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How to Plan a Table

9 April 2000

The Crapshooter
©2000 by Larry Edell

One of the hardest things for a Crapshooter to do is to leave the table. This is because he is really motivated to stay. If he's winning, he wants to stay and make more money. If he's losing, he wants to stay and recoup his losses. This, unfortunately, ends up being a player's way of donating a lot of money back to the casino!

If you want to make money, you need to plan your table. You need to set things up in advance and stick to your plan. Craps is fun, but if you keep on losing every time you play, it won't be fun for long. You need to have a table plan every time you play.

For example, if your buy in is $1000 and you are a $50 bettor, you can plan to leave when you've won or lost $200. However, if your buy in is $50 and you're a $5 bettor, a $200 goal is unrealistic - $10 is more like it. Further, you need to plan exactly what kind of betting you're about to do - even before you color in.

Something that has always helped me is to carry a small pad and pen with me at all times. Before I approach the table, I formulate and actually write down what I'm going to do. Every time before I actually go to the table, I write down three things:

1. Buy in - $500
2. Win/loss limit - $100
3. $10 Pass line w/2 odds and place 6 and 8 for $12 each

Later I note the results, so there are actually four things on the page:

1. Placed money
2. Limits of my betting
3. Assign myself a system to use, and
4. Noted results.

So, to compress things I write:

1. P - $500 (For money Placed)
2. L - $100 (for win/loss Limit)
3. A - pass w/odds + 6 and 8 (for Assigned system)
4. N - +$30 in 40 min (for Noted results)

I always leave the pad on my chip rack so it reminds me not to be greedy when I'm winning and stupid when I'm losing. And it works! Give it a try!

So the next time you play, remember to PLAN your table.

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
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