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Craps Advice

24 Aug 2021

By Frank Scoblete
Craps players are a stubborn lot. Many have been playing craps since they were kids – even the kids have been playing craps since they were kids! – and they don’t want to change. I understand that; habits are more comfortable than trying to create a new you, which is what you do when you take on something new.

But there are so many bad bets at the game of craps that many, if not most players, fall into the trap of making such bad bets. Some players don’t even know the bets they are making are indeed bad ones.

Let me get one thing out of the way first: Bets that are active on every roll, such as the field or the single number or combination bets should be avoided. Not only do they have high house edges but because they are always active your losses can pile up if you make them. A $10 place bet on the four, five, nine and ten or a $12 place bet on the six or eight is far, far better than the same amount on the field.

You do not want the house edge eating away at your bets on every decision. Stick to bets that will take some time to resolve.

Craps players are action players. That is, they want to get into the wild swing of things and this means they want many bets working on the layout. That too is a mistake.

Every dollar you bet comes with a cost, and the more bets you make, the more the cost rises. Since craps is such an exciting game there is a natural tendency to go all out to have as much action as you can get.

The casinos love action players; such players make the casinos wads of money. Generally, what the casinos like, the players should be wary of. That idea makes sense to me. If you had the ability to control the dice when you rolled, the casino would not be happy having you play there. But you should be happy because you can beat them.

Casinos have ways to make players feel important. Comping is one way. Now, everybody likes getting comps to meals, rooms, shows, sporting events and so on. If such comps come as part of an intelligent game plan then no harm done. But too many players play in order to get comps or to impress the floor person or pit boss or their host.

Here it comes, loud and clear: floor people, pit bosses and hosts are not impressed by the amount of money you bet. They see your bets as feed to cattle and they (and all the people who work for casinos) think of themselves as the cattle that you are feeding with the money they make from your bets. There’s nothing wrong with thinking that way, patrons are the reason patronage to various businesses is a good thing for those businesses.

But don’t fall for the comp game psychology. Take whatever comps are given to you but don’t play to get such comps. Your money is better off in your pocket than in the casinos’ coffers.

Does everything I’ve just said make the casinos villainous? Absolutely not. The casinos are a business and you should think of them as such.

What is today’s lesson? Make bets that take time to be resolved and do not fall for the comp game.

Next week I’ll explain what are the best bets to make at craps.

All the best in and out of the casinos!

Frank Scoblete’s web site is His books are available at, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, e-books and at bookstores.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at

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