Craps Systems - One Trick Pony

Photo Courtesy (Getty Images)
Molly Sims Enjoying the Craps Game. Photo Courtesy (Getty Images)

Casino craps is still very popular, especially in Las Vegas and on the East Coast, and the game presents many ways of attacking the table. You can play a single number with a place bet, you can bet just he pass line, or the don't pass line, or you can play the horn bets and have a great time at the table.

Over the years, many players have put faith in specific systems, like the Colonel's craps system.

Each has its own good and bad points, but only one is designed for a single roll: the One-Trick Pony Craps System. It does take a bit more of a bankroll than other systems, because it takes several bets on a single roll.

To play the One Trick Pony, the player must cover all the numbers on a craps table with the exception of 7. The dice have no memory, and each roll is independent of the last, but many players will only play this system after a point is established. And, they prefer to bet this after there is a front-line, seven-winner and a point established. If you know how to play craps, you also know that this happens fairly regularly, so don't think you won't get a chance to make some bets.

After a point is established, the system can be used, and betting is easy. It just requires three place bets and a field bet.


Place the number 5 for $5 and the numbers 6 and 8 for $6 each ($17 total bet).

Bet $5 in the field to cover 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12. This covers all number total of the dice for the next roll but one, the dreaded 7.

If 5, 6 or 8 rolls you lose the field bet and win the place bet for $7 and make a profit of $2 and take all your bets down.

If a field number of 3, 4, 9, 10, or 11 rolls you win $5 and take all your bets down.

If 2 rolls (at most clubs this roll pays double) you win $10 and take all your bets down.

If 12 rolls (at most clubs this roll pays triple) you win $15 and take all your bets down.

And, if 7 rolls, you loose all four wagers for a loss of $22.

Because 7 rolls an average of 6 times out of 36, you will win one of your bets 30 times out of 36. You will lose 6 times out of 36.

What Happens Each Roll

Win a place bet (5, 6, 8) 14 x 2 = $28.

Win a field bet (3, 4, 9, 10, 11) 14 x 5 = $70

Win on 2 once ($10) and 12 once ($15) = $25 *** Total $123 returned

Lose on 7 rolled: 6 x $22 = $132

Remember, the system is designed to be played for one roll only, win or lose, and then you wait until the situation is right to bet it again.

The hope with this system is that you can walk up to a crap game, wait until the time is right, make your bets, win, and walk away (or wait for another opportunity). If you raise your bets and place the number 5 for $25 and place the 6 and 8 for $30 and put $25 in the field, you will be shooting to win either $35 for 5, 6 or 8 and $25 in the field (or $50 if deuces rolls or $75 if twelve rolls).

If the dice roll just right for you, you'll hit a winner many times in an evening of play while racking up at least a few dollars in comps from the player's club!

And, maybe you can dodge the 7 for many plays.

One-Trick Pony Craps System - Option One - Multiple Bets

This system is also used for multiple bets, where the player decides on a set number of rolls (say three or five) and then takes the winnings from each roll until the dice have rolled the chosen number of times before they take their bets down.

Option Two - Multiple Press

This option allows a small bet to grow large. The player decides on a set number of rolls (say three or five) and presses their bet on each win.

First Roll
  • If 2 or 12 come up on the first roll, take all bets down
  • If a different field number comes up, press your bet and let it ride
  • If 5, 6 or 8 roll, forget about betting the field and press the number that rolled
Second Roll
  • If a field number rolls a second time, take all bets down
  • If 5, 6 or 8 roll again, press your bet one unit
Third Roll
  • If 5, 6 or 8 roll again, press your bet one unit or quit and take all bets down
Forth Roll
  • If 5, 6 or 8 roll again, press one more time and then take your bets down after the next roll
The Final Word

All betting systems are designed to give the player some specific options with regard to how much to wager. No system wins all the time. If they did, there would be no casinos offering games of chance. The One Tick Pony offers many small wins to coincide with each slightly larger loss. Options one and two offer a chance for a larger win to coincide with a slightly smaller loss.