Rules and Strategy

craps strategy

There are all sorts of books and video guides out there in that claim in some magical way to teach you infallible strategies for craps. They make all sorts of bold claims just to get you to buy a book or video guide but in reality a lot of these ‘guides’ are just fantasy because in craps the only way to win is by concentrating on your bets and making the right choices surrounding the events in play at the time. In this article we look at some key points regarding strategies in craps.

Rules, rules and more rules

In craps the rules can be a little complicated at times, for example, ensuring the dice are never rolled beyond the playing area or the marking of points in a round etc. You’re required to understand how the point system works; getting a 3, 4, 5, 6 or 10 is desirable because you can place other bets under these circumstances. More importantly a point number obtained before a 7 will win, where as if it comes after it’s a loss so as you can see from just this short paragraph you need to be comfortable with what’s going on at the table in order to get started, and it can be a little confusing with so many variables.

A sound base is key to craps

Practising the bets, the systems of winning and learning the rules on free games are a good way to start. This way, when you come to play for real you will be focused on your game and not the rules but also you will have had a chance to refine your play style in the meantime.

Learning the concepts of probability and chance will give you a clearer idea when it comes to the odds of winning. For example, a follow up bet will earn you a lot of money but there’s a smaller chance that you’ll win if you play just one number for instance. By betting this way you are expecting a specific combination of numbers which is harder to obtain.

Betting effectively against the advantage

Craps is a game of chance, so there’s always the probability that you can lose a lot of money in a short space of time. At this point, there’s no point in betting larger amounts to try and recoup any loses, instead it’s better to always bet a similar amount each time. Note that the house always enjoys an advantage of 5% therefore 5% of your winnings go to them.

As a recommendation you should normally look to be betting about 1/20th of your available bank roll, while a more defensive style would entail limiting yourself to 1/50th of your available bankroll. During the game it’s important to choose your bets carefully and focus on where the casinos advantage is weakest; for example the ‘Don’t Pass’ bet. This bet offers the best chance for a craps player as the casinos advantage here is only 1.36%.

The good, the bad and the obvious

It might sound really obvious to say this but when playing craps, stay calm. Don’t let your emotions get the better of you at the craps table because when playing any game under pressure you inevitably make mistakes and lose unnecessarily. You need to be adaptable too. Having that knowledge allows you to stay calm, thus you will be focused on the game and what betting combinations you can take advantage of at any given time. Finally, the idea of the game is to enjoy yourself while playing. Don’t get caught up in the moment and make silly mistakes that will make the experience a less enjoyable one, play smart and above all have fun.

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