Come Over to the Dark Side

by Travis Crenshaw, Co-Owner of 3 Aces Casino Parties

Craps has to be one of the most intimidating games in the casino. 

So many bets, varying payoff odds, cryptic rantings by players (“Give me all the hardways for a nickel”) make even a seasoned gambler timid when approaching the rail.  But that said, it can be an exciting game of camaraderie with your fellow players.  After all, everyone is rooting for the player with the dice to make his number and make the House pay out all that money stacked in front of the boxman.  Well, almost everyone. 

If you are playing the “Don’t” or “The Dark Side” then you are betting the shooter will roll a “Seven Out!!!” and the House takes all their money and pays you.  How can you bet against the shooter?  Other players will look at you with scorn and you will be as welcome as a beer induced flatulence in confined quarters.  (I think you know what I mean Mickey).

But are you really a traitor? Should you be banished to the slot machine in the far corner with 16 zillion possible winning lines that no one understands? 

No, of course not.  For you are a cunning and shrewd player with full command of the odds and nuances of this game called Craps.  Others that see you as a villain are merely misinformed or season ticket holders to the short bus.


Betting the Don’t is merely another strategy to win and that is the idea isn’t it?  Or do we gamble just to have terrible beating stories like a fellow gambler I’ll call Rick (to protect his identity).  Playing the Don’t is just the opposite of playing the Do’s or Pass Line.  Place your beginning wager (normally $5.00) on the small rectangular space just above the Pass Line.  If the come out roll is a 7 or 11, you lose.  If the come out roll is a 2 or 3, you win.  If the come out roll is a 12, you push. 

If a point is established, you now have the option to lay odds.  I say option, because you can just play the beginning bet which pays even money.  You must lay odds instead of take odds because, after you dodge the 7 or 11 bullet on the come out roll, the odds are now in your favor to win.  The House makes you bet more to win less.  If the point is 6 or 8, lay odds in increments of 6 to 5 (e.g., bet $6 to win $5).  If the point is 5 or 9, lay odds in increments of 3 to 2 (e.g., bet $9 to win $6).  If the point is 4 or 10, lay odds in increments of 2 to 1 (e.g., bet $10 to win $5).  That’s all there is to it. 

Luke, Luke, the Force is strong on the Dark Side…

Want to know more?  I recommend the book “John Patrick’s Craps, So You Wanna Be a Gamber” by John Patrick

Questions or comments? You can reach Travis here travis@3acescasinoparties.com

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