Being as I'm here on another matter I might as well toss my two cents into this kitty. First confession: I have not read Basic Sevens' book, but it has received reviews ranging from favorable to rave on this forum. He and I are both refugees from the now 99.44% spam Usenet newsgroup rec.gambling.craps on which we had some rousing due vs probability theory argu...um...discussions. We are still on opposite sides of that debate, but he has displayed a knowledge of the game and the mechanics thereof consistent with those reviews. He has even corrected me on terminology a couple times, and I've played the game over seven decades. From his posts both here and in The Before Time I gather his grand betting strategy is predicated on conserving bankroll (i.e. staying power). Hence if playing time is important I think you could do a lot worse than take his advice. Second confession: I have not read any of John Patrick's books, but he and I locked horns on several threads on the Usenet newsgroup. (My favorite covers three topics which are probably Greek to neophytes like Punch18.) John is definitely numerically challenged, but I will suffer the slings and arrows of the majority here and say you could a lot worse than to use his philosophies -- he calls them THEORIES and METHODS, and the capitalization is his -- providing you read the fine print, namely what they aim to accomplish. He stabilizes playing time by shrinking variance, but at the expense of expected value.