A co-worker of mine and myself discovered that we mutually love to play craps. I prefer the right side while he enjoys playing the dark side. He gifted me with a book titled "Advanced Craps by John Patrick". It covered his famous "Patrick System" but also covered a wide range of right side betting systems and theories. One of the techniques he recommends is to not leave your place bets up too long. His emphasis argues that you ask the dealer to "take me down" after one or two hits. He feels a guaranteed profit per shooter, no matter how small is better than pressing too long and having the 7 sweep all your place bets away along with whatever profits it would have generated. Seems like a good idea, however, how many of you out there do this? I'll bet a good number of us are intimidated of asking the dealer to "take me down" for the feeling that we are bothering the dealer. And some of us will argue the potential loss of profits if the shooter happens to go on a heater. I usually don't take my place bets down. I will "same bet" twice then press. But usually by then the pressed bet goes down to the inevitable 7. But I do this because I feel you'll never know when the shooter will go on a monster roll and I want to have my bets out there when it comes. Unfortunately the bets get swept away more often than a monster roll. So now I'm entertaining the idea of incorporating the "take me down" theory and settling for the smaller wins potential. My question: If you are the type of player that never takes his place bets down, is it because you are hoping for a heater or are you reluctant to bother the dealer to "take me down, please..." I must admit there were times I wished I came down but didn't want to bother the dealer. Next trip I want to try this theory and if quite successful will toke a little more often to offset bothering the dealer for the "take me down, please..."