# Craps best Bets strategy

I'm afraid I don't have any super secret strategies for winning big at the craps table. I once saw a kid (he was over twenty one, but a kid to me) set the table on fire with prop bets and hard ways and turned \$100 into \$10, 000 in a couple hours. But the experts will tell you, and rightly so, that those are some of the worst bets to make. He got lucky, but man, he had a helluva great time, and so did the crew.

When you say "best" betting strategies, I assume you mean lowest house edge. By this definition, you should only bet the pass line or the don't pass, taking or laying full odds. If this is not enough action for you, then you can also play the come or don't come, again taking or laying full odds. The come bet is kind of a "game within the game." It is the same as a pass line bet, but it happens every roll (except the come out).

Technically, the odds bet is the only bet in the house that has no house edge. However, this is not a license to print money. There are some pretty significant caveats that I'll leave to you to explore.

The next "best" bet is to place the 6 and 8. Still "okay" but getting a little dicey, is to place the 5 and 9. It's always best to buy the 4 and 10 as opposed to placing them, but you usually have to bet a higher amount than the table minimum for the privilege, and you will have to pay a vig.

Personally, I was always kind of intrigued by the no 4 and no 10 (AKA "lay bets"). These are when you bet that the shooter will roll a seven before he rolls a 4 or a 10. It's not on the approved, mathematically kosher, smart money list of low house edge bets, but it always seemed kind of fun to me. I don't know why.

Many people like to parlay or press their bets. This is putting some or all of your winnings back on the bet, so if it hits again, you'll win even more. This is a way to hit it big or lose it all. Craps is all about action and trying to hit big scores. I'm not sure this is a smart way to play, but if "best" for you means action, queasiness and going for the big score, damn the torpedos and chips, then press it up!

Anyway, the absolute best craps betting strategy is to make all your bets "two-way." Ask your dealer how that works, he or she will be delighted to assist you.

I'm not a mathematician, so here's a link to the Wizard of Odds' page on craps:

If all of this seems like gibberish, a really great little book that covers the basics of craps is "The Fundamentals of Craps" by Mason Malmuth and Lynne Loomis.

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