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If you were to train me for four weeks for a craps tournament and had a million dollars on the line,what would the training look like?What if i trained for eight weeks?

Thanks for your question.  If you’re read my previous craps Q&A’s then you know that craps is a house game, meaning that the odds are in favor of the house.  So, in order to prevail in a tournament, you don’t necessarily need to win, you just need to outlast your opponents.

I don’t think there would be much difference between a 4-week and 8-week training course.  Once you understand the tournament basics, have a firm grasp of the tournament rules, and can implement a sound strategy there’s not much more to teach other than perhaps “dice setting”.  Most casinos have enacted rules to prevent or highly discourage this practice.

Your best start is to read some of the better craps tournament strategy guides readily available on the Internet.  Here are a few that I’d recommend:

Craps Tournaments…The Basics and Beyond from dicesetter at:
Part 1 -
Part 2 -

Craps Tournament Strategies For Beginners from diceplayer at:

You may find dozens of others.  Each may have a slight variation, but you need to understand the 2 most important keys to any casino tournament: bankroll management and position.  Like the old joke teaches: Two guys are walking in the woods and come across a bear.  One starts to run and the other sits down to change into his running shoes.  His friend says, “What are you doing? You can’t outrun a bear!”  He replies, “I don’t have to outrun the bear.  I just have to outrun you.”

Next I’d advice reading up on others who have played craps tournaments.  Looking at the tournament through their eyes is always valuable.  Here’s one account:

My First Crap Tournament by Mike Dalton at:

Finally, I’d suggest joining a craps tournament forum where you can read tons of Q&A’s from other avid craps players as well as post your own questions.  If it’s an active forum you may be able to ask if any other players are planning on attending the craps tournament you’re playing in, or recommend tournaments in your area with big prize pools.  Here’s one you may like:

Heavy's Axis Power Craps Forum (look under the subforum: Craps Tournament Betting Strategies)

Once you understand the jargon of a craps tournament and the rules of your specific tournament (as well as the prize pool structure) you can spend time practicing dice setting.

Good luck with the tournament and let me know how you make out.  Thanks.



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I can assist you with a number of casino games to include blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker (Texas Hold'em, 7 Card Stud, and Omaha). I have visited hundreds of casinos and may be able to answer specific questions about casinos or poker rooms in your area. Lastly, I have a collection of over 3,700 casino chips, so if you're a collector, or are just curious of what the value of a chip may be, I can assist you.


I grew up in New Jersey during the late 1970's when casinos came to Atlantic City. I played blackjack and craps in Resorts and the Golden Nugget during my high school and college years. I play poker at least once a week in my local card room and make the annual trip to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker each year.

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BS from Rutgers in Electrical Engineering. MBA from Wright State in Management Science.

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