Craps is actually one of the best games in the casino, but you have to stick with the best bets. Unfortunately, there are a bewildering number of wagers available. Some players are so intimidated by this game that they avoid it, which is a shame since the house edge is low, especially on the best bets at the table.
- Attend one of the free casino game classes hosted by the casino
They’ll slowly and carefully explain to you how the game works, and it’s not that complicated at all. You don’t have to spend any money to participate in these free classes, either. Most casinos offer these in the afternoons. Craps isn’t the only game you can learn to play in such a class, but it’s probably the one where a class is most need. That’s because there so many possible bets to make.
- If you’re new to the game, stick with the pass/don’t pass bets
These are bets on whether or not the shooter will succeed. The shooter is the person throwing the dice, and she succeeds when she rolls a 7 or an 11 on the come-out roll. She fails when she rolls a 2, 3, or 12 on the come-out roll. If she rolls any other number, her goal is to roll that total again before rolling a 7. The house edge on these bets is similar, but they don’t pass bet offers slightly better odds. But it can be a lot more fun to root for the shooter to succeed.
- Learn about and place the odds bet
This is a bet that you can add to your pass or don’t pass bet. The maximum you can place on the odds bet is indicated at the table as a multiple of your initial wager. The thing about the odds bet is that it’s one of the only bets in the casino that pays off at its true odds. This reduces the overall house edge for the combined amount of money you have in action on pass/don’t pass and odds combined.
- Always take the most odds you can
The more money you put on the odds bet, the better off you are. Since it lowers the house edge dramatically, you should always maximize it. At some tables, the max might be 3 or 4 times your original bet. But you might find some casinos which allow you to place an odds bet of 100X your initial bet.
- Expand into the come/don’t come bets
These act just like pass/don’t pass bets, but they treat rolls trying to get a point as a new comer-out roll for this purpose. These bets have similar odds (around 1%) to the come/don’t come bet.
- Don’t hedge your bets
This is one of the only drawbacks to attending these casino game classes—the instructors will sometimes recommend that you hedge your bets. This is mathematically a bad idea, all the time. So just don’t do it.
- Avoid complicated bets
All of the bets at the craps table are propositions, but the more complicated the proposition is, the higher the house edge is on that bet. For example, you win a “hard 8” bet when you roll a total of 8 with two 4s. The house edge on this bet is 9.09%.
- Investigate dice control techniques
The idea behind dice setting or dice control is that you’re able to affect the probability of getting a certain result. The house edge on most of the bets at the table is so low that even a slight change in probability will result in an edge for the player. I’ve seen no credible evidence that such techniques actually work, but I’ve seen credible gambling writers say that they’ve seen dice control in action.
- Manage your bankroll
Craps is one of the most adrenaline pumping games in the casino. It’s easy to bet too much and lose all your money fast. It’s also easy to get on a winning streak. In either case, having a loss limit in mind and a win goal in mind might help you walk away from the craps table a winner—at least some of the time.
- Find a crowded table
One of our goals is to get more entertainment for our money. There is no more entertaining way to play craps than to spend your time at a table full of people, all of whom are cheering on a player who’s on a hot streak.