Learning how to play the Iron Cross Craps System won’t take a reader more than a few minutes to grasp the concepts. Remembering the strategy employed may take a session or two at a live casino craps table, but using advanced play isn’t tough either,it’s just a matter of putting the ideas into action!
Like all gamblers, craps players are always on the lookout for a new system. The Iron Cross isn’t a progressive program like the Colonel’s craps system, but it does take advantage of the field wager, which covers the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
How the Iron Cross System Works
The Iron Cross is sometimes called the No Seven system, because the player covers all the possible numbers on the table except the dreaded 7. Most players bet the pass line and therefore root for a seven on the come-out roll, or the first roll with a new shooter. Rather than go against an entire table of players, the Iron Cross player usually waits until a pass-line number is established and then makes a wager in the field and also places the numbers 5, 6 and 8, to cover everything but 7. When you first try the Iron Cross, start with small wagers, but let’s assume you are playing at a $10 craps game so your field bet must be $10.
If you already know how to play craps, then you know the place bets are wagers on specific numbers, and you know the wager on the number 5 will be $10 and the wager on 6 and 8 will be $12 each. You should get your four wagers down before the next roll of the dice. Tell your inside dealer you want the 5, 6 and 8 for $34 total, then place the $10 bet in the field yourself. By doing this you have covered every number, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, except 7. You’ll win on every roll now except the 7, which will cost you your entire $44 in bets.
There are a total of 36 ways that the dice can total a number on the craps table. Seven is the easiest number to make, and can roll in six ways (1-6, 6-1, 5-2, 2-5, 4-2, 2-4). There are 30 ways another number can roll, so the odds that you will see a winning total on the next roll are 30 to 6, or 30 out of 36. However, you also get an extra payoff when the dice total 2 or 12, since most craps games pay double on the 2 and triple on the 12 for any field bets.
However, regardless of how many times you’ll win, the house still holds the advantage. You can expect that edge to be 2.48 percent if the casino pays double on 2 and triple on 12 (or vice versa) for field wagers. The way your play works is fairly simple.
When you have your $44 in action and a field number rolls, you’ll be very happy, because you’ll get a full payoff on the field and your place bets will stay up and require no more attention. Your $10 wager in the field will win $10 on 3, 4, 9, 10, 11. When 2 rolls you’ll win $20 and when 12 rolls you’ll win $30. Take your payoff and leave your original $10 bet where it was.