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Strategies for Winning at Craps

Most craps players are losers, and some of them are very heavy losers. I've seen thousands of games played in casinos around the world, and I've watched and spoken to many craps players, some of whom consider themselves very knowledgeable. In addition, I've interviewed dealers, boxmen, ftoormen, pit bosses, shift bosses, and casino managers about the games.

My impression is that most players, even those who are battle-scarred veterans of the tables, don't have any idea how the games should best be played. They are forever talking in terms of hunches and feelings, and few of them even know the correct odds of the games.

As to casino personnel, some of them are so ridden with superstitions that their remarks were worthless except to show the blatant ignorance of so-called professionals in the field.

They talk constantly of how to stop hot rolls by changing the dice, by delaying the games, by changing dealers at the table. They act as though the dice themselves were observing all this casino action, as though the dice were waiting for the pit boss's next move before deciding what number they'd come up on the table. Of course, it's all nonsense, but so many casino people believe in superstitions that they've become an accepted fact in the casino industry.

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Theoretically, a player could open for his entire $1,000 stack. This is not a very goad play. Most of the time, he'll win the $3 in blinds. Once in awhile, someone behind the "bully" will wake up with a great hand and call this over-bet into a dry pot (bet a large amount at a small pot~. You will sometimes see this happen, however, particularly in online tournaments.

As in all games, a raise must always equal or exceed the previous bet or raise.

Cardrooms interpret differently how an all-in raise affects reopening the betting for other players. Suppose, for example, that Andy opens the betting for $100. Bob raises to $500, and Carl and Dave call. Now Andy moves all-in for his entire remaining $404. Even though Andy has technically re-raised, that all-in raise is only an insignificant $4, most cardrooms don't permit Bob, Dave to now put in another re-raise. Most cardrooms require in this situation that Andy's re-raise must be at least half the previous bet or raise before Bob, Carl, or Dave can then re-raise.
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