May 11, 2009

College offers craps course

A Connecticut college is offering a non-credit course for students interested in becoming experts on the complicated dice game craps.

Nino Nistri, 68, who is teaching the course at Manchester Community College, said he has been gambling since the age of 11 and has been instructing people on the rules and language of craps since 2000, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported Monday.

Nistri said the game can be daunting for an observing novice.

People are winning on '7,' losing on '7,' chips are flying, people are yelling and screaming, he said.

The teacher said his class, which begins May 13, will consist of four two-hour sessions and each student will receive a pair of regulation dice, a laminated odds sheet and a copy of Nistri's book on the game, Craps.

Nistri said he considers craps to be the most exciting casino game.

When things are going, you can feel the electricity, he said. It's the best game in the house, in my opinion.