Craps Strategies
by Jordan Walters
We all want to win when gambling. Today, I will share with you
two popular strategies for playing Craps. I first learned of
these two strategies in the dark of night at some popular Las
Vegas casinos many years ago. The two strategies we'll go over
are Conservative Craps and Field Buster. These contrived names
give you a sneak peek into what the strategy contains.
Conservative Craps
Just as the name implies, this strategy is very conservative. If
you are an impatient player, move along. This isn't for anyone
that needs fast and furious action. I've successfully used this
strategy many times. As with any strategy, it's not foolproof,
but it feels like it sometimes. I like to call this my drinking
strategy, because it keeps me at the Craps table getting free
cocktails for a very long time.
The premise is very simple. When you are on the come out roll,
make a bet on the "don't pass" line. As you should know, you win
on a 2 or 3 and lose on a 7 or 11 12 is a push. Once the point
has been established, you will place the point for the exact
amount you placed on the "don't pass" line. For instance, if
your "don't pass" wager was $30 and the point is now 5, you
would place the 5 for $30.
You are now home free. Once you reach this point, you can't
lose. If the shooter 7s out, you get all your money back.
However, if the shooter hits the point, you win the odds. In our
example above, you would win the odds on a $30 wager on the 5,
which is $12. It's that easy. However, as you can see, this
system can be very slow to progress.
Field Buster
We all know that the field bet is against the player. While it
contains most of the possible numbers, it contains less than
half of the possible dice combinations. Still, there is money to
be made playing the field. This system is a mix of some
probability and plain ol' wishing. Here's the thing. There are
20 of the 36 possible combinations missing in the field. That
means a nonfield number has a 55.6 percent probability of
showing up on any given roll.
If that's the case, what's the probability of a nonfield number
being rolled four times in a row? The answer is about 9.5
percent. This strategy says that players should wait to see
three nonfield numbers rolled in a row and then bet the field.
If the probability of a nonfield number showing up on that
fourth roll is 9.5 percent, then you have, in a sort of warped
theory, a 90.5 percent probability of winning your wager.
To play this system, you simply count the number of nonfield
rolls you see in a row. When that number hits three, you bet.
I've played this strategy myself and have seen others do it.
Also, I've seen some get very conservative by waiting for four
nonfield rolls before betting. Either way, this can be an
entertaining side strategy to play.
