Be smart, play smart, and learn how to play craps the right way!
In my other article,Winning Systems, I address the fact that there’s no such thing as a long-term craps “winning system” for the player. It’s a mathematical fact that a player cannot gain an advantage over the house using any combination of bets or bet amounts. Period. Yet I see book after book and article after article explaining a wide variety of systems that so-called “craps pros” use to consistently beat the house. It irritates me knowing that the gambling world recognizes some of these authors as craps “experts.” It irritates me when I read something from a well-respected so-called craps expert who, in reality, spreads false hope instead of fact. It irritates me knowing the Industry acknowledges and flaunts these people as skilled and knowledgeable players. It irritates me knowing the Industry acknowledges and assimilates most of what I’ve written and talked about here. It irritates me knowing the reader either doesn’t care about the game or, worse, bought into the hype. It irritates me knowing the reader pitifully writes something like, “Well, if the free Hardway bet doesn’t work, then it’s all a bunch of noise.” It irritates me knowing the reader believes me when I write, “You can’t overcome the house edge until the point spread is moved.” It irritates me knowing the reader believed me when I wrote, “The softer numbers will win more often than the hard numbers.”
My attitude toward bets varies from the aboveirts to the downright dislike of the subject. To me, the only form of gambling that should be encouraged is sports betting. I truly have no idea how it became popular, but it makes me laugh when I think about it. “Sports betting” as it is presented now has more than tripled in the last five years, yet the vast majority of those efforts are failed one way or another. The books are still strong and money/value is still too high for the majority of sports bettors.
In craps and dice games (or, pokerace99 games), there is a way that the player can bet against the house. That bet can take many forms (5, 6, 8, 9, and, 10) and the payouts differ widely depending on the number of players taken into consideration and the point being bet. (5% or 30%, etc.) The Vegas strip and Atlantic City are disgustingly similar in that the highest prices get paid on the biggest bets.
The difference is that the odds in Vegas are on the player, not on the game. That pays for a lot of what you don’t bet.
So, my advice is to look for a bet that has a higher payout percentage than you might expect, find a book that pays it, and then do the math. You’ll need to know the odds because, when you start out betting, you have no way of knowing how many ways you can bet (i.e., how many times you can bet “the pass” or how many times you can bet “the don’t pass.”) That’s the good news. The bad news is that there are no odds on a bet until it’s actually been placed. Odds and payoff are usually dependent on how many ways you can bet, not on how many bets you can make. So, to bet the pass, you need a 7 to 1 payout whereas a 10 to 1 payout is required to bet the don’t pass. That’s a big difference. So, to get the best odds for a bet, look for the bet with the best payout percentage.
The reason for betting the pass in craps is simple. You can bet with a minimum, so you only need a pass line bet to get a bet on the come, and a come bet to get a place bet on the easy going. The come bet is where it’s at. If the person rolling the dice believes the point is going to be rolled before a 7, you can stop betting, but the seven will still come. Regardless of whether the seven comes first or not, you just lost your money and probably much, much more.
The come bet in craps is where it’s at. You can bet with a minimum, so you only need a come bet on the come to get a bet on the easy going. A come bet is where it’s at. You can bet with a minimum, so you only need a come bet on the come to get a bet on the easy going. The come bet is where it’s at. Even if the seven rolls, you’ll still win if the shooter rolls a 2, 3, or 12.