Recently, it’s become very clear that when people watch my Real Craps games videos, viewers think that I am endorsing or advocating the style of play that is in the video. Some of those play styles were proposed by readers and viewers.
That alarms me a bit because some of the bets you see me do in the videos are not optimal. If you make some of those bets, you will end up losing a lot of money. For example, recently, I’ve been betting some hardways as a way to bring some diversity to the bets. Just because you see me betting $1 on the hardways, does not mean that I would endorse betting $10, $25, or anything else on the hardways. A few people have also commented that they’re glad that I see the light and are now encouraging me to press on the hit.
I would never bet the hardways, at all, if I was playing for the sole purpose of trying to maximize my win probability. The house edge is way too high on the hardways and will absolutely devastate your bankroll in short order. Sure, you might get lucky on a few nights, but a vast majority of the time, if you bet the hardways for any significant amount of money, you will go home a big loser.
I also find bonus bets fun, and I’ll throw a $1 here and there on them; however, it doesn’t mean that I think those bonus bets are good bets.
Also, a few people have made some angry comments on the play at the D videos, asking me why I didn’t let the 6 and 8 travel.
Well, that was a friend who was playing.
I finished answering an email on this very issue, and I will repeat my advice here: when playing the Don’t Pass or Don’t Come (DP/DC), always let the bet travel. Do NOT decline the bet after the point has rolled. If the point is 6 or 8, the darkside has the advantage because there are 6 ways to win and only 5 ways to lose.
If you cannot stomach the point of 6 or 8, you are better off playing the lightside, aka the rightside. Just stick to the Pass and Come bets with odds and forget the darkside.
ROADGAMBLER’S PREFERRED CRAPS BETS
My go-to and preferred style of play is simple:
Minimum pass line, maximum odds, and then come bet after odds have been maxed. On a 20x game, I’ll go to three or four come bets. At 100x, I’ll stick to one pass line and one come bet.
I call this the RoadGambler style of play. It’s the style of play that will yield the lowest house edge. With comps and free play, and some aggressive comp hunting, you can gamble for practically free.
Remember, when you watch my videos, they exist mostly for the entertainment of the viewer.
If you have any questions about my play in any of the videos, feel free to ask.