How to Win at Craps

By eHow Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor

The craps table is one of the most popular spots in the casino. Not only are multiple people betting at once, but the many betting options make it seem to give a better chance at winning. Still, you can lose just as easy as you can win. The smart craps player knows how to set boundaries, look for trends and follow the best game strategy.

General Strategies

Place your betting table and limits in advance and stick to it. If you double your stake, it's a good idea to walk away.

Talk to the other people at the craps table. They're usually friendly and will tell you trends from the other shooters and bettors.

Start by betting no more than the minimum, and only add to that bet after you win. This will help assure you of at least breaking even and only risking what you've already won

Observe the shooter and see if they look confident. If so, bet the Pass Line. If not, bet the Don't Pass Bar.

Avoid the Field. The four numbers you lose on (5, 6, 7 and 8) are the most likely rolls in the game.

Bet with someone who carefully sets and throws the dice. Going with those who know how to throw or at least think they do is a good thing, and backing them up with a bet will boost their confidence.

Betting Strategies

Bet $5 on the Pass Line, then place double odds on a 6 or 8 and single odds on a five or nine. Bring both down if the 6 or 8 hit, and take odds off after the 6 or 8 hit. This is one of the better strategies for a cold table.

Place a bet on the 6 and 8 after the come out roll for $12 each. Reduce the bets to $6 if either hit wins and play until both hit of 7 shows. By reducing the bets, you should come out with at least a $2 win.

Make two come bets with odds, stop betting until a come bet hits, then make another come bet with odds. This is known as the "three numbers working" system. You can make place bets if the table stays hot, but only the 6 or 8.