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Table Games Craps Question 2 - Buying the 5 or 9: shouldn't the Buy bet be used much of the time?

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by larryg, Apr 9, 2013.

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  1. larryg

    larryg Low-Roller

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    WARNING: this question goes into nerd-like detail, so continue only if you dare!

    Many craps players know that buying the 4 (or 10) is better than placing the 4. However, I don't think I've ever seen anyone buying the 5 (or 9). Shouldn't this be done for bets more than $10?

    The house edge for placing the 5 is 4.00%. If you buy the 5 for $20 (or $40 or $60 or...), the house edge is 2.00%. If you buy the 5 for $10, I calculate the house edge as 4.00%.

    Another way of saying the same thing: For a $20 bet, place wins $28; buy wins $29. For a $10 bet, place wins $14; buy wins $14.

    Am I right? If so, why shouldn't you buy the 5 or 9, when better more than $10?
     
  2. Nevyn

    Nevyn VIP Whale

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    http://wizardofodds.com/games/craps/

    Long story short, 4 and 10 are usually the only ones they'll let you buy with commission on win only.
     
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    The only place where I have played and they buy the 5/9 is in tunica.
     
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    Gregsmt Low-Roller

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    Tunica and Biloxi it is the normal procedure. It is not standard procedure in Vegas and I'm not sure it's worth the hassle of being the salmon swimming upstream to buy it there.
     
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