Strategy: 1, 2 Punch
This Learn to Play Craps
craps strategy known as the
1, 2 Punch.
Craps is unique among casino games. It is the only game in
the casino where the house gives the player the dice and says, “Here,
if you can.”
Craps can be divided into two
separate games. There’s the
mathematical game based on the probabilities inherent in two six-sided
there’s the physical
people roll the dice.
If you are a novice craps player and you look at the layout,
it can be baffling – squiggles, designs, numbers, symbols. Checking out
action at a craps table can be frightening – it’s a game with its own
and extensive language; it own rigorously imposed customs and
And a gazillion bets, mostly bad.
Yet, stripped of its makeup, language and dress, craps is
plain and simple.
The shooter places a bet on the Pass Line
and is given the
dice; this is called the “come-out” roll. He wants to roll a 7 or 11,
winners; avoid the 2, 3, or 12, instant losers, or establish a “point,”
is, one of the following: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.
establishes a point, he
must hit that point before he rolls a 7 in order to win. If he rolls a
he rolls his point, he – and everyone who bet on the Pass Line – loses.
Add to the Pass Line bet the Come bet, which is made after the point is
established, and follows the exact same rules as the Pass Line bet, and
you have the two best bets of the game.
Yes, you can complicate craps strategy by throwing in the Don’t
options but we won’t as only a tiny minority of despised players
approach the game from this angle.
Pass and Come bets are good craps strategy as the house has an
approximately 1.4 percent edge on each. What does such an edge mean?
Simply that for every $100 wagered on the Pass or Come, your long run
expectation will be a loss of $1.40. Not too bad.
That edge can be further reduced by using the craps strategy of taking
“odds” on the point.
The odds is a bet
that can be equal to
or more than the amount you have on the Pass or Come. If you are
and the casino where you are playing allows double odds, you can place
odds behind your Pass or Come bet. The house pays this bet off at “true
and therefore has no edge on the bet.
Making that Pass Line and Come bets and backing them with
odds gives you a solid mathematical approach and is good craps
There are also
some other good
craps strategy betting options.
You can “Place” the 6 and/or
8 in multiples of $6 and,
win on either, you’ll get paid $7. The house edge on this is a low 1.5
At some casinos, you can “buy” the 4 and/or 10 by paying a
commission of five
percent when the bet wins.
The house edge on a $25 buy bet
is around 1.3
percent. Or you can buy the 5 and 9 and only pay a $1 commission if the
wins. That reduces the house edge to about 1 percent.
of craps contains a controversial area that is just now beginning to
consciousness of some craps players. When the casino hands you the
dice, it has
created a set of rules and a table structure intended to randomize the
You have to hit the back wall where foam rubber pyramids
deflect the dice. The
casino expects that the shooters have no real influence over the dice
leave his hand. Most gaming writers agree that craps is random and that
shooters do not have any influence.
However, I think that
have, through practice and/or extensive play, refined their rolling to
point where they have enough influence over the dice to change a
negative game to a slightly positive game. This concept is called rhythmic
or dice control
and involves setting the dice and
dice in a consistent fashion.
If I am right about rhythmic
rolling then the right one-two
punch of craps becomes clear.
Make the bets with the lowest house edges, Pass and
Learn how to deliver the dice to influence the
outcome in your favor.
Do these two steps and you might just score a craps
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