Of all the table games in a casino, the best game
with the least amount of house edge would be Craps.
That being said, the biggest mistake most players
make is playing too long and for all of the wrong
reasons. The casino has both the time and the money to
out-play you every time.
When players come to town for short vacations, their
immediate focus is on getting to the tables and playing.
Whether they are playing for enjoyment or comps, their
need to play often outweighs their discipline.
Casinos encourage you to play for comps, it is their
way of ensuring that you remain in their casino and they
have a better shot at your vacation bankroll. Most
casinos set minimums for play, such as minimum hours of
play and minimum bet levels. These minimums and your
overall play will determine your comps available. Each
casino has slightly different rules. If you are playing
for comps, ask your casino host up front what level of
play will give you the comps you want to attain.
Another important step in playing for comps is to
verify with the Pit Boss exactly what they have
documented for your play in both time at the table and
level of betting. It is important to do this immediately
after you complete your session. That way if there is a
discrepancy, it can be resolved right then and there. If
you wait until check-out or try to talk to your casino
host later, you will have lost the ability to correct
any discrepancy. And don't forget to use you player's
Now back to beating the casino, you first have to ask
yourself "am I playing to play for comps or am I playing
I personally don't play for comps, but I will take
all of the comps they want to give me. I believe in
playing to win and not playing to play.
Living in or close to a gaming town such as Las
Vegas, Atlantic City or any of the many Indian Casinos
where they offer live Craps requires strong discipline.
Time is your enemy and is always on the side of the
To beat the casino, try playing with larger unit bets
for a limited amount of time. Be selective in making
your bets and make bets with the smallest house edge.
Scout the table before buying in; don't just jump into
the game without knowing what is happening with that
particular game in the here and now. Are the shooters
making passes? Are they hitting many numbers before a 7
shows? What side of the game should I be on, going with
the shooter or against? Making these decisions is very
I personally like to play for 45 minutes to 1 hour
before leaving the game.
Make sure you have a stop-loss and a stop-win before
you enter the game. Stick to your own rules and follow
the big D-Discipline. If you lose your discipline, you
will lose your bankroll.
Good luck and remember your Discipline.