This is a very important topic that I think will benefit people who use betting systems. As you may already know, betting systems can be used in just about any casino game including craps. They are usually just patterns of styles of betting that players can do in order to manage bankrolls and risks. Some well known betting systems are the Martingale, Parlay, Paroli, Labouchere, Fibonacci and etc. All of these require an important element in order for them to work properly.
The main requirement is that players need to be wagering money on a bet that pays out even odds. That means the house edge must be as small as possible and the odds of winning being nearly 50:50. Some bets are better than others for these kinds of strategies because the house edge differs slightly.
For example, if you wagered on snake eyes, the house edge is 13.89% and pays out 30:1 odds. The big red seven bet has a house edge of 16.67% and pays out 4:1 odds. So which bet would work best with a betting system? First of all, the any seven bet would work much better because the odds are closer to 1:1 than the snake eye bet, even though the house edge is worse. Still, both of these bets are terrible for betting systems.
The key is to get something that pays out 1:1 odds or something that you can win with odds nearly equal to those of flipping a coin and betting whether it will land on heads or tails. Below is a list of the best craps bets to use with craps betting systems:
Pass Line – 1.44%
Don’t Pass Line – 1.36%
Come – 1.44%
Don’t Come – 1.36%
Each of these bets pays 1:1 even odds and can be increased even better when including the free odds. Always remember that the house edge doesn’t mean much. Even if the any sevens bet paid 5:1 odds with 0% house edge (one of the best in the house), it would apply terribly with a betting system. For instance, if you used the Martingale craps system here, you would have to lose 5 times on average before finally winning, which means you would have to double your bets five times. It is already risky enough using Martingale when you lose 1 out of 2 times! Imagine doing that with the snake eyes bet when you lose 35 times for every win.
Although, when you find all of the 1:1 payout bets, the one with the lowest house edge is the better one because you win more often in the long run. For instance, the don’t pass and don’t come bets are the ideal ones (I always play the don’t pass bet). The free odds increases your advantage against the house, but you probably don’t want to uses these in one of the basic systems yet because it gets complicated when some bets you are allowed to place them and in others you are not. Plus the amount of money you are betting is directly related to how much you need to bet on the odds bet and that can throw your whole system off. I will try to include a few advanced systems specifically for craps in the future though.