Craps is an online casino game that is based on chance and when played within the ambit of the rules, it enables the player that employs a sound betting strategy to beat the house. If you play reckless by using the sucker bets offered by craps you can say goodbye to your bankroll.
The best craps strategy is to understand the rules of the game and by doing so, you are lowering the house advantage the game has over you. There are many so-called craps experts that swear that the only way to beat the casino consistently is to use a betting system.
Well, we can tell you now and we'll tell you for free; no betting system helps predict the outcome of the roll of the dice unless the dice are rigged. In this article, we are going to explore and discuss the various craps strategies and we incorporated a few tables to best illustrate our point.
Craps Betting Strategy
Craps Strategy: What Are The Best Bets?
Knowledgeable craps players believe that the best bets are the Pass/Don’t Pass and Come/Don’t-Come. They lower the edge to the house by approximately 1.40%. Additional bets that increase your odds at winning in craps and that lowers the house edge further are the Place 6, Place 8, the Field 2 and 12 bets. Anything else we deem risky and gives the casino the advantage as high as 11% (“Hard-Way 4” and “Hard-Way 10”) over you; you don’t want this!
Are The Pass and Come Bets Advantageous?
If you really want to improve your craps betting strategy and want to be deemed a ‘right way bettor’ we suggest you use the pass and come bets. You may be thinking, why? Because of the low edge to the house, they are the best bets, not only at online casinos but in land-based venues too. Suffice it to say this is the best betting strategy if you just started playing craps. The Pass Line Bet is a very popular bet since it has a house edge of 1.41% and when the shooter rolls a 2, 3, 7 (after the point number) or 12 on the come roll the player loses.
The Come Bet Craps Betting Strategy
The Come Bet is similar to the Pass Line Bet and is usually made after the point number. When the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 after the come bet, the player wins and loses the bet if 2, 3 and 12 are rolled.
What Happens If I Bet Wrong?
Believe it or not, there is a ‘wrong way bet‘ in craps that is often used as a betting strategy. Players who use this strategy bet against other players at the table who use the Pass and Come Bets, as such bets are made on the Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bets. Any smart player loves making these bets since they are rock solid and seldom disappoint.
The Don’t Pass Bet
With the Don’t Pass bet craps strategy you’ll win the bet when 2 or 3 is rolled and if a 7 or 11 pops up, the bet is lost. If a 12 is rolled it’s known as ‘Push’. The house advantage of the Don’t Pass bet is 1.36% which is acceptable but any other number then the ones mentioned, the shooter will keep on rolling the dice. If a 7 is rolled before the point, it bodes well for you.
An Explanation of the Don’t Come Bet
The Don’t Come Bet is the opposite of the Come bet; it pays even money and it has a house edge of 1.41%. Once the point is established, this bet wins when the numbers 3 or 2 are rolled. A tie ensues on a 12. In order to win shortly after the point number has been established the number 7 must be rolled.
Laying Down The Odds Craps Strategy
There is a bet known as laying odds in craps strategy with no house advantage on condition bets have been made on the Pass or Come bet. Once the point is known, you can place your bets “on the odds” which really shines if the point is rolled again especially before a 7. Additional wagers can be made on the Don’t Come and Don’t Pass. Players like using this craps betting strategy because the house advantage applies only to the Pass line bet, so, therefore, the more you bet on the odds, the lower the house edge becomes.
The Inside/Out Betting Strategy
The Inside/Out betting craps strategy is considered the best especially if you are playing the game for a long session. If the minimum bet at the table is $5, the minimum recommended buy-in should be $200 with a recommended dice set of 6,2/6,2 with the 3,3 on the thumb and 2’2 to the right.
According to ‘Laymedown’ at the Wizard of Vegas (https://wizardofvegas.com/forum/gambling/betting-systems/30603-craps-betting-strategies-5-10-15-tables/) you should bet $24 on the COME BET AREA and ask the dealer to place your bets on the numbers 6 and 8 at $12 each. If you scored a win, tell the dealer to take your bets to “32” across the point. Place a dollar bet on all the “hard ways”, you’ll receive $2 from the dealer. Make sure you covered the following positions on the table: Place4, Place5, Place6, Place8, Place9, and Place10. The same strategy can be used for bigger bets.
Is The Field Bet Worth It?
The field bet is another proven betting strategy; basically, it is a combination of the Field Bet, Don’t Pass and Don’t Come. In the Field betting box the numbers 2, 3 and 12 are placed. If the shooter rolls 2 or 3 all three numbers win. The Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bets pay 1:1 when the roll is 2 in stark contrast to the Field bet that pays 1:2. It’s a lucrative bet that allows players to collect $4 for every $1 wagered, 3 pays even money while 12 pays 1:2 for the Field bet. The Field bet does not pay for the Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bets. It is a good option to use the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12 because they appear in the Field box which increases your winning chances. The house edge of the Field Bet is 5.56%.
Craps Betting Strategy Trying Out 6 and 8
Betting on the 6 and 8 is not the best bets but they do lower the house edge to 1.52% as opposed to betting on the Big 6 and Big 8 that has a ridiculous house of 9.09%.
Does It Help To Bet Aggressive?
There’s an old saying in poker “if you can’t spot the sucker at the table within 5 minutes then you are the sucker”. The same principle applies to making sucker bets in craps. Although the payouts are significantly higher, it is way too risky for our liking. Then again if you are one of those craps players that thrive on taking risks then fire away.
Play it safe and don’t place any bets on the Big 6 and Big 8 because they carry a house edge of 9.09% (1:1 payout). It is better to place your bets on the Place 6 and Place 8; their house edge is 1.52% and they pay 7 to 6. Another craps betting strategy to avoid is the “Hardways” 4, 6, 8 and 10 as their house edge is around 10%.
What Are Proposition Bets?
This is another risky bet with a sky-high house edge. No matter how exciting it looks, don’t get roped in by the proposition bets unless you’re a big spender by nature. If you hit a winning roll on the dice it pays a whopping 30 to 1. These proposition bets must be avoided:
- Any Craps
- Any 3
- Any 2 or 12
- Any craps 11
The outcome of a winning or a losing bet in craps is determined by the roll of the dice. This is why it is important to understand the probability of the various bets and the payouts offered by the numbers rolled.
Number of ways
|1-3, 2-2, 3-1|
|1-4, 2-3, 3-2, 4-1|
|1-5, 2-4, 3-3, 4-2, 5-1|
|1-6, 2-5, 3-4, 4-3, 5-2, 6-1|
|2-6, 3-5, 4-4, 5-3, 6-2|
|3-6, 4-5, 5-4, 6-3|
|4-6, 5-5, 6-4|
Edge to House
|Taking Odds on Pass/Come 6 or 8|
|Taking Odds on Pass/Come 5 or 9|
|Taking Odds on Pass/Come 4 or 10|
|Laying Odds on Don’t Pass; Don’t Come 6 and 8|
|Laying Odds on Don’t Pass; Don’t Come 5 and 9|
|Laying Odds on Don’t Pass; Don’t Come 4 and 10|
|Place 4 or 10|
|Place 5 or 9|
|Place 6 or 8|
|Big 6 and 8|
|Field 3,4,9,10 or 11|
|Field 2, 12|
|Lay 6 and 8|
|Lay 5 and 9|
|Lay 4 and 10|
|Buy 6 and 8|
|Buy 5 and 9|
|Buy 4 and 10|
|Hardways 6 and 8|
|Hardways 4 and 10|
|Any Craps (2,3 or 12)|
|Ace Deuce (3)|
|Horn 3 or 11|
|Horn 2 or 12|
The 5-Count Craps Method
The 5-Count strategy is a simplified betting strategy that allows players to play the game at their own pace. The risks associated with it is lower and the house edge of the various bets don’t change. The main purpose of the 5-Count craps strategy is that it increases your odds of winning against the shooter. The following counts apply:
- Count Zero – This is the shooter’s first roll of the dice (count-zero).
- Count-1 – The shooters count increases from zero to 1 when a point number of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled. It stays on zero when the numbers 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 are rolled.
- Count 2-4 – Once the point number is revealed, count 1 point per roll until you reach count-4.
- Count-5 – If you reached count-4, a point number of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 must be rolled by the shooter before the 5th point is added.
Armed with 5 points you can now place your bets (Pass or Come bets or Don’t Pass or Don’t Come bets) and laying/taking odds. Stay away from the proposition bets (see above if you are not sure).
Avoid The Iron Cross (Anything but 7 System)
The Anything but 7 System craps strategy also known as the Iron Cross and occurs when a player places a lot of bets on the table simultaneously. The logic behind it is to cover as many sections as possible which improves your winning chances.
Before you place your bets wait until the point is established, bet $4 on 5, 6 and 8 as well as an extra $2 on the Field. Wait for the shooter to roll the dice (preferably three times); the next step is to remove your bets from the table. Any number is a winning number except the 7-out, if you hit a 7 it can be costly. This betting strategy is just as bad as the proposition bet and should only be used in extreme cases.
Craps Strategy Betting On The Martingale
The Martingale betting system is known as “double up and catch up” which can be used in other casino games such as blackjack and roulette as well. If you bet $2 on the Pass Line and the number 2 is rolled you press on, only this time you double your bet to $4 on the Pass again.
If you lose again you’ll double your bet to $8 on the Don’t Pass, but if you win you start all over again. The idea here is to offset your losses by doubling your bets on a losing bet until you win. The Martingale is risky and conducive only to players who bet on the Pass Line, some will even say it is better to use it than to have no betting strategy.
What About The Reverse Martingale?
This craps betting strategy is the opposite of the Martingale betting system and should be used only during Line bets. Players who use this system double their bets on winning dice rolls, after a loss they’ll reduce their bets to their original bet. It is important to exercise discipline when you use the Martingale or the Reverse Martingale, if you landed a nice win, stop.