Craps Questions

by Frank Scoblete

This Learn to Play Craps lesson has 7 craps questions and answers.

1) Is craps your favorite game?
Yes. It is my favorite because of its excitement level and the opportunity to control your fate by rolling the dice.

Craps Question 2) Can a player get a mathematical advantage at craps?
No. The math of craps is clear and easy to understand and it says plainly - the player cannot get an edge at the game. Yet, there are ways to achieve an edge if we go outside the parameters of traditional play.
Example, many don’t players will take down their don’t come bets if they land on the six or the eight. When that happens a smart craps player will “buy” the bet from the don’t player and actually play with an edge. This is called “don’t buying”.
Smart players can also place money in odds behind players who are not taking odds or are not taking full odds. This is called “oddsman betting”.
The casino has no edge on the odds bet. And, this is a fact; some players have learned to control the dice to overcome the house edge.

Craps Question 3) What is the 5-Count?

The 5-Count is a method for selecting which shooters you are going to risk your money on. Many, if not a majority, of shooters seven out rather quickly once they’ve established their point number. You tend to lose money on those shooters.
The 5-Count was developed to avoid horrendous rolls and, hopefully, take advantage of those few-and-far-between good rolls.

4) What is the theory behind the 5-Count?

While, you may not definitely win, there are two playing theories that explain the efficacy of the 5-Count. The first is to recognize that since the math of craps is hard to overcome, betting on every shooter is almost a guarantee that you will lose in the long run.
The second is that certain shooters or rhythmic rollers are subtly altering the odds of the game by physically controlling the dice. Some players may actually be doing this with full knowledge but most are doing it because they have gotten into a rhythm.
It is believed that shooters who take care with their rolls do so because they have had success and are now repeating a formula that has been successful. Many of these shooters are not actually rhythmic rollers, some are.

5) Do you really believe that some people can control the dice knowingly?
Yes. I’ve now seen this with my own eyes and been involved in teaching this technique for many years. It works.

6) What is the best way to bet at craps?
Go with the lowest house edge bets and that would be pass/come or don’t pass/don’t come. Then place odds behind them. Try to get the most money in odds and the least money on the line.
Example, if you have $25 to bet, you are better off with $5 on the pass line and $20 in odds because that will lose you just seven cents each time you make the bet over the long run. Whereas $25 on the line will lose you 35 cents.

Craps Questions 7) Many authors recommend playing the don’t but I rarely see people doing so. Why is that?
Although both right bettors and wrong bettors (wrong bettors are those playing the don’t side of the board) are actually playing against the house, many players feel that rooting against the shooter’s point and with the seven is an offensive act.

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Craps Terms:
Cinco, Dos and Adios=7
Fiver=point 5
Eighter from Decatur=point 8
Field is alive after 5=field bet. 

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