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The following is a compilation of the most efficient strategy tips attested to by professional gamblers, which in itself, can be used as a single gambling strategy for playing the casino game of craps.  The online version of the game is quite easy to learn and far less intimidating and confusing than craps as it is played at land-based casinos.  If you want to learn the game of craps, and become good at it, a great way to start is online.  Then, when you are ready to put your skills to the test at the actual table itself, your confidence will be at a new level.  When you have digested the following overall strategy tips, please read the comprehensive crap tips found at the bottom of this page.  By checking back often for new discoveries and insight, even the best of players benefit.

The best tip anyone could give to a gambler seeking to develop a profitable gaming strategy at craps is to practice, practice, practice.  I know it sounds clich, but just like any skill, dedicated practice is the key to mastership.  With most online casinos offering free practice play of their gaming software, lack of accessibility is no longer an excuse for craps players.

Craps is indeed a fast-paced game.  And although players can take a larger degree of time to make decisions when playing craps online - craps players need to think fast and be prepared to make sound decisions on the spot without having to think twice about them.  When all is said and done, there really is not that much information that needs to be committed to memory.  The idea is to get the information you really do need so ingrained that you can get outside of your head when playing.  And the more you are outside of your head, the more confident and aware you will be about your surroundings.  Craps is a game that can deliver some of the best odds and lowest Casino Advantage in gambling.  It is also just like every other gambling game in that it produces many "lucky" winners.  Therefore, knowing when to take chances and being in tune with all the activity at the craps table holds great weight in developing one's confidence and decision making processes.

In craps there is no "system" that can guarantee success.  A system can guarantee you will win a certain number of times;  However, it also guarantees that you will lose a certain number of times.  Just how much these losses and winnings add up nobody can predict. You will likely hear about craps systems that incorporate 'Hedging', which is a technique used to cover ones bets with additional bets.  And although these systems can get the House Edge down in the neighborhood of 1.2%, they can be mind boggling, and are actually not the most efficient ways of getting the House Edge Down.  As you will see, backing a pass line bet with a free odds wager (a very simple wager) can get the House Edge down below 1%.  Systems have their use, but are not the most efficient, and definitely not the most simplified ways of maximizing craps gambling.

In the early stages of learning a simple and efficient craps strategy, it is advisable to only place bets with the lowest House Advantage.  Then later on, if you think you can be lucky once in a while, you may desire to make those craps bets that have very little chance of hitting.  Therefore, let's begin our craps strategy pointers by first deciding on which bets not to make, and which to rarely make.

Tip #1 ------- Do not make Proposition Bets

These are bets determined on a single dice roll, with the House Edge being much too high. The Any Craps Bet alone holds a House Edge of over 11%.

Tip #2 ------- Do not make Lay Bets

The 5% commission, or vig, and low odds placed on these bets is not a favorable offer on the casinos part.  If you insist on making Lay Bets, the only way you will maximize your winnings is by betting in set amounts.  Since the casino will usually charge a 5% commission for every $20 wagered, it is advisable to bet in exact denominations. This insures a winning return without giving the casino an opportunity to round down on earnings.  If you have the necessary bankroll and still insist on making lay bets, only do so by putting $40 multiples on the 4 and 10, $30 multiples on the 5 and 9, and $24 denominations on the 6 and 8.

Tip #3 ------- Make Buy Bets Sparingly

These bets also have a 5% commission, but return higher odds than lay bets.  They can even lower the House Edge more than Place Bets.  Even so, it is still advisable to stay clear from making Buy Bets at all.  If after some time you grow more comfortable with the table and desire to mix up your bets a bit, only make buy bets on the 4 or 10, for these two are the only numbers on a buy bet that produce highest odds in the players favor (2:1)  The five and nine produce 3:2 odds, and the six and eight produce 6:5 odds.  Since casinos usually charge their 5% commission on every $20 wagered (meaning a $5 bet and a $20 bet both have a $1 commission charge, just as a $22 bet and a $39 bet both have a $2 commission), if you must make a buy bet, do so in multiples of $20 in order to maximize return.

Tip #4 ------- Make Field Bets Sparingly

Although the House Edge is lower for these bets (5.5%) than many of the other bets, field bets are determined on a single dice roll, which is more of a risk than extended bets. However, they make good bets to mix things up, or when you have a hunch that a shooter will roll a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12.

Tip #5 ------- Make Place Bets in Multiple Denominations

In order to take full payoff odds on a place bet, you will need to bet in specific multiple denominations.  The 4, 5, 9 and 10 should be wagered with multiples of $5, while the 6 and 8 should be wagered with multiples of $6.  Any other amounts will produce uneven amounts, which the casino will round down to make an even payoff amount.  An additional tip to making place bets is this:  Only make place bets on the 6 and 8.  These numbers return a House Edge near 1.5%, whereas the 5 and 9 produce a 4% House Edge and the 4 and 10 produce a House Edge nearing 7%.

Of the rest of the Craps bets - Pass, Don't Pass, Come, Don't Come, and Free Odds Wagers - the Pass Line Bets are considered the most user-friendly, although all four of them offer low House Advantages.  It is in conjunction with these bets that the lowest House Advantage of any game in the online casino can be obtained.  It is done with the Free Odds Wager, hence the last and most important craps strategy tip:

Tip #6 ------- Always Make a Free Odds Wager When Given the Chance

A Free Odds Wager is essentially an additional wager made on top of an already existing pass, don't pass, come, or don't come bet.  What gives this bet such a great return is that it pays off True Odds, rather than House Odds.  The casino does not make any money off of a winning Free Odds Bet like it does from a winning pass line bet.  The reason the casino allows it in the first place is because it is already making money off of the original bet, hence why a free odds wager must be made in conjunction with another wager.  None the less, this wager brings down the House Edge from near 1.5% to approximately .8%.  In order to maximize full return on payouts (casinos round down to the nearest whole dollar), it is advised to wager in specific increments, depending on the point established. For a 4 or 10, wager increments do not matter, for these numbers pay off 2 to 1 odds.  However, for point numbers of 5 and 9, which payout 3 to 2, it is advised to make a free odds wager in an even amount.  If your point number is a 6 or 8, wager in $5 increments in order to be paid out evenly, rather than being rounded down by the dealer.  If you really want to get True Odds, then you must bet in these aforementioned increments.

Six simple tips is all you need to get started with a sound craps strategy.  However, do not think that just because you have the steps committed to memory in a book-smart sense, means you will break the casinos bank.  By practicing and putting the steps to use will you allow yourself to get out of your head.  You need to know these tips so well that you do not have to recall what the casinos commission is on a lay bet.  Through practice, will you learn to recognize situations such as when you can make a come bet, or when your pass bets wins or loses.  There is nothing more intimidating than to have the dealer - and a virtual one at that - tell you your don't pass bet just lost, when you don't know the reason why.  And remember, just as there is no "system" that is flawless, so too is there no strategy that is flawless.  Our advice here at Online Casino Project is to practice these tips faithfully - and as you grow your skill, you will begin to recognize where your own individual strengths are at craps (Just like poker players, craps players tend to have at least one particular aspect of the game mastered)  Then, when you take advantage of your strengths, you will begin to develop your own style or strategy of playing that will suit you best.

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