certain number of “rerolls”, where the player has to roll the same dice over again, gaining advantage if the result is good.
Although playing craps is not considered an addiction, it can also lead to mental disorders. Craps, like most games, can lead to thoughts of “I can’t win”, “I have to keep rolling the dice”, and so on. These thoughts may keep the person playing continuously, resulting to mental exhaustion and eventual failure. The person losing most of his/her money in craps may become depressed, while losing just a few coins can trigger the person to become obsessed with winning more money. Also, if losing is common in the craps game, then the person may start to see the world in a very different perspective, resulting to loss of self-confidence.
According to research, people who play craps are prone to negative emotions, such as anger, jealousy, hatred, envy, and sadness. They also tend to develop irrational thinking patterns such as the thought that they cannot possibly lose because of the amount of money they are currently carrying. Some also experience anxiety, bitterness, frustration, irritability, and depression during the course of their craps gaming adventures.
Another psychological effect of playing craps game is the formation of an “imposter syndrome”. An imposter syndrome is described as a psychological state whereby one develops a feeling of being an ideal victim that greatly resembles the persona of someone else. This person then attempts to imitate the behavior of the victim and become a victimized individual. It is also believed that people who are suffering from this psychological condition are more susceptible to experiencing devastating losses, which may lead to depression.
Most of these people fail to recognize that their loss is an illusion and that they have the capacity to attain greater heights in life. But since they have the tendency to attach themselves to others and become imitative of people they admire, their own mental world becomes distorted and their self esteem is also negatively affected. Many also attribute their losses to luck. They mistakenly believe that they have been given a favorable turn or that some divine intervention is taking place. They should keep in mind that luck cannot always control the outcome of a craps game and that they need to play their game with proper knowledge, attitude, discipline, and focus.