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Discussion in 'Advanced Craps' started by Tal (Practice Craps Table), Jul 30, 2011.

  1. Tal (Practice Craps Table), Jul 30, 2011

    Tal (Practice Craps Table)

    Tal (Practice Craps Table) Member

    Jul 30, 2011
    What do you think makes the best type of felt layout to simulate a casino craps tables? Daily I'm asked what type of underlayment I'm using and I'm curious what other people have had success using.
  2. siik2nr, Sep 29, 2011


    siik2nr Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Billiard felt.
  3. eagledice, Sep 29, 2011


    eagledice Member

    May 30, 2011

    I am in the process of changing my practice rig for the first time. This past May I was in Las Vegas and stopped at Spinetti's Gambling store ( http://www.spinettisgaming.com/ ) and purchased craps table felt and underlayment.

    I purchased 2 different colors of felt ( green and red ), both of which were around 5' x 5" and the underlayment which cost me around $50.00.

    Since I was there, ended up spending another $50 on a Las Vegas Mob Book and a new Craps layout for the table between the tossing and receiving stations.

    This is not an endorsement, but if you get a chance and head over there, a couple of great guys who are very helpful and lots of real neat gambling items ponder over.

    As a side note I am a big fan of the History Channel Show, Pawn Stars, and Spinettis is just a few blocks away. Its a great way to kill a few hours away from the casino heading over to both places. If you are familiar with Las Vegas Blvd they both are about 5-8 blocks from Fremont Street towards the Strip.

    Now, my game plan is to replace the green felt on my receiving station with the new green table felt. Once I remove the orginial felt and fit the new stuff, before I seal it I want to make sure that its the same "bounce" that I now have ( relativily hard ). I'm not sure if I need to place any underlayment. We shall see.

    Now here is the tough part. I am going to cut out a piece of BeadBoard that will slide on top of the current rig. On that slide in version I am going to install the underlayment and the red felt, which will give me the bouncy table for practice. The current tough part is cutting the board, as I have no problem acknowledging that I am not a carpenter. Thats were the Brother-in-law comes into to play. This way I can just slide in the "red table top" if the casinos that I am plannig to visit are bouncy.

    Wow Tal, this sure is an off tangent answer to your question.

  4. siik2nr, Sep 29, 2011


    siik2nr Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    That felt is not official craps table felt. Dominator himself stated to use billiard felt or get the real craps felt layout for practice rigs. Beadboard and underlayment is not going to be realistic. Get the synthetic material if you want the bouncy surface. It's pricey but it's the real deal.
  5. $nakeEye$, Sep 29, 2011


    $nakeEye$ Member

    Mar 13, 2011
    Parsippany NJ
    Eagledice -

    Reading what you are trying to do - it sounds as if you are trying to build 1 receiving station with 2 different bounce characteristics -

    One hard and the other bouncy -

    Someone on a different forum once told me that your practice rig should emulate / simulate actual casino conditions -

    He also stated that 1" thick furniture grade plywood should be used -

    Now , here's something very interesting that you want to consider doing -

    The Home Depot, Lowe's and most any decent local lumber yard would sell you a 4' x 8' sheet of 1/2 " premium grade plywood for in the neighborhood of $50 - $75 depending upon the species of the top coat of wood -

    As you are covering your wood with felt - purchase the cheapest species - but make sure it is quality hardwood ply - not the stuff you use a roof or floor underlayment -

    Have them split the 4x8 sheet into 2 4x4 sheets -

    Glue laminate the 2 1/2" thick sheets together to form 1 4' x4' x 1" thick board / sheet -

    Cover 1 side with the " Hard " surface material - cover the other with the " Bouncy " synthetic material -

    This is your 2 sided table -

    Have your straight and curved " Back Wall " built as a seperate stand-alone unit -

    You can then turn your " Table " over to reveal the hard or bouncy surface -

    Then position your " Back Wall " on the top of your layout -

    You have a 4' x 4' landing area which is an ideal size as most craps tables are 42" wide on the inside -

    I think that you were going to use the tambour board as your curved back wall - if so that will work - as it also gets covered -

    This with the pyramid rubber material !

    P.S. -

    Next time is a casino -

    Check out the difference in the underlayment material of the Black Jack tables versus the craps tables -

    Craps tables are firm / hard - BJ tables cushiony / bouncy / springy !