Best Craps Strategy

The craps strategy is not that difficult. We will explain some craps tactics with a few tips. There are so many different betting options that you may not immediately see where you get the best odds and which betting options you should stay away from because the casino has too much of an advantage there.

If you are interested in craps for the first time, we recommend that you first read the craps rules and explanation. Here all betting options are indicated first. Once you've done that, you can read on here to find out which of these options are the best. Good luck learning craps! When you start to understand the game, it is one of the most exciting casino table games out there. In addition, the casino advantage if you bet well is much lower than with most other casino games! You can also play free craps here at Top Casino.

Betting options Craps
Passline bet Passline Chance bet
Don't pass bet Don't Pass Chance bet
Come Don't Come
Place bet Place Loss
Buy bet Lay bet
Big 6/8 Hard way bet
Special bets Deploy field

What does the casino advantage mean for the craps strategy

In order to know where our odds lie, we need to know where the casino benefits. This is difficult to determine. Where at most casino games you place a bet, you know after the game is played whether you won or lost it. However, this is not the case with craps, because it often takes several rolls of the dice before the outcome is clear. Dice once, or dice 4x, of course, has a major effect on the possible outcome. Based on what is the best bet now, you should look at the different bets per roll. That is why it is best to look at the ‘per throw' opportunities to determine what you can best bet on. We will now go through the different betting options.


The odds of the craps roll

First of all, it is important to know the probability of a certain number being thrown. For example, a 12 has only 1 possible combination of numbers (6 + 6) while a 7 has the most possibilities. How much exactly is clear from the table opposite. Now that you see that a 7 is rolled one out of 6 times, you may understand the chances of winning with craps a bit better.

Betting options Craps

Passline bet

The main bet for craps. Briefly explained it means that you bet during the exit roll on the passline. At 7 or 11 you win and at 2,3 or 12 you lose. With a place number (4,5,6,8,9,10) the relevant number becomes ‘the point'. If a 7 is rolled first on the next roll, you lose. If ‘the point' is rolled again before a 7 comes, you win and double your bet. The house edge on this bet is 0.42%. But watch out; after the outcome roll is thrown, you may still bet on a passline bet. However, you should not do this, because this has a much higher casino advantage because as you know by now the 7 is rolled much more often than any other number.

Passline chance bet

A passline odds bet is a side bet on the original passline bet. It pays out with actual odds, which further reduces the odds for the casino. Actual probability means that with a 4 or 10 you will be paid 2: 1. With a 5 or 9 as a point number, you will be paid 3: 2 if you win and 6 and 8 you will be paid 6: 5. Usually there is a maximum you can bet on this side bet of 3x the original bet. If you have placed a passline bet, it is always advisable to place an opportunity bet after ‘the point' has been determined. The house advantage of this bet in itself is 0%.

Don't pass bet

The opposite of a passline bet, which is also known as a ‘wrong better' because you win if the other players lose. The house edge is 0.40%, which is actually a bit better for you to bet on than the usually more played passline bet. In a real casino the bet is actually ‘not done' but online you don't get those crooked faces if you win while the rest lose.

Don't Pass chance bet

This is also a side bet on your previous don't pass bet, without a house edge. So always take this chance at most (usually 3x the original bet) to further reduce the house edge.

Come and Don't Come bet

Mathematically, a come or don't come bet is the same as a passline or don't passline bet. The house edge for a come bet is therefore 0.42% and for a don't come bet 0.40%. The associated side bets, betting the odds, have no house edge.

Place (place) bet

Similar to a chance bet on a certain ‘point' number. The difference is that there is no need to throw a ‘point' number first. Also, the payouts are slightly less, which makes the house advantage a bit bigger. You get paid on a 6 or 8 7: 6, on a 5 or 9 you get 7: 5 and on a 4 or 10 the payout is 9: 5. The house advantage for 6 and 8 is therefore 0.46%, for 5 and 9 1.11% and for 4 and 10 1.67%.

Place loss bet

Conversely from a place bet discussed above. They win at a 7, and lose if the number against which you bet is rolled. The payout is as follows; 4: 5 at 6 and 8, 5: 8 at 5 and 9, 5:11 for 4 and 10. The house advantage will then be 0.56%, 0.69% and 0.76% respectively.

Buy (buy) bet

This bet is basically the same as odds, or place bets, only they have different odds. The idea is that they pay out according to the actual odds, but you have to pay a 5% commission on your bet. For 6 and 8 the house advantage is 0.69%, for 5 and 9 0.56% and for 4 and 10 0.42%. This means that it is better to place a ‘place' bet for 6 and 8, because the house advantage is smaller there. For the other rolls, ‘buy' bets are better.

Lay bet

The opposite of a buy bet, and comparable to a place-loose bet plus 5% commission. The advantage for the casino for 6 and 8 is 0.69%. For 5 and 9 0.56% and for 4 and 10 0.42%. Here too it is better to go for a place-lose bet at 6 and 8 and for the other wprps a ‘lay' bet is better.

Big 6 and 8

These bets lose if a 7 is rolled, and win with every 6 or 8. You should not place these bets, as you can bet on the same with a ‘place' bet for better odds. With the big 6 and 8, the casino has a 2.78% advantage.

Betting hard way

These bets lose if a 7 is rolled, or the number is rolled the easy way. So an 8 (4 + 4) loses with a 7, or for example (6 + 2). These kinds of throws are difficult and therefore pay well! The house advantage is actually not too bad. Only 1.39%, so you can bet it.

Special bets (horn bet, any 7 bet, etc)

All special bets such as ‘any craps', ‘any 11', or ‘any 7' have huge casino benefits. They do pay out a lot if you win, but you won't win often enough in the long run to make it profitable. Every thoughtful craps player will not bet on this! The house advantages range from 5.56% for ‘horn' bets to 16.67%! for the ‘every 7' bet. But again; avoid these betting options!

Deploy field

The chance of throwing 2,3,4,9,10,11 or 12 is quite high. It only pays 1: 1. Unless 2 or 12 is rolled, the payout is 2: 1. The house edge is 2.78% in total.

Craps Strategy Summarized

The best tactic is simply to get the best opportunities. This means that you will go against the normal way of playing and will have to bet on ‘don't pass' and / or ‘don't come' bet. And bet maximum on the side bet ‘chance' or ‘odds'. If you play in a real casino in Las Vegas, and don't want to face all the grumpy heads if you win and lose the rest, you can also bet on the regular ‘pass' and ‘come' bet, make sure you also here again takes the maximum side-bet odds.

If you find this tactic somewhat boring, you can still bet a bit in a place with a high payout. But make sure you don't bet on the special bets like ‘every 7' or ‘every craps'. The house edge is far too great here and you might as well burn your money right away. A bet on ‘big 6 and 8' is still somewhat justifiable and provides some extra tension.
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