Craps Has The Best Casino Bet – Free Odds

Dogs Playing Craps - Love It.

Dogs Playing Craps – Gotta Love It.

Craps has The Best Casino Bet – Free Odds. The odds bet is one of those bets in a casino that you should definitely make. According to nextshooter.com,  “The Free Odds bet carries no house edge. The casino makes no profit on this bet. This is the only table game bet you can make where the odds aren’t against you. How can the casino make this bet available when they don’t make any money on it? Of course the Free Odds bet isn’t totally free. You have to make a flat bet (Pass, Don’t Pass, Come, or Don’t Come) before you can make the Free Odds bet.

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How It Works

You make a Pass Line bet, and the shooter rolls a number to establish a point (4,5,6,8,9, or 10). Now you can make a Free Odds bet, by putting your chip(s) below (due South) of your Pass Line bet. It’s kind of like doubling down in blackjack. Now if the shooter rolls the point again, you not only win your Pass Line bet, you also win the Odds bet.

Mike Shackelford of The Wizard of Odds

Mike Shackelford of The Wizard of Odds

According to the Math Master, Michael Shackelford at Wizard of Odds, “because the Odds has zero house edge the player can only bet so much on it compared to his Pass bet. Most casinos allow what is known as “3- 4-5X Odds.” This means the player may bet up to three times his Pass bet on the odds after a point of a 4 or 10, four times after a 5 or 9, and five times after a 6 or 8. How did they come up with this? I think because if the player always takes the maximum odds, and he wins on the pass line, the Odds bet will always pay 6 times the pass line wager, making the math easier for the dealers.

Placing the Odds – The Best Casino Bet

Some casinos pay even more, like 5X, 10X, 20X, or 100X odds on all points. If you see a casino advertising something like “10X Odds,” that means that you can bet up to ten times you Pass bet on the Odds.

Craps Table

The Craps Table – A Daunting Place for the Beginner.

You can place the odds bet on the point OR the come bet.  According to John Grochowski, “when the dealer sees that bet backing your pass bet, he knows it’s an odds bet and words are unnecessary.  It’s a little different with come bets. There, you do have to give the dealer verbal information. Let’s say you have a come bet and the shooter rolls a 6. The dealer will move you come bet to the 6 box.

You make a free odds bet by placing chips in the come box and telling the dealer, “Odds on my come” or “Odds on my 6.” The dealer then will move those chips to the 6 box, positioning them both to indicate your position at the table and which chips are the come bet and which are the odds.

Finally, if comps are important to you, then be warned that most casinos do not count bets on the Odds towards the average amount you bet, because they don’t stand to make any profit on it.  

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5 Reasons Why Craps Players Have the Most Fun

The Craps table can be a very confusing place to the beginner!

The Craps table can be a very confusing place to the beginner, but it always sounds like the players have the most fun.

Ever play slots next to the craps tables?  How distracting…..all that noise…..and smiles…..and camaraderie……and fun…….and, hmmmmmm?

It always seems like it’s a band of warriors, or the underdogs beating the champs. A group of Davids trying to bring down Goliath together, and whether they do or not,  the banter, the laughter, the “high 5’s” and the joy of making that long roll supersedes all losing.  Together they have made the good fight.

There’s got to be more to it, right?

Let’s inspect this more deeply….. here are five reasons craps players have more fun than any other table games.

1) It’s not just about a beating the house, it’s beating the house TOGETHER! The community, the friends – the kind you bring or the kind you make, and it’s not only OK to vocally yell for their success, it’s encouraged.  Even the dealers at the table seem to get into the fun, or they should – it’s encouragement personified – a battle together against the casino.

Fun at craps

2) It’s about tolerance.  Yes, there are those nay-sayers that believe in the anti-point – the “Don’t-Pass” bettors. But, if they behave, even they are allowed to bring their bad karma to the Spartans fight for the point to be made.

Don’t Pass Bet in Craps. Not the favored bet on the table.

3) It’s about the “stick man” – a dealer that actually announces what’s happening.  A craps stickman is the casino staff member who calls out the dice rolls and then returns the dice to the shooter. It’s like having your own color commentator.  Wouldn’t that be cool to have behind you at a VP machine (“four to a Royal…. draw the three of hearts, no Royal, side out”   ……hmmm, maybe not…..)

Stickman to the left, boxman in the center, dealer to the right makes for a well-oiled machine.

4) It’s about playing at different levels of proficiency. For a game that looks so complicated – it’s really not hard. And while asking for advice at other table games usually results in grunts and grumbling from players and dealers alike, your new friends are more than happy to help you.  Go with a buddy who does play craps is even more fun.  “Pass line” – that’s all a craps newbie needs to know to join the fun.  All that other stuff on the table? There’s plenty of time to learn about that.  K-I-S! (Keep It Simple)

5) It’s about throwing the dice – to throw the dice means you control the fate of the table.  As Star Trek’s Spock once said, “”With great power comes great responsibility” – but don’t let that bother you. On no other table game do you have the control – YOU’RE THE ONE TO THROW THE DICE!  The roulette dealer never let’s me turn the little ball in the wheel, and the BJ dealer doesn’t even let me touch the cards, never mind deal!  (Yes, I know you hold the cards in single deck BJ, but try finding that game.) You can make money just by riding along with a good shooter.

 

Larry Edell, from Casino City Times writes, “Are you are tired of the hassles and changing rules at the blackjack tables? Are you tired of getting no profits and no comps at roulette? Maybe you should give craps a try! It gives you real player control, the possibility of very high profits, a very low casino edge, the ability to ride along with someone else’s skills, lots of easy-to-get comps, occasional long money-making streaks, and the ability to determine how the table is going by talking to the other players. Where else can you find a better game than that?

Shooting the dice everyone gets the chance.

I think the best way to learn is to ask a real craps player to take you to a real craps table in a casino.  Everything I know I can thank Mark Devol and Dr. Mike from “You Can Bet on That” and Cousin Vito from Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast. In New England, all casinos have real craps tables, except Plainridge Park Casino & Raceway, which sports an electronic version like “bubble craps.”

Want to practice, or learn on your computer or iphone? There are programs and apps galore.  Here are some places to start:

Websites: Gambling Teachers – http://www.gamblingteachers.com/craps.html

Software: WinCraps (Online Casinos also offer free craps play)

Books: “Craps: Take the Money and Run” by Henry Tamburin &

“Craps Made Simple” by Tomas B. Gallagher

Apps: “Aw Craps!”

Craps Dice

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…….keep those dice a-rollin……..
That’s all for now.
Binbin

The “Don’t Pass” Bet at Craps – Time to Try It!

Recently, I met Tim Lawson at Gamblepalooza (the Foxwoods get-together for gamblers sponsored organized by Cousin Vito’s Podcast and Eric Rosenthol). Tim has authored many podcasts and has initiated a new gambling podcast called “The Bettor Life” 

While there are many gambling & Las Vegas podcasts out there, the community of people creating these entertaining audio continue to bond together, supporting each other.

I find Tim Lawson refreshing.  I find his opinionated and honest approach a breath of fresh air, although not agreeing with everything said.  But, he has raised my interest in his craps play, namely playing the “DON’T PASS” line.

 

Tim likes the “DON’T PASS” bet at the craps table. Most players bet the “PASS LINE BET.”  Usually, betting the “DON’T PASS” bet immediately causes that player to be most unpopular at the table.

To explain, I once again cite Michael Shackelford, The Wizard of Odds: 

“The table seems to have about a hundred different kinds of bets, the players are barking out commands in what seems to be a foreign language, and the pace is too fast to ever ask a question. I can sympathize with the beginner, because at one point in time this was how craps appeared to me.”

“The don’t pass is almost the opposite of the pass line bet. If the come out roll is a 2 or 3 then you win, a 7 or 11 you lose. A 12 is [usually] a push, except in Reno and Lake Tahoe, where a 2 is a push instead of the 12. Otherwise, the dice are rolled over and over until either the point or a 7 is rolled. If the 7 comes first you win, if the point come first you lose. All wins pay even money.

A Don’t Come bet is like a Don’t Pass bet, except made anytime except a Come Out roll.

Courtesy of Gambling.com

A person betting on the don’t pass is called a “wrong” bettor and is usually winning when everyone else is losing, and vise versa. If you make this bet, keep a low profile. The other players do not want to see you yelling “yippy” as they are losing.”

I’m intrigued by this play. If someone as knowledgeable as Tim Lawson will play it, even though the house edge is higher, why shouldn’t I try it?  After all, a lower bankroll could be used  for the beginner – as long as you keep “a low profile.”

No craps table in the world likes the boisterous, bragging “NO PASS” and “NO COME” player. So if you play this way, be cool! But I’m willing to try it.

Thanks Tim, for your podcast and your insight.  If YOU can play the “DON’T PASS,” so can I!

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