Craps is well known for presenting the highest level of intimidation for inexperienced casino gamers. When someone walks into a casino for the first time, they may find themselves attracted by the loud raucous that commonly occurs around a Craps table, however, once they get close enough to see that it is a Craps table, they will most likely smile, nod and keep walking. This doesn’t have to be the case.
In order to enjoy the game of Craps, quite possibly the most thrilling game in a casino, a player just needs to understand the various bets and odds related to them. This article is intended to provide Craps players will a list of Craps Odds, allowing inexperienced players to make the best decisions when placing bets on Craps.
Table Odds and Layout
Below you will find the odds for specific Craps bets. Scroll down for a view of the Craps table layout.
The Pass Line is the most common bet before the Come-Out Roll, paying 1:1. The House Edge on a Pass Line Bet is 1.41%, considerably higher than most Craps Odds.
Don’t Pass Bar
While this is regarded as a “wrong” bet, that is only because most players don’t understand the Craps Odds on a Don’t Pass Bar. Paying 1:1, the House Edge is 1.364%, actually better than the Pass Line bet. It is not recommended to boast about wining this bet, as most players around you will have lost by betting on the Pass Line.
A Come is the same as a Pass Line bet, but may be made at any time after the come out roll. Come bets pay 1:1 with a House Edge of 1.41%.
Just like the Don’t Pass bet, but can be made anytime after the come out roll. Don’t Come bets pay 1:1 with a House Edge of 1.364%.
Place Bets can be made on 4,5,6,8,9 and 10. If the chosen number hits before a 7, the bet wins. Betting on 4 or 10 pays 9:5, House Edge 6.67% – 5 or 9 pays 7:5, House edge 4% – 6 or 8 pays 7:6, House Edge 1.52%.
Big 6 / Big 8
Big 6 and Big 8 bets are rip-offs. They work exactly the same as a Place Bet on 6 or 8, but pay worse odds. The payout is 1:1 with a House Edge of 1.52%, rather than paying 7:6 with the same House Edge.
These are the opposite of Place Bets, choosing 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and/or 10 in hopes that the chosen number will NOT roll before a 7. Player’s must pay a 5% commission to make this bet, otherwise the edge would be in the player’s favor. In addition, the payout is less than the amount wagered. 4 and 10 pay 1:2, House Edge 2.44% – 5 and 9 pay 2:3, House Edge 3.23% – 6 and 8 pay 5:6, House Edge 4%.
There are 4 Hardway Bets in Craps; 4 (2+2), 6 (3+3), 8 (4+4) and 10 (5+5). These are called Hardway Bets cause the number must be rolled the “hard way” (as doubles). Hardway 4 and 10 pay 7:1 with a House Edge of 11.11%. Hardway 6 and 8 pay 9:1, House Edge 9.01%.
These are bets that last for a single throw of the dice, at which time they are won or lost.
A bet that a 2 (1+1) will be thrown next – Pays 30:1, House Edge 13.89%.
A bet that a 3 (2+1) will be thrown next – Pays 15:1, House Edge 11.11%.
A bet that a 7 will be thrown next – Pays 4:1, House Edge 16.67%.
(Note that players can earn more with better Craps Odds by placing 3 Hops Bets (see below), one on 1-6, 2-5 and 3-4 – Pays 13:3, House Edge 11.11%.)
A bet that 11 (5+6) will be thrown next – pays 15:1, House Edge 11.11%.
A bet that 12 (6+6) will be thrown next – Pays 30:1, House Edge 13.89%.
A bet that 2, 3 or 12 will be thrown next – Pays 7:1, House Edge 11.11%.
A bet that 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 will be thrown next. 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 Pays 1:1, 2 or 12 Pays 2:1 (some casinos pay 3:1 on 12), House Edge 5.56%.
These are not on the table, but in a real casino can be negotiated with the dealer. The player chooses exactly what two numbers will roll next. Two different number (i.e. 4+6) Pays 15:1, house Edge 11.11%. Betting on two same numbers (i.e. Doubles, 4+4, 5+5, etc.) Pays 30:1, House Edge 13.89%.
A bet on four numbers, 2, 3, 11 and 12. The best is divided into 4 (i.e. a bet of $4 places $1 on each number). 3 or 11 Pays 15:1, House Edge 11.11%. 2 or 12 Pays 30:1, House Edge 13.89%.
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