by Larry Edell

In this *Learn** to Play
Craps *lesson, we learn
about craps
fours tens.

Place bettors seem confident that the best place bet is
the 6 or 8.

This bet pays 7:6, that is when you bet $30,
you'll win $35.

Some people place bet both numbers
together, increasing
their chances of winning, but at
the same time, exposing their money to more risk. If the seven rolls,
you're
out $60 (2 x $30), which means you have to win twice more just to get
ahead.

The seven should roll six times in 36 rolls, and the
combination of the 6 and 8 should roll ten times (five times each). So,
in 36
rolls, you should win 10 times (at $35) and lose six times (at $60).
This turns
out to be a net loss of $10 ($350-$360).

Not too bad,
really, considering all the comps you'll be
getting while you're playing the sixes and eights. But are there any
other
numbers that we can bet on which could provide even a more profitable
win than
the six and eight?

In 36 rolls, the four and ten combination should roll six
times (three each), the same amount as the seven. By betting $25 on
both the
four and ten, you should win six times (6 x $45) and lose six times (6
x $50), resulting
in a net loss of $30 ($270-$300).

However, there are some special circumstances surrounding
these numbers.

The four and ten can be
bought for a 5% commission. In
addition, some casinos only charge this "vig" if you win.

And
finally, that 5% commission is usually only $1 on a $25 bet (instead of
$1.25)
to obtain true odds, or 2:1 (instead of 9:5) for your bets.

This
means that if you buy the four and ten and win either
number, you'll get $50 (at 2:1) instead of $45 (at 9:5).

As previously mentioned, by placing the 6 & 8 you
might
lose $10 in 36 rolls. By buying the 4 & 10, you should win six
times if
either the four or ten hit, at 2:1 odds (6 x $50 = $300). You might
also lose
six times if the seven rolls, losing both of your bets (6 x $50 =
$300),
resulting in an exactly even proposition, not counting the vigs.

If you play in a casino
that only collects the vigs when you
win, you'll only lose $6 in vigs for six wins, which is $4 less than
you'd lose
by placing the six or eight.

And by buying both the four and
ten, you'll get higher
comps, and have a slightly lower risk.

And now an even larger
difference between the 4 & 10 and
the 6 & 8 becomes evident.

If you place the 6
& 8 for $30 each and lose (2 x $30 =
$60), you'll need to win twice more just to get ahead (2 x $35 = $70,
at 7:6).

However, if you buy the 4 & 10 for $25 each and lose
(2
x $25 = $50), you'll need to win just once more (2 x $25 = $50, at 2:1)
to
break even!

More and more
crapshooters are trying this play, especially
in casinos that only charge the vig on winning bets. So, the next time
you think
of placing the 6 and 8, try buying the 4 and 10 instead!

Craps
Fours Tens
is followed by the Ponzer Systems

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Craps Numbers: 5, sometimes referred to as the “fever” by dealers, can be made four different ways with two six-sided dice: 1:4, 4:1, 2:3 and 3:2. When you are betting on the 5, you are a three-to-two underdog since there are six ways to make the 7 and only four ways to make the 5. Six to four is three to two.