FROM JIM: I am writing you to tell you about my experience using the Captain’s doey-don't 5-Count Supersystem. I have been reading and studying this system for about a month now. I have read your book many times, purchased a craps simulator for my computer, and I have been watching them play at my local casino. Last night I actually played for the first time. I thought you would like to know what happened to me.
Every time they rotated a new dealer to my side of the table, that dealer would ask me if I was making a mistake in my wager by placing Come/Don't Come bets. One dealer actually returned my Don't Come bet because she thought it rolled over there by accident. Even my fellow players were asking me what I was doing and that I had a screw loose. The shooter on my left said it looked like no fun to him as he proceeded to drop $500 on a $5 minimum, 10x's odds table in 45 minutes. I, on the other hand, turned my $200 bankroll into $285 and the table had yet to have a hot roller (I did that after a very long 5-count, maybe 15 rolls of the dice).
After enduring funny looks from each new dealer I noticed the boxman talking with the pit boss occasionally while taking more notice of my play. This table was crazy busy with everyone shoulder to shoulder at the rail. I only played three numbers as you suggested in your book for first time players. It took all my concentration to follow my bets and confirm the payouts. Some dealers pay the Don't Come box instead of passing it to the winner, which is hard to follow with so many chips flying. After an hour I was getting familiar with the table and was positive on my bankroll, having not seen a hot roll yet. The crazy crappers all around me were dropping like flies with bankrolls easily two or three times my $200.
An hour and a half went by and I was starting to gain momentum again with five good rolls, never having at risk more then $30 at one time. The casino shifted in a new stickman who suddenly slapped his stick on my Come/Don't Come bet and said they weren't right. Myself, along with the dealers (both of them), looked puzzled and asked him what he meant. He said you could not wager matching Come and Don't Come bets and that one of them had to be greater then the other by at least the table minimum. Again, looking puzzled the dealer and myself said that was not correct. I told the stickman I had been through six dealers now who had mysteriously missed that rule as well.
The boxman flipped a stern look and suddenly everyone (employees) agreed that was the rule. I collected my $310 and left the casino telling everyone I was not happy and that I would never be back to that casino (we have several to choose from here in Seattle).
As I left the table last night, the stickman turned his head to me and whispered that he was very sorry. So I feel the Supersystem was making the casino nervous and they changed the rules on me. I went to a competing casino and asked the pit boss about that mysterious rule and he said no way that is right.
What should I have done? I’m going to Vegas soon so I want to be ready. Any suggestions?
FRANK RESPONDS: This will now shock you but the Supersystem is not as super as I thought it was when I wrote “Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos.” I suggest you use the 5-Count but merely place a Come bet (or Pass Line bet) when the 5-Count is reached and go from there. I am going to send you a copy of my new craps book “Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!” In that book is my and the late Captain’s views concerning what I wrote 25 years ago.
Don’t despair. The updated way to play is far stronger than the Supersystem.
As far as the casino people go, the boxman who refused to let you bet the way you wanted to bet does not understand the mathematics of the game. Even using the Supersystem, the casino has an edge over you on the 12 during the come-out roll.
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