7 Quick Strategies for Winning Craps Play

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When you look at the wagers available on the craps table what do you see? Do you see a confusing layout of wagers that are confusing? Or do you see just a few important wager options that let you ignore everything else?

If you haven’t played craps before you might look at the table the first way. But once you learn the simple winning strategies on this page you can ignore everything on the table except a few simple wagers.

Here are seven quick craps strategies that you can use for winning play. They’re all easy to use so you can get started today.

1 – The Magic Odds Wager

If you do some deep research on casino gambling and the wagers that offer the best odds that are available, a few interesting things can be found.

The first thing to know is that there are basically no wagers available in the casino where the house doesn’t have an edge. The truth is that there is a way to play blackjack with a small edge over the casino, and poker players and sports gamblers can also get a small edge. But the edge you can get is small and it’s extremely hard to do.

Another interesting thing that comes up is that there’s only one wager available in the casino that you can make with no edge. This is a craps wager called an odds wager. And it’s the main reason why craps is such a good casino game to play.

But there’s a problem with the craps odds wager. You can’t place this special wager until you place a come out roll wager first. And both of these wagering options have odds for the casino.

I’m going to cover both of these wagers in other sections, but the main thing you need to know in this section is that you should always take the maximum odds wager when you play craps.

2 – Don’t Pass Is the Best Wager

Craps has two different options for wagers on the come out roll. The two options are called the don’t pass line and the pass line. These wagers are basically the opposite of each other. When one of these wagers wins, the other one loses.

Most real money craps players use the pass line wager. This is something like a tradition, and at some tables it’s even considered bad luck to bet on the don’t pass line. Some especially superstitious craps players even feel that a don’t pass gambler is working against the other players and will say the gambler is betting the dark side.

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Before I continue, I want to make one thing perfectly clear. You can place a wager on whatever you want and you should ignore any other player who says otherwise. They can bet any way they like, and the way you gamble is none of their business.

The truth is that the don’t pass line is the best wager to make on a come out roll. It’s got the lowest casino edge at the table other than the odds wager, so it’s the best option.

3 – The Pass Line Is a Decent Second Option

I know that the last section states that the don’t pass wager is the best bet to make. But most craps players use the pass line wager. The question you should be asking is just how much worse is the pass line than the don’t pass line?

The casino house edge is 1.41% on the pass line. It’s 1.36% on the don’t pass wager. This isn’t a large amount.

To put this difference in perspective, consider the expected outcome of placing $50,000 in wagers on each of the two options over the course of a year. You’re going to lose $25 more on a total of $50,000 wagered when you use the pass line instead of don’t pass.

$25 is enough to buy something that you can use, so it’s not the same as a few cents. But it’s also not a large amount when you spread it over a long period of time.

You have to decide if it’s the way you want to go or if you want to stick with the slightly better don’t pass line wager. I stick with the don’t pass line because I want to get every edge I can find, even if it’s small.

4 – Everything Else Is Terrible or Worse

I covered the only three wagers you need at the craps table. Every other wager is worse and will lead to losing more money. The place 6/8 has a casino edge of 1.52%, and everything else is over 2%. Some of the wagers on the craps table have a casino edge of over 11%.

I never make a place wager or any other betting options when I play craps. I make 100% of my craps wagers based on the lowest casino edge. This means I place a don’t pass line wager and make a maximum odds wager when a point is set. This is how I recommend you play carps also, because it gives you the best chance to win.

5 – Online Casino Craps Bonus Use

When you play craps in a live casino the only kind of promotion you can usually get is the comps you earn from the player’s club. I cover this in the next section.

But if you’re willing to play craps on your mobile device or on your computer, you might be able to find an online casino bonus.

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The only thing that a craps bonus really does is increase your bankroll. Rarely will a bonus actually help you improve your chance of winning. The reason why it doesn’t really help you win is because the terms state that you have to play a certain amount of time or risk a certain amount before you can cash out.

The terms are usually written in such a way that you have to risk so much that the odds of winning are basically the same as if you don’t play with a bonus. But there’s usually not a downside to having a bigger bankroll.

6 – Thou Shalt Get Casino Comps

Craps players in land based casinos aren’t going to get much in the way of rewards. But you can earn a few casino comps with your play as long as the casino offers a player’s club of some sort and you’re a member.

Even though I don’t earn many comps when I play craps, I won’t play anywhere that doesn’t offer comps. You can find plenty of casinos that offer comps for craps play, so why would you ever play where they don’t?

Online and mobile craps is a little different. Not many mobile and online casinos offer comps. Instead they use bonuses. If you do find an online or mobile casino that has craps and offers comps, you should seriously consider playing there. You probably still won’t end up winning more than you lose, but you might be able to come close to breaking even.

7 – Can You Use Dice Control?

I’m not going to spend a lot of time on dice control, but it’s something that you should at least be aware of.

Some craps players believe that they can practice enough to control the outcome of dice rolls. Or at least they believe that they can alter the outcome of some of their dice rolls.

I’m not going to argue that dice control is real or that it isn’t real. What I will say is that if you can alter the outcome of even a small percentage of dice rolls that you might be able to overcome the casino edge.

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I’ve never seen proof that dice control works. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t work. And the truth is that if I could control the dice I wouldn’t tell anyone about it. Instead I’d be making a good living playing craps.

The main problem with dice control is that I don’t know anyone making a full time living just by playing craps. This is the main reason why I question if dice control is real or if it’s just something people use to sell books and courses about how to do it.


Craps play doesn’t have to be complicated. If you stick with 3 simple wagers you can ignore everything else and play with the lowest casino edge. Any other wagers you make just add profit for the casino and drain your bankroll.

You can also use bonuses and/or comps to improve your long term profits. You should be using either a bonus or comps or both every time you play at a craps table. When you play craps online use a bonus, and when you play in a land based casino make sure you’re earning comps.