The Secrets of Laying the Fives and Nines

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How about the secret of laying the fives and nines?

You won’t see a lot of bettors laying the five or nine, as most of the lay bets go behind the fours and tens. Plus, the 5% vig (on winnings) charged on lay bets seems to reserve lay bets only for the 4’s and 10’s.

Wanna know the secrets that craps pros use to make money laying the fives and nines?

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The key to profits lie in asking the dealers for something that is not normally available. For example, when you lay the five or nine for $45 you win $30 at 2:3 odds -minus the $2 vig, so you only get $28 back. Since 5% of $30 is $1.50, you might try asking the dealer if you can pay $1 vig instead of $2 for the same bet. That extra dollar is certainly better off in your pocket than the casino’s!

You can also try to lay the five and nine for $56 plus $1 vig. A $56 bet will return $38, which is $2 short of the $40 limit (bet $60, get $40) which starts the $2 vig. Remember, all you have to do is ask the dealer if you can make a lay bet for a certain amount. The worst that can happen is that he’ll say no. The whole purpose of betting this way is to maximize your profits by getting as close to the $2 vig limit while still only paying $1. To do this, you need to get your lay bet payoff in the $35 to $40 range.

You have to be careful about the way you word your bets. For example, if you lay the nine for $56 plus $1 vig, you can’t say “$57 no nine”, as they might charge you an extra dollar. Make sure they know that you want the bet to be for $56 plus $1 vig.

You should also be able to split your lay bets. Instead of laying the nine for $54, for example, ask the friendly dealer if you can lay $27 each against the five and nine, and still only pay $1 vig. This will give you an extra chance because you can win both numbers together, but you can’t lose them both at the same time.

The next time you try laying numbers, try to get a better bet than advertised. You have nothing to lose by trying this. You’ll gain extra money, increased comps, and the satisfaction that you are getting the very best bet that you can make!

Pssst…! Now you know the secrets of laying the fives and nines!

The Crapshooter © 2005 by Larry Edell

The Secrets of Martingale Systems

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How about the secret of Martingale systems?

Most people do not care for most Martingale systems. They are simple systems, and ask you to double your bet every time you lose. This way, the theory goes, you will eventually recoup your loses when you win. If, for example, you are playing on the pass line with a $10 bet and big red rears his ugly head, your next pass line bet would be for $20. If you lose again, the next one would be for $40, then $80, then $160, then $320. If the table has a $500 limit (done to discourage Martingales), you have to stop and take a $320 loss.

Wanna know the secrets that craps pros use to win using Martingale systems?

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Craps pros win using this method by playing at a casino with no table limits or, try a modified Martingale system, two of which are described below.

The first is a Dont-Pass system. You bet one unit on the Dont-Pass and, instead of doubling when losing, increase your bet by one unit only. Then, when you win, start decreasing your bets by one unit until you are back at one unit again. For example, if you lose the first two Dont-Pass bets, your third bet on the come-out would be for three units. If you win, the next bet would be for two units. Then one unit. If you win again, stay at one unit until you lose again.

A more interesting system is to bet on the field, again starting with one unit and increasing your bets by one unit when you lose. The interesting part here is that you will eventually win on a 2 or 12 which pays at least double.

The advantage to using these modified Martingales is that you will be ahead, eventually, instead of breaking even. If, for example, your unit is $10 and you lose your first four bets, you will be down $100 ($10 + $20 + $30 + $40). Your fifth bet will be for $50, and if you win, you are now down only $50. If you win the next four bets, ($10 + $20 + $30 +40) you ll be ahead by $50! And if you are betting on the field and happen to hit a 2 or 12, you will be even more ahead!

If you are betting on the field, try waiting until a seven rolls and a point is established before you start betting. Then, make bets for the next four rolls only, or if the point is made. Then, wait for another seven and come-out, and start betting where you left off.

Try these systems out first online at a free site. (http://www.TheCrapShooter.com has a FREE craps game.) See how well they work! Then go to a casino with low table limits and try betting $1 units. When you win $20, increase your unit to $5. When you win $50, increase your bet to $10 and really make some money!

Pssst…! Now you know the secrets of Martingale systems!

(c) 2005 by Larry Edell