Don’t bet the center of the table
The craps table seems to be where all the fun is -- loud cheering, high fives, drinks sipped between each big roll. And those bets in the center of the craps table sure look cool. They have cool names -- hard ways, C&E, the World Bet. But from a pure strategy angle, all those bets that look like they offer such big payouts are actually big winners for the casinos, “topping out at a 16.67 percent casino edge for ‘Any Seven,” according to Anthony Curtis, the man behind Las Vegas Advisor, and co-author of the book The Art of Gambling. Use your cash more wisely and play that $5 chip as pass line odds or some other value bet.
Big 6/Big 8 = small wins
These two even-money bets originated as easy introductory bets for women when craps was considered too complicated for females. Thankfully, this sexist attitude has mostly gone away, but these bad bets still remain on many tables as a simple and easy way to lure in inexperienced players. Why is this a bad bet? By simply making a place bet on the 6 or 5, the bettor wins at a rate of 7-6 rather than even money. Or, a come bet that lands on the 6 or 5 will earn an even better 6-5 payout. So the Big 6 and Big 8 are just offering you worse odds for a bet you can make elsewhere on the table.