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Craps Betting Types

Pass Line Bets

A bet that a shooter will make their point. In other words that they will throw their point number before a seven appears. This bets also doubles as a good value bet before the point is established, by paying evens on 7 or 11 (8/36 possibilities), or losing on 2,3,11 (4/36 possibilities).

Donít Pass Bets

A bet that a shooter will not make their point. In other words that a seven will be thrown before their point number appears. Not a popular bet in a live setting as itís viewed as being very negative to bet against the shooter (and most of the rest of the players). At the first stage of a pass line bet they win on 2 and 3, lose on 7 and 11, and itís a push on 12. Then it proceeds to the second stage where 7′s are then good for the bet.

Come Bets

A bet to establish additional point numbers, and thereby again betting that a seven will be avoided. This also serves as a two-level bet as on the first roll 7 or 11 will pay the Come Bet evens, and 2, 3, or 12 will be a loser. However if a seven does hit during this first stage of the come bet it will mean the rest of the board will be a loser, so it is small compensation really. Essentially we are hoping for either an 11 on the initial roll, or for a new point number to be established that will hopefully then get paid off on a subsequent roll.

Donít Come Bets

A bet to establish some Donít Come numbers. What you are betting on is that number will NOT come before a seven. In other words, youíre betting on the seven. On the first roll you win on a 2 or 3, and lose on a 7 or 11 (ie the opposite of a Come bet), but if a 12 is rolled itís a pushed (ie you just get it back). Once a Donít Come point number is established, you will get paid if a seven is rolled before that established number.

Odds Bets

A bet that increases the size of your Pass Line bet or Come Bet, but which will pay better odds. More specifically it pays the true odds of the bet, whereas the original pass line or come bet pays worse than true odds. This is probably the most important betting type. You should always be taking the odds, as this will significantly improve your edge and reduce the casinoís edge.

To take odds on the passline bet you wait until a Point number is established and then you place chips behind your pass line bet (outside of the passline itself). To take odds on the Come bet, you wait until your Come number is established and then (when playing live) you place the bet in the Come box again and inform the dealer you want odds on the 5 (or whatever number was rolled). If you are playing online you take odds on come bets by placing the chips just to the side of the chip on the established come number.

Place Bets

Bets directly on the numbers 4,5,6,8, 9 or 10. These bets can be placed at any time, and will apply either until the number is hit, or until a 7 is rolled. They pay a little worse than true odds. eg the true odds of an 8 being rolled before a 7 is 6/5 (1.2), but the bet will be paid 7/6 (1.166).

If you are playing in a live casino be sure to bet a place bet amount that pays a whole dollar amount in return, because part dollar amounts will always be rounded down, and you will lose further edge. A quick rule of thumb is to make sure that an even amount is bet on the odd numbers (5 and 9), and an odd amount is bet on the even numbers (4,6,8,10). This applies where a $5 chip and multiples thereof are your base bet. So on the even numbers you leave the bet at $5, and on the odd numbers you increase the bet to $6. Online you donít need to worry about this as they will pay out in cents too.

To make this type of bet online you just place the chips onto the correct number (usually the 2nd thin strip upwards). To make it live you place the bet in the Come box and inform the dealer that itís a place bet for X number.

Buy Bets

Buy Bets are pretty similar to Place Bets. They are directly on the numbers 4,5,6,8,9,10. But they pay true odds, but you will pay a direct commission (usually 5%). Generally speaking it is better to make a Buy Bet on 4 or 10, but better to make a Place Bet on 6 through to 9. If you are playing live, bet this via the Come box (informing the dealer), if playing online place your chip(s) direct on the number (usually the 1st thin strip upwards).

Lay Bets

Lay bets are when you bet directly against one of the numbers 4,5,6,8,9, or 10. When you play live you should place this in the Donít Come box, and announce it as a lay bet. Online you place the chip at the back of the number desired. This bet is usually very much in your favour so you are normally betting say $40 to win $20 back (ie $20 profit). You get paid the true odds, but as a consequence you pay a 5% commission.

Proposition Bets

Bets specifically on 2, 3 or 11, or 12 (for example). They normally pay 32 for 1 on the 2 and 12, and 16 for 1 on the 3 or 11. You can also bet any craps (2, 3 or 12) or Any seven.

These are all one roll bets. ie they apply to the next immediate roll of the dice only. Generally the house edge on these bets is high, but if you feel the urge they are there.

Horn Bets

A horn bet is a bet on 2,3,11, or 12 on the next roll of the dice. Essentially itís just another type of prop bet.

Hard-ways

Is a bet on 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, or 5-5. The bet will stay on until it is hit, or until a 7 is rolled, or until the easy way version of the number is rolled. For example if you bet on 6 the hard way, and then 2-4 comes up (6 the easy way) then your hard way bet is lost. The odds paid on these bets is generally 10 for 1, or 8 for 1, but check the writing on the specific crap table for variations.

The Field

With a bet on the field you are betting that the next role of the dice will be a 2,3,4,9,10,11, or 12 (16 out of 36 numbers). It pays even money. Some casinos will offer a few bonuses, for example the 2 or 12 paying double (2:1) or a hard ten paying double. Sometimes 12 will even pay triple. Remember this bet only applies to the next roll of the dice, and then itís over.

Big 6 and 8

This bet is usually located right on the corner of the betting layout. It is a bet that a 6 or an 8 will be rolled before a 7 is rolled. This bet pays evens. It actually pays a little worse than betting on 6 and 8 directly (via place bets), but the bet is active on a come out roll, whereas with place bets it is not.