Craps Strategy

The simplest and most effective craps strategy is choosing bets with low house edge instead of the sucker bets that are scattered all over the craps layout.
If you, for instance, bet on don’t pass, the house only has a 1.41% advantage. These odds are very good compared to most other online-casino games.
If you instead decide to push your chips to big 6, the house will have a 9.09% edge over you.

Which are the Best Craps Bets?

Here’s the payout ratio and the house advantage for the most common bets in online craps.

Name of Bet

Odds Paid

House Advantage

Pass / Come                                        

1:1

1.41%

Don’t Pass /Don’t Come              

1:1

1.36%

Pass (Come)Odds                                           

2:1 on 4 or 10    

3:2 on 5 or 9

6:5 on 6 or 8       

0%

Don’t Pass (Come) Odds                                              

1:2 against 4 or 10

2:3 against 5 or 9

5:6 against 6 or 8

0%

Yo (11)                                                   

15:1

11.11%

3                                                               

15:1

11.11%

2                                                               

30:1

13.89%

12                                                            

30:1       

13.89%

Hi-Lo                                                       

15:1       

11.11%

Craps                                                      

7:1         

11.11%

Any 7                                                      

4:1         

16.67%

Field

1:1 on 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11

2:1 on 2 and 12

5.56%

Hard way 4 / Hard way 10              

7:1

11.11%

Hard way 6 / Hard way    

9:1

9.09%

Big 6                                                        

1:1

9.09%

Big 8                                                        

1:1

9.09%

Place 4 / Place 10                               

9:5

6.67%

Place 6 / Place 8                                 

7:6

1.52%

Buy 4 / Buy 10                                     

2:1 - 5% of bet

4.76%

Buy 5 / Buy 9                                       

3:2 - 5% of bet

4.76%

Buy 6 / Buy 8                                       

6:5 - 5% of bet

4.76%

Lay 4 / Lay 10                                       

1:2 - 5% of win

2.44%

Lay 5 / Lay 9                                         

2:3 - 5% of win

3.23%

Lay 6 / Lay 8                                       

5:6 - 5% win

4.00%

Odds from Wikipedia.com

As you can see, where you bet has a huge impact on you results in the long term. By choosing good bets over bad you will lower your disadvantage considerably.

The thing is that the house will always be ahead, but you’re in the position to decide how much.

Don’t Pass Strategy

If you're looking for a craps strategy that will give you your best chance to win, consider a don't pass strategy. Don't pass is not heavily publicized on the craps layout, but it really does offer the best odds on the craps layout.

Betting Don't Pass

Don't pass is the opposite of a pass line bet. You win on a 2 or 3 and lose on a 7 or 11 (a 12 is a push so that the casino can retain its edge). If a point is established, a don't bettor wins if the shooter sevens out before rolling the point.

As you can see above, don't pass offers a house edge of only 1.36 percent.

If you're looking for your best chance to win at online craps, this is the way to go.

When you bet "wrong," you are generally betting against the shooter and most of the other bettors, but since you play online you don’t have to worry about fellow gamblers’ dirty looks.

Laying Odds

If you really want to knock that House edge down, lay odds on your don't pass bet. Just as taking odds on a pass line bet gives a player a true odds payoff, laying odds on a don't pass bet is a zero house edge bet.

Taking double odds on don't pass brings the House edge down to less than half a percent.

Since you are laying odds, you will have to put up more than double your bet to earn double odds.

For example, if the point is 4 or 10, you will have to lay 1-to-2 odds. This means you will have to risk $2 for every $1 you want to win, so that if you want to win an extra $10 on your $5 don't pass bet, you will have to put down $20.

Hedging – Does It Work?

There are hundreds of sites online that give gamblers tips on hedge systems that are supposed to wipe out the house advantage and make you a winner in craps.

Unfortunately though, there’s no system that gives you an advantage over an online casino – that’s just impossible.

However, hedging can make your losses (seemingly) more manageable. Look at this example.

Say that you bet $20 on the don’t-pass line. The shooter throws the dice and 8 is established as the point.

Now the shooter will continue rolling until either 7 comes up, you win, or the point comes up, you lose. But before he starts rolling you make a place bet for $6.  

Two things can happen:

  1. The shooter rolls a 7. You win $10 for the don’t-pass bet and lose $6 on the place bet. You have a $4 profit.

  2. The shooter rolls a 6. You lose the $10 for the don’t-pass bet and win $7 on the place bet. You lost $3

This looks kind of good when you put it this way, but by adding that place bet you’re making the total bet worse for you and better for the casino. Just look at the odds in the chart above. They are still the same no matter what other bets you have working on the table.

Craps Strategy Summary

Our main strategy tip is to go for the low-advantage bets in craps. In doing so, you will increase your chances of making a profit.

If you want to mess around with a betting system of some kind, feel free to do so, but don’t expect it to give you “guaranteed profit.”

Craps is perhaps the most entertaining game in the casino. Play it wisely and you’re in for a lot of fun.

The Five-Count Craps Method

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The five-count craps method is included in Frank Scoblete’s book Beat the Craps out of the Casinos. Since the book was released, craps players have discussed whether or not this system can affect the outcome of a craps session, and more importantly, if it can gain a player positive expectation. Common gambling sense says it can’t but a lot of players beg to differ. Here we teach you the system so that you can judge for yourself.

The 5-Count Craps Method

Craps Terminology

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If you’ve never played craps before and go up to a craps table, you’ll be amazed by the players’ vocabulary. For instance, why are they shouting “Yo” all the time? They don’t look like rappers. Here we go through the most common words used in a game of craps; the name of the bets and other words that are part of the craps glossary. However, if you play online, this might be less important. Then you’ll click on the screen rather than shouting out your wagers.

Craps Terms - Glossary

Craps History

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One could argue that craps is the oldest casino game around. People have literally been “rolling the bones” since pre-historic times. However, even though throwing dice is a very old pastime, we can trace the roots of craps, in its more formal form, back to a couple of old games in France and England. The game we find in casinos today is not that old; the modern craps table was created in America just before the Las Vegas boom in the ‘30s. How convenient!

Craps History
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