I used to play only the DP and it is great when the table goes real cold but then you miss out on a hot shooter. Now I just follow the table and switch back to the PL after a shooter makes a point and run a little progression from there. To add some fun I bet any craps on the come-out when I'm switched to the pass line and then parlay if I win. I also hop seven and an eleven if there is a come-out 7 or 11 on the come-out and I'm on the DP also with the parlay. Usually once per session one of my parlays hits once or twice and that is fun. BTW I rolled 4 11's in a row about a month ago and that was sweet. My wife plays similar but also likes to add some 6 and 8's and sisters.
Oct 19, 2009
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Charting a craps table makes about as much sense as charting a baccarat table.
However, many players form a conclusion based on cheerfulness, number of place bets, etc. and if they determine the table is "hot" they go to the Right Side. If everyone is glum, the chips in the rail seem few, etc. then some players will decide to become Wrong Bettors.
I have no hesitation to shoot from the Dark Side. The stickman will often intone "From the Don't, hoping they won't".
Being a contrarian at an otherwise happy table? Heck its my money and your mood, which do you think I care about the most?
Knuckle, if you're enjoying it, then roll with it. (No pun intended)
Personally, I normally stay with the Pass Line and Come Bets. If the table is warm, hot, or on fire, I'm moving up a progression in my odds on the PL and come. If the table is cold, I'll take a hike. My rule of thumb is 3 losses in a row or three out of four losses and I'm colored in and out for some time.
If I'm throwing the dice and I see people betting the don't pass, well I'm grinning if make the point and they lose (don't we all?) Plus as others stated before, it's a good feeling whenever a point hits and everybody ont he pass line is getting the houses money.
Only went to the dark side on don't pass once and lost. (Figures right?) Might try it again sometime to go dark or don't come if the mood strikes me. The house edge is pretty small comparing between the pass and don't pass come/don't come. Though the lay on 4 or 10 is too much house edge to justify it to me.
As for the dealers, several have privately told me that don't bets usually aren't good tippers. Hence why they will sometimes make light of them. Not to say there aren't good don't tippers out there, I just haven't seen many either.
Again, it's your money, enjoy playing it as you please.