A word of advice about craps strategy: There is not a lot of skill involved in rolling the dice, of course. And whatever you see anyone doing, jumping, kissing, whispering, or shouting at the dice will not make a difference in how they roll.
There is nothing you can do physically or mentally to influence roll of the dice except for the fraud – which we have already warned against.
There are many kinds of dishonest dice, of course, but even a professional sharpie rarely has the nerve to introduce a pair of fixed dice in a casino. Too many experienced eyes are watching for anyone to get away with the cut-toggle for very long.
Fixed dice are much more likely to appear (or not appear) in private craps games – yet another reason why the newcomer must be very alert and very watchful when he or she rolls the dice with strategy.
The only legitimate skill that can be exercised in craps the game is to bet and after the action.
At the debutante, it will soon seem that this is a small matter. Craps can develop the complex dizzyingly and very equally fast and furious for the untrained eye to have any meaning of it.
To avoid losing your way in the maze of betting and table talk, do this: When you first approach a craps table, work out that you will only be on the pass line. Stand up for a while and watch the action of other passing bettors.
After you are sure you understand the procedure for Pass-Line betting – ignore wagering on odds at this point – try one or two yourselves.
Do not start betting on every roll of the dice, just come-out bet. That gives you plenty of time to watch all the other action, plus keep your eye on the shooter.
When you think you understand the pass you bet, you might want to add a bet on the odds. These are the best bets in the house, except for bets on a really skilled blackjack player. Most casinos allow you to bet only on your own hand, however, except in England.
You never have to go to “non-pass-line” bets, much less “come” and “not -” bets come, unless you intrigue them.
But remember, the odds on all these bets are roughly the same and all are improved when you wager on odds, as well.
The main mathematical fact to keep in mind during a craps game – in addition to the exclusion one that the house presents a big advantage over it on all the sucker bets – is that there are more ways to roll the 7 than any other number and then, statistically, 7 will come up more often than any other number.