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How Craps Players Can Use the Iron Cross Strategy to Excel

How Craps Players Can Use the Iron Cross Strategy to Excel
Iron Cross Strategy

In craps, beating having a better edge in terms of the odds as compared to the house is almost impossible. Casinos do this to make sure that the player is always at a disadvantage when it comes to winning. In short, you will stand very little chance of winning against the house as the odds are always stacked against the player. However, there is always a way around this rule when it comes to craps. All you need to do is to employ the right strategy going into the game.

Iron cross strategy in craps seems to go against this rule altogether and seasoned players of the game understand what this strategy can do for them. Instead of betting on specific number, you can cover all the numbers such that any outcome will earn you something.

How it works to give craps players an upper edge

An iron cross player at the craps table will play the field plus place bets on numbers 5, 6, and 8 and leave out the number 7. Playing the field means that you have bet to win on possible numbers 2, 3, 4, 9 10, 11, and 12. However, for numbers 2 and 12, they attract a larger payoff of up to 3-1 as compared to other numbers in the field where you will get an evens payoff when you win. Remember that the number 7 is not included in this category as it is a huge risk.

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The number 7 will have 6 possible outcomes out of the 36 when you roll the dice while the other numbers will have 30 possible outcomes out of the 36. In that case, by using the iron cross strategy to play the game, you spread your odds of winning with any of the numbers you play with except the risky 7. However, for this strategy, when you get a 7 you lose everything in the entire bet.

How Craps Players Can Use the Iron Cross Strategy

The amount of payoffs to win against a possible number

Assuming that your field bet is $5 and for the place bets, you have $5 for 5 and $6 for each of 6 and 8 to make it a total of $34. The following are the possible outcomes, when you play the iron cross strategy, against the payoffs:

  • A 2 from the field bet will pay off $10 from the 2-1 odd.
  • A 12 will pay off $15 from the 3-1 odd
  • Either, 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 will pay off $5 as an even odd.
  • Either, 5, 6, or 8 will pay off $7 from the odds 7-5 for 5 and 7-6 for 6 or 8. However, you will lose the $5 field bet which will reduce your total bet by the same. This is why you have to make sure that the field bet is lower than the place bets.
  • A 7 will result to the loss of your entire bet.
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