Craps Betting and Systems

by Frank Scoblete

Craps Betting, Craps Systems and a recommendation is the discussion for this Learn to Play Craps lesson.
Have you seen these following statements?
“If something that should happen a certain percentage of the time and it hasn’t happened that percentage of the time, it will happen in the future.”
“Win 80 percent of your decisions at craps - guaranteed!”
“Win 99 percent of your betting sequences at craps - guaranteed!”
“Protect your Pass Line bet from the losing on the Come Out - guaranteed!”
Before we explore craps systems, let’s review.

Pass/Come betting with odds is boring for many craps players who just love the action and can’t be bothered with making this two-step process of going up on the Pass and/or Come, waiting for the dice to roll a point number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10), then placing the full odds on the number and hope that number hits before the dreaded 7.
Even the eight times in 36 when they win on a 7 and 11 during Come-Out rolls just isn’t all that exciting to some players.
So, what to do about craps betting?  Players have invented or bought systems to beat the game.
With one exception, see below, all such craps betting systems have failed to be winners. First, let’s establish why Pass/Come and Don’t Pass/Don’t Come with full odds are the absolute best craps betting.
When you bet a Pass or Come bet of “X” and then take “2X” in odds, the casino’s overall edge is a mere 0.61 percent (a little better on the don’t).
Therefore, you should only lose 61 cents for every $100 you bet this way. In a 5X odds game, the casino edge is 0.33 percent, in 10 X odds games, it is 0.18 percent, and in 20X odds games, it is 0.10 percent -- one thin dime for $100 wagered.
That is about the best mathematical contest most players are likely to see in a casino.

Recommended Craps Betting Method

There are exceptions to most rules and this is my recommendation.
The only exception to the above rules (best to bet the Pass/Come with full odds) is a part of craps play I have been exploring for years.
This part has nothing to do with craps betting or hedging systems overcoming the math, but with shooters who are changing the nature of the game due to some physical control of the dice.
These rhythmic rollers or dice controllers have a set pattern to their rolls consisting of a careful setting of the dice and a steady, soft delivery that allows the dice to die when they reach and touch the back wall.
Most players who set the dice are not rhythmic rollers. I’ve seen players who take great care setting their numbers just so -- before winging the dice down the table where they bang the back wall and bounce all over the place. That kind of throw is strictly random and cannot affect the house edge one bit.
It is a method that physically overcomes the house vig by influencing the outcome of your roll. It’s a tough skill to learn and takes a lot of practice. After all, dice control is a skill, not a system.
For just about every player, the tried (Pass/Come with odds) is the true.

The lesson that follows describes in detail those other craps systems – to avoid.
They are rated and discussed with examples of house edge and percentages.
I refer to these craps systems as the ridiculous, superficial and hedging.

Craps Betting is followed by Craps Systems Rated
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