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Proper Craps Betting

14 March 2023

By Frank Scoblete

Craps is often referred to as the most exciting game in the casino, at least craps players think this is so – and, yes, so do I. When you play the game, it is hard to think of another that surpasses its energy.

We players stand about a table that looks close to a sacrificial altar (check the Mayans and Aztecs), offering up our money and our luck to the gods of chance. The dealers are the emissaries of those gods of chance. They have no say in how luck, good or bad, of those gods spreads itself out among the players. The dealers are the servants. We players are the intended receivers of good or bad luck.

Those gods of chance are not on our side as the casinos, the gods’ ultimate rulers, hold those gods in check. Casinos have a way of maintaining the gods’ power for themselves.

We all hope to win. We all hope not to lose. Hopes, desires and longing are flying about that altar and our money is our sacrifice. Some of us might be rewarded as we win more money, but others of us might be cast down in shame as we watch our money disappear into the coffers of the casinos. Heaven can await some of us but hell can await even more of us.

I’ve been to both places in my almost 35 years of playing this game. And I play perfectly or almost perfectly as I shall explain to you shortly. Craps is a tough game, perfect play or not so perfect play. Of course, my “perfect play” is my own opinion of what is perfect or not so perfect in this game.

Step up to the table and take your chances, gentlemen and, yes, some of the few ladies who play the game. (Ladies are at a premium at a craps table even to this day of the liberated woman. It still seems to be heavily a male domain and has been since the start of World War II. Why? Perhaps warfare.)

The bottom line of craps is that there are good bets and bad bets for players to make. There are many, many more bad bets than good bets. Actually, there is actually a third category of bets and those are the awful bets.

Look at the layout of a craps table and you will see numbers, colors, and symbols spread throughout. It does look as if the spread of all of these is some kind of language. And perhaps it is. It is the language of bets.

First off, the casino does not tell you what are the crummy bets. What fun would that be for them? The players, through reading and study, must find that out for themselves.

Is this hard to do? No. You are doing that now by reading this article and this site, and you will do it if you follow the advice of people who have made careers of unravelling the casinos’ supposed mysteries.

Craps is not much of a mystery. Every bet has a rationale for it. How much the bet pays and what the house edge is on that bet is easy to understand too. The house edge for most bets comes from a simple formula; the casino shortchanges your payout.

If a bet were to pay out 10-to-one if it hits; the casino will pay 9-to-one. By keeping that “one” from the player, the casino gives itself the edge. It is as simple as that. Some of the edges are pretty close, like 1.52 percent, and some are outrageously outrageous, like 16.67 percent.

On some bets the casino just wins more bets than the player does. Do you know which are which? In a future article I’ll tackle that question.

All the best in and out of the casinos!


Frank Scoblete’s web site is wwwfrankscoblete.com. His books are available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, e-books, libraries and bookstores.


This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

 
Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best-selling gaming author in AmericaFrank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books include Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win! and Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players.

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