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to the app store and search for American casino guide In this video

syndicated gaming writer John Grochowski who is also the author of six books on

casino gambling gives details on the five best bets that can be made in the game of

craps And now here’s john Grochowski When we talk about

the best bets in craps we’re really talking about the best commonly available bets Sometimes somebody will offer a bet that’s better

than some of the ones that were listed here there was a time for example that I saw

a casino on the field paid 3-1 on both two and 12

which is a no house edge bet. I’ve never seen it

again but we’re not going to list bets like

that that’re just available short term one or two places. We’re talking about the

best commonly available bets in craps and the best commonly available bets in craps are all multi-roll bets fit If the bet’s decided in one roll it’s probably going to have a

higher house edge than some of these So with that little bit of a warning here

the number five best but in craps is buying the 4 or buying the 10

they work just like place bets the buy bet that means that you’re betting

that your number will be rolled by the shooter before the

shooter rolls a seven and normally you would not want to place

the 4 or the 10 it’s a bad bet with a house edge of

6.67 percent But buy bats are an opportunity you

give the house a five percent commission in exchange for getting paid at true odds

if you win In this case it will be a 2-1 payoff on 4 or 10. On other place bets we don’t

look at paying that five percent commission because the house edge already is lower than 5 percent it makes no

sense to pay a five percent commission when you’re already getting a better

deal however buying the 4 or 10 with that 6.67

percent house edge it does lower the house edge not really

enough if the house is collecting a commission

on every bet it lowers it then only to 4 percent that’s still too high in my

book i wanna talk about bets here with house edges of 2 percent or lower

If the house takes the Commission only on winning bets then buying the 4 or the 10 has a house

edge that’s all the way down 1.67 percent Under two percent it’s one of the better

bets in the casino and it is number five our list of the best craps bets. Number four on our

list of the best craps bets is placing the six or placing the eight.

These are among the most commonly made bets at craps You’re betting that the shooter will

roll a 6 or roll an 8 before he rolls a 7 Now in craps sixes and eights are the second most

commonly rolled numbers 7 is the most commonly

rolled number there are six ways to roll a seven, there

are five ways to roll a 6 there are five ways to roll an 8 so the odds

are 6-5 against your place bet winning the

house pays you 7-6 that’s not quite true odds but it’s

not bad it’s a house edge of 1.52 percent, making placing the six or placing the 8 number four

on our list the best craps bets. Number three on our list of the best casino

bets are pass and come, we’re going to group them

together they’re really the same bet they’re just made at different times in

the case of the pass line bet the sequence starts with the come out

roll on the come out roll if the shooter rolls a seven or 11, you

win. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12 that’s craps and you lose. There are eight ways to win and four ways to lose so the shooter that that the bettor who bets

the pass line has the edge on the come out roll. If any number other

number is rolled four, five or six or an 8, 9 or 10 that becomes the point number and what you

are rooting for the shooter to do is to roll that point number again before

he rolls a seven if he does roll the point number again then

you win if the shooter rolls a 7 first before rolling

the point number then you lose. The overall house edge on

this is 1.41 percent , one of the better bets in

the casino. Come bets work exactly the same way except that you don’t have to wait for it to be

a come out roll, you can make the come bet on any roll it’s just that the first

roll becomes the equivalent of a come out roll for your bets so at 1.41

percent pass and come are the third best bets at the craps table. Number two on our

list of best casino bets is don’t pass and don’t come in essence you’re betting against the shooter in

this one you’re betting against the shooter making a point number on the come out roll. If the shooter rolls a two or three you

win if the shooter rolls a12 you push and that’s

important because that’s where the house edge comes from if the shooter rolls seven or 11 you

lose So that’s kind of the opposite of the pass line bet except for that

little provision about the 12 and the push instead of a win or loss if any other number is rolled that becomes

the point number just like on pass and come except here you win if the shooter rolls a 7 first If the shooter rolls a 7 you win if the shooter rolls the point number before

rolling a 7 then you lose Don’t come is the same as

don’t pass except the sequence doesn’t start on the

come out roll whatever the next roll is becomes the

equivalent to come out for your don’t pass bet The house edge here is only 1.36 percent so that’s one of the better bets in

the casino it’s better than the pass line by of a few tenths or a few hundredths of a

percent still most players really prefer to make

pass and come bets because they’re betting with the shooter there they’re playing together there’s a

camaraderie at the craps table when you hear a big cheer coming from

the area of the craps table chances are the shooter has just made a

point but don’t pass and don’t come bettors there are fewer of

them they’re kinda playing on their own they’re getting a marginally better deal than on pass and come but the camaraderie aspect isn’t

as much a part of the game for them nonetheless with a 1.36 percent house edge don’t pass or don’t come is the second

best bet at the craps table And the best bet at

the craps table is one you can’t really make unless you’re betting pass or don’t pass

or come or don’t come and that’s the free odds the free odds

enable you to back your pass or come bet or your don’t pass or don’t come bet

with a second wager that is paid at true odds. For example if you are betting on pass and the point number is six then the odds

against the shooter rolling a six before he

rolls a 7 are 6-5 so your winning free odds bet that’s backing your pass line wager would be paid at 6-5 odds If you’re betting but don’t pass side

then it’s kind of the opposite its so that your laying the odds and you’re spotting the

house the 6-5 odds instead so you’re betting six dollars to win

five dollars instead of five dollars to win six dollars If we’re talking in terms of approximately

five dollar bets what the combination of the pass line

plus free odds does or don’t pass and laying the odds is that it

lowers the overall house edge on the combination with the pass line

your basic house edge is 1.41 percent on the house

edge if you get single odd which means

that you are betting the same amount on free odds as you are

on the pass line that lowers the house edge on the

combination to 0.8 percent At double odds where you’re betting double in free odds what you did on the pass line that house edge on the combination drops all the way to 0.6 percent at 10 times odds if you’re permitted to bet

10 times the amount as you had on the pass line that drops all

the way to 0.2 percent and at a hundred times odds and some

casinos do offer 100 times odds that drops to 0.02 percent it’s practically no house edge at all there’s always a house edge on the amount that

you have on the pass line but the free odds themselves have no house edge you’re being paid at true odds what this means for the better is that your best play if you can afford to make

the free odds is to bet the table minimum on the pass

line and then make up the rest of your normal betting

amount in the free odds you want most of your wager at the point

where there’s the least house edge and that’s the

zero percent house edge on the free odds So the free odds are as good a deal as you’re

going to get in the casino on the don’t side laying the odds leaves

you with a slightly lower house edge with don’t pass plus laying the odds than with pass plus odds just as the don’t pass house edge is just slightly lower than the pass house edge it drops from 1.36 percent for the don’t pass by

itself to 0.7 percent when you lay single odds 0.5 percent with double odds, 0.1 percent with 10 times odds, 0.01 percent with 100 times odds Again that’s a very very minimal house edge if you’re able to

make larger odds bets For the high rollers

this is a very very low house edge proposition and for that reason the odds with your taking the odds or

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Thanks for posting, Steve. Love craps.

Glad to hear that you like it. Many people are confused by craps. We plan to eventually do a video to explain the entire game, but it will be quite a few months before that happens.

Just to say what you probably already know, but just so others know….Craps is SO MUCH EASIER than it looks/sounds…and it can be one of the most exciting games in the casino….ESPECIALLY if you can find a $5 table. $40 can go a LONG way when betting properly.

I think its false to say that just because a bet pays at the true odds, it is therefore the best bet. If they paid 2 and 12 at true odds instead of 30 to 1, that wouldn't make it any better of a bet. I think placing 6 and 8 are the best bets. After logging my casino games for a while, I've found that place 6 and 8 bets lose once in about 30 rolls. I double or triple my money every time.

You have to rank the best bets offered in a casino based on the casino's mathematical advantage. Just because you were lucky and happened to be a winner by placing the 6 and 8, that doesn't mean the casino's mathematical advantage is meaningless – it's still 1.52%. If you keep tracking your results, you will see that the longer you play, the more likely your results will show that you will lose about 1.52% of your bets. The numbers aren't meaningless – casinos make millions of $ based on them.

Makes zero sense to say that receiving true odds wouldn't make those bets a better bet. The definition of true odds puts the casino at zero house edge. Why ignore the cold, hard probability?

Sounds kinda odd

I have been playing strategy on craps for some time now, and just recently lost twice in my last two trips. This was after winning on 7 straight trips usually x3 or x5 my bank. I noticed that in my last two trips if I would have bet don't pass, I would of had a win day. Now im training myself to read the game and bet accordingly to what rollers are getting because sometimes it just seems like its a dont pass day. So far I am just using money management to know when to quit. Thanks for vid.

Can't believe he didn't mention this strategy in the video.

Past results do not indicate future results. Just because it has been a "don't pass" day, doesn't mean it will stay that way. In the long run, the best thing you can do is only make low house edge bets and hope your bankroll lasts long enough for you to get lucky and make some money.

if you want to make real money in craps with some protection get the 6 and 8 then after you hit it twice get the 5 then hit one of the 3 then get 9 hit again get 10 hit again get 4 now you got them all covered and you did it with their money. Sometimes I will go with a hardway if we got a good controlled shooter using a hardway setup and bet the field a few times only now because if you lose you still win due to having everything covered and you did it all with house money.

It doesn't matter what you bet in craps because it is a negative expectation game, meaning you are expected to lose in the long run. The best thing you can do is to only make bets that offer the casino the lowest edge. Then, hope you get lucky, win some money and walk away from the table.

true

The 6 and 8 place bets are the so called chandeliers bets

ie they pay for the the lights

The come bet if bet in tandem with a Pass line bet is not the same as a stand alone Come bet ie the come bet will get creamed by the 2 3 and 12 craps.

If you bet a lone come bet then a come bet is the same as a pass line bet

ITs a complication

Your strange strategy of picking bets that are based on a previous set of outcomes is not going to work. Odds are odds and estimated values of the bets are mathematical. Dice have no memory. The best way to play any game with built-in house edge is to play the lowest house advantaged wagers.

the 6 and 8 place bets are one of the worst bets in the casino

Only 1.52 vig yummy yummy

Have a full tank of gas to get you back home

A casino advantage of only 1.52% is very good. Especially, when you consider that most people are playing slot machines that can have a house edge of up to 15%.

It's not all luck. It's mathematics, pure and simple. If you continuously make bets that have a 17% house edge rather than bets that have a 1% house edge, you will go broke much faster. If you want to be a smart gambler you will always make bets with the lowest house edge. You can't avoid the math!

It's not all luck. It's mathematics, pure and simple. If you continuously make bets that have a 17% house edge rather than bets that have a 1% house edge, you will go broke much faster. If you want to be a smart gambler you will always make bets with the lowest house edge. You can't avoid the math!

No, the come line is only a pass line–to be used after the point is established. There is absolutely no difference between playing 2 pass bets or playing 1 pass and 1 come, in the long term. Both have exactly the same house vig.

I'm writing a book on systemic crap strategies. It's titled "How to go broke scientifically'".

Interesting, I thought increasing the lay on the don't pass line decreased the player's edge since the original don't pass bet pays even odds on a seven once the point is established. Example: I bet $25 on the don't pass and survive the come out. A nine rolls and my original bet has the edge on the house by getting even payout on the seven(2-3 in my favor). Wouldn't laying odds, although paying even money actually water-down my original bet?

The free odds bet is paid at the true odds whether taking the odds or laying the odds.

I understand that. What I am trying to say is I always chose not to lay odds on the don't pass line since I have a statistical advantage over the house once I survive the come-out roll…The more I lay the lower my edge over the house. Consider that my $25 bet on the don;t vs a point of 9 gives me a 3-2 edge, The more I lay at true odds would slightly lower that 3-2 advantage since I get paid 2-3 instead of even money.

I relayed your question to John Grochowski for a more complete answer and here's what he said:

The problem is that you're exposing that $25 to the comeout roll, where you have eight ways to lose and only three ways to win. Yes, you have an edge once a point is established, but you don't know you're going to get to that point when you make the bet. The lay odds are not exposed to the comeout.

-continued-

Let's say you're at a $5 table with 5x odds. If you wager $25 on don't pass, then per wager you'll average 34 cents in losses. If instead you wager $5 on don't pass, then lay 5x odds whenever a point is established, your average loss drops to just under 7 cents.

You give yourself the best chance to win if you drop your don't pass bet to the minimum, and reserve the larger portion of your total wager for the bet with no house edge that is not exposed to the comeout.

-continued-

If you're already betting table minimum, it's another matter. There's no imperative to tacking another bet onto that. But if you're betting above minimum, part of the goal is to minimize the portion of your bet that's exposed to the house edge.

-end-

Except for the true odds back-up even-money bet, we have just witnessed the glorification of underlay wagers, granted, not a steep house edge to overcome, but nevertheless, with a long-term expectation of the player losing. The downside of playing Craps is that there is no skill which can be developed and applied to the game to turn the percentage edge in the player's favor. The really best bets in the world accrue to those who have the percentage edge, regardless of whether with or against the house.

The first bet you talked about. The pay triple on a 2 or 12 on a field bet.

I seen the country Panama (the country), in Panama City. The casino was the Veneto. They had this rule the lat time I was there which was March 2014. I was wondering why I was doing better at this casino on craps than at other places. I didn't play craps at other casinos in this city. They might all be like that. They use U.S. dollars there so if you are a gambler and looking for a different place to vacation, you might think about Panama.

Why not bet on '7'? It has the highest chance of hitting at 16%.

I'm a long time craps gambler. I did all the strategy in the books. The best bet that you could make is the 6 and 8. Bet $12 on 6 and $12 on 8. When 6 or 8 is hit, you reduce your bet to $6 each. Now you are playing the casino's money and take all the wins. If the Roller is hot then you can put $5 on 5 and 9 and if you keep winning press your bets on 6 and 8 first then the 5 and 9 and then time to bet on 4 and 10. Then bet the hardways only if the roller is really hot.

What is worth to mention is that the free odds bet does not improve the expected value of the player… The negative expected value remains the same, you just add a lot of more variance!! If you want to bet big, having huge swings, its very good, but you dont use free odds bet for getting a better expected value… dont forget that… he should have mention it, it seems you are losing less money when thats not the case…

2, 3, and 12 are losers on the come out roll, correct? so 7 is a winner on the come roll, but isn't there another number that is a winner too (on the come out roll)?

all these assholes never show a good strategy for winning because they dont want you betting on the dont pass, its not good for business even though the only way to win long term is to bet the dont pass

i have a very good winning strategy but it only works on electronic craps beause you can make more bets faster than dealing with superstitous assholes at live craps, i only bet the dont pass and make point bets on the side for no more than 4 rolls before a seven lands

Been a craps players for years in AC, now play in Vegas and the best play, in my opinion, is to bet the 6 and 8, but back them up with a small hardways wager as well. The point number too, bet that hard, if it's hardways, then it's a huge bonus play. If its not hard and hits, you still are up. Good luck at the tables.

Can I hop the sevens after the come out roll?

I despise talking about the house edge, unless you're playing for a year straight those numbers will never mean anything to you.

Is there a video telling the differences of the buy bet and place bets ?

Why not just tell the truth? The craps table is a place where many DIFFERENT games can be played. In a sense there is no game called craps. There is a Craps table where a variety of games can be played. Some offer lower risks along with low pay offs… such as the player who wants to play the Dice game called “Pass Line”, where the player faces a low house advantage or so called vig of .0141 and an even money payoff if won. This is great for the gambler who wants to take little risk and settles for the occasional small win(s). On the other end of the spectrum we may have a player who wants and enjoys bigger risks and bigger pay-offs. They play the Dice game called “Aces” or “12” and are very happy with their occasional 30 to 1 pay-off(s) and don’t mind having to pay the high house vig of .1389. Advise the new player that there is NO BEST WAY to play at a craps table and that anyone who claims there is a Best Way to play “Craps” is not only presumptive but also pompous and ignorant.

Playing $5 minimum pass line bet what are the minimum odds bet for the point numbers. 4 and 10 is $5 dollar minimum odds bet but what about 5 and 9 6 and 8, the casino will let you put $6 odds bet for these numbers? Many thx.

does anyone have stories about the casino royale 100 x odds promotion

shouldnt the house advantage on the pass plus odds depend on what point is rolled

I have always thought/heard placing max odds does not effect the house advantage. The reason being the odds bet is going to break even in the long run but your pass line bet still has the same gouse advantage.

The only way to win is being confident! One doubt you seven out!

This is the most efficient take on craps you'll find. Perfectly explained.

no

Very well explained. Validates my play.

Won't need to watch anymore videos on craps.

Remember folks if you play the come you got to see the number twice to get paid. Once to establish and once to get paid and you got to take the number that gets rolled. then you gotta do it all over again. If you place the number you get paid right away,can choose whatever number you want and take the bet down whenever you want. The come bet sucks.

If the point established is a 4 or ten bet against our should take odds but even if the 7 shows you lose. it….always. My play is 22 or 44 inside always. I never play the pass line unless I a m shooting the dice you don't have to. Craps is a g grind and non of these clown experts seem to want to tell you that. If you think your going to get rich or make a living from playing craps,think again the ups and downs will drive you insane. To be a successful gambler you need to incorporate many different games and that includes sports betting and the most important thing in gambling is money management second is knowledge. Don't know how to play and you give more edge to the house. Look on the internet and see how many systems there are playing craps. If there was a fool proof system everyone would be playing it and the game would no longer be seen in the casinos. Don't be a dope. I really loved the countdown to the " best bet" being free odds. If you playing the pass line you should always take odds but if the 7 shows you still lose.

Try some vegetables

how about snake eyes by the initial shooter?i don't play the pass and don't pass line!

Don't listen to this clown

John is great. Besides being a gambling expert he frequents Beatlefest in Chicago and is a very approachable guy. Nice guy!

I only play the don't…best bet on the craps table.

What if you bet don't pass and when the point is established, place bet it?

As far as I'm concerned the free odds bet is just the houses way to get you to bet over your head. It doesn't really lower the house vig because you are putting more money in play to lower the vig.

So basically a player will lose the same amount per hour whether or not they play free odds on their original pass line wager.

This guy is a fucking moron. The Pass/Come and Don't Pass/Don't Come bets backed up by full odds is the ONLY bet you should EVER make on a craps table. Everything else is a sucker bet.

this guy is a CLOWN…..7 ways to roll a 7…..not likely.2 dice with numbers 1 to 6 and the combinations to roll a 7 are 3-4 and 5-2 and 6-1……there is no other way to make a 7 with 2 dice.Same goes for 8 and 6 there are three combinations but the 6 and 8 get the benefit of being a "hard way" which if you have those bet get paid heavy odds.

This guy is a clown and I stopped listening as soon as he said there are 7 ways to roll a 7.

just to add to it a 6-1 is the same thing as a 1-6….same goes for a 4-3/3/4 and a 5-2/2-5……they are same fucking dice rolls…..to say that you can actually CALL what EACH dice hits for a specific number with regards to hitting a 7 whilst saying there are 6 ways to making a 7 is completely FUCKED…..try telling the Boxman that you had a bet on a 7 with a 2 and a 5 but with the second dice hitting the felt after it hits the table…..there are 3 ways wo make a 7 and they are 6-1/4-3 and 5-2….you cannot make a 7 any other way

Passing the dice, selective field wagering, mentally having an RNG is succsessfull.

the best bet in craps is the dont pass, stand at a craps table for an hour and count how many shooters hit their point vs throwin a 7….you ll win $ in the long run because your betting WITH the casino against the shooter plain and simple…im there to make money NOT friends at the table!!!!

If I knew the shooter might be a controlled shooter who played pass line, their skill might be good enough for me to go pass line plus full odds.

Results may vary see your doctor for more details

I heard this man is hung like a moose. Hes was a big deal in the reno porn scene.

I find betting on stock options and stock options strategies to be most similar to craps. Kind of a random roll on both but trying to always bet to win 3 by risking a loss of 1. Taking every step u can to minimize house edge.

The Odds bet is the second best bet at the craps table. What's the best bet you ask. A Dealer Bet. Show your dealers some love everyone.

Max bet 12 go home rich!

The odds bet can NOT be made without a Pass line bet SO it is not the best bet. It is a Two-part bet. Because you only get paid on the odds and your pass line bet is paid at EVEN money. You receive more on your place bets because you receive place bet odds on the WHOLE bet. Ex Point is 5 or 9 bet 10 take 10 odds you win 25 ( 10 plus 15 odds) BUT if you place it for 20 you win 28. $3.00 more on the same number with the same amount of money bet. ROI for the pass line/odds bet is 133.33% and odds for the place ber is 140%. 140% is HIGHER than 133.33% The come bet is one of the worse bets. You have to roll the number twice, once to go to the number and another time win and THEN you have to take that bet down Just DUMB. We are comparing number to number and even amount of money bet. ( Yes you win on the 7& 11 BUT you lose on the 2,3,12 so you only have 4 ways to win on the come out) PLACE YOUR BETS AND NEVER NEVER NEVER bet the come. Good luck at the Tables. Garrison Las Vegas. P.S. When you get to $25-$30 BUY the 4,5,9,&10 it pays even more even with the 5% vig. For more information on how to play & WIN go to "Garrison Craps" & Garrison Dice sets" on u-tube. Just type it on the top of this page. Good luck at the tables. Garrison in Las Vegas.

my favorite craps bet is the hit em all. It pays 175:1. Yes its hard but I've seen it happen twice in AC at the same table

Very clearly explained, thank you.

4:50 – I love betting the ASS line

These are all the worst bets in the house theyre all house bets no strategies to it.