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Craps Strategy

Craps is a very in-depth game when it comes to implementing a winning Craps strategy. There are various routes one can take to accomplish this, putting the odds further into the player's favor, but there is one particular Craps strategy that most people don't even consider because it is generally referred to as the 'wrong' way to play Craps.

Those who believe this Craps strategy to be 'wrong' are those who've never taken the time to calculate the odds and House Edge. What is the Craps strategy we are referring to? Betting against the Shooter.

We would suspect that it was the various casinos themselves who spread the rumor of betting against the Shooter to be the 'wrong' way to bet. Or perhaps it is because most players bet with the Shooter, therefore a player betting against the Shooter who cheers after a victory is frowned upon by the remaining players who just lost their bets. Either way, this article will detail how this Crap strategy works and why it is the 'right' Craps Strategy to win more often.

We'll start with the first bet most players make, Pass Line or Don't Pass. A Pass Line wager is betting with the Shooter, hoping that he will roll any number besides 2, 3 or 12. A Don't Pass bet is hoping for a 2, 3 or 12, but only loses on a 7 or 11. The Pass Line bet (with the Shooter) has a House Edge of 1.41%, while the Don't Pass (against the Shooter) offers the player a better House Edge of 1.364%. It may not seem like much, but increasing your edge over the House is the key to any winning Craps strategy.

Now let's say the likely occurs, and none of the automatic win/loss numbers are rolled (2, 3, 7, 11 or 12). Any other number rolled establishes the Point. When this happens, all Pass Line and Don't Pass bets become standing wagers (Place Bets / Lay Bets) that the Point will either Come again (Pass Line, betting with the Shooter), or will NOT Come again (Don't Pass, betting against the Shooter).

If you've ever placed a Lay Bet (against the Shooter), you may have noticed you were required to pay a 5% commission fee. This is because without that fee, the odds would actually be against the house in the player's favor. With the 5% commission fee, the House Edge would become 1.364%. When placing a Don't Pass bet that naturally becomes a Lay Bet, there is no fee, swaying the odds considerably into the player's favor.


As you can see, betting 'wrong' is actually the best Craps strategy - just try not to cheer too loudly when you hit the big win and everyone else at the table is glaring at you.

One other thing we would like to point out, as it goes completely against any good Craps strategy, is to never, ever bet on Big 6 or Big 8. These bets are rip-offs. They are exactly the same as a Field Bet on 6 or 8, but have lower Pay-Outs.

The best game to actually make a realistic profit at online however is poker, hence we recommend you to learn more about poker strategy if you aren't already familiar with it.