Basics Tips and Strategy of Craps
While there are plenty of strategies designed to fit the various playing styles, for beginners I suggest sticking with the 'Do' side of the table, taking it slowJ. Phillip Vogel is considered a leading authority in online gambling. He has written for most of the major gaming publications worldwide including Casino Player, Strictly Slots, Gambling Online, Bluff, and many more. He is also the author of a series of best-selling gambling books collectively titled The Real Deal. He is the founder of online watchdog site TheOPN.com at www.theopn.com and currently serves as the Editorial Director for Poker Life magazine. until you have mastered to game basics. Here are some basic strategy tips to help you get started.
Once you’ve given craps a try, you’ll find that it really is one of the easiest and most entertaining games in a casino. And if you do it right and stick with the bets that offer the best odds, you’ll likely find yourself on the receiving end of some nice paydays.
- Play the pass line. The pass line is the most fundamental bet in craps, and perhaps the best place to start if you’re a beginner. It’s simple and comes with the added benefit of offering a moderately low house edge of 1.41%. Regardless of your bankroll, play at the table minimum until you understand how the bet works.
- Take the odds. If you’re betting the pass line (or the come), be sure to take proper odds as this drastically reduces the house’s edge. For example, if you take full odds at a double odds table (2 times the pass bet) the combined edge for the pass line and odds is only 0.6%--quite a drop from the 1.41% you’re getting on the pass line alone.
- Avoid proposition bets. There are some craps players who use proposition bets as a hedge against another bet. They might, for example, bet a $3 Any Craps (7-1) to protect their $20 pass line bet on the come out roll. While the effectiveness of such strategy varies, for the beginner, there is one rule to follow concerning proposition bets: stay away. They house edge on each and every one of these best is poor at best, and downright horrible at its worst.