This lesson is
Aggressive Craps Strategies at the Learn to Play Craps program.
There is a great in-between, an
area of craps
play that can be rather
yet still based on sound principles of both math and logic and can,
are going right, yield much more in the way of return than can
approaches -- and all this without more risk, in fact, all
this with substantially less
risk in most cases.
It is called Aggressive Craps
. It is played to win
money at the tables and drain the casinos dry with comps. Aggressive
are more interested in betting on selected
than they are betting the lowest possible
house-edge bets -- and with good reason.
In fact, these
Crappers are banking on select shooters
changing the actual odds on the game to favor other kinds of betting
traditional Pass and/or Come with Odds.
Certain assumptions are inherent in any system of craps
play, or any gambling system for that matter. There are three
shooters can change a slightly negative game into
a slightly positive game for certain players who know to bet these
These shooters are dubbed “rhythmic rollers” or, more recently, “Golden
Shooters.” Some shooters can and do control their rolls to the extent
to achieve this shift from slightly negative to slightly positive.
Golden Shooters will tend to be consistent in their dice
rolling and in the resultant dice faces that show. This consistency
seen with their dice-sets, delivery and style of betting.
To take advantage of a Golden Shooter, you must adapt your
betting style to
“one size” does not fit all in this realm. That will often mean
the mathematically best bets.
There are two shooters in this aggressive craps tale: A and B.
A just winged the dice down the layout as if he were
trying to not only hit the back wall but send the dice right through
Shooter B, however, took great care with his dice sets, grip, and
is Shooter B, the shooter who takes deliberate care with his rolls,
Golden Shooter? Is he really capable of changing the nature of the game
an astute bettor, such as you, can take advantage of his roll? From the
information I’ve given you, you could not state definitively one way or
Here is what the above information tells us:
Craps: Shooter A
is definitely a random roller, not a
He couldn’t possibly have any control over the dice
You bet on
all the shooter A’s of the world and craps can’t possibly be anything
its mathematical underpinnings -- which is to say, you will lose in the
run that percentage of your total action based on the types of bets you
Shooter A is a waste of your time. Why risk your money on him?
has a chance to be a Golden Shooter as
to be very careful with his dice set, delivery and betting.
Shooter B, it is obvious that he thinks he has some effect on the dice
would not take such deliberate care with his roll.
Shooter A and Shooter B
have absolutely no
control whatsoever over the dice, or if rhythmic rolling does not exist
Golden Shooters are merely a figment of my overactive imagination then
only on Shooter B and avoiding Shooter A is still a smart move!
you have cut your exposure to the house edge!
Craps: Shooter B
is also very much aware that he is
distinct aggressive craps games against the casino when he rolls.
playing the game of
craps and all that that entails, but he is also playing the comp game.
right. His deciding to Place his numbers before his come-out roll and
them off during the come-out roll indicates that he is aware the floor
will record his maximum spread -- $170 + his Pass Line wager -- and not
spread when his Pass Line bet might bump down the Place bet. Bumping
Place bet and taking Odds usually reduces the “comp” spread because
casinos do not give you credit for the Odds bet -- an important thing
Another important thing to consider is that his
bets are not working,
not at risk, yet still earning him comp credit.
Therefore, you have nothing to lose and
gain by assuming that Shooter B is a Golden Shooter. If he isn’t, so
have cut your exposure to the house edge so you are actually reducing
losses. That’s a gain. But if he is a Golden Shooter, then you have a
play a positive-expectation craps game!
And that could be a
terrific gain indeed.
Since you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain
by avoiding Shooter A and betting on Shooter B, the next question is
we bet on him? Should we go the traditional Pass/Come with Odds, or
figure some other method of betting?
I’d like to propose that in Shooter B’s case above, we
deviate from tradition and mimic his bets because those are the numbers
tend to hit! If he is indeed a rhythmic roller and our longed-for
Shooter, he will tend to hit certain dice combinations more often and
tend to bet what has made him money in the past.
sense then to bet with him then. That would mean
Placing the 6 and 8 and Buying the 4 (if you can afford it).
Would the casino have a significantly greater edge on you if
you did mimic Shooter B? Not really. Placing the 6 and 8 comes in with
edge of 1.52 percent, while buying the 4 for $25 or $50, and only
vig if you win, comes in at about 1.3 percent.
you are making a
bet that has a combined house edge close to that of the Pass Line or
you don’t take odds.
Of course, skillful, professional, rhythmic rollers have
different dice sets for different parts of the game.
example, on the
come-out where the 7 is a desirable number, you might see them use one
once the point is established, you will note them set an entirely
You’ll note that they do this every time it is their
turn to roll --
come-out roll, one dice set; attempting to make the point or other
different dice set.
Still, most Golden Shooters will not be that accomplished
and they will, sadly, not be found 50 percent of the time as in the
Shooters A and B above.
Indeed, you will probably discover
that the overwhelming
majority of players will be more like Shooter A than Shooter B and that
those players who do take care with their dice sets will often just
dice down the table once those sets are completed or, conversely, those
take great care with their shooting style will often not care how the
set before they shoot.
Neither of these types is a Golden
Shooter. They just
have developed a bit of style in their shooting.
Craps: How Much Time Do You
Have To Kill?
Many players don’t have the luxury of going to casinos daily
or weekly and/or don’t have the patience or desire to hang around
just the right prescription of dice-set and delivery before they plunge
Such players are understandably anxious to get
into the action. If
that characterizes you, then there is also a way to put into effect the
Craps principles above.
Bet more on the Golden Shooters and
much, much less on the
If you are normally a $60 bettor when you
are fully spread out,
then drop down to a $30 spread on all Shooter A types. But when Shooter
come along, go to $90 and take your shot. In fact, you will save
money doing this as Shooter B’s do not make up anywhere near 50 percent
When you are on your low bets, play a traditional, tight
game of Pass/Come with Odds. But when you are going on the Shooter B
mimic their betting with this caveat -- avoid any bets that have a
of four percent or higher.
That leaves you essentially
betting the Place numbers in
accord with the shooter (if the shooter does this) or going up on the
the shooter prefers this style.
Craps: Luck Helps Those Who Help Themselves
I have been playing craps a long, long time and it never
ceases to amaze me how many long-term players, when it is their chance
just fling the dice and hope for the best.
don’t even look as if
they want to win.
Some don’t even look where they are
throwing the dice; they
look away. These shooters have no style, no panache, and no real chance
beating the game in the long run of their own individual rolling
Once again, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain
by attempting to utilize a controlled dice-set and delivery.
to lose by concentrating on making yourself a Golden Shooter. If you
play craps anyway, why not give yourself a chance to win on your own
At the very least, taking great care with your form
engage you more than just chucking the dice down the table.
The Aggressive Craps players can cut their overall
not betting every shooter (or by betting less on the random rollers)
into the casino comp coffers by tipping the right way and betting at
times. Why bother playing any other way?
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