Some of the bets in craps are favorable to the player. Other bets are adverse. The systems for winning in craps have to be built around the favorable bets. Therefore the first thing that a player needs to do is recognize which bets are favorable and which are not.
The correct measure for judging whether a bet is favorable is the house edge. Each bet in craps has the correct odds. These odds are based on the mathematics involved with the rolling of the dice. If the casino pays out as per these odds then it will not earn anything in the long run. Since the casino has to cover its costs and make a profit it offers a payout that is lower than the correct odds. The deviation between the correct odds and the casino payout is the house edge.
The one roll bets have high house edges. The correct odds for the any seven bet is 5 to 1. In most casinos the payout for this bet is 4 to 1. This results in a house edge of 16.7%. The correct odds for the any craps bet is 8 to 1. In most casinos the payout for this bet is 7 to 1. This results in a house edge of 11.1%. By comparison the house edge for the field bet is only 5.6 %, but even this is too large for a winning strategy. Therefore players should avoid one roll bets at all costs.
The house edge for the pass line bet is 1.4%. Therefore starting with the pass line bet is the first step for putting in place the system for winning in craps. If the pass line bet wins or loses in the come out roll the wager should be repeated. If a point is established the player must immediately place the free odds bet. The amount of the free odds wager is at least the original wager. This free odds wager reduces the overall house edge to 0.8%. Some casinos allow up to twice the original wager as the free odds bet. In order to maximize his advantage the player must wager the maximum allowed amount on the free odds bet.
In order to take the system of winning in craps further the player must wager the come bet at the earliest instance after the pass line bet. Then he must load both these bets with the maximum allowable free odds bet when the respective points are established. In a conservative betting system the player must strive to maintain two points at all times. If any of the pass line bet or come bet wins the player must repeat that bet and load it with the free odds bet as soon as possible. If 7 is rolled and all bets lose the player must start with the pass line bet all over again. More aggressive players can modify this system to work with three points instead of two. However the bankroll required will also go up.
Therefore bankroll availability is crucial to setting up a system. Assume that the base wager is $1. Then on the most conservative basis he should work with two points and wager the single free odds. This will mean that he will have $4 staked when he has reached his full wager. On the most aggressive basis he should work with three points and wager the double free odds. This will mean that he will have $9 staked when he has reached his full wager. The player will have to fine tune the system depending on the amount he wants to stake. Related Articles - Crapless Craps - Craps Betting - How to Play Craps