How to Win at Craps:
Professional Craps Player? Nonsense!
Is there such a thing as a professional craps player? You should ask if there's such as thing as a successful professional
craps player ("successful" is the key word). The answer is a definite no. It's statistically impossible for anyone to win over
time. The game was designed to be against you and in the casino's favor.
Since it's statistically impossible for you to play craps and win over time, you cannot possibly use craps as a means of
livelihood or gain (that's what a "professional" is--doing something as a livelihood or for gain). So, if you play long enough,
you'll lose all your money. Therefore, the term "professional" cannot possibly apply to the game of craps. There are no
professional craps players because no one can win over time. It's statistically impossible to make a living playing craps
because the you play, the more you lose.
Other craps articles suggest a key to being a winning craps player is to play only for short periods of time because longer
periods increase your loss potential. That's just plain stupid. The law of odds doesn't know whether you're playing short
sessions or long sessions. Instead, it's like one long session over time. The relatively short interruptions (e.g., eating,
working, sleeping, going to the bathroom) mean nothing over the long term. The law of odds knows that statistics are in
the casino's favor and that you will eventually lose. Playing for short or long periods does nothing to affect the eventual
outcome. But, playing short sessions does extend the inevitable. Instead of going broke quickly by playing long sessions,
you'll go broke slowly by playing short sessions.
Is it sinking in yet? Are you understanding? Casino craps is gambling. Gambling means you'll lose over time. Don't be
blinded by hopes and dreams of quitting your boring, dead-end job and making ga-zillions beating the casino. When you
hear or read about someone making a successful living by playing craps, be wary that they're about to feed you a load of
crap (pun intended) or sell you something to rip you off.
Knowledgeable craps players who understand the math of the game accept the fact that they're going to lose over time.
They play for the fun and excitement that the game of craps can offer. Interaction with other players at the table and the
range of emotion from losing to suddenly winning (and winning to suddenly losing) are what keep the knowledgeable player
coming back to the craps table. The knowledgeable player doesn't expect to win. She hopes to win, but doesn't expect to
win. If she gets lucky and wins during a session, then that's wonderful. However, she knows she'll likely lose the next
session. Knowledgeable players play solely for fun and entertainment, not to make a living.
Learn the game of craps and get confidence in the fact that there's no such thing as a winning craps system. Understand
and accept the fact that there's no such thing as a dice control artist. If you're going to play craps, then play for the fun of it
and no other reason. Otherwise, you'll be disappointed when you eventually lose.
Although there's no statistical way to win over time, there are ways to get the most out of your gambling bankroll. Because
you can prolong the inevitable, you can stand at the table longer, which means your fun will last longer. You should play
craps for entertainment because it's so much fun, not because you want to get rich off the casino. So, how do you prolong
the inevitable? How do you maximize your fun and excitement without spending a fortune? Refer to the other lessons.