I love craps and try to play it whenever I make a trip to my local. But until yesterday, I'd always played the light side. When I first learned craps, I played the pass because that's what I learned about craps and didn't really understand the don't. Also, that's what everyone typically plays, so when you're new, you get tips/help from other players, etc. After a while, I just kept playing it because of the camaraderie. So yesterday, I decided to give my first really don't session a go. Bought in for $500. $10 on the don't pass with max odds behind it (more on that in a minute) with a DC full bore. Usually, I didn't get very many DC's out there--a lot of times, just 1. Table was cold to light side bettors early on. Playing the don't seems a lot more volatile than playing the do, but that might only be if you push the DC hard. You can get rolled by a hot shooter, or if the 7 comes at the right time, you can go from a max trough to max peak. My local's craps game is a $5 min with 5x odds (across the board). My problem was I had the rule of thumb in my head for a 3-4-5 table that the "trick" of the 3-4-5 is max odds will always give a payout of 6x the PL bet for the odds. So I foolishly just flipped it--thinking "Oh, 6x my PL or DC bet for the odds will give me max payout." Of course, that's wrong and dumb. Unlike a 3-4-5 table, where the max odds bet on the don't is always the same, on a 5x table like this, the max odds bet is an inverse to the pass. So I messed up. I started at about 2pm and before I knew it, it was 6pm. Strangely, I've never had time pass that quickly at a game before--where I'm not checking my watch or phone, etc. I was quickly up 2-300 by the time a full pass around the table went by (early on, lots of PSO or P-#-SO). Then there was a hot shooter and I dropped to about $100 left. Turned it around and I was close to leaving...but made a grave error and got just a little greedy, I guess. I was up about $600 and figured I could go another couple hands and see what I could do. Ended up leaving up $320. Played some hardways late in the game when one shooter was hitting them regularly (dumb, I know--but I played for a little and only late). The only "bad bet" I only ever make is the All-Small-Tall. I hit the Tall twice. Came within a 6 of hitting the Small and All. A six! Meh. Definitely a fun session and it won me over to the dark side. But it does require a larger bankroll than betting the pass. Actually, the truly grave error was I decided to play some blackjack and ended up busting out for a net loss on the day/night of $500. On a single deck game! Very irritating but not a complete loss. I'd won about $320 the week before on BJ. So in all, not a bad deal. Part of the game of playing. On a minor aside, I played this game in the "high limit" area (I use quotes because my table was a $15 min. High limit, indeed). I played $25-$50 hands. The killer of this game is in exchange for single deck, they take away every other rule that's a player advantage. Double only 10-11, no DAS, no surrender. It's still H17, like every game there. Per the Wizard, that makes it very close (within .05%) of a 6 deck shoe w/ "normal rules" (DA2, DAS, RSA (pretty sure) and early surrender). I won't be played the single or 2 deck games there again. (The quirk--I think--is that the rules aren't table limit variable...they're based solely on the # of decks).