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Tips for winning a craps tournament

Aug 5, 2008 7:03 PM

Crapshooter by Larry Edell | If you are a regular crapshooter, you might want to enter a craps tournament. Some of these contests are free, others can cost a few hundred dollars or more depending on the prize money. 

Several casinos have weekly craps tournaments with no entry fee and a low $50 buy-in to bring the people to the table In a tournament you would make different bets than in a normal craps game. It's no longer the house, but against your fellow contestants. Your goal is having the most money after a certain number of rolls (usually 100). Keep an eagle eye on the chips in the racks of your opponents and be aware of their bets.

Say you have $300 and your closest competitor has $200 and bets $90 on the six and eight, If a six or eight rolls, he'll jump ahead by $5 (enough to win). You might want to match his bets to stay even.

Say you're in second place with $200 and the No. 1 player has $300. You've placed the six and eight for $90 each, and he matched you. You must do something different to overtake the front-runner. Some people losing badly resort to bets not normally made like betting a large amount on the two or 12.

When playing, there will be conservatives on pass or come with maximum odds along with and aggressives who bet hard ways and propositions. If these aggressives continue, they'll usually lose their money before the final round.

If you're in this group playing pass/come, you need some way of breaking out of the pack -- like waiting for two consecutive points to be made and then jumping to the don't.

Let's say the leader has $100 on the pass line and the point is 4. He takes $200 odds. You could then lay the 4 for $200. If a seven rolls, you're $400 ahead (he's down $300, you're up $100).

In the last few rolls of the game, you must become super aggressive. Sometimes this means betting all of your bankroll on one number.

Tournaments are not for everyone, but they're fun to play, especially the inexpensive or free ones. Give them a try -- you're sure to learn a lot and maybe even make some friends -- and some money along the way!

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