Like most games in the casino, be they online or bricks and mortar, craps is a negative expectation game. That means that if you play craps for an infinite period of time, you will eventually go broke. But is there anything a craps player can do to beat the house edge?
Casino authorities such as Frank Scoblete, author of books such as “Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!”, firmly believe that you can beat the house at craps by developing a “controlled throw”; in other words, by employing a technique of throwing the dice, so that you can manipulate the way that they land on the craps table.
If what the likes of Scoblete say is true, then any live casino craps player can be in with a chance of beating the game. But even if this is correct, there are still certain rules that the craps player must adhere to, in order to become a winning player. Even if were impossible to control the dice at the craps table, these rules can still be adhered to, in order to maximise one’s craps bankroll.
Rule 1: Keep Your Discipline
As with any form of gambling strategy, discipline is crucial. You must remain calm when on a bad losing streak, resisting the temptation to chase losses and make poor bets. To beat any game, let alone craps, it helps to avoid drinking whilst playing or playing when tired, in order to keep concentration levels high and to minimise mistakes.
Rule 2: Work On A Solid Strategy
There is a wealth of statistical information out there, especially on this website. Make a list of the craps bets with the lowest house edge, such as the Pass Line and Come bets, and “laying the odds”. Avoid the bets with the ridiculously high house edge, such as “Any 7″. Stick rigidly to your craps strategy, in order to maximise your bankroll’s chances of surviving an unlucky streak.
Rule 3: Keep To Your Bankroll
Speaking of which, bankroll management is also crucial to any craps player who wants to beat the game. Don’t start playing craps until you can set aside a fixed sum of money that you can afford to lose and size your bets against this. A good bankroll amount is 100 times your average craps bet. If you generally like to place $10 across the craps table, then make sure to have $1,000 sat in reserve and use 10% of that per session. Bringing only part of your bankroll to the table per session will prevent you from chasing losses and inflicting unnecessary damage to your bankroll, while making sure you have 100 times your usual bet size in reserve will minimise your chances of going broke, if you hit an unlucky streak early on.
Rule 4: Be Lucky!
Okay, so that’s far easier to say than to do, but every winning craps player needs to benefit from Lady Luck once in a while!
Have fun when playing craps.