Ten major chapters (plus a glossary, resources page and index) cover the entire range of craps play. Each chapter is divided into ten sections. For example, the Pass and Come Methods includes information on how to make odds-only bets; betting before the come out; making money with place bets; pushing the house; making money with come bets; protecting your pass line bet; betting don't; multiple odds table; remembering odds; making money on a cold table.
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My old friend Steve always makes come bets, but he never quite knows what to do with the odds. He’s a school buddy from my Brooklyn high school, where I was the resident mathematician. ILarry Edell has been the editor of 'The Crapshooter Newsletter' since 1994. He has published nine books and over two hundred different articles in magazines such as 'Casino Player', 'Gaming Today', 'Mid West Players 'and 'Gambling Times'. Larry's website is www.thecrapshooter.com was always telling him that he would do a lot better if he figured out the mathematical implications of his bets, rather than just go on hunches.
We usually met in Atlantic City but this time, our various travels took us both down to Tunica, in Mississippi. It was the first time there for both of us. Steve had business in Memphis and I had some in Nashville, so we met at the craps tables in the Grand Hotel, which actually is in Robinsonville.
Most of the casinos in the state of Mississippi are on giant, stationary riverboats. The hotels are all on solid ground, but you have to leave the hotel and go onto one of the riverboats to gamble. There are nine casinos in Tunica County, and we met at the Grand, simply because it has the most craps tables.
From our previous meetings, I knew that Steve was going to bet come because he believes that come bets show which numbers are really hot. Sometimes it will be the 6's and 8's, but sometimes the 4's and 10's are hot.
Steve’s only problem was that some of his come bets were left over after the point was made, and he had been calling the odds all on, in the belief that if the casino normally wants them off, then he wants them on.
I told him about calculating odds, and that the come bet is really an extra pass line bet, so the odds are not allowed before a point is established. This was months ago and I doubt if anything sunk in. Steve always hated math, even in high school.
Now at the craps table, we bought in, and I asked him again to take a closer look at come bets and how the odds were paid off.
"Whatdathinkiamadufus?" good old Steverino said as we both plunked down green chips on the pass line.
"Well, I know all there is about come bets. They’re like a pass line bet, see. Only after the point. I woulda thought youda known about this."
"Well. . ." The shooter rolled a yo. Good, but still no point.
"The problem is if I get a come bet on two numbers and the point is made, I got two come bets on the next come out with the same shooter. The house says the odds are off on the come out, so if a seven rolls they get my flat bet but I get the odds back."
"When one of the come bets hit? If I call my odds on I get paid. If I leave them off I only get paid on the flat bet. But if the odds are all on, I lose everything on the come out seven. If they are all off I lose money if one of my points hit."
Now the shooter rolled a six point, so Steve took double odds and bet $25 come. The next roll was eight, so he took double odds. Then the nine hit and he did the same.
Then, as if to prove a point, the shooter threw a six - the point!
"Hey I know - A seven rolls six times, right? And the nine four times plus the eight six times, that means I have a ten to six advantage on the come-out with my two bets, right?"
"Yeh, if I had only, say, the nine left on the come, I would have a six to four disadvantage."
"Yeh, so if the odds favor me on the comeout I call the come odds on, if they don’t then I leave them off!"
"ODDS ON!" Steve bellowed suddenly, startling the dealers and halting the shooter in mid-throw.
The shooter glared at him and threw. A nine, which became the new point. Steve won his come bet, and still had the eight come bet up.
I was astounded at Steve’s newfound knowledge. He must have actually studied a craps book! I smiled, as a two and a three tumbled across the felt.
"HEY I just discovered something! If I can figure out the odds of my left over come bets compared to the seven, I can determine whether to call the odds on or off!"
"Yes." I said, genuinely impressed, "Knowing the odds will certainly help you win."
And then the shooter threw an eight, and his very next roll was the nine point!
"HEY a perfect game," Steve said as we collected our winnings.
I put my chips in my pocket. "So just if someone should ask, how do you determine whether to have your come bet odds on or off if they last until the next come out?"
"GEEZ! I know all that stuff now! I just calculate the odds of the points and compare them to the seven. This means that if I only have one come bet, the odds will be left off. If I have both the four and ten, their combined odds are the same as the seven, so their odds will left off also. But if I have any other two come bets, I’ll call the odds on."
Since he won, Steve wanted to progressively increase his pass and come bets, but while he was talking and counting his chips, the shooter established a five point. The very next roll was a seven, so we stopped playing, left the casino, and went out onto solid ground again.
We decided that riverboats are a fun, friendly alternative to the Las Vegas type casinos. Their motto is "Come On Down!" But when you have just one come bet with odds on the come-out, just remember to leave your come on down!
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