One strategy I've been trying lately has me trying to cover the 5,6,8,9. If the point is one of those 4 numbers, then I put a place bet on the other 3, otherwise I put a place bet on all 4. Assuming a $5 table, is there any mathematical advantage to placing $5 on the 5 and 9, and $6 on the 6 and 8 versus not putting anything on the 5 and 9, and placing $12 on the 6 and 8? Obviously when the 7 inevitably comes, you lose $24 in the second scenario versus $22 in the first scenario. The extra $2 lost is worth it to me because there are more ways of hitting with more numbers covered. Of course in either scenario you have to hit several times just to break even. Thoughts? I've also thought about scrapping the place bets and just using Come bets backed up with odds. The disadvantages to the come bet in my eyes is that you can't choose what number it will move up to and that you have to roll it twice (once to set the Come point and once to win). What do you guys think is the best of these three ideas? $22 across the 5,6,8,9? $24 across the 6 and 8? Or scrapping the place bets and just using come bets? I notice a most people at the casino in my hometown don't seem to make any come bets and I've never been sure why.