A craps strategy list

Besides place six and place eight, the remaining wagers all have a house edge of 2.4 percent to 6.7 percent. That’s comparable to roulette and better than keno and some slots, but for craps it’s really mediocre. Don’t waste your money. Below is a short list that summarizes craps optimum betting strategy.

Bet the pass line, don’t pass bar, come or don’t come.
Take or give maximum odds but avoid over betting.
Bet place six or place eight if your gut tells you the shooter is hot, but take the wagers down after a few rolls.
Don’t waste time or money on place, buy, or lay bets for the remaining numbers because odds wagers are better.
Avoid proposition bets.
Follow this strategy and the overall house edge will always be less than 1.5 percent and usually less than one percent. That’s nearly an even contest. Combine strategy with the discipline to walk away at the right time, and you’ll often leave the table with chips stuffing your pockets.

Craps’ price for fun

and money management

Every craps bet is different, but if you follow our strategy then the overall price for fun should be less that 1.5 percent of your bankroll when wagered once through, plus whatever you’re willing to spend for bad luck. The game is typically played at a rate of about thirty line decisions per hour (an average of four rolls per decision).

Craps is notorious for hot and cold streaks. If the dice are rolling against you, don’t fight them. Reduce your bets and if that doesn’t work, then take a break.

Don’t leave too many wagers on the table. A typical heartbreak scenario is being ahead but having five or six bets working, four of which can be taken down. The table suddenly goes cold. Nothing is happening. You don’t move swiftly and suddenly the shooter throws a seven; they all disappear…

Aggressive System for the Wrong Bettor

Since you never give the house more than 0.8 percent by laying single odds on the don’t pass and don’t come bets, you don’t want to increase the house’s advantage beyond that percentage. There are three possible ways to play more aggressively and still hold the line on the casino’s edge.

Instead of increasing each bet by one unit after every win, you can raise the bet by two units. This is a sane method to use when taking advantage of a cold table, always subject, however, to the safeguards outlined in the basic strategy.
You can increase your bets by one unit after each win, but instead of making two don’t come bets, you can make three of them. This gives you another bet out on the layout, but at the same time it gives the dice another target for repeats. At a very cold table, where few numbers or none are repeating, a player will be able to make a lot of money in a short time betting this way.
The final and most aggressive alternative is to raise each winning bet by two units and then make three don’t come bets. Be super careful when doing this and be aware of the possibility of a hot roll repeating numbers till all the don’t come numbers come down. If numbers start repeating, stop betting, take the temporary loss, and wait for the shooter to seven out before making another don’t bet, either on the line or on don’t come.
With this method, however, if you get a cold table, the money will pile up quickly, and you should net a beautiful win.…

Baccarat strategy

Part of baccarat’s allure is the way it resists strategy. Players have no say in how the cards are dealt. Betting is the only variable, and there are only three options. The preferable bet is obviously banker because it wins most frequently and has the lowest house edge. This is especially true if the vig is only four percent.

Bets on player don’t win as often, but the no-vig payoff brings the house edge for player nearly even to banker. The difference between player and banker in all cases is less than one percent.

Tie is the only wager that offers a clear choice, and that choice should be no. The 14.4 percent house edge qualifies it as a sucker bet. Combining a tie bet with a simultaneous bet on player or banker drops the overall house edge to about 12 percent. That’s still an edge for suckers. There is simply no way to improve tie. You’ll get better odds betting craps propositions.

Following trends and counting cards

Some people think it’s possible to predict future baccarat results by analyzing previous wins and losses. That’s why you’ll often see players studiously scribbling notes. Casinos offer paper and writing instruments to assist them. This is an obvious indication that such systems don’t work.

Counting cards is also not effective. Repeated analysis has shown that baccarat’s rules make the game impossible to accurately predict until the very end of the shoe. A millionaire could earn about $10 an hour with perfect counting. So baccarat remains an unbeatable game and an elegant mystery.…