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Help Buying Numbers

28 April 2005

Dear Frank:

When you "buy" the 4 or 10 you get true odds of 2 to 1 and the casino collects money from your win. This subject has always dogged me. No matter how many times I read it I can't seem to fully digest it. I know enough to know, I think, that you make more buying than placing, but when I win the dealers keep asking me to give them more money on each win. This really got me out of the zone and into the dealer's realm I guess by me not knowing how to pay the buy bets, but it sure was nice to be getting paid even though I was having to give them part of my winnings.

Is there some simple rule or formula or rule of thumb so I won't get thrown off by this. I just need help on the buy.

Please help.

Robert

Dear Robert:

Buying the 4 or 10 is a much better wager than simply placing those numbers. In Atlantic City, you must pay your buy commission on all bets. Therefore a $35 buy of the 4 or 10, costing $1, will have about a 2.78 percent house edge. That means you will lose about $2.78 cents per $100 wagered this way. The normal loss on a place bet of 4 or 10 is 6.67 percent, which means a loss of $6.67 per $100 wagered on the 4 or 10.

Now, if you are paying your commission (called "vig") only on winning bets as you do in most Tunica and Vegas casinos, the house edge is about 1.3 percent on a $25 buy bet. The house only keeps $1.30 on every $100 you wager. This is a very good bet.

The bottom line to remember is this. Pay the $1 on the buy and be happy that you are cutting the house edge by quite a few percentage points.

I am giving you a free two-month membership in our private website, The Craps Club. Your password and user name will come in a separate email.

All the best in and out of the casinos.

Frank Scoblete

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Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

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