Here is the video that I promised you yesterday.

It is the next installment in our Real Craps Game series. This is part 1 of 2. Part 2 will be available on Thursday, April 11.

If you’ve never been to the Santa Ana Star in New Mexico, come back tomorrow for my review and walkthrough of the Santa Ana Star Hotel Casino.

Out of convenience and familiarity, I tell people that the Santa Ana Star is in Albuquerque, but it’s actually in Bernalillo, which is a suburb about five minutes from Albuquerque. The tribe refers to the area as Santa Ana Pueblo.

For this craps game, I started to vary my style of play a little bit. Instead of the typical RoadGambler low house edge style of play, I make more bets than usual, among other bets that you normally will not see me make.

Sometimes, I’ll spend the extra house edge to entertain the viewer.

Also, notice the difference in the pace of my play.

Let me know if you like this style of play better or the standard RoadGambler methodical style better.


For those of you who do not know, there is currently a weekly contest involving this video.

Part 2 will pick up where Part 1 left off. When Part 2 becomes available, to ensure that Part 2 will start about 30 seconds before part 1 ended. It’s like you are there at the table.

After you watch Part 1, be sure to enter.

Or you can just enter blind. Do you ever really know what the dice are going to do next? Some people purport to know, based on trends.

I have my opinions on this table, but I will save them until after the Weekly Contest concludes. No spoilers.

On an important side note – just as a reminder – if you have not yet posted a comment on this site, your first comment will not appear immediately. Rest assured that it will appear. We have to filter first comments for spam. After we approve your first comments, your subsequent comments will appear instantly. Ah, the spammers.

Good luck!

Posted in: Casino, Craps, Hotel

0 thoughts on “Real Craps Game: Santa Ana Star Hotel Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • Hey RG, I like the pace and even more, I like the view on this video as we are able to see your line bets as well as the end of the table. Do you know what your bankroll was at the end of Part 1? Looking forward to Part 2! I’m hooked, really appreciate your site and videos, please keep them coming!

    • RoadGambler says:

      Hi Ross.

      I’m not sure of the exact amount. There was a lot going on. I was trying to play faster than I normally play, just to keep the pace consistent for the viewer. As you saw, at one point, I even attempted a bet while the dice were in the air, lol.

      Then I was trying to keep notes as to the exact number of the dice for the hops bet contest.

      It was chaos. In a good way, though.

      I appreciate the comments.

      More will come.

  • speed kills your comps. lol

    Actually I like the pace. It’s like being alone on a freeway vs being in bumper to bumper traffic.

    Stepping on the gas and going. No interruptions, no prop betting slowing you down, no mid shot buy-ins.

    Plus, your fortunes are literally in your hands as shooter.

  • Great video. Love that we got to see the whole table. How come you bet $30 on the 5 and 9, when you said it was 5x?

    • RoadGambler says:

      Tracey, I knew this question was coming. I was debating whether to answer it in the video.

      I’m writing a short article about this. But the answer to your question is something called ‘breakage’.

      I’ll have a detailed answer on Monday, if you’re into that kind of thing.

  • Another great Video RG. I do like this view of the table.

    As for the style and pace of play I’ll watch just about anything. FYI, The next time I have a chance, I am trying the RG style. The only mod is I can’t help but play a couple bucks on the Fire / All,tall,small / other high house edge super roll bet. I just think those are fun even though they grind down the bank roll with a quickness.

    • I agree 100% with your dealer comment. Your dealer and the second and third stick were really good. Personable, rooting for the player, makes the game fun to play and fun to watch. The first stick when the dice were cold was a little stiff.

      Too bad about those dealer bets. I was thinking the same thing on that third dealer 7-Out, and then you said it…”I think you’re bad luck”

  • Wow Max, I’m not sure where to start. I admired your old betting style of fewer bets but larger, kinda disciplined. It seemed to work well for you. I’m not sure I would change just because the viewers want to see it. I like being the only player at the table I have had some very nice quick wins. That being said you were going pretty fast, not the same shooting style as you were at the Wild West. I do like fast but focused. When there is no crowd is good time to get on a good roll no one pays any attention. I did like seeing you place the six and eight and having a come bet but when the come bet becomes the six or eight and you win, replace it again with a place bet so its in action unless you are racking up and done making come bets getting ready to bank your wins. The dealers were awesome and I have had that problem for over a year that when I bet for them it is a losing roll so I have been just tipping them straight up after the roll and I may start tipping them before my roll just so they know I appreciate them. Awesome video can’t wait for part 2. You got me hooked dude I never take the time to reply to anything like this good job.
    Thank You

    • RoadGambler says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Ron.

      I agree on everything you said, although sometimes, it’s good to change it up just a little bit. Makes for interesting viewing. After all, there would be no if it was just me.

      You’re going to see some change ups as time goes along, but just to make sure that readers and viewers aren’t confused, I’ll usually bring it back to the typical RoadGambler philosophy of play. I don’t want players to think that I’m endorsing light speed play.

      It’s purely for entertainment purposes.

  • Chaeya Robles says:

    I also like this pace, but at the same time I like your other style also. So switching it up here and there is a good thing. It was nice watching you be the only shooter. It seems all my questions were answered in the other comments, but will say that I like when you put how much you’re betting and winning to keep track with you.

  • RG,
    Love this style of gambling as it matches the way I tend to play craps. Depending on the point either $110 inside or $30 6/8 with a come bet, then use the place bet wins to cap the odds. Pace of play was almost a little to fast, you even tried to make a late bet, At least you didn’t have worry about a “hands high” scenario, HA! It must have been tough for your video editors to keep up with ,
    Keep up the great work!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>