Like many casino games Craps is a combination of two elements: skill and luck. Luck takes precedence over most of how the game is played, and there’s nothing a player can do about it. If the dice are kind, the player might win a huge jackpot. If the dice are particularly cruel, it might mean leaving with hollow pockets. But although luck plays a considerable role in a Craps game, there is also, as always, certain things a player can do to up their odds of winning. With just about any casino, online or real-life, the goal of any gambler is to lower the house-edge, which allows a window of opportunity for that player to tip the scales in his or her favour.
The first tip is to know (innately) which rolls have a more favourable outcome. For instance, the odds of rolling a 7 with a combination of two dice is 16.67%, while the odds of rolling a 2 or 12 is 2.78%. Therefore, it’s best to stick to the numbers whose combinations will, statistically, show up more often. However, we can’t forget the house-edge! The house-edge with Craps is also dependent on the type of bet one is making, so again, knowing which bets have higher stakes is also a key advantage in getting a lead up on any Craps game. As a general rule, it’s best to stay away from lay bets, which casinos usually enforce a 5% commission on. That said, if played in combination with other bets, it can often lead to a significant win.
It’s also important to consider bets that give “true odds” – these are exempt from the kind of house advantage that come with standard wagers.
For most players though, it’s best to stay with field bets that have a lower house-edge. This involves the chance of a single number coming up on a single roll, and is considered one of the safer ways to go. However, the more basic the bet, the lower the house-edge. These include (but are not limited to) the Pass Line bet, the Don’t Pass bet, and the Come and Don’t Come bets, which tend to focus more on the numbers that have a high probability of coming up over an extended period of time.
Having a long term strategy is something that often eludes many players, who think they can come in, quickly win, and then leave. Like Poker, Craps requires a certain persistence and patience. Since you’re dealing with probabilities, it’s important to understand that the shape of a win/lose graph becomes more fluid and pronounced the longer that one plays – this is a fundamental feature of any mathematical equation. The more times you roll, the smoother the graph will be, because you have increased the lot from which these percentages are being derived. Therefore, being able to anticipate the long-term probabilities according to a certain bet are very advantageous.
That might sound overly complicated, so an easier method is to consider and hour-by-hour approach. The amount you win or lose over the course of a given hour can give you a base-line. Based on the outcome per hour, this will allow you to adjust your strategy (or come up with a new one). Regardless, the biggest tip I can give is to have fun while you’re playing – unless you’re a savant with eidetic memory and the ability to predict a dice roll, it’s imperative to keep in mind that this is a game, and ought to be played like one. With enthusiasm and sportsmanship!