My number one tip for anyone playing a craps tournament is simple: Put your chips to work on the last roll. Whether you are in the lead or trailing, if your chips are in the rail on the last roll it's usually a mistake. Of course, there are exceptions, and I just had one myself in this week's Beau Rivage dice tournament. In the first round, I had a short table with only 8 players. Three were advancing. The round started just the way I like it. Point - Seven. That crippled a couple of competitors immediately. By the end of the round, there were only four of us with a chance, and three would advance. I was in third place by the thinnest of margins, a minimum bet ahead of fourth place. But BR4 only had a minimum Don't Pass bet working, and so did I. Because I've been burned several times with my chips in the rail, I was nervous, thinking maybe I had overlooked something. But no, it was simple, and I was a lock to advance no matter what rolled. It was one of the very rare rounds in a dice tournament where I advanced while never risking my chips. My success was short-lived though. In the next round, with about five minutes plus five rolls to go, I needed some more bankroll, so I went all-in against the current point of four. I was a 2:1 favorite to win that bet, but I ended up on the wrong end. The four rolled and that was the end of my event.