Being a game of chance, you can’t influence the outcome of the game of craps. Read this article on how to make the right moves and win.
Winning in Craps: Which Bets to Make
Craps is a chance game in which a dice roll determines the outcome of it. Basic statistics tell us that there’s a 16,7% chance of probability to each of the six possible results of a single dice roll. As such, the game implies that there’s nothing much you can do to influence the roll of the dice and to interfere with whether you’ll win or not.
However, there are craps strategies which help you better position yourself and have better and increase your winning odds. We’ll explain three of the elementary betting options you have and how you should utilize them.
Pass/Don’t Pass Bets
The pass line is the one closest to you on any standard craps table. It’s a bet made most frequently in this game. You place it at the beginning of a round, and, thanks to its vicinity on the table, you can place it yourself, as opposed to waiting for the dealer.
In craps, we call 7 and 11 ‘natural winners’. Contrarily, rolls that equal to 2,3, and 12 are known as ‘craps’. The idea behind pass line bets is guessing which group of numbers the dice will land at. If you place a pass bet, you’re rooting for the come-out roll to throw out a natural winner. You lose should it land on a craps number. Any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10) is what we call a point, and when the roll shows one of these numbers, the betting continues on in the next round.
Logically, a don’t pass bet is to count on the roll showing a craps number. These are even money bets, which means that, by winning the bet, you earn double the money you’ve put in. Pass bets’ house edge stands at 1,41%, while with the other bet, the don’t pass one, there’s a house advantage of 1,36%.
Come/Don’t Come Bets
Many regard come bets to be the shrewdest bet in this game, alongside pass bets. It’s also an even money bet, but you place it only after a point number gets rolled. After that, it’s akin to the pass bet in that you’re putting your money on a natural winner coming up. Likewise, you want to avoid any craps. A particularity is that a point doesn’t affect your bet. When the shooter throws out the point, you don’t earn anything.
As you’d expect, don’t come bets have the same philosophy as the don’t pass ones. You’re gunning for the shooter to roll a craps number. The house advantage on these bets isn’t different to the pass bets.
Odds bets is a smart way to increase your winnings. They come with perceived 0% house edge, but they must be combined with one of the two above, which do have house advantages. The majority of craps players overlook this bet, which is a mistake on their part.
Basically, with odds bets, when the shooter establishes their point, you’re placing bets on what they’ll come up with next. If you’ve made a pass/come bet, making a bet on odds signifies that you expect the point to be rolled before a number seven. Alternatively, after a don’t come/pass bet, you can lay the odds and put money on a 7 landing prior to hitting the point.
Since the house edge is 0%, this is a free bet. Numbers 4 and 10 pay out with the odds being 2 to 1, while 5 and 9 give a 3:2 payout. Finally, the most common ones, 8 and 6, pay out the least, with the odds being 6:5.
Craps is not a simple game, as you can play with many different complex betting possibilities. The best way to play it is by keeping it simple and stick to those bets which offer the best chances of winning.
Try avoiding more complicated bets like field or propositions bets. Don’t overthink it and you’ll win in craps more often.