The Strategy In Playing Craps
A word of advice craps around strategy: There is not much skill involved in rolling the dice, of course. And no matter what you see anyone doing, blowing, kissing, whispering, or shouting at the dice, it will not make a difference in how they roll.
There is nothing you can do physically or mentally to influence the role of the dice except the cheat – against whom we have already warned.
There are many kinds of dishonest dice, of course, but even a professional sharpie rarely has the nerve to bring a pair of fixed dice into a casino. Too many experienced eyes are looking for anyone to get away with cutting-switching for very long.
Fixed dice are much more likely to appear (or not appear) in private craps games – another reason why the newcomer must be very careful and very watchful when he or she rolls dice with strategy.
The only legitimate skill that can be exercised in craps the game is in betting, and after the action.
To the beginner, it will soon appear that this is no small matter. Craps can grow dizzyingly the complex and fast too much and furious so that the untrained eye has any sense of.
To avoid losing your way in the maze of bets and table talk, do this: When you first approach the craps table, resolve that you will only be on the pass line. Stand around awhile and watch the action of other step bettors.
After you are sure you understand that the procedure for the Pass-Line betting – ignore the wagering on the odds at this point – try one or two yourselves.
Do not start betting on every roll of the dice, just come-out bet. That gives you plenty of time to look at all the other action, more to keep your eye on the shooter.
When you think you understand the betting step, you might want to add a bet on the odds. These are the best bets in the house, except for bets on a really skilled player in blackjack. Most casinos allow you to bet only on your own hand, however, except in England.
You never need to move on to “No-Pass-Line” bets, much less “come” and “not come” bets, unless they captivate you.
But remember, the odds on all these bets are approximately the same, and all are improved when you wager on the odds, too.
The main mathematical fact to keep in mind during a game craps – apart from the elimination that the house has a big advantage over you in all bets of the piglet – is that there are more ways to roll 7 than any other number and therefore, statistically, they will rise 7 more often than any other number.