Ladies and gentlemen,

I appreciate the enthusiasm and interaction with Roadgambler.com. The growth has been tremendous and more than we had anticipated.

Right now, I am the only content writer for the site, so my time and ability to answer all of your emails are hampered by life’s obligations. I would like to make a request…

If you have an email regarding a specific question about strategy or about something in an article or video, please post your question in the comments section. It will help us with Google rankings and most importantly, it will help others who have the same question. As an example, I currently have 14 different emails asking for an explanation of the Repeater bet.

Also, as I run from meeting to meeting, I can’t always check my emails daily; however, I do see all my comments.

I’ve told several of our readers that I would answer your questions, so here are the answers to some email questions…

Please note that each topic below has been asked by multiple people.

EMAIL TOPIC 1. WHAT IS THE REPEATER BET?

The Repeater is a craps side bet.

The player may make a Repeater bet at any point, so long as a number on that specific Repeater number has not been marked.

The circled area is the board where the boxman marks which number has rolled.
The 8 has been marked on the Repeater layout with the small button (pointed at by the red arrow). This means the player cannot bet on the 8. Also notice that the 6 has a button, so the player cannot bet on the 6 either. However, the player may bet on any of the other numbers that do not have a button on them.
The area in red is where the player bets for the Repeater are marked. The location of the chips in this area indicates which player has made which bet.

You can see the Repeater bet in action in my craps game at Santa Ana Star Casino, Part 2.

https://roadgambler.com/gambling-video/santa-ana-star-real-craps-game-part-2/

Win-Loss Conditions of the Repeater Bet

Loss

The Repeater bets lose if a 7 rolls at any time. The Repeater bet is always on once the player makes the bet.

Win

To win the Repeater bet, the dice must roll the specific number repeatedly (hence, the term ‘Repeater’).

The following are the number of times each number must roll before a 7 appears, and the payoff…

 2

  • The 2 must roll 2 times
    • Payoff is 40 for 1 (meaning 39 to 1)

3

  • The 3 must roll 3 times
    • Payoff is 50 for 1 (meaning 49 to 1)

4

  • The 4 must roll 4 times
    • Payoff is 65 for 1 (meaning 64 to 1)

5

  • The 5 must roll 5 times
    • Payoff is 80 for 1 (meaning 79 to 1)

6

  • The 6 must roll 6 times
    • Payoff is 90 for 1 (meaning 89 to 1)

8

  • The 8 must roll 6 times
    • Payoff is 90 for 1 (meaning 89 to 1)

9

  • The 9 must roll 5 times
    • Payoff is 80 for 1 (meaning 79 to 1)

10

  • The 10 must roll 4 times
    • Payoff is 65 for 1 (meaning 64 to 1)

11

  • The 11 must roll 3 times
    • Payoff is 50 for 1 (meaning 49 to 1)

 12

  • The 12 must roll 2 times
    • Payoff is 40 for 1 (meaning 39 to 1)

Different casinos have different payoffs regarding the Repeater, but the above is the most common pay schedule that I have seen. Regardless of the varying pay schedule, the number of times that each specific number needs to roll is always the same.

The Repeater bet is one of my favorite side bets. I like it more than the All, Tall, Small bet. It’s just a personal preference. I’ll bet the Repeater more often than I’ll bet the ATS bet.

EMAIL TOPIC 2. ROADGAMBLER, I’ll SHOW YOU HOW TO WIN GUARANTEED, JUST PAY ME 50% OF WHAT YOU WIN

Again, let me clarify that if you sent an email like this, I am not referring to any one person specifically. I receive some version of the above email from different people at least once a week.

I’m open-minded. I’m willing to believe in anything, so long as there is evidence to support the hypothesis or assertion. If you want me to buy into your system, I’ll bite. I just need evidence.

Aliens? Show me evidence that can hold up to public scrutiny.

BigFoot? Show me evidence that can hold up to public scrutiny (and no, the guy in a costume is something I can produce, too).

You have a super system that no one has ever thought of and can beat the game of craps straight up? Show me evidence that can hold up to public scrutiny and defeats the math or the system.

The following are not acceptable evidence to any reasonable person:

  • Promises
  • Personal testimony from anonymous sources who can’t be questioned
  • Reacting angrily
  • Swearing that you have evidence
  • Platitudes, such as, ‘Fortune favors the bold’
  • Requests to prove the negative (‘prove my system wrong’)

I know of several people who beat craps regularly. I also found a way to beat craps in a very specific way, and I’ve detailed it here, for public scrutiny. https://roadgambler.com/casino/casinos-count-odds-towards-comps/

I will also admit that there are other ways to beat craps, and as I find out that those methods are no longer feasible, I will detail them in public. I can’t speak about them publicly because if everyone knew about them, those methods would work for no one. I have it on my calendar to one day talk about a super way of beating craps in a very narrow and specific way. Mark this spot in one year.

As a former advantage player, I know what it’s like to trade advantage plays. Legitimate advantage play trades are also made in secret, and at first glance, can come off as suspicious; however, there is a big difference in trading with known and reputable advantage players versus receiving solicitations from anonymous people.

As an example, in my early days as an advantage player, I regularly traded with other advantage players places that one could card count the game of card craps. I also traded specific locations within a casino where one could beat the game of Three Card Poker. The difference with those trades is that those advantage plays were known or the trader or seller could state the actual advantage in a preliminary way.

Also, reputation is a big part of making advantage play trades or deals. If the Wizard of Odds came at me and said he found a way to beat craps straight up, his reputation would force me to make a trade with him.

I’ll give you another example of what a legitimate trade would look like…

  • ‘At X casino, there’s this game that opens at [so and so hour], and the crew is really drunk/high/half asleep, the box is always napping, and if you make an odds bet when the point is 6 or 8 like it’s a point of 5 or 9, one of the dealers will sometimes pay it off like it’s a 5 or 9 (even though the point is 6 or 8). What do you have to trade?’

I’m friends with many dealers, so please don’t ask me to clarify the above anymore. I’m a reformed former advantage player.

Compare that to ‘I have this secret system that beats craps and is guaranteed to win. You just have to promise to pay me 50% when you win.’

Uhh, no.

EMAIL TOPIC 3. WHY DON’T YOU PRESS? PLAY TO WIN, BUDDY, PRESS!

I appreciate debate and criticism. Please feel free to critique my play. I put my play on video specifically to entertain you and to invite your criticism.

I don’t claim to be right, nor do I claim to have the ‘best play’, whatever that means.

I do, however, claim to play the method with the lowest house edge possible. I usually follow what I call the RoadGambler method of play to achieve that result.

The RoadGambler method is simple: pass line bet and odds, then no other bets until odds are maxed, and then come bets + odds. Mathematically, that’s the way to play with the lowest house edge. I’m not saying that’s the correct way to play, but it’s not really arguable from a mathematical perspective, that method of play has the lowest house edge and the lowest expected hourly loss.

It’s a conservative style of play that generates constant results and maximizes the probability of winning. The downside of the RoadGambler system is that it rarely produces giant jackpot style wins; however, I am not after large jackpot style wins. I prefer small consistent wins.

Pressing can produce large wins, and if the player presses on place bets, the house edge is still relatively low if the pressing is limited to the 6 and 8 or the ‘buy’ on the 4 and 10.

The problem with pressing bets is that it will eventually produce a very large jackpot type of win, but pressing increases the expected hourly loss significantly.

Also, think of all the times that you have pressed, pressed, and pressed, and then 7 out. It happens way more often than people want to think about or admit. Pressing just exposes more of the player’s bankroll to the house edge.

That’s why I don’t press much. When you see me press, I’m doing it to entertain the viewer.

But I get it. Tell your buddies that you won $200 on a $500 buy-in isn’t as exciting as showing that you won $5000 on a $500 buy-in. That’s why I have no problem with players who press. It makes for good memories and good stories. It’s just not my style of play.

IN CLOSING

As I stated above, it would greatly help RoadGambler.com grow if we could have the email questions moved into the comments section. I could also focus on making more videos and writing more articles. Unfortunately, my hours are limited, as I also have other businesses that I must run.

I am on the road a lot, which gives me time to write these RoadGambler articles. I also have an awesome staff that edits and polishes the videos. We appreciate your support!

Everyone is awesome, and we wouldn’t be here without you.

More to come!

 

Posted in: Casino, Craps, Gambling

0 thoughts on “Craps Emails Questions Answered: Repeater Bet, Guaranteed Win (for a Price), Pressing

  • The HE on the Repeater bets are as follows :
    2+12 18.37 %
    3+11 21.88 %
    4+10 19.75 %
    5+9 18.08 %
    6+8 20.62 %

    These odds are close to the LV payouts of the ATS ( 30-1 and 150-1)
    Tall+ Small 18.30 %
    All 20.61 %
    BUT they are not even close to being as good as the AC payouts of the ATS ( 35-1 and 175-1)
    Tall+ Small 7.76 %
    All 7.47 %

    Next time the Road Gambler is in AC he may want to bet that ATS !
    ( All odds are from the Wizard of Odds )

    • RoadGambler says:

      Those are definitely higher HE bets, but for a single dollar, it can be cheap entertainment. That’s why I usually limit the bet to $1.

  • Max. I’m also a conservative player a $200 win on a $500 buy in is fine with me. I’ll take a $200 a day win get comped room, food and beverage. Hang out at the pool, bar, lounge have a all inclusive 3 night vacation and they pay me! You don’t have to kill them them to be a winner ( don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs) and they keep inviting you back. It is all good entertainment. Remember to take the host a gift now and then and tip the dealers. Thank you for all this you must be nuts to do this(LOL)
    Cheers
    Ron

    • I’ve heard RG refer to the host before as this post did. Forgive my ignorance, but who exactly is the host? What specific individual?

      Thanks!

      • Ben, a host is a employee of the casino. There job is to get players (gamblers) not tourist to come to the casino and play. You don’t need to be a whale to have a host you just need to give them some action and that works for table games as well as slots. I have found that if you do have a host you can get more comps they have some discretion in what they can offer. They can often get you a room when the hotel is booked (the casino holds rooms for players). But they are held accountable for what they give away so they will track your play. If that makes you bet differently or makes you uncomfortable then you are better off just paying. Casino hosts are always looking to add to their client list so if you are going to a new casino call the host department and talk to a host to see if your play would qualify you there for a free upfront stay. Different casinos have different levels of play that they will comp you for. As far as a small gift for the host it shows that you appreciate what they do for you and they will remember you when you call again you can also take them to dinner if that works. They do like being treated nice some players are pretty obnoxious. Hope that helps I’m not the writer that RG is.
        Cheers
        Ron

  • Roadgambler,

    Any plans to update your “ABOUT” section of the website…?

    How has 2019 gambling treated you so far? How did you finish 2018 when you reported that you were up 100k?

    just curious,

    DQ

    • RoadGambler says:

      Hey Darrell Q.

      Thanks for the reminder.

      The short of it is that prior to RoadGambler.com, I was an all or nothing player. I think it was in 2015, I lost my entire yearly bankroll on the very first trip.

      Now because I need to stretch the bankroll out for the entire year, I’ve since have gone more conservative. People would get bored if all they saw was the same casino over and over, not to mention that eventually, the casinos in question would be upset that if I was being ‘in your face’ about constantly recording the same game.

      There aren’t too many 100x games, and eventually, I would get banned from all those casinos because they would easily identify my play.

      So to make sure we have a good source of footage for the craps game videos, I’ve since diversified my play and play many different games, including 3,4,5 games.

      It’s good for the long term health of this website, the videos, and my bankroll.

      What was last reported was pretty much my end of year result because I slowed down significantly.

  • RG,

    You mention you have a super way of beating craps. I take it you’re talking about a “straight up” game of craps? No advantage play? But you mention the fictitious delusional guy who has the system that is “guaranteed” to beat craps straight up. You can’t be meaning this is what your system can do.

    I can see your simple strategy as accomplishing basically two things. Accepting a minimum loss rate when you are losing and not chasing your losses; and parlaying your winnings on the upside. This is the only way to play – the only way to gamble period. No one “grinds” out a profit at the craps table or in any game at the casino. The house is the one doing that to us. Even at the poker table this rule applies. If you are the big stack, throw your weight around. In craps, if you have winnings in your chip stack, get them onto the table. As soon as possible. Time is against you.

    So any “system” which emphasizes this preference for upside risk is a good system in my opinion. You can manufacture “insurance” in craps with hedging – for example if you’re up $400 and you want to put it all to work to get to $500. But don’t want to lose the whole thing. Maybe half of it. In my opinion a good way to get to the finish line is to bet large, hedge to lower what will be lost, but make the potential winner get you to the finish line. Don’t try to “coast” to the finish line. You were lucky to get 3/4 of the way in the first place. Hedging will cost you, but only for 1 or 2 throws. Throw the “ball” to the back of the end zone to your reliable tight end who is the only one who can catch it. If he doesn’t catch it you lose only your insurance. If you hand it over to your running back, the defense is gonna be ready for him. And 4th down is right around the corner. At that point the house is on offense and it will whittle away (probably much more quickly than you will like…) the $400 you so arduously built up.

    Get to $500 and start from baseline again. That $500 is then safely locked away. Over time insurance will add up, so don’t make a habit of it, use it only to get that last 25% right now. In one bet.

    Does my analogy make any sense? (of course next week I’ll have an entirely different system…)

    Duffer, the hopeless optimist

    Duffer

  • The only system I think stands any chance is to go to 100x craps table with a buddy and just have him bet your money on his odds when the point has been established. 0 house edge.

    • RoadGambler says:

      This is a very good system, assuming you can find a buddy who will let you bet his odds. Even though most casinos will not rate odds, most pit bosses (if they’re allowed to write comps) will write some pretty juicy discretionary comps because of the large buy-in.

      Sometimes I do exactly what you said, as you will see in a future video; however, if there is a bit of misunderstanding or confusion, it can get messy.

  • S.K. Alligood says:

    Love the videos. I love to play craps. I never play the come, but I think you have inspired me. Keep posting the awesome videos!

  • As an avid craps player you have me intrigued about the subject of advantage play in craps. I was always told by the best math maticians that you cannot beat the house edge or even dent it as the wizard says. If you have a book i can read on this subject please let me know. If its a super killer system that no one knows about then ill just have to play my own way but if you tell me how to learn this advantage play i would g reatly appreciate it but if not thats ok too. love the videos.

  • Mark Benjamin says:

    Thanks for the vids RG. They have helped me practice my math and strategies while living in NC with little to no opportunities to play regularly.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on dice control. IMO, it’s somewhat a farce but I don’t get to play (or practice for that matter) regularly. I’m interested in your experiences/history/theories on he subject.

    Thanks
    Mark

    • Hi Mark, welcome!

      Dice control is one of those things, it’s like talking politics. It’s a no-win situation that can only get people mad and make a certain percentage of the audience lose respect for the speaker. Doesn’t matter which side, a certain percentage will become very upset. So I tend to avoid it.

      I will say that I’m a big fan of short throwing the dice from SL1 or SR1. Of course, that’s grey area and definitely against the unwritten rules of every casino that offers craps. That’s all I’ll say about that.

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