A sequel to Dale Carnegie’s best seller? Not quite. Welcome to the life of a don’t player. If you like the idea of Instantly becoming unpopular amongst a group at a table; start playing the “wrongway”. Many, not all, players have a strong dislike for anyone who bets on the dark side. I’ve been betting this way for the past twenty years and embrace the challenge of maintaining good relations amongst fellow players knowing full well most despise the way I play. I don’t like the term that my way of playing is “betting with the house”. I don’t see it that way. I’m trying to get just as many chips from the box man as any other player at the table. In fact the way I play (only make dc bets and never don’t pass bets) it is actually possible, albeit rare, that the shooter and others on the win line can win and I can win also. (ie) I get behind four numbers travelling through the dc and the shooter gets his point which wasn’t one of my numbers. He then gets a seven on his next come out roll and we are all winners... Not betting against the shooter directly has many positives: firstly, you don’t have to suffer the indignity of people high fiveing and cheering when he makes his point. Secondly, he doesn’t take offence that you are betting directly against you. I will never forget an experience I had at Palace Station where an older lady (late 60’s) rocked up to the table and was offered the dice to be the next shooter. She eagerly placed her pass line bet and just prior to jettisoning the bones noticed a guy at the opposite end of the table betting on the “dont’s”. Wow did she see red.....she started cursing and carrying on how she loved it when someone went against her. Talk about taking it personally. She said “I’ll fix that fucker” (or something similar) I’ll teach him for betting against me. I thought to myself “gees this lady really has issues about don’t pass players”. I made sure I gave her a wide berth and thought I might ease up on the dc bets for a little while.. In conclusion all I can say is that once you cross to the dark side it’s hard to go back. Sure it is more of a grind and you need a larger bank roll. However, what I like about it is that unlike playing the come with odds, where one punch (the seven) and your ko’d. Betting against four numbers through the dc you can handle three punches (3 repeaters) if you then turn your remaining odds off and stop betting you will live to fight another bout. You might even be able to handle three hot shooters in a row before you wave the white flag and leave the table with your tail between your legs. My recommendation, for what it’s worth, and I have read it in some craps books is: don’t be tempted to chop and change between the two styles of betting. Extremely frustrating if you are just constantly getting it wrong. Happy punting. Regards Wrongway.