May 22nd, 2015 at 11:36:42 AM
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Sorry if this is repeating. I recently had a friend that wanted to take up Craps and put together a 'beginners guide' and a recommended abbreviated starter strategy. As part of that, I wanted to include a calculation sheet for the House Advantage for Pass given various Odds multiples (1X, 2X, 3X etc). I searched Wizard of Odds, this site, and all over the place and didn't find an explanation on how to calculate it. Lots of places gave the HA (0X 1.41%, 1X 0.85% 2X 0.61% etc) but not the math behind it. When the math was given it was in terms of fractions which make it laborious to calculate each time, so I put together a spreadsheet. Nothing new - the results agree with established casino math exactly, just easier to use.

I previously posted the text version of the spreadsheet but the editor messed up the columns and it wasn't 'operational'. Here's a link to the spreadsheet you can actually use:

Spreadsheet to calculate HE given Pass/Odds bets

Obviously you don't need to know how to calculate HA, but for the math buffs its entertaining.

- enjoy.

I previously posted the text version of the spreadsheet but the editor messed up the columns and it wasn't 'operational'. Here's a link to the spreadsheet you can actually use:

Spreadsheet to calculate HE given Pass/Odds bets

Obviously you don't need to know how to calculate HA, but for the math buffs its entertaining.

- enjoy.

May 22nd, 2015 at 12:15:17 PM
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N

Craps House Advantage Calculator with X Odds input

Roll Ways Pass$Odds$Risk$WtAvg WinEV Analysis LossEV Analysis (uses Risk$)

$10 $20 Risk$ Win$ PrRoll PrWin TotPrWin EVWin$ PrLoss TotPrLoss EVLoss$

2 1 $10 $0 $10 $10.00 0.0278 0.0000 0.0000 1.0000 0.0278 $0.2778

3 2 $10 $0 $10 $20.00 0.0556 0.0000 0.0000 1.0000 0.0556 $0.5556

4 3 $10 $20 $30 $90.00 $50.00 0.0833 0.3333 0.0278 $1.3889 0.6667 0.0556 $1.6667

5 4 $10 $20 $30 $120.00 $40.00 0.1111 0.4000 0.0444 $1.7778 0.6000 0.0667 $2.0000

6 5 $10 $20 $30 $150.00 $34.00 0.1389 0.4545 0.0631 $2.1465 0.5455 0.0758 $2.2727

7 6 $10 $0 $10 $60.00 $10.00 0.1667 1.0000 0.1667 $1.6667 0.0000 0.0000 $0.0000

8 5 $10 $20 $30 $150.00 $34.00 0.1389 0.4545 0.0631 $2.1465 0.5455 0.0758 $2.2727

9 4 $10 $20 $30 $120.00 $40.00 0.1111 0.4000 0.0444 $1.7778 0.6000 0.0667 $2.0000

10 3 $10 $20 $30 $90.00 $50.00 0.0833 0.3333 0.0278 $1.3889 0.6667 0.0556 $1.6667

11 2 $10 $0 $10 $20.00 $10.00 0.0556 1.0000 0.0556 $0.5556 0.0000 0.0000 $0.0000

12 1 $10 $0 $10 $10.00 0.0278 0.0000 0.0000 1.0000 0.0278 $0.2778

Ós > 36 $23.33 1.0000 0.4929 $12.8485 0.5071 $12.99

it looks a bit better

MAYbe try using

code tags

place

code

inside [] at the start of your table

and [/] at the end of the table

[/this-is-where-code-goes]

still requires some better formatting i say

thank you for sharing!

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May 22nd, 2015 at 12:26:34 PM
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i have that info somewhereQuote:s7peteI searched Wizard of Odds, this site, and all over the place and didn't find an explanation on how to calculate it. Lots of places gave the HA (0X 1.41%, 1X 0.85% 2X 0.61% etc) but nowhere the math behind it.

but again here

the player edge for a 1 unit bet = -7/495

for 1X odds the numerator = -7

but the denominator will change to

495 * avg bet in units

(1* 1/3) + (2* 2/3) = 1/3 + 4/3 = 5/3

495 * 5/3 = 825

the house edge for 1 with 1x odds = -7/825

same method for others (except 345X odds and the 5&9 points adjustments)

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the avg bet is higher

the ev stays the same

the combined house edge goes lower

try it

Sally

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May 22nd, 2015 at 12:47:36 PM
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I've never been able to "see" why the house edge goes down with an odds bet. It's a 0% HE bet, so in terms of EV, it shouldn't change a thing...

EV = SummationOfAll(Bet*Advantage)

Example of pass line bet with odds... say you have a pass line bet of $10. The point is established at 6, and you put $50 in odds to win $60...

EV = 10*(.0141) + 50*0.00 = 10*(-.0141) = -.141.

From this you can see that it doesn't matter what amount of odds bet you make, if the house edge on the bet is 0, then it won't effect your overall EV.

EV = SummationOfAll(Bet*Advantage)

Example of pass line bet with odds... say you have a pass line bet of $10. The point is established at 6, and you put $50 in odds to win $60...

EV = 10*(.0141) + 50*0.00 = 10*(-.0141) = -.141.

From this you can see that it doesn't matter what amount of odds bet you make, if the house edge on the bet is 0, then it won't effect your overall EV.

Playing it correctly means you've already won.

May 22nd, 2015 at 1:40:32 PM
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They're looking at it in terms of percentages. The 14c loss on a $10 line bet is much less than 1.4% of the total wager when odds are included.

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May 23rd, 2015 at 12:34:55 PM
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The explanations for how to calculate EV and HA are in the 'Column Explanations' in the chart above (thank you MustangSally for correcting the columns).

HA = (EVWins - EVLosses)/Amount Risked EV = Sum(ProbabilityWin * $Win) or Sum(ProbabilityLoss* $Loss)

For a point of 6:

PrWin = .0631 $Win 0XOdds = $10 $ Win 2XOdds = $ 50 - The probabilities are the same 0X and 2X but the amounts risked and potentially won

PrLoss = .0758 $Loss 0XOdds = $ 20 $Loss 2XOdds =$ 20 - are dramatically different.

Note: You have to use probabilities, not House Advantage or Odds as you put in your formula. Also, you are not allowed to just have the bet resolved if the point is 6 - you have to do the math over all 36 possibilities of coming out roll.

The house is right - the HA for Pass/Come 0X odds is 1.41% and for 2X odds is .61%; but they want you to play more odds because there's more money on the table to pay your space 'rent'.

HA = (EVWins - EVLosses)/Amount Risked EV = Sum(ProbabilityWin * $Win) or Sum(ProbabilityLoss* $Loss)

For a point of 6:

PrWin = .0631 $Win 0XOdds = $10 $ Win 2XOdds = $ 50 - The probabilities are the same 0X and 2X but the amounts risked and potentially won

PrLoss = .0758 $Loss 0XOdds = $ 20 $Loss 2XOdds =$ 20 - are dramatically different.

Note: You have to use probabilities, not House Advantage or Odds as you put in your formula. Also, you are not allowed to just have the bet resolved if the point is 6 - you have to do the math over all 36 possibilities of coming out roll.

The house is right - the HA for Pass/Come 0X odds is 1.41% and for 2X odds is .61%; but they want you to play more odds because there's more money on the table to pay your space 'rent'.

May 23rd, 2015 at 12:40:36 PM
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I had this all worked out years ago. Couldn't find my spreadsheet :{ and had to do it all again. Anyway fun to refresh. The numbers all agree with casino numbers. I always use spreadsheets for calcs so fractions fry my brain. tks for your looking into it. I didn't really mention it, but the chart is just the contents of the spreadsheet for 2X odds. the $10 and $20 at the top of the Pass and Odds columns respectively are inputs so one could figure out $ 150 pass, $500 odds if one wanted. It would be possible to enter different odds amounts in the Odds column if you wanted to, say, take single odds on 4/5 and double odds on 6.

May 23rd, 2015 at 1:38:01 PM
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Quote:RomesI've never been able to "see" why the house edge goes down with an odds bet. It's a 0% HE bet, so in terms of EV, it shouldn't change a thing...

Care to go another round? LOL

I really am puzzled as to why such a bright guy has such a blind spot.

Quote:Romesit doesn't matter what amount of odds bet you make, if the house edge on the bet is 0, then it won't effect your overall EV.

This statement is simultaneously correct and also indicative of the problem. Note I say you are correct with the above.

I think there is one bump we have to get past. Can you agree that EV and HE are not the same thing?

I like formulas, and here is a simple one that has both EV and HE in it.

EV = Bet * HE

note that these alterations do not work:

EV = Bet * EV

HE = Bet * HE

Thus I conclude that EV does not equal HE. Do you concur?

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May 23rd, 2015 at 1:40:23 PM
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Quote:s7petethey want you to play more odds because there's more money on the table to pay your space 'rent'.

The house would prefer you not play the free odds. The odds increase the variance, which is something you do not desire if you have the odds on your side. The places where they can get away with it will only offer something like 2x odds.

the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder

May 23rd, 2015 at 3:26:22 PM
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Romes, I am going to propose a bet - stay tuned

the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder