It is a known fact that there is no such thing as a casino craps system that will break the casino, or give you any technical edge over the house. However, this does not mean that some systems are not better than others, and when combined with smart gambling give you the best odds of making money. We are going to take a look at the best and most underplayed craps system there is. This system is so underplayed because it involves “unadvertised” best, or bets that are not labeled on the table. It also uses the “Don’t” side of the craps table, which is not a very popular side to play because you are betting against the shooter.
The first step to successfully implementing the Ricochet system is to chart the craps tables. This means you are going to walk around and look for a table that appears to be “cold” and going through shooters rather quickly. You do NOT want to use this system at a “hot” table. Following the trends is a very important thing to learn when playing the game of craps, as it will determine what you bet, when you bet, and how much you bet. When you have found a cold table that is alternating shooters frequently, you are ready to begin using the Ricochet craps system.
Begin by allowing the shooter to establish a point, and do not make any bets until the shooter establishes a point. After the shooter has established a point, you are going to make what is called a “Lay” bet against the point number. This type of bet is not “advertised” on the table, but the dealers will know what you mean. It is often referred to as $41 no 4 or 10, $31 no 5 or 9, or $25 no 6 or 8 depending on what number you a laying against. By making this bet you are betting that a 7 is going to come before the number you are laying. If a 7 comes, you win. If the number you are laying comes, you lose.
This lay bet acts only as a one roll hedge bet to cover your next bet, which is a $15 Don’t Come bet. The Don’t Come is the opposite of the Come, meaning that it will lose on a 7 or 11, win on a 2 or 3, push on a 12, and anything else will be a point number that it will “move behind.” When your $15 Don’t Come bet has moved behind a number, it acts just as a lay bet. You are betting that a 7 will come before the number you are behind. The odds in this situation are much in your favor, no matter what number you are behind. At the time you make your $15 Don’t Come bet, you can also choose to put $1 on the “Yo 11” bet, and this will act as an additional hedge to cover your $15 bet.
After you have successfully gone behind a number with your $15 Don’t Come bet, take your Lay bet down. Do this by telling the dealer “Down on my Lay,” in reference to whatever number you were laying. You will now be sitting behind a number with a $15 bet with the odds in your favor, simply waiting for a decision on that bet. If you are behind the 4 or 10, your odds are 2 to 1 in your favor. If you are behind the 5 or 9, your odds to 3 to 2 in your favor. If you are behind the 6 or 8, the odds are 6 to 5 in your favor.
The main concept behind this system is trying to find the best way to take advantage of the “Don’t” side of the table, which is where the greatest odds of winning are. If you are able to get behind a number safely, you are always going to have the odds to win because now you have the 7 working for you. The problem with playing the Don’t side has always been the 7 on the initial Don’t Come or don’t pass bet. What this system does, as you can see, is places a “lay” hedge bet on a number for one roll while you are establishing a number with your Don’t Come bet. This way the 7 can’t hurt your $15 Don’t Come bet, and the only thing you have to worry about is a repeat of the number that you are laying for one roll.
Let us run through one quick example game. The shooter throws a 9 as their point. You tell the dealer “$31 no 9 please,” and then place a $15 bet on the Don’t Come and toss a $1 chip in the middle shouting “Yo 11.” The shooter then rolls a 4. Your Don’t Come bet moves behind the 4, and right away you tell the dealer “Down on my lay,” pointing to your $31 no 9 bet. You now sit with a 2 to 1 chance of winning your $15 bet as you wait for either a 7 or 4 to come.
If everyone who played craps used this system it wouldn’t break the casino, but it would certainly give the casinos a much harder time. While this system alone will not give you the edge necessary to make money in the long run, if you combine it with all the essentials of gambling you can be sure to make money. Be sure to chart your tables, and set a loss limit and win goal. Use good discipline to walk away from the table when you reach either of these goals. Good luck at the tables!