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The 5 count method for Craps




The 5 count method for Craps


Before I start describing this popular system for Craps there is one thing that you have to understand. No method or system will assure you huge wins every single time because they still can't beat the house edge. You can just control your bets and where you place them but the dice probabilities will be the same. Of course you will have an advantage over a random roller who in the long run will probably lose money overall. The method I will talk about was invented by Frank Scoblete in his 1994 book. His system is called the 5-Count method.


Scoblete himself said "If you incorporate the 5-Count as a part of your betting strategy, you will reduce the total number of shooters you are betting. You will actually eliminate about 57% of the random rollers. You increase the likelihood that over the course of your session you will be on the hot shooters - if a hot shooter actually appears. You will also increase your comp value because you will be spending time at the table but exposing less of your money to the house edge."

How it Works


The method is based on finding hot shooters and reducing a player's overall risk at the craps table with a point number (the "point numbers" are 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) and ends with a point number. Let's take it step by step.


Let us say that a new shooter has just gotten the dice and is on his come-out roll. If he manages to roll any of the point numbers on his come-out roll, then that will be the 1-count. If instead he rolls a 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12 the count hasn't started yet. The second roll after the first one will automatically be the 2-count, regardless of what number he rolls. This will also apply to the 3-count and 4-count.

The next roll will count as the 5-Count only if the number that is rolled will again be one of the point numbers listed above. If this doesn't happen it will still be counted as the 4-count until de 5-count will be achieved. After the 5-count is made, you can start placing bets. You can either make a come bet or a place bet.

Does it Work?


Since this method was published for the first time in 1994 a lot of controversy has surrounded it. A lot of people were skeptical in thinking it actually works. Some recent research and computer simulations which were done by Dr. Don Catlin, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts show that the method is actually valid.


Be aware though that not all your sessions will have hot shooters. Sometimes you won't make it to the 5-count but overall this method will still make sure that you don't bet your money on all the shooters. You will also risk less money in this way which is always a good thing.


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