How to put a snake’s eyes on dice

If you think about it, you will find that the only way to get a 2 (“snake eyes”) is to get two 1s; no other combination will. Similarly, the only way to roll one 12 (“boxcars”) is to roll two 6s; there is no other combination of dice that reaches that number. There is also only one way to make 11: by rolling a 6 and a 5. But you can get a 4 by rolling a 3 and a 1 or a 2 and a 2; 5 can be reached with a 4 and a 1 or a 3 and a 2; and there are three ways to do 6: with a 5 and 1 or 4 and 2 or 3 and 3. Similarly, there are three ways to do 7, three ways to do 8, but only two ways to do 9, and two ways to do 10. So you can immediately see that statistically you are more likely to make some points than others. And speaking of stats, 7 is the number that comes up the most … although of course it only wins for you if you get it on your introductory pitch. After 7, the most common numbers are 5, 6, and 8.

Rolling a 7 or 11 on the come out roll is an instant win; 2, 3 or 12 is an instantaneous loss. Any other number is the point you have to make again before rolling a 7 (called “sevening out”). If you get seven, you lose. But if you get your point, roll another 5 or 8, or whatever your point is, you win.

You can also play without rolling the dice … by betting against the shooter. (That makes you a “fader”).

When you start playing, bet little. Yes, it’s true that if you don’t bet big, you can’t win big, but until you learn what you’re doing and are comfortable with the bets and the odds, it’s best to bet low so that if you make a mistake, your mistake will cost you a minimal amount of money.

When you are a little more familiar and comfortable with the game, you can bet progressively. How? Increasing the bet a little each time you win. Without doubling your bet. If you’re betting $ 5 the first time and you win, bet $ 5 twice, or $ 10, next time, and if you win, go to $ 5 three times, or $ 15, and then $ 20 and so on. You are not doubling your bet. You are not betting everything. And when you lose … which is sure to happen at some point … you still have some winnings left. After the loss, bet your base $ 5 again and keep increasing your bet amount in the same way as before. This method maximizes your profits and minimizes your losses.

But if you stay and play all night, chances are you will come off as a loser. The smart move is to obey the old axiom and “quit while you’re ahead.” Have you doubled the amount of money you started with? You logged into the casino with $ 100 to play and now you have $ 200? Then it’s a good time to quit smoking for the night … or maybe try your luck at some other game. But “walk away” (click) from the craps table while you are a winner.

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