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 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, even 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:
1. Buy in — $500
2. Win/loss limit — $100
3. System — $10 Pass line w/2 odds and place 6&8 for $12 each.
The results get written down later, so I actually have four things on the page:
1. P: $500 (for money Placed)
2. L: $100 (for win/loss Limit)
3. A: $10 Pass line w/ 2 odds and 6&8 for $12 each (for Assigned system)
4. 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!
So the next time you play, remember to plan your table!
And, as always, good luck at the tables!