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Cutthroat Craps - Part 114 January 2002
Most gambling writers are cautious, timid souls and with good reason. We don't want to offer information that might lead players to jump off the deep end of the casino diving board, whooping and hollering as their bankrolls go "splat!" on the concrete floor of the empty pool below. And so we are very careful to recommend only the very best mathematically proven bets, the very best mathematically proven systems, and the very best money management models in the hope that we won't lead any of you into the deep, deep waters of strong negative expectation.
We prefer that you put your big toe in the water, not take a wild belly flop. We prefer the splashing in the kiddie pool over the attempt to swim the English Channel.
And that is a good thing.
This site has article after article explaining what are the best and, invariably, most cautious ways to play this or that game. I've written many of these articles myself. When it comes to caution, I'm a yield-right-of-way, stop-sign, red-light kind of guy.
This is especially true in craps, where the traditional thinking has been to make a Pass Line bet and back it with full odds and then do the same with a few Come bets as well. And this is good advice, too, because it is based on the sound mathematical proposition that you will lose less in the long run playing this way than by playing any other way.
Still, the choice for casino players is not merely "either/or" as in either I play cautiously betting Pass, Come and Odds -- or I go completely berserk! Folks, there is a great in-between, an area of craps play that can be rather daring, yet still based on sound principles of both math and logic and can, when things are going right, yield much more in the way of return than can traditional approaches -- and all this without more risk, in fact, all this with substantially less risk in most cases.
It is called Cutthroat Craps. It is played to win money at the tables and drain the casinos dry with comps. What makes it different from all the other advice on craps that you have read in magazine articles lately? Just this: Cutthroat Crappers are more interested in betting on selected shooters than they are betting the lowest possible house-edge bets -- and with good reason. In fact, Cutthroat Crappers are banking on select shooters changing the actual odds on the game to favor other kinds of betting than the traditional Pass and/or Come with Odds.
THE ASSUMPTIONS OF THE CUTTHROAT CRAPPER
Certain assumptions are inherent in any system of craps play, or any gambling system for that matter. Cutthroat Craps is no different. There are three fundamental assumptions the Cutthroat Crapper makes:
1. Certain shooters can change a slightly negative game into a slightly positive game for certain players who know to bet these shooters. These shooters are dubbed "rhythmic rollers" or, more recently, "Golden Shooters." This is a highly controversial issue in gaming circles as it postulates that some shooters can and do control their rolls to the extent necessary to achieve this shift from slightly negative to slightly positive. Many gambling writers do not believe, as I do, that these Golden Shooters exist or that rhythmic rolling takes place at a craps table. They give sundry reasons for their skepticism. And that's fine. Their belief is not a prerequisite for utilizing Cutthroat Craps methods as these methods have no substantial downside for the craps player using them. (For a full discussion of the "Golden Shooter" concept I refer you to my new book, Forever Craps; The Five-Step Advantage Play Method.)
2. Golden Shooters will tend to be consistent in their dice rolling and in the resultant dice faces that show. This consistency will be seen with their dice-sets, delivery and style of betting.
3. To take advantage of a Golden Shooter, you must adapt your betting style to the Golden Shooter as "one size" does not fit all in this realm. That will often mean deviating from the mathematically best bets.
Next time: A Tale of Two Shooters
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