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Jumbotron Ron
 

So You Want to Beat the Game of Craps

20 March 2011

Many have tried and many have failed to beat the game of craps, but you think you have what it takes to win. Craps is a negative expectation game, meaning due to probability and pay outs your long term expectation is to lose money. There are no combinations of negative bets that turn the game into a positive one. Since you do not have the ability to change the payouts, the only way to beat the game is to change the probability of winning a bet. The only way to do that is to develop a controlled throw that takes the edge away from the casino and gives it to the player. That is a critical first step, but if you truly want to beat the game, you are going to need a little more than that.

1. A good controlled throw. Do not overlook the importance of a good controlled throw because without a probability-altering controlled throw you can't beat the game. As I always say, "Without the shot, you got nothing." Go read a book, watch a video, take a Golden Touch class, practice your butt off, or do whatever you have to do to develop a controlled toss that gives you an edge. Without that there is no need to read any further.

2. A good betting strategy. Even with a great controlled throw, you still need the proper betting strategy to match your unique dice control ability. SmartCraps is a great tool for learning how to bet properly into your edge. In the beginning only make the bets with the lowest house advantage. Even with only a small amount of skill you can turn the low house advantage bets like the Pass/Come with Odds, placing the 6/8, or buying the 4/10 with the vig paid on the win into bets that have a positive advantage for the dice controller. All your bets and presses should be on autopilot. You should know payouts and what moves you are going to make without thinking. All you want to think about is making quality shot after quality shot.

3. A sufficient bankroll. Due to the volatile nature of the game and its high degree of variance, you are going to need a bankroll that is able to handle the roller coaster ride of up and down swings. You are also going to have to size your bets against your bankroll. This is a very important piece of the puzzle that many players overlook when attempting to beat the game. You don't want to sweat the money while playing and you don't want to get wiped out by a couple of bad sessions. Believe me, no matter how good you are or get, bad sessions come with the territory. They are like death and taxes. You need to have a big enough bankroll that you can play to win in the long run and not in the short run. Whatever initial bankroll you start with, the object is to make that money grow and grow.

4. Discipline and self control. It takes a lot of discipline and self control to beat the game of craps. You really have to make a conscious mental effort to minimize mistakes. To beat the game, you have to have the discipline to practice your throw on a regular basis and the self control to avoid all kinds of detrimental behavior. Drinking, playing tired, chasing losses, making high house advantage bets, and not practicing your throw are all not going to cut it if you are serious about beating the casino at their own game.

5. A lil' bit of luck. Dice control is very much a physical endeavor that relies on skill, but we all could use a little luck. I have had many rolls that have produced thousands of dollars and many rolls that have fell short by less than 1/8 of an inch. On the days when things are going your way, the obnoxious woman dangling her hands over the table hits your dice and you hit your point making the whole table winners. On the days when things are not going your way, the slightest lag and it's a double pitch seven and the roll is over. That's how the game goes. I have rolled 40, 50 and 60 roll hands and on all of them, at least once, the dice slipped, hit a chip, or something happened and I got a lil' bit of luck. You need it too, but don't get it twisted, you need skill and just a lil' luck.

So there you have it, if you want to beat the game of craps, I have listed five very important ingredients. Just like any chef and any great recipe, I can't give it to you all because it's flavored to taste. You might want to add a pinch of dedication and a handful of love for the game. That usually gives any recipe a nice flavor.

Just remember you can't make chicken soup without chicken and you can't beat the game of craps without a good controlled throw. So if you are really serious about beating the game, get your butt off the couch, get your hands off the remote and go practice your toss. Don't forget to add all the other ingredients to the recipe but remember it all starts with the throw. When you get so good that the casino has no choice but to give you the tap, you tell 'em Jumbotron Ron sent ya.

Jumbotron Ron
Known as Jumbotron Ron on the East and Nevada Ron on the West, he is a advantage dice controller who spends much of his time in the casinos playing with his team The Hitmen and various advantage players from Golden Touch Craps. Known for legendary rolls on both coast he has also been dubbed "Mr. Lucky" and the "Mayor" of the boardwalk by various casino personnel.
Jumbotron Ron
Known as Jumbotron Ron on the East and Nevada Ron on the West, he is a advantage dice controller who spends much of his time in the casinos playing with his team The Hitmen and various advantage players from Golden Touch Craps. Known for legendary rolls on both coast he has also been dubbed "Mr. Lucky" and the "Mayor" of the boardwalk by various casino personnel.