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The best and worst bets at craps

17 August 2019

By John Marchel
If you expect to beat the house at casino craps, you need to know which are the best bets you can make and which ones to avoid. With over 100 different bets available, you need to have a good knowledge of which are which.

Don’t forget craps is a losing game for the player in the long run. However, you can turn the tables by making the right kind of bets and then take your winnings and leave. Keep in mind that the longer you stay, the more the house edge will get to your bankroll. Try these six simple tips and you will stand a better chance against the house.

1. You need to add odds to the pass line or don’t pass, the come, and the don’t come spots. Those are considered the best bets in the entire house. Always make them.

2. Always place the 6 and 8 instead of betting on the Big 6 and Big 8. The house will only pay you even money on the Big 6 and 8, but they will pay you $7 for $6 when you place the same numbers. The Big 6 and 8 is such a bad bet Atlantic City casinos are not allowed to offer it, by direction of the state gaming commission.

3. Stay away from field bets. These one-roll bets have a high house edge of 5.55%.

4. Only play craps in casinos that offer double or better odds. With single odds the house will have an 0.8% edge over you. With double odds, the house edge will be further reduced to 0.6%. This means over the long haul you can expect to lose only 60¢ for every $100 wagered instead of 80¢.

5. Like most other casinos, streaks in craps will happen. Shooters will start to make numbers and hold the dice for lots of rolls. You need to be alert and take advantage when that starts to happen. That is the time to increase the size of your bets, not when shooters throw two rolls and then seven out.

6. Remember, every hand will end in a seven-out. If you insist on leaving your bets on the table until the seven-out and relying on the length of the hand to make you a winner, you’ll end up with a session loss. The only way to be a long-term winner is to make smart bets, win some, take down the wins and start over again.

BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• William Lee Bergstrom walked into the Horseshoe casino in Las Vegas in September 1980 and asked if he could place a $1 million bet. He returned a little later with a suitcase containing $777,000. The case was taken to the craps table and placed on the Don’t Pass line. The woman holding the dice seven-out in three throws and he left with over $1.5 million.

• To be able to shoot or throw the dice at craps, a player must have a pass line or don’t pass wager on the table. He/she cannot have a place bet or proposition bet solely and be entitled to throw the dice.

• The dice game, craps was first introduced to the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco in 1949, 93 years after the casino first opened.

• When Benny Binion opened the Horseshoe in 1951, in downtown Las Vegas he set the craps limit at $500 which was 10 times the maximum of any other casino in town.

• The stick used by the dealer to move the dice around the craps table is known as a “whip.”

• When it comes to dice sticks, (whips) the wooden stick the stickman uses at the craps table, they come in various sizes; 24”, 30”, 36”, 42”, 48”, and there are even some 52” sticks.

• Prior to the Middle Ages, Arabs played a game using small numbered cubes called “Azzahr” meaning “the die.” Historians believe the casino game of craps can trace its origin to that Arab game.

• The plain, unmarked outer edge of a craps table layout (beyond the pass line) is called the “apron.”

• Pappy Smith, owner of Harold’s Club in Reno, said that “Little Phil” could stand 5 feet away from the craps table and throw the number he wanted two out of three times. It turned out that Phil didn’t bounce the dice but would slide them against the backboard with the same number up. This is no longer allowed.

• In November 1944, an investigation determined that a craps dealer at the Lucky Club in Reno, Nevada had switched dice during a game. When customers accused the dealer of cheating, he pulled a gun and threatened to shoot them. On 6 June 1944, the club’s license was revoked.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

 

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel

John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel