Types of Gamblers
The craps table is the world in microcosm. You can learn more about a person in five minutes at a craps table than you can in a two-hour conversation. The next time you play craps, watch your fellow players for a few minutes before you get too involved in the game yourself.
The “compulsive” player places all the numbers and has them working for him on every roll. He might start with “$32 across the board” or “$160 across the board.” When a number hits, he presses the bet. For example, if 5 hits, he wins $7 but bets $5 more on the 5 and takes only $2 profit. If 5 hits gain, he presses up to $15 or $20. If the shooter sevens out. The compulsive player comes right back with an across-the-board bet on the next shooter. The compulsive player must have action on every roll. He makes the wrong bet, place bets give up too high an advantage to the casino, and he over bets, by pressing up too much of his profits.
The “wrong” bettor bets with the house, on the Don’t Pass. He lays the odds that the shooter will not make his point. If the shooter makes two or three passes in a row, the wrong bettor lays off and waits for the next shooter. Oftentimes, the wrong bettor is ignored or shunned by the other players. They don’t like him because he bets against the shooter. But the wrong bettor is a smart player. He is playing near the casino minimum of 0.8% advantage.
The “timid” player puts one chip on the pass line. You know he doesn’t understand the game because he doesn’t make an odds bet. He makes no come bets or any other bets. He patiently waits for the shooter to make his point or miss out. Other players may have won hundreds of dollars on a hot roll, but this doesn’t faze the timid bettor. He happily picks up his single chip if the shooter makes his point.
The “high roller” is just the opposite of the timid player. Many of the high rollers in Las Vegas are Texas oilmen wearing cowboy hats and fancy boots. They play with stacks of $100 chips, betting uncounted handfuls of chips on the pass line and come, and always taking the odds. They are a stickman’s delight, as they love the proposition bets, frequently having one or more hardway bets going and usually responding with a quarter chip (25$) to the stickman’s exhortation: “Who wants 11 or any craps?” High rollers enjoy the envious attention of the other players. They toke (tip) the dealers handsomely and are rewarded with lavish VIP treatment. High rollers would be smart players if they could learn to ignore the proposition bets.
The “analyzer” looks over each new shooter before deciding to “go with him” and how much to bet on the pass line. If the new shooter appears confident and has the look of a winner, the analyzer puts his money on the table. He makes a series of come or place bets. If the new shooter doesn’t “look right,” the analyzer reduces his pass-line bet and bets very conservatively. The analyzer frowns or curses when his “Mr. Winner” sevens out early in the roll.
The “grinder” is a hedge player who is attempting to eke out a small profit. He is playing against the law of averages and believes that, with his methodical betting procedure, he can beat the law of averages. The grinder makes a Don’t Pass bet and then immediately places the same number. He collects a small profit if the number is thrown before a seven and breaks even on a seven out. The grinder loses fast when sevens or elevens are rolled on the com-out-roll, but he may play for hours or even days before getting completely wiped out.
The “superstitious” player gets nervous when the shooter rolls the dice too hard and one flies off the table. He will turn his place bets and odds bets off for the next roll because he believes a seven always shows up after the dice fly off the table. The superstitious player gets very upset when the dice hit the hands of a late bettor or careless player. Again, this is when the seven turns up. He scolds the player who mentions the unmentionable seven during a long run because sure enough, on the next roll of the dice, a seven is thrown.
The smart player or “tough” player as the pit bosses refer to him, commands respect and always is in control of the situation. Betting the pass line and always taking full odds, he also makes several come bets with full odds, betting up progressively as he wins his pass-line and come bets. If he is betting with $5 chips, he progresses from 5 to 8 to 10 to 15 to 20 to 25 to 35 to 50, etc. He never makes a proposition bet. On a busy or fast-moving table he watches all his bets like a hawk to ensure that the dealers make no mistakes.