If you’re serious about making money playing Craps then you’re going to have to press you bets. Pressing means you are adding money to an existing Place bet so you can win more. You can give money to the dealer and tell them to press your bet but a more common practice is using money that a bet has won to press itself and/or other bets. You can press one Place bet or multiple Place bets with a little bit of your winnings or all of them. The best time to press a bet is right before the dealer is going to pay you for that winning bet but no matter how you do it, learning presses is key in becoming a skilled craps player.
What is a Unit
In Craps, a unit is a certain amount of money. It changes depending on the Place bet you are referring to. On the 6 and 8 a unit is $6. On the 4, 5, 9 and 10 a unit is $5. For higher limit players, one unit can be considered $30 on the 6 and 8 and $25 on each the 4, 5, 9, and 10.
Standard Presses are the ones you see most often. When you make a standard press you tell the dealer one of these three phrases and they’ll do it because each phrase means something specific that the dealers already know.
Go Up One Unit
The most basic press is a One Unit Press. It’s adding the bare minimum to your bet. It will go up either five or six dollars depending on the Point. When it gets to be your turn simply tell the dealer “Press me one unit” and the dealer would say “Going up one unit” or “Going to (amount your bet will be pressed to)”.
When you tell the dealer to “Press it” you’re saying double your bet. When it’s your turn just say “Press it”. The dealer should say “Going to (whatever)” or they’ll repeat, “Press it”.
A Full Press is adding as much of the payment as possible back into the bet while still keeping it a proper amount. Full presses are for people who don’t want to risk any more money but want to increase their bet as much as possible. The dealer will repeat “Full press” and put on your bet as much as possible then hand you the change.
Full Presses end up with bets that are obscure, rare and require a lot of extra thinking on the dealer’s part which only slows the game down. When you get to amounts over $100, you should make them normal increments and not full press anymore. The dealer should be able to tell you what a normal increment is and what kind of normal Presses you can make at that point.
Presses other than standard presses require you know more about what you’re doing. These are more like systems. People know how much they’re starting with and know how much they are going to up every time their bet hits.
Odd Presses are presses that don’t conform to the other types of presses. There are an unlimited amount but for the most part people only use a handful. If a player takes a $25 Place bet on the 9 and presses to $35 after it hits, they are only adding $10 to the bet. It’s not a one unit press or a full fress or a power press or any other press. It’s just going to $35, and $35 on the 9 is a very normal bet and this is a very commonly seen press.
Power Pressing is tough. Its full pressing plus adding more of your own money to get the bet as high as possible as fast as possible. You know how much you need to start with, what the bets pay, how much more money you need to give to the dealer, what amount you are going to, how many times you need your number to hit before you reach your goal and how many times you can try before you run out of money.
Multiple Number Presses
When you start to press multiple numbers you have a pretty good idea of what you’re doing. You’re tracking your bets, knowing what they pay, how much you’re going to add to each number, what those numbers are going to end up at, and whether or not you need to add more money to make it proper. Instead of putting all your cheques on one bet, you’re spreading them out so multiple bets get increased every time.
Double Unit Presses
Double Unit presses are when you take the payment of a Place bet and press itself and its opposite number the same amount. 6 is opposite 8; 5 opposite 9; 4 opposite 10. When making double unit presses you use the phrase “Go to (amount you want each bet to go to) each (the two Place bets you would like to increase)”. For example, if you have $12 each 6 and 8. One of them hits and you want to press them both to $18 each. When it’s your turn to get paid but before the dealer pays you, you would say “Go to $18 each 6 and 8”. The dealer should then repeat “Going to $18 each 6 and 8”.
Double Unit Press: $12 each 6 and 8 to $18 each
Double Unit Press:$15 each 5 and 9 to $25 each
You can press more than one or two numbers at once. If you’re going to press more than two numbers at the same time it’s likely you’re going to do it in spread bet fashion. You should first know how much you’re going to get paid and how much it’s going to cost in order to make your presses. That will tell you if you need to give the dealer more money in order to complete the cost or how much change you should be getting.