Crapless craps is a variant of the regular craps game and is found in some land casinos. It is based on a gimmick meant to lure the uninitiated craps player because it apparently offers an advantage while actually offering a disadvantage. The expert craps players are aware of this and usually give this game a wide berth. Those that play crapless craps modify their strategy so that they do not fall into the trap.
Craps is a roll of 2, 3 or 12. The pass line bet and the come bet are the most common bets in craps. Both these bets automatically lose if a craps appears on the first roll of the wager in the normal game of craps. In crapless craps these bets do not lose on a roll of craps but 2, 3 or 12 are established as points. There is a flip side as well. In the regular game of craps the pass line bet and the come bet win on a roll of 7 or 11. In crapless craps these bets win on a roll of 7 but do not win on a roll of 11. 11 is established as a point. One consequence of these changes in rules is that the don't pass, don't come and lay bets do not apply.
Players new to craps argue this way. In crapless craps they are giving away one sure winner, that is 11, but are also giving away three sure losers, that is 2, 3 and 12. Therefore they feel that crapless craps gives them an advantage in the pass line bet and the come bet. Unfortunately the mathematics of probability does not work in such a simple way. When 2, 3, 11 or 12 are established as points the player is very likely to lose because the probability of rolling these numbers again before rolling 7 is very low. Therefore in the case of 2, 3 and 12 the players are replacing immediate loss with a very likely loss a few rolls down the line. Therefore they are not gaining very much. However in the case of 11 the players are replacing immediate win with a very likely loss a few rolls down the line. Therefore they are losing a lot. In terms of houses edges the pass line bet in regular craps has a house edge of only 1.4%, whereas in crapless craps it has a house edge of 5.3%.
If there is a choice between playing regular craps and crapless craps the answer is a no-brainer. It makes no sense playing crapless craps when one can play the regular game. However if one has to play crapless craps then there is a certain way of going about it so that players give themselves the best chance of winning. It becomes more crucial to go for the free odds bets in crapless craps. Single free odds reduce the house edge of the pass line bet from 5.3% to 2.9%. Double free odds further reduce the house edge to 2.0%. Some casinos even offer 5X free odds which reduce the house edge of the pass line bet to 1.0%.
Another option that players have in crapless craps is to wager on some of the more favorable bets that are not affected by the change in rules. One such bet is the place bet on 6 or 8. This bet has the house advantage of only 1.5% whether a regular craps or in crapless craps. In some casinos the field bet has a house edge of 2.7% and can be considered. Related Articles - How to Play Craps - Craps Betting - Craps Systems