In his first experiment using the Captain?s 5-Count method of play (please see my book Forever Craps: The Five-Step Advantage-Play Method! for a complete description of how to play the 5-Count) Dr. Don Catlin, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, did a computer simulation of 200 million random shooters placing 6 and 8 for $6 each. One player, called the ?Bet-All? player, obviously bet on every shooter who rolled the dice. The 5-Counter only placed the 6 and 8 after the shooter made it through the 5-Count. To make the simulation easier to digest, Dr. Catlin had the bets working at all times once they were placed, even on subsequent come-out rolls. The results:

1. Bet-All Player total wager was $6,252,014,616
2. Bet-All Player lost $94,702, 858
3. Bet-All Player?s average loss per shooter was 0.47351429

4. The 5-Counter?s total wager was $2,692,893,204
5. The 5-Counter lost $40,792,688
6. The 5-Counter?s average loss per shooter was 0.20396344
[You can make these figures palatable by dropping the six digits from the right and rounding up or down. So, the Bet-All player wagered $6,252 and lost $95; while the 5-Counter bet $2,693 and lost $41.]

We would not expect the 5-Count to show a positive expectation against strictly random rollers; after all, no betting system can change a negative into a positive. Because the 5-Count eliminated approximately 57 percent of the random shooters, this accounted for the fact that the 5-Counter lost approximately $41 for every $95 lost by the Bet-All player in a random game. In fact, the loss for both players is approximately 1.5 percent of the total amount wagered, which is about what we would expect considering the 6 and 8 come in with a 1.5 percent edge for the house.

The Captain claimed that utilizing the 5-Count would result in a possible ?monetary edge? even against random rollers when comps were factored into the equation. Did this happen? Yes, in most cases the 5-Counter had the monetary edge over the casino.

Casinos will usually give back approximately 30 percent to 50 percent of a player?s theoretical loss in the form of comps (free rooms, shows, meals, cashback, match-play, etc.). Most casinos judge craps players as playing against an approximately 2-3 percent house edge; in such cases, the 5-Counter received enough in comps to push his expectation into the positive monetary zone. However, since our players were only placing the 6 and 8, it is possible that a casino rater, seeing this, would only rate the theoretical loss at 1.5 percent of what was wagered. In this case, the 5-Counter did not always get into the positive zone utilizing comps. Remember that the casino rates a 5-Counter as having played every shooter. Here are estimates I did of what the comp situation looks like for a Bet-All and a 5-Counter given various percent returns and theoretical vs. actual losses as factors:

Player?s Theoretical Loss: 3 percent of all money wagered; comps are 30 percent of theoretical loss. I used the ?palatable? figures so that it would be clearer.

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Theoretical Loss

Actual Loss

Comp Value

Monetary Expectation

Bet-All Player:

$187.56

$95.00

$56.10

- $38.90

The 5-Counter:

$187.56

$41.00

$56.10

+$15.10

Player?s Theoretical Loss: 3 percent of all money wagered; comps are 40 percent of theoretical loss.

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Theoretical Loss

Actual Loss

Comp Value

Monetary Expectation

Bet-All Player:

$187.56

$95.00

$75.00

- $20.00

The 5-Counter:

$187.56

$41.00

$75.00

+$34.00

Player?s Theoretical Loss: 3 percent of all money wagered; comps are 50 percent of theoretical loss.

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Theoretical Loss

Actual Loss

Comp Value

Monetary Expectation

Bet-All Player:

$187.56

$95.00

$93.78

- $1.22

The 5-Counter:

$187.56

$41.00

$93.78

+$53.78

Player?s Theoretical Loss: 2 percent of all money wagered; comps are 30 percent of theoretical loss.

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Theoretical Loss

Actual Loss

Comp Value

Monetary Expectation

Bet-All Player:

$125.04

$95.00

$37.51

- $57.49

The 5-Counter:

$125.04

$41.00

$37.51

- $3.49*

Player?s Theoretical Loss: 2 percent of all money wagered; comps are 40 percent of theoretical loss.

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Theoretical Loss

Actual Loss

Comp Value

Monetary Expectation

Bet-All Player:

$125.04

$95.00

$50.00

- $45.00

The 5-Counter:

$125.04

$41.00

$50.00

+ $9.00

Player?s Theoretical Loss: 2 percent of all money wagered; comps are 50 percent of theoretical loss.

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Theoretical Loss

Actual Loss

Comp Value

Monetary Expectation

Bet-All Player:

$125.04

$95.00

$62.52

- $32.48

The 5-Counter:

$125.04

$41.00

$62.52

+ $21.52

Player?s Theoretical Loss: 1.5 percent of all money wagered; comps are 30 percent of theoretical loss.

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Theoretical Loss

Actual Loss

Comp Value

Monetary Expectation

Bet-All Player:

$95.00

$95.00

$28.50

- $66.50

The 5-Counter:

$95.00

$41.00

$28.50

+ $12.50*

Player?s Theoretical Loss: 1.5 percent of all money wagered; comps are 40 percent of theoretical loss.

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Theoretical Loss

Actual Loss

Comp Value

Monetary Expectation

Bet-All Player:

$95.00

$95.00

$38.00

- $57.00

The 5-Counter:

$95.00

$41.00

$38.00

+ $3.00*

Player?s Theoretical Loss: 1.5 percent of all money wagered; comps are 50 percent of theoretical loss.

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Theoretical Loss

Actual Loss

Comp Value

Monetary Expectation

Bet-All Player:

$95.00

$95.00

$47.50

- $47.50

The 5-Counter:

$95.00

$41.00

$47.50

+ $6.50

As we can see, the 5-Counter only faces a monetary disadvantage in casinos that rate the game as having a 1.5 percent to 2 percent edge with a 30 percent comp giveback and in games that are rated 1.5 percent with a 40 percent giveback. The most the 5-Counter is down is $12.50 in the latter game.

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