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Big Julie

18 March 2001

The Crapshooter © 2001 by Larry Edell

My wife and I recently watched the old Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando musical Guys And Dolls, which is primarily a movie about craps. In it, Frank Sinatra runs a floating craps game for a living, and usually does pretty well at it too. That is, until Big Julie comes along and insists that he shoot with his "special" dice.

Big Julie was a Chicago mobster, complete with guns and bodyguards, who really hated to lose at craps. In fact, he always won when he used his own dice - 100% of the time. Always. He had no special system, and his dice weren't loaded. But they were special, rare dice that had dots on them that only he could see! So when he rolled them, he generously called out the numbers for everyone else who, of course, couldn't see the results.

He made every point, and nobody doubted that he was honest. After all, he was Big Julie from Chicago and so he never lost.

This got me to thinking about the casino. It never loses either. The casino is Big Julie. Even when you win, it wins. That's because it takes a percentage from each winning bet by paying you less than the true odds against you.

Sometimes it takes more of a percentage than others. For example, it takes 16% of your "Any Seven" bet, but only 0.3% of your pass line bet with 5X odds.

What this translates to you as the player is that you have a choice. Make bets that give the casino a higher percentage or make those that give the casino almost no advantage at all. Since the game of craps will always mathematically favor the casino, there are only three things you can do to beat the game on a regular basis.

  1. Wager low casino-advantage bets only. This includes pass/don't pass with 5x or higher odds, come and place bets, and a few others. No Proposition Bets, Hardways, C&E, Any Seven, Whirl, or any other high payoff bets. They are all different disguises of Big Julie and, remember, he always wins!
  2. Learn how to set the dice. When you shoot, even a tiny edge will offset the 1.4% (or less) that the casino makes on the pass line. Also be on the lookout for "rhythm rollers." If someone sets the dice carefully and starts to win, bet along with him!
  3. Maximize your comps. Quite often you'll make more in comps than winnings. This means you get free rooms, free food and free shows, just for playing the way you normally would. Never play just for comps, but ALWAYS get the comps you deserve!

So despite Big Julie running things, you still have a choice - winning or losing. Choose to win! Don't let Big Julie get you!

And, as always, good luck at the tables!


For more information about craps, we recommend:

How To Make Your Living Playing Craps by Larry Edell
Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps by Tina Trapp
Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos: How to Play Craps and Win! by Frank Scoblete
Forever Craps by Frank Scoblete
The Captain's Craps Revolution! by Frank Scoblete
Sharpshooter Craps Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Craps! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
Larry Edell

If you would like a free copy of "The Crapshooter", the only newsletter devoted exclusively to casino craps, just send a stamped envelope to The Crapshooter, Dept. RGT., Box 421440, San Diego CA 92142. We'll also send info on our books "Make Your Living Playing Craps" and, "Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps", as well as a free catalog, and a special free offer!

Purchase Larry's book, "Make Your Living Playing Craps" available online here.

Larry Edell Websites:

www.TheCrapShooter.com
Larry Edell
If you would like a free copy of "The Crapshooter", the only newsletter devoted exclusively to casino craps, just send a stamped envelope to The Crapshooter, Dept. RGT., Box 421440, San Diego CA 92142. We'll also send info on our books "Make Your Living Playing Craps" and, "Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps", as well as a free catalog, and a special free offer!

Purchase Larry's book, "Make Your Living Playing Craps" available online here.

Larry Edell Websites:

www.TheCrapShooter.com