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Coach, how do I beat the casino?

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 card.

Now back to beating the casino, you first have to ask yourself "am I playing to play for comps or am I playing to win?"

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 casino!

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 important.

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.

Dice Coach
Another 20 minute roll!  I think between that little modification and adopting your betting tactics, that this will work well in the long run.  Thanks again!  - Bill - 
Winning at the craps table begins with good money management.

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