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Betting Craps Strategy


Betting Craps Strategy

Craps is considered the most exciting game in the casinos, it is said you can find your way blindfolded to a craps table led by the screaming and yelling of the players. Interesting? Definitely! Craps also has some of the best bets with the lowest house edge in casino. There are some bets in craps that players should never make in order to increase their chance of winning. That's why it is very important to know craps strategies and especially the basic craps betting strategy.

Craps Odds

Before we can start with the winning craps betting strategy it is essential to understand the craps odds. It is very important to learn the probability of rolling any particular number in order to understand passline bet and odds bet that are very important for craps strategy.

Number Ways to Roll Probability How to Roll
2 1 35 to 1
3 2 17 to 1
4 3 11 to 1
or or
5 4 8 to 1
or or or
6 5 6.2 to 1
or or or or
7 6 5 to 1
or or or or or
8 5 6.2 to 1
or or or or
9 4 8 to 1
or or or
10 3 11 to 1
or or
11 2 17 to 1
12 1 35 to 1

You can see from the chart that are are more ways to roll 7 than any other number in craps. It is also obvious that there are four ways to throw craps (2,3,12) and eight ways to throw winner (7,11). That means that players have advantage on come out roll. This is compensated after the point number is thrown as it is the casino who has the edge. It is important to remember the chart as it is used in basic craps strategy.

Recommended Craps Betting Strategy

According to house edge, below are the recommended bets for craps according to the basic craps strategy. Bet according to this craps betting strategy to keep house edge as low as possible and increase your chance of winning. This winning craps betting strategy increases your chances beat the casino in short term. As there is always casino edge, no matter which one of craps strategies you use, in long term casino always wins. Therefore it is important to look for the short term opportunities and increase your bets when you are winning and stop playing when you are not lucky.

  • Passline bet - this is the basic bet in craps and according to basic craps strategy and the odds above, this bet should be always made on the come out roll. After you place your bet, if the next shooter either rolls 7 or 11, then you win the game or if he rolls 2, 3 or 12 then you lose the game.
  • Odds bet - another type of bet where a player can make an additional bet besides Passline bet, most of land-based casinos provide double odds to their players. Some online casinos provide as high odds bet as 6x. You can make this bet after shooter has established his point. Casinos pay correct odds on this bet so there is no casino advantage. This is the best bet you can make in casino and is very important in craps strategies.

    Odds Bet Correct Odds
    Point Odds
    6,8 6 to 5
    5,9 3 to 2
    4,10 2 to 1
  • Come bet - is basically delayed passline bet. You can place this bet when the shooter is trying to repeat his point number. If the shooter then throws 7 or 11 you win (if you have pass-line bet with odds you lose that bet). If 2,3 or 12 are thrown you lose the come bet. If the next roll is point number your bet will be moved to the numbered box corresponding to the point number that was just thrown. You can (and according to craps strategy should) then place odds bet in addition to your come-bet and this way you have two bets waiting for different point number to be thrown before the shooter sevens out. This way you can have more bets "working". But of course if the shooter throws 7 you lose all these bets.

Come bet with odds
come bets on all point numbers with double odds bet (supplement bet)

These are all the bets you should make when playing craps and trying to keep the house edge as low as possible with basic craps strategy. You shouldn't make any other bets (unless you play in craps tournaments or the table is really hot) according to craps betting strategy. As you noticed you have to wait for the point number to be thrown before your bet can be moved to the corresponding box and the odds bet can be placed. Other bets give you opportunity to place the bet on any point number anytime but you have to pay for this - and that is the higher casino advantage these bets have because casino doesn't pay correct odds on these bets. For illustration purposes here are some of the house edge percentages for the bets you should never make when playing according to basic craps betting strategy..

Don's pass line bets and don't come bets are opposite to pass line and come bets. These bets with the addition of odds bet have even (slightly) lower house edge than pass line and come bets, and can be also used in basic craps strategy. However majority of people place bets on pass line and come field. And for maximum fun at the table is recommended to place pass line and come bets.

The house edge percent for some of the craps bets are as follows:

House Edge Percentages for Some Craps Bets
Bet Point Odds Payout Odds Casino Advantage
Passline with Odds Bet 6,8 6 to 5 6 to 5 0.85% single odds
0.63% double odds
0.5% triple odds
5,9 3 to 2 3 to 2
4,10 2 to 1 2 to 1
Place Bet 6,8 6 to 5 6 to 5 1.5%
5,9 3 to 2 3 to 2 4%
4,10 2 to 1 2 to 1 6.7%
Any 7 7 5 to 1 4 to 1 16.7%
Any Craps 2,3,12 8 to 1 7 to 1 11.1%
2 or 12 2,12 35 to 1 30 to 1 13.9%
Hard 6 or 8 6,8 10 to 1 9 to 1 9.1%
Hard 4 or 10 4, 10 8 to 1 7 to 1 11.1%
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Best Craps Strategy Books
No-Nonsense Craps - short book full of useful information
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Forever Craps - book contains useful craps strategies and some great stories
- not only the basic craps strategies but also analysis of craps shooters and dice control
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Smarter Bet Guide to Craps - especially good for beginners
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Best Craps Strategy Instructional DVDs
Live From Las Vegas: Craps - everything you need to know to start playing craps and decrease the house edge
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Golden Touch - or Beat Craps by Controlling the Dice
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Essential Craps - or A Guide for Players and Dealers
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