Basic Craps Strategy
If you’ve been following my Craps series, you’re well acquainted with the Pass, Don’t Pass bets, laying and taking odds, and the Come and Don’t Come wagers. Now that you’re playing comfortably, you can begin to learn basic strategy. Don’t feel intimidated. I admit, learning how to play Craps is complicated, but learning how to use optimal strategy is surprisingly easy. Here’s the golden rule:
Bet on the Don’t Pass, Don’t Come bars and lay maximum odds.
You didn’t think it could be so simple, did you? Well, we need to consider the probability of each roll outcome; this will influence what number we want to bet on. To figure out the probability, we established how many ways you can roll each number. For example, there are five ways to roll a 7, making it the most-commonly rolled number.
One way to roll a Two. The probability is 2.8%.
Two ways to roll a Three. The probability is 5.6%.
Three ways to roll a Four. The probability is 8.3%.
Four ways to roll a Five. The probability is 11.1%
Five ways to roll a Six. The probability is 13.9%.
Six ways to roll a Seven. The probability is 16.7%.
Five ways to roll an Eight. The probability is 13.9%.
Four ways to roll a nine. The probability is 11.1%.
Three ways to roll a Ten. The probability is 8.3%.
Two ways to roll an Eleven. The probability 5.6%.
One way to roll a Twelve. The probability is 2.8%.
Seven has the best odds, and you can bet on Seven in one of two ways:
- You can bet on the Pass Line. If a Seven is rolled, you win even money. However, if a point is established, landing a Seven loses.
- You can bet on the Don’t Pass Line. If a Seven is rolled, you lose. However, if a point is established, a Seven wins.
So where do we want to go for the Seven? Laying and taking odds should always be on the forefront of your craps strategy because these bets have no house edge. It makes sense to bet on the Don’t Pass Line, hope that a point is established, then bet on a Seven being rolled before the Point. At Slots.lv, you can bet up to:
- 6X your original wager when laying odds on 6 and 8.
- 5X your original wager when laying odds on 5 and 9.
- 6X your original wager when laying odds on 4 and 10.
Smart people have crunched the numbers and established that the odds do in fact favor this betting strategy – not by much; you’re looking at about 0.05%. But if you’re a shrewd bettor, 0.05% may be enough to influence your betting choices. You decide.