Allen wrote a “basics” series of books designed especially for beginning players, including Basics of Winning Craps, Basics of Winning Blackjack and Basics of Winning Baccarat. As an experienced and talented fiction writer (Snake Eyes is now on my reading list), he developed a reputation of writing very readable gambling books. Even though he died in 2012 at the age of 82, Allen remains “the” authority on gambling. And after reading this book, I wholeheartedly agree.
Unlike many 'how to' gambling books, Allen covers the entire craps experience in this book. Not only does he cover the basics such as line bets, odds, edges and full mathematics of craps probability, he also covers casino personnel, your table image, how to establish credit at a casino (some day!), money management, how to manage your bankroll, and hedging (a very important topic overlooked in many books and websites, denigrated in many others).
This comprehensive book teaches a conservative method of craps. The author vehemently discourages proposition bets, calling them money losers, going so far as to ridicule players who even think of making a prop bet. These and other tips are forcefully repeated until they are ingrained into the reader. While I respect Mr. Allen’s knowledge and experience, I think there is a place for prop bets for hedging purposes in certain circumstances, so I don’t necessarily agree with him on this point.
Mr. Allen also put together betting strategies for various styles of play and aggressiveness, for both right and wrong bettors.
This is a great book on craps and deserves to be in every craps player’s bookshelf. This is indeed the "bible" for both beginning and serious craps players.