5-count system advocated by Frank Scoblette, or the one followed by Sam Grafstein of waiting for a shooter to either hit their point or roll a natural on their come out roll. I like Patrick’s conservative approach to playing so I’ll try his table charting technique.
I also wanted to add to my arsenal of playing strategies so I could better respond to the playing conditions. For my wrong betting strategy, I decided to use a mash-up of Sam Grafstein’s “Mrs. Dice Doctor’s Wrong Betting Play” with John Patrick’s “Simple Don’t Hedge”:
- Bet the don’t pass line with 1 unit
- If the point is 6 or 8, make no further bets
- If the point is 5 or 9, make 1 bet on don’t come
- If the point is 4 or 10, make 2 bets on don’t come
- For the first don’t come bet, lay odds on the don’t pass bet to protect the bet in the don’t come
- Get the first don’t come bet into action and then remove the odds lay against the don’t pass line bet
This was a Saturday noontime visit to the ilani so it wasn’t crowded yet. A couple of craps tables were open, both with a $5 minimum. Action was light. One table only had a couple players and the other table had 4. I stood off to the side and charted the table with 4 players. After 3 players quickly sevened-out, I bought in for $200, determined to play my dark side strategy.
Action was choppy. I made some money on the first 3 players, then the dice came to me. I put $5 on the Don’t Pass line. My point was 4. Established a couple more don't come numbers. Rolled 5 or 6 numbers then hit my point! Second series I hit my don't numbers, then sevened-out. Ouch! I would pass on the dice the rest of the session. Next 2 shooters did well. So well in fact I switched to right side betting when they had the dice, but the rolls weren't long so I got whip-sawed. Things weren't going well so I get out. Loss for the session: -$71.
Things I learned
- One complaint I have with wrong side betting is you don’t get as much action, even with 3 don’ts working. You win only if the outcome is a seven. An advantage of betting the right side is you can win on multiple numbers multiple times.
- Pass on the dice when playing don't. Unless I want to try setting the dice to roll a seven, probably best to let someone else roll the dice.
- Grafstein preaches to stay right or stay wrong, but never try to anticipate the trend by switching betting strategies. Patrick has a strategy to follow the trend, but I was playing more based on player past performance. Next time I’ll stay wrong. If there’s a hot shooter, better to just step back and not make a bet. If I want to play right, I’ll go to a different table.
- A lesson I learned when I was playing right was how discipline was critical at a choppy table. If a winning trend hasn't been established, take your bets down after one hit. It may be a grind, but at least It will lock in some winnings.