Game Within a Game...Profiting From Your Come-Out Cycle
My advantage-play philosophy over the last few years has been to use the come-out portion of each hand as its own stand-alone profit-center. In other words, I use the come-out cycle as a sort of “game-within-a-game” in order to generate revenue that is separate and distinct from the point-cycle itself.
Let me show you what I mean…
My Rightside-Shooting Come-Out Strategy
My objective is simple; I want to make as much advantage-play profit from my come-out (C-O) shooting as I can.
For that, I start out with the Straight-Sixes (S-6) dice-set in its traditional World-heavy arrangement (6/6 on the top faces, 5/2 on the surfaces facing you, with 3/4 on the side-axles around which the 6/6, 5/2, 1/1 and 2/5 primary-faces rotate).
As a result, the on-axis possibilities for the S-6 dice-set are:
Now clearly, those perfect-world percentages will be affected by not only how often you can keep the dice on-axis, but also how often you throw primary-face outcomes versus double-pitches or single-pitches in either on-axis direction. So the actual on-axis appearance-percentages for your own tosses will vary widely depending upon your current dice-influencing skill-range and consistency.
A Word About Payout Ratios
Most of you already know this, but different casinos in different areas often have different payout schedules for their prop-bets.
At the end of this piece, I’ll give you an easy-to-copy cheat-sheet to quickly and accurately calculate your World-bet payouts no matter how high they climb and no matter which payout-ratio your casino uses.
Gaining Perspective About the World-bet
Let’s take a wide-angle view of the S-6 dice-set in relation to the World-bet:
It is important to note…
The World-bet wager carries a hefty 13.33% house-edge against it, and therefore should be avoided by all random-rollers as well as all dice-influencers who haven’t yet built up a high enough skill-level to overcome that high-vig hurdle.
So why should an adequately skilled dice-influencer even consider making such a difficult bet?
Well, it can yield tremendous value for those who can hit it, and it can produce outstanding profit for those who can hit it multiple times in a row.
I personally use a portion of the profit generated by those back-to-back-to-back World-bet wins to fuel ever-larger WB-wagers…while concurrently locking up an ever-growing amount of retained profit.
Most importantly, I use it to reliably add additional money to my session buy-in before my first Passline-Point is even established; and in doing so, it establishes a very positive tone for the rest of that particular hand.
Your World-bet payout-possibilities look like this:
In a moment I’ll show you how I use a portion of the profit generated by those back-to-back-to-back World-bet wins to fuel ever-larger pressed-up WB-wagers…while concurrently locking up the ever-growing amounts of profit that I was just talking about.
Most importantly, I’ll show you how skilled dice-influencers use the World-bet to reliably add tangible profit to their session buy-in before their first Passline-Point is even established.
However before we do that, let me add another word of caution:
How I Bet the Come-Out Cycle
Using the Straight-Sixes (S-6) dice-set, I wager so that my PL-bet equals my C-O World-bet. That is, if I’ve got a $25 wager on the Passline; then I’ll also make a $25 World-bet (aka “whirl” bet) during the come-out. The World-bet covers the 7, 2, 3, 11 and 12 with one $5 betting-unit on each.
If I’ve got $50 on the Passline, then obviously my $50-World would cover each of those prop-bets with $10 on each. Similarly, if you’ve got $5 on the Passline, and you have $5 on the World-bet, it means you have the 7, 2, 3, 11 and 12 covered with $1 on each.
The S-6 set also contains both an on-axis Hard-Four (H-4) and a Hard-Ten (H-10). If I’m shooting as a Darksider, I want to avoid the C-O 7 so I’d set two of the primary-faces on the H-4 and H-10, while the other two faces are set for aces (2), and boxcars (12)…and bet the Hard-4 and Hard-10 working on the Come-Out. However, as a Rightside-shooter, I WANT to see a lot of C-O winner-7’s; so instead of shooting for come-out Hardways, I set the two other primary-faces on the 2/5 and 5/2 in anticipation of additional 7-winners.
If a 7-winner rolls on the C-O, the World-bet is self-sustaining in that it is a “push” (no gain and no loss), so there is no need to replace it as you would if it was a simple Horn-bet.
Here’s how I book my bet-presses after I get my first World-number outcome:
Take a look:
On the very next C-O decision...
If you are a green-chip bettor who is starting out with $25 or higher World-bets and using this type of aggressive World-bet pressing; then in some low loss-tolerance casinos, you are likely to quickly reach their sweat-threshold nearly every time the dice come around to you…and that is NOT a good thing.
Again you have to carefully gauge how bet-tolerant a casino is, and then make a conscious decision NOT to surpass that point. Take some responsibility for yourself and the well-being of the entire dice-influencing community…there could very well be a new day that actually dawns tomorrow, and it just makes sense to preserve yourself a place at the tables.
In other words, don’t destroy today what you may need tomorrow.
The W-B Pressing Continues…
My next bet-press (if another Horn-number in my World-bet rolls again), looks like this:
Since some houses restrict the maximum allowable Prop-bet payout to a certain amount; you’re likely not going to be allowed to raise your World-action much beyond this point at some casinos. It’s always a good idea to find out the maximum allowable prop-bet amounts beforehand.
Here’s what my bet-presses look like in chart form:
On the first hit for example, I increase my World-bet from $25 to $50 if the 11 shows up, and I increase it to $75 if the 2 or 12 shows up. On the other hand, if the 3 appears on my first World-bet hit, then I leave it at $25.
If a 7 rolls at any time during the Come-out, I don’t count that as a hit as far as my W-B bet-presses are concerned. I simply rack the $25 profit that the Passline-win generates and I leave the World-bet as is.
On the second Horn-number hit, I let the outcome determine how much my World-bet is pressed by. For example, if a 2 or 12 rolls, then I increase my W-B by three $25 units ($75), but only two $25 units ($50) if the 11 rolls, and I only press it by one $25 unit if the 3 rolls.
With each subsequent Horn-number outcome during the Come-Out, I simply add one unit to that schedule. For example, after my third Horn-number hit; if a 2 or 12 rolls, I now increase my W-B by four $25 units ($100), or three $25 units ($75) if the 11 rolls, and I press my W-B by just two $25 units ($50) if the 3 rolls.
Let’s take a look at how this works if you start out with a $5 World-bet:
Striking a Bet-Press Balance
Clearly, I like hitting back-to-back-to-back World-bet winners. By using a portion of those winning payouts to press-up my W-B action, any subsequent World-bet winners produce an ever-growing abundance of revenue. At the same time, I am careful to make sure I retain a decent portion of that just-won money as locked-in profit.
The press-schedule I use for the World-bet strikes a balance between reinvesting some of my winnings in the very next roll, and setting aside some of it as locked-in profit. I came to that resolution after much trial-and-error experimentation where I erred too much in one direction or the other.
The bet-press schedule that I’ve outlined today, works for me; but it may not work best for you. Carefully consider any bets before you make them.
Creating a Payout Cheat-Sheet
In previous articles we’ve discussed a couple of payout “keys” or simplified formulas that many dealers use to speed up the payoff calculations for Horn, World, Any Craps, C & E, and other prop-bets. If you are as math-challenged as I am, you might want to consider creating a little cheat-sheet that you can use to ensure that the stickman is directing the dealer to give you the correct payout no matter what size your World-bet is.
You can use a small recipe-card sized piece of white lined cardboard or even the back of a business-card. Plastic laminating it would increase its durability.
Using this chart, you can quickly figure out the correct World-bet payoff even if it goes well beyond the $100 mark.
Clearly there are many ways you can use the Come-out portion of each hand to extract as much money from your dice-influencing skills as possible, and we’ve barely scratched the surface.
In future chapters of this series, we will look at not only all kinds of different approaches to my game-within-a-game concept, but we’ll also look at the ways for you to properly determine which Come-out betting-method is just right for your current skill.
I hope you’ll join me for that. Until then,
Good Luck & Good Skill at the Tables…and in Life.
The Mad Professor
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