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How YOU Can Profit with Hedge Systems

by Guest Columnist Larry Edell

How YOU Can Profit with Hedge Systems

A hedge is a bet that almost cancels out another bet resulting in a small but positive profit. You will usually get comp credit for both the original bet AND the hedge. For example, if you have a don't-pass bet of $20 and the point is six or eight, you can place bet the same number for $18. Then if the seven rolls you win $20 and lose $18, giving you a $2 profit. If the six or eight rolls, you win $21 (7:6 odds) and lose $20, giving you a $1 profit. If the point is 4 or 10, you can place either number for $15. If the seven rolls, you win $5 ($20-$15), and if the point is made you win $7 ($27-$20). Finally, if 5 or 9 is the point you can place either number for $15. If the seven rolls you win $5 ($20-$15). If the point rolls you win $1 ($21-$20).

You will usually receive comp credit for the $20 flat bet PLUS the additional bet - which makes you a $40 bettor with very little risk! If you think about it, you can turn almost every bet you make in a hedged bet. If you bet $25 pass-line you can hedge it from the two, three and twelve by betting 3-way craps. In addition, you can add place bets before the come out and have them hedged by the pass line bet.

For example you can bet $22 inside ($5 on the five and nine, and $6 on the six and eight), along with your $25 pass line and $3 3-way. If one of the inside numbers hits, you win $4 ($7 -$3). If the seven rolls you break even ($25 - $22 - $3). If the eleven rolls, you win $22 ($25-$3). The two/twelve will give you a $5 profit ($30 - $22 - $3). Your only loss comes from the three (-$25 -$2 +$15 = -$12) but you can hedge that (if a lot of 3's are rolling) by betting $2 instead of $1 on the three.

You can also hedge your don't come bets. Many times a don't bettor will see their $25 don't come go to the six or eight and they will yell "no action". Instead they could place a hedge bet and be assured of a small profit. You can place either number for $24. If the seven rolls, you win $1 ($25 - $24). If the six or eight rolls you win $3 ($28 - $25) - not much in either case, but certainly better than the nothing you would have received by removing your bets!

If you're on the don't-come and the point is not a six or eight, the betting gets easier. If your $25 don't come goes to the four or ten, you can place $15 on that number. If the seven rolls you win $10 ($25 - $15) and if the four or ten rolls, you win $5 ($30 - $25). The five or nine also can give you a profit on $25 hedged don't-come bets. Just bet $20 on the number. If the seven rolls you win $5 ($25 - $20). If the five or nine hits you win $3 ($28 - $25). As you can see, once you have a don't come or don't pass point, you can be assured of making a profit by using these hedge bets. You can also hedge your pass line bets. You won't make a large profit, but you will get full comp credit for both of these bets at the casinos that give comp credit for spread and not individual bets. So if you want to increase your comps with bets having very little risk, give hedge betting a try!

And, as always, good luck at the tables!
Larry Edell is the Editor of The Crapshooter Newsletter and author of two craps books and numerous articles about the game of craps. I have been a subscriber to his newsletter since 1995. In 1996 I met Larry at a Gaming Convention and was impressed with his passion and knowledge of the game. Larry's monthly articles appear here as a regular feature. If you would like a free copy of The Crapshooter Newsletter send two first class stamps to The Crapshooter, Dept. , PO Box 421440, San Diego CA 92142. You’ll Also receive a FREE catalog and a special FREE offer!

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