Get a grip on craps

March 04, 2010 11:18 AM
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by Dale S. Yeazel, Special to GT |

Place bets are an important component of expert craps. Try to make them when the dice are in the center of the table. Set cash or checks in a single stack in the same area as your come bet position and tell the dealer what numbers you want to bet and how much you want on each.

This isn’t as complicated as you might think. You might say something like: "Six each six and eight," or "five each five and nine and ten each four and ten," or "eighteen dollars six, twelve dollars eight and five each five, nine and ten."

When the dealer positions your place bets he will use the same position as your come bet, except the bet will be intersected by the line bordering the point number box.

Players old and new are often confused by the terms "inside, outside and across" heard bantered about the table. The inside numbers are the five, six, eight and nine. The outside numbers are the four, five, nine and ten. Yes, the five and nine can be referred to as inside or outside numbers.

Across means all six numbers. Inside, outside and across can include the point or not include the point for the pass line. Most of the time, dealers assume the player does not want the point unless the player specifies that he does or is betting an amount that isn’t logical for bets that does not include the point.

In order for a bet to be an "official" inside, outside or across bet, there must be an equal number of units bet on each number. For instance, if a player gives the dealer $500 and tells the dealer "Five hundred inside" he shouldn’t be surprised that the dealer does not understand that he wants $150 each on the six and eight and $100 each on the five and nine.

It would take $120 each on the six or eight to correspond with $100 bets on the five or the nine or it would take $125 each on the five and nine to correspond with $150 bets on the six and eight. How do you know if you have matching units on the inside numbers? If they pay the same amount, an equal number of units have been bet.

Not making place bets in the correct units is one of the most foolish things beginners do, especially when betting small amounts, since not getting paid off in cents creates a much higher house % on smaller bets.

Place bets on the outside numbers (4, 5, 9 and 10) should always be made in $5 units. Bettors win nine dollars for every five dollars for place bets on the four and ten. The house advantage is rather high on place bets on the four and ten (6.66%) but a six-dollar bet is even worse at 11.11%.

Make your place bets on the four and ten in units of five dollars and you will be paid nine dollars for every five dollars bet (9-to-5). Make your place bets on the five and the nine in units of five dollars since you win seven dollars for every five dollars bet (7 to 5).

Place bets on the six and eight should always be made in six-dollar units. A six-dollar place bet on the six or eight has a house advantage of only 1.51%. The foolish player that bets five dollars on the six and eight is only paid five dollars. That is giving the house a 9.09% advantage.

Making your place bets on the six and eight in units of six dollars (6, 12, 18, 24, 30) will preserve the small house advantage since you will win seven dollars for every six dollars bet (7 to 6).

Dealers pay place bets from position one to position eight after they have positioned and paid the come bets. They prepare the payoff for the place in the come area. This gives the player and the boxman an opportunity to confirm the payoff is correct before the dealer hands it off to the section of the apron that is in front of the player that made the bet.

Hopefully, by the time the dealer has prepared the payoff in the come you have already decided what you want to do with your place bet. You basically have five choices:

Same bet. This is the default choice, and if it is agreeable you should say nothing and allow the dealer to hand off your payoff.

Down. If you say "down" the dealer will pay the bet and take it down. If you have more than one place bet you might have to indicate whether you want all of your place bets down or just the one that hit.

Press. The literal definition of press is "double my bet" and should be said as the dealer is on the verge of preparing the payoff.

Press, but not double. The only time the word press does not mean "double my bet" is when it is qualified by a dollar amount or the word "unit." Such as "press fifteen dollars" or "press a unit."

bets down or just the one that hit.

Press. The literal definition of press is "double my bet" and should be said as the dealer is on the verge of preparing the payoff.

Press, but not double. The only time the word press does not mean "double my bet" is when it is qualified by a specific dollar amount or the word "unit." Such as "press fifteen dollars" or "press a unit."

(Dale S. Yeazel is the author of "Precision Crap Dealing" and "Dealing Mini-Baccarat." They are E-books on CD-Rom available at Gamblers Book Shop and Gamblers General Store in Las Vegas.)

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