While none of the craps strategies will give you an edge over the casino, many of them are great starting points to simplify the game and make it much more enjoyable for beginner. These strategies can also help you to avoid the “sucker bets” and focus more on the bets where you have the best odds to win.
Let’s run through one strategy that aims to help you take advantage of the no house edge bets while not getting too confused about what’s going on. If you’re a beginner, you may love reading this strategy walkthrough because it will demonstrate how the game is played and give examples of the bets we talked about earlier. It’s also a great strategy to employ and is touted by many as the optimal way to play craps.
The best way to learn this strategy would be to see an example game step by step. If we were to put into words what we’re looking to do, we’re going to be making a Pass Line bet, taking our odds, and then making come bets until we are established with odds on two additional numbers. If that blew your mind, don’t worry. It will become clearer as we walk through it.
For the sake of this example, let’s pretend we are playing at a craps table with a $5 minimum bet and 3-4-5x odds bets:
- As the shooter gets ready for the Come Out roll, we place our $5 minimum wager on the Pass Line.
- The shooter throws the dice and rolls a 9.
- We take our maximum odds on the pass line bet of 4x by putting $20 right behind our Pass Line bet.
- We place a $5 bet in the Come area.
- The shooter throws the dice and rolls a 4.
- Our Come Bet is slid up to the 4 as that is its “point.” We take our maximum odds on this Come Bet of 3x by putting $15 on the Come Bet. This bet will now win if a 4 is rolled. Our Pass Line bet will win if a 9 is rolled.
- We place another $5 bet into the Come area.
- The shooter throws the dice and rolls an 8. Our Come Bet is slid up to the 8 as that is its “point.” We take our maximum odds on this Come Bet of 5x by putting $25 on the Come Bet. This bet will now win if an 8 is rolled. Our first Come Bet will win if a 4 is rolled.
- Our Pass Line bet will win if a 9 is rolled.
At this point, we basically hang out and hope for the shooter to roll 9s, 4s, and 8s a lot before the 7 is rolled. Some players will continue the Come Bet and maximum odds for other numbers, but having three numbers in play is plenty action.
We have two options for keeping our action going during this roll. These are completely up to your preference.