Using my pool table for craps - what are my options?

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  1. Azcraps, Sep 8, 2013

    Azcraps

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    Hello all,

    I'd like to use my pool table for some family craps fun, however I'm unsure as to the best way to go about it. Obviously the felt is not an issue, but I'd like to have some forms of rails. I would be fine with building it myself, or even if a product is available that I can just place on top of the table exists at a reasonable cost (I've only seen ones for over 2k), but so far I haven't been able to find much information on either.

    Does anyone have any advice or resources to help me figure out the best way to go about this?

    I'd like it to be easily removable from the pool table, and not break the bank.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. jkluv7, Sep 9, 2013

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    Perhaps just buy a practice rig where the players can throw in to for the reception of the dice. Run around $140. I bought a beach towel for a friend at A/C last weekend which is the full layout of a craps table. $16. Get some cheap poker chips for around $40 and you are in business for a friends-friendly game.

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  3. basicstrategy777, Sep 9, 2013

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    You could use 1/4 inch plywood, cut to size to fit inside the cushions. You probably only need 3 sides as all will be shooting from one end of the table.

    You can hinge the pieces together or temporarily tape them together. Although a pool table will do, I would suggest getting a layout as it will add significantly to the ambiance and allow people, new to the game, to get familiar with what a craps table looks like.

    You might enjoy this little fact. From my book: " As a point of interest, the earliest craps tables were billiard tables and the layout drawn with chalk on the green felt; movable wooden rails were placed around the perimeter of the table to contain the dice as they were rolled; the rails were quickly removable and the table reverted back to a billiard table in the event of a police raid. We've come a long way baby." This was done in the early 20th century at the time Mr. Winn invented the Don't Pass line and it became known as "The Philadelphia Layout."

    777
     
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  4. Azcraps, Sep 9, 2013

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    Haha, pool table-compatible craps rails is exactly what I need! But I don't think they exist =(

    I was absolutely planning on getting a layout. Can you recommend one?
     
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    You might give my pal AlohaJonny a shout. You'll find him at www.practicerigs.com. You could probably convince him to custom-build some rails for you if you can come up with the measurements. I would recommend you get some additional billiard cloth or a used casino layout to spread over the top of your pool table - the dice will probably cut holes in the fabric of the table otherwise.
     
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