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Craps: Tradeoffs

29 Dec 2022

By Royal Flushes
CINDY: Last week we looked at the tradeoffs you have when playing blackjack. This week we look at craps.

ABBY: Craps and roulette are probably tied for second place in the table game rankings and have been so for decades ever since blackjack swept the field in the 1960s with the coming of the card counting revolution.

CINDY: Craps was the World War II game that came up from the South and was originally called crabs. It became the big city game in the 1920s and 1930s and during World War II craps and poker dominated the soldiers’ playing time. After the war, the casinos jumped on craps and it took off for two decades until blackjack supplanted it.

ABBY: Craps players swear that it is the most exciting game of all the table games. I can’t disagree with that. I love craps.

CINDY: So, do I.

ABBY: It is a game with some big tradeoffs if played the way most craps players play it, poorly.

CINDY: There are many bets at craps, both right bets and wrong bets (sometimes called “don’t” or “darkside” bets). Wrong bets are when you are betting for the 7 to knock off a shooter. Very few players bet that way. Darkside players are not appreciated by the other craps players who are rooting for the numbers to be made and for the shooter to be highly successful. Some craps players hate the darkside players.

ABBY: The don’t players are the tradeoff when you play the game as a right player. A right player wants the shooter to hit numbers, not seven-out. You have to be able to handle players who are, for the most part, playing against your desires.

CINDY: And because there are so many bets at the game many players feel compelled to make many bets. It seems that this betting attitude dominates the game for many players. It is the worst attitude to have when you play craps because most of the bets are truly poor bets that have high house edges.

ABBY: Craps can mean losses for most players and quick losses at that. You make six or seven bets and unless a shooter gets hot, which happens only here and there, you are looking for losses, sometimes major losses.

CINDY: You can only win one bet at a time but you can lose all your bets with a quick seven-out by the shooter. To get that money back you must go on a winning streak of one-bet-at-a-time and that is a rather big winning streak. It takes many one-bet wins to make your comeback. It rarely happens.

ABBY: The crap player seems to accept that aspect of the game….

CINDY: I don’t. The bad bets are bad bets and shouldn’t be made.

ABBY: Agreed but our attitudes tend to be a minority opinion.

CINDY: The tradeoff in craps is that the excitement level and the betting opportunities merge into a game where players may overplay their time at the table with ultimqtely bad results.

ABBY: It’s also a loud game. Many times, the loudness is because someone is having a good roll and players are cheering. Sometimes the loudness comes from the moans or expressions of despair on the part of the players. Some craps players, a little minority nowadays, are still anti-woman playing or at least shooting the dice during the game.

CINDY: These folks have more or less left the game. When we first started playing decades ago the anti-woman sentiment was stronger in the game. Now, not so much.

ABBY: I love playing the game but I would be broke if I followed the multiple bet strategy by making high house-edge wagers. That tradeoff can be called the sinking of the Titanic tradeoff. Bad bets are icebergs.

CINDY: To be avoided.

ABBY: Next week, we’ll look at roulette.

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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