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2. The Good from the Bad Bets

The vast number of bets at the craps table can be confusing. However, the way to come out a craps winner is to stick to bets with low house advantages. These bets have a maximum casino advantage of 1.4%, and are therefore "good bets:"

  • Pass Line
    Payoff Odds - 1 to 1
  • Donít Pass Line
    Payoff Odds - 1 to 1
  • Come
    Payoff Odds - 1 to 1
  • Donít Come
    Payoff Odds - 1 to 1
  • Place Win 6 or 8
    Payoff Odds - 1 to 1

So now take a look at the other odds

Pass Line, Come Odds
2 to 1 on 4 or 10
3 to 2 on 5 or 9
6 to 5 on 6 or 8

Don't Pass Line, Don't Come Odds
1 to 2 on 4 or 10
2 to 3 on 5 or 9
5 to 6 on 6 or 8

Field
1 to 1 on 3,4,9,10, or 11
2 to 1 on 2 or 12

Place Win
9 to 5 on 4 or 10
7 to 5 on 5 or 9
7 to 6 on 6 or 8

Place Lose
5 to 11 on 4 or 10
5 to 8 on 5 or 9
4 to 5 on 6 or 8

Any 7
4 to 1

Any 11
15 to 1

Any Craps
7 to 1

Horn
30 to 1 on 2 or 12
15 to 1 on 3 or 11

Hardway
7 to 1 on 4 or 10
9 to 1 on 6 or 8

The Odds Chart
The chart below is the math behind craps. Notice that 7 is the most likely number to be rolled at any given time.  The last column shows the true odds of rolling the point numbers (4,5,6,8,9,10) before a 7. 

Number Possible combinations
of two dice
Chance of rolling, 
single roll
Odds of rolling before a 7 (after point is established)
2 1-1 1 in 36 n/a
3 1-2  2-1 1 in 18 n/a
4 1-3  2-2  3-1 1 in 12 2 to 1
5 1-4  2-3  3-2  4-1 1 in 9 3 to 2
6 1-5  2-4  3-3  4-2  5-1 1 in 7.2 6 to 5
7 1-6  2-5  3-4  4-3  5-2  6-1 1 in 6 n/a
8 2-6  3-5  4-4  5-3  6-2 1 in 7.2 6 to 5
9 3-6  4-5  5-4  6-3 1 in 9 3 to 2
10 4-6  5-5  6-4 1 in 12 2 to 1
11 5-6  6-5 1 in 18 n/a
12 6-6 1 in 36 n/a


3. Beginner Strategies

Start on the Pass Line
A good beginner strategy is to start with a minimum pass line bet, backed by single odds.

If the bets win, place a new pass line bet with double odds. Keep the amount of your original pass line bet (flat bet) the same, but increase the odds bet.

If those bets win, go for triple odds.

Donít increase your minimum flat bet on the pass line until you are winning. Then only increase it by 50% of your previous wager. If you lose, go back to the minimum flat bet.

Add a Come
Bet When you are comfortable playing the pass line, you can add a minimum come bet with single odds. If you win, double and then triple your come odds.

Donít increase your minimum come bet (flat bet) until you are winning. Then only increase it by 50% of your previous wager. If you lose, go back to the minimum bet.

Donít Pass Line and Donít Come Bets
When you have gained experience by placing pass line and come bets, you can try donít pass line and donít come bets with odds.

Use the same betting strategy: wager the minimum bet with steadily increasing odds. After a win, you can increase your next flat bet by 50%. After a loss, you can wager a minimum flat bet.

Taking Odds vs. Laying Odds
You "take" odds on a pass line or come bet, but "lay" odds on a donít pass line or donít come bet. Laying odds on donít bets means that you have to wager more to win less since donít betters have an advantage once the point has been established.

Place Win on 6 or 8
Although the house advantage is relatively low on this bet, you should really only consider it when you are winning your pass line (or donít pass line) and come (or donít come) bets with odds, and the number 6 or 8 is not already covered by your bets.

Remember easy into craps, get comfortable and have fun.

 


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