May 16, 2005 3:15 AM

One of the hardest things for a crapshooter to do is leave the table. This is because he is really motivated to stay! If he’s winning, he wants to stay and make more money. If he’s losing, he wants to stay and recoup his losses.

This, unfortunately, ends up being a player’s way of donating a lot of money back to the casino!

If you want to make money, you need to plan your table. You need to set things up in advance and stick to your plan — every time you play. Craps is fun, but if you keep on losing every time you play, it won’t be fun for long!

For example, if your buy-in is \$1,000 and you are a \$50 bettor, you can plan to leave when you’ve won or lost \$200. However, if your buy-in is \$50 and you’re a \$5 bettor, a \$200 goal is unrealistic — \$10 is more like it.

Further, you need to plan exactly what kind of betting you’re about to do, before you color in.

Something that has always helped me is to carry a small pad and pen with me at all times. Before I approach the table, I formulate and actually write down what I’m going to do. Before I even go to the table, I write down the following three things:

2. Win/loss limit: \$100

3. System: \$10 Pass line with 2 X odds and place the 6 and 8 for \$12 each.

The results are written down later, so I actually have four things on the page:

P: \$500 (for money placed)

L: \$100 (for win/loss limit)

A: \$10 pass line with 2 X odds and 6 & 8 for \$12 each (for assigned system)

N: \$30 in 40 minutes (for noted results)

I leave the pad on my chip rack so it reminds me not to be greedy when I’m winning and stupid when I’m losing. And it works. Give it a try!