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Smarter Bet Guide to Craps
by Basil Nestor
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Some craps bets are good, some are not-so-good, and some are for suckers. The Smarter Bet Guide to Craps separates the best from the rest, and makes craps easy to learn. Everything is here in a clear-cut format: Table layout, dice-shooting techniques, a detailed analysis of every craps bet, and mathematically proven strategies that help lower the casino's advantage. A good basic guide to the game for players who are just starting out.
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Craps Optimal Strategy

This is it, the Holy Grail for craps. It’s the culmination of all the material we’ve covered to this point. Follow this optimal strategy, and the casino will never have an advantage thatBasil NestorBasil Nestor is the author of the new Playboy Complete Guide to Casino Gambling. This wonderful book teaches players how to avoid sucker bets and win more when playing gambling games.  He is also the author of The Smarter Bet Guide series for video poker, slots, craps, and many other books about gambling.  Basil's website is  exceeds 1.5 percent.

  • Bet the pass, come, don’t pass, or don’t come.
  • Take or lay odds.
  • Occasionally bet the place six or place eight (if you are so inclined).
  • Don’t waste time or money on place four, five, nine, ten, or buy and lay bets for the remaining numbers because odds wagers are better.
  • Avoid proposition bets (hop bets, big red, and similar wagers). Stay away from the field.

A typical pass/come line of play using this strategy would be to bet pass, take odds if a point is rolled and place the six/eight (unless the point is six or eight). Aggressive bettors might follow up with one, two, or three additional come bets and odds.

A typical don’t-pass/don’t-come line of play would be to bet don’t pass; take odds if a point is rolled and possibly hedge with the six/eight. Aggressive bettors might follow up with one or two additional don’t-come bets and odds.

There is no “wrong” way to combine your bets when you stick to optimal strategy. The only real mistake would be putting too much money on the table (we’ll cover that in the next article).

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