Understanding different types of craps bets
You may already know how a classic casino game of craps is played. But one of the most important fundamentals that you should know by heart is your knowledge on how bets are placed on the craps table. There are about 36 possible dice combinations in craps. The ways how you can make bets in the game are also just as many. This guide contains all you need to know about the different kinds of bets you can do in a game of craps.
Betting the Right Way
One effective craps strategy is by being a Right Way bettor. You automatically play as a right way bettor in a game of craps once you bet on the pass and come bets on the table. These bets are considered to be the best bets to make in craps, especially if the player is just a beginner.
The Pass Line Bet
The Pass Line Bet is the most popular of all craps bets. This is because Pass Line bets only give the casino a low house advantage of only 1.40%. You have eight ways to win, and only four ways to lose. You only lose if your dice hits a two, three or twelve during the come out roll. Another way to lose through a pass line bet is when you roll a seven after a point number has been made.
The Come Bet
The Come Bet is quite similar to the Pass Line Bet. But the Come bet can only be done after the point number has already been made. You win if your dice rolls a seven or an eleven after a Come bet was made. If you roll two, three, or twelve, you lose the bet.
The good thing about The Come bet is that you can have more ways to win than to lose.
Betting the Wrong Way – Don’t Pass and Don’t Come Bets
You become a Wrong Way bettor in craps when you place a wager on the Don’t Pass Line or the Don’t Come bets on the table. These types of bets are commonly more exciting to play against other craps players who are Right Way bettors.
Don’t Pass Line Bet
You place a wager on the Don’t Pass Line when you feel like you won’t be rolling seven or an eleven. If your dice rolls a two, three, or twelve, you win your bet. But if a seven or an eleven shows up, you will lose the round. A twelve results in a push. If any other number shows up, that becomes the point. You need to continue rolling the dice and hope a seven comes up before the established point number. The Don’t Pass bet has a house edge of 1.36%, which actually isn’t very bad.
Don’t Come Bet
The Don’t Come bet is a little different from the Don’t Pass Line bet. However, just like the Come Bet, it can be made at any time after the point number has been made. You will only win your Don’t Come bet if the three or two is rolled once the point is established. You get a tie if your dice shows a twelve. When that happens, any other number will become your point number, separate from your pass line bets. In order to win, you must roll a seven before your point number shows up. The Don’t Come bet pays even money, and gives the casino a house advantage of 1.41%.
Taking and Laying Odds Bets
Taking and Laying Odds bets are quite rare to encounter in craps. Although slightly risky, you can still use this to your advantage to get a chance of bigger payouts. You can only make this bet if you’ve already placed a wager on the Pass or Come bet first. After a point number has been established, you have the choice to bet more on your Pass Line bet “on the odds”. This wager increase is usually done in multiples, but it can vary. The most common is only two or three times the amount of the first wager. If you place this bet, you hope that your point number will be rolled again before a seven shows up. You can also take odds on your Don’t Come or Don’t Pass bets.
For example, you lay the six. You can only win if you roll a seven before the next six shows up. If the next rolls you get are either eleven, five, nine, three and so on, nothing happens to your bet. Those numbers don’t actually matter. At any point, if a seven turns up, you win your bet. If your dice rolls a six, you lose your bet.
Lay Bets Odds of Winning
With 36 possible combinations of a two-sided dice in craps, six of those combinations totals seven. Five totals six, five totals eight, four each totals five and nine, and three each totals four and ten. These numbers mean that you can win six times for every five times you lose if you lay six or eight. You win six times every four losses on five or nine, and you win six times for every three losses on four or ten.
The odds in favour of your winning lay bets are 6:5 on six or eight, 3:2 on five or nine, and 2:1 on four or ten.
Lay Bets Payouts and Commission
Since you get to win more than you lose, the casino can charge you a commission as their advantage. Payouts correspond in proportion with true odds. For example, if you bet 22.04د.إ on six or eight, you can win 18.37د.إ. If you wager on 11.01د.إ on five or nine, you can win 7.34د.إ. If you place a 7.34د.إ bet on either four or ten, you can win 3.67د.إ. The commission is to 5% of the amount you can potentially win if your dice rolls a seven.
Field bets are for craps players who wish to test their luck in hopes of exiting the game with a bigger payout. Field bets are one-roller bets, and they give the casino quite a big house advantage of 5.6%. Most players stay away from field bets because of the huge risk. You can place wagers on the two, three, four, nine, ten, eleven, and twelve. The best numbers to place your bets on are two and twelve because they pay 2:1. However, the payout would vary per casino.
Big 6 and Big 8
You must try to stay away from placing bets on Big 6 and Big 8. This type of one-roller bet has the most casino advantage of 9.09%. It may have a high payout, sure, but so are your chances of losing.
You must start with a Pass Line bet at a table minimum. When a point number has been made, you back the Pass Line bet “on the odds” with an amount you can afford to put at stake. From here on, if the point is six or eight, that will be the only time wherein you will be allowed to place a bet on the other number. If the point happens to be any other number, then you place wagers on both big six and eight.
You should know that you actually lower the house advantage when you place bets on Big 6 and 8. This is only because of the free odds backing your pass bet.
Proposition bets are also referred to as one-roller bets. You can spot these prop bets all together inside a box on the craps table layout, which is the one that presents specific dice combinations. The props bets box can be found at either the top right or top left corner of the craps game on online casinos. The house advantage of one-roller bets is quite high, so try not to use them as often.
Three (Ace Deuce): You must roll a three. This pays 15:1.
Any 7 (Big Red): You must roll a seven. This pays 4:1.
Any Craps (Three way): You must roll a two, three or twelve. This pays 7:1 for each number.
Two Craps or Aces (Snake Eyes): You must roll a two. This pays 30:1.
Twelve Craps (Boxcars or Midnight): You must roll a twelve. This pays 30:1.
Eleven (Yo): You must roll an eleven. This pays 15:1.This is commonly referred to as ‘Yo’ to avoid confusion.
Craps and Eleven (C&E): This bet is typically marked on the proposition bets boxes on the craps table layout. There are sixteen circles marked with a ‘C’ or ‘E’ on most craps games found at online casinos. The payout for this is 7:1. You must get two, three, or twelve. The payout is 15:1 if your dice rolls an eleven.
Horn (2, 3, 11 or 12): The Horn bet wagers on either two, three, eleven or twelve being rolled on the next roll of your dice. This bet can be found together with the prop bets box on the craps table layout. Bets are split between each number.
For example, if you wager 29.38د.إ, then 7.34د.إ will go on each number. If any of the four numbers show up when the dice are rolled, the two and twelve pay 30:1. Three and eleven pay 15:1.
Horn High Bets
You need to double your wager on one of your Horn bet numbers. This happens when you make one of the Horn numbers a Horn High number. For instance, when you place wagers in 18.37د.إ multiples, it will allow you to distribute one unit for each number. But you also need to add an extra unit on one of them.
For example, if you place a Horn High on the number eleven, 7.34د.إ will be wagered on the eleven. While 3.67د.إ will be placed on each of two, three and twelve. If your rolled dice gets an eleven, you will be paid twice the payout minus 11.01د.إ of your losing bets.
It is important that you select which Horn number you want as the high number. If any of the other numbers shows up when the dice is rolled, and your high Horn number doesn’t show up on the dice, you will end up with a single payout with a 14.69د.إ deduction.
Hardways (4, 6, 8 and 10)
You can wager the ‘hard way’ result of the two dice in hopes that they will roll either a four, six, eight or ten. You bet the hard way before a seven, which is also called the ‘easy way’, shows up on the two dice. The hard way outcome is when both dice have the same number.
For example, a 5-5 dice for Hardways ten, a 4-4 dice for Hardways 8, a 3-3 dice for Hardways six, or a 2-2 dice for Hardways four.
When you make a Hardways bet, the following may happen:
- Any number apart from a seven and the number you bet on appears and you neither win nor lose. The bet continues to stand until the next roll.
- If a seven is rolled, you will lose the bet.
- If the Hardway pair combination of your number is rolled, you will win you bet.
- A Hardway ten will win if a 5-5 dice is rolled before a seven or ‘easy way’ combinations 6-4,4-6.
- A Hardway eight will win if a 4-4 dice is rolled before a seven or ‘easy way’ combinations of 2-6, 6-2,3-5, and 5-3.
- A Hardway six will win if a 3-3 dice is rolled before a seven or ‘easy way’ combinations of 5-1,1-5,2-4, and 4-2.
- A Hardway four will win if a 2-2 is rolled before a seven or ‘easy way’ combinations of 1-3 and 3-1.
In case you no longer want to continue your multi-roller bets, you can always remove your unwanted bets. You also have the option to remove any other kind of bets placed on the craps table at any point of the game. Most craps games on online casinos allow you to remove all your bets by clicking the clear button in-game.
To better understand the payout odds in online craps, you can refer to the list below. It is always good to have an idea on the possible outcomes of your dice for every different craps bet.
|Number on Dice||Dice Combinations||Number of Ways|
|4||1-3, 2-2, 3-1||3|
|5||1-4, 2-3, 3-2, 4-1||4|
|6||1-5, 2-4, 3-3, 4-2, 5-1||5|
|7||1-6, 2-5, 3-4, 4-3, 5-2, 6-1||6|
|8||2-6, 3-5, 4-4, 5-3, 6-2||5|
|9||3-6, 4-5, 5-4, 6-3||4|
|10||4-6, 5-5, 6-4||3|
Get to know the different payout odds for each bet you will make on the craps table at an online casino. Take note that these payouts are only estimates, since they vary depending on what the online casino offers.
|Pass||1 to 1||1.41%|
|Come||1 to 1||1.41%|
|Taking Odds on Pass/Come 6 or 8||6 to 5||0%|
|Taking Odds on Pass/Come 5 or 9||3 to 2||0%|
|Taking Odds on Pass/Come 4 or 10||2 to 1||0%|
|Don’t Pass||1 to 1||1.36%|
|Don’t Come||1 to 1||1.41%|
|Laying Odds on Don’t Pass/Don’t Come 6 and 8||5 to 6||0%|
|Laying Odds on Don’t Pass/Don’t Come 5 and 9||2 to 3||0%|
|Laying Odds on Don’t Pass/Don’t Come 4 and 10||1 to 2||0%|
|Place 4 or 10||9 to 5||6.67%|
|Place 5 or 9||7 to 5||4.00%|
|Place 6 or 8||7 to 6||1.52%|
|Big 6 and 8||1 to 1||9.09%|
|Field 3,4,9,10 or 11||1 to 1||5.56%|
|Field 2, 12||2 to 1||5.56%|
|Lay 6 and 8||19 to 25||4.00%|
|Lay 5 and 9||19 to 31||3.23%|
|Lay 4 and 10||19 to 41||2.45%|
|Buy 6 and 8||23 to 21||4.76%|
|Buy 5 and 9||29 to 21||4.76%|
|Buy 4 and 10||39 to 21||4.76%|
|Hardways 6 and 8||10 to 1||9.09%|
|Hardways 4 and 10||8 to 1||11.11%|
|Any Craps (2,3 or 12)||8 to 1||11.11%|
|Any Seven||5 to 1||16.8%|
|Any Eleven||16 to 1||11.11%|
|Ace Deuce (3)||16 to 1||11.11%|
|Aces (2)||30 to 1||13.9%|
|Boxcars (12)||30 to 1||13.9%|
|Horn 3 or 11||15 to 1||12.5%|
|Horn 2 or 12||15 to 1||12.5%|