Craps has a multitude of betting options available during the game. Learn here what are the Craps bets and how to use them in your advantage.
Craps betting options can be categorized into 3 different sections: line bets, single roll bets and multi roll bets. See bellow details for all the craps bets.
The shooter is required to make one of the following 2 bets: if he wants to shoot: a Pass Line bet or a Don’t Pass bet. Line bets are based around points.
- pass line: this is a fundamental bet in craps, also called the win line. A pass line bet is won immediately if the come-out roll is a 7 or 11. If the come-out roll is 2, 3 or 12, the bet is lost (known as “crapping out”). If the roll is any other value, it establishes a point; if that point is rolled again before a seven, the bet wins. If, with a point established, a seven is rolled before the point is re-rolled, the bet loses (“seven out”).
- don’t pass line: this is the opposite of the pass line bet is the don’t pass bet: that means it loses if the come-out roll is 7 or 11 and wins if the come-out roll is 2 or 3. A 12 will result in a draw (this depends on the casino); either way a player cannot lose if 12 is rolled. For the other values, a point is established and if that point is rolled again, the don’t pass bet loses. If a 7 is rolled instead of the point being re-rolled, the don’t pass bet wins.
- pass odds: if a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is thrown on the come-out roll (as example a point is set), most casinos allow players that placed a bet on pass line to take odds by placing a new bet from one to five times (and in some cases, up to 100 times) the pass line bet amount behind the pass line. This pass odds bet is won if the point is rolled again before a 7 (the point is made).
- don’t pass odds: just as in the case of pass odds bet, if a player is playing don’t pass line, he can also lay odds by placing a new bet behind the don’t pass line. The don’t pass odds bet is a winning bet if a 7 rolls out before the point had come again.
- come bet: the come bets have similar wagers with the pass line except that they can only be made after the come-out roll. Just as in the case of pass line bet, come bet wins if roll the come bet is made on is a 7 or 11, or loses if it a 2, 3 or 12. However if the roll is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 then the come bet will be moved by the base dealer onto a box representing that number. If the number is rolled again before a seven, the bet wins. If the seven comes before the number (the come-bet), the bet loses.
- don’t come bet: as any other bet in craps, there is also a don’t come bet, which is the opposite of a come bet in that the player is betting that craps will come on the next roll instead of 7 or 11, or that if a come point is made, that value won’t be rolled again before a 7. This bet pays just as don’t pass line bet.
Single roll bets
Single-roll or proposition bets have a result in a single shooter roll. Please see below some examples of single roll bets:
- Snake Eyes, or Aces (2): this bet wins if shooter rolls a 2
- Ace-deuce (3): this bet wins if the shooter rolls a 3
- Yo: this bet wins if the shooter rolls 11
- 12 (boxcars, or midnight): wins if shooter rolls a 12
- 2 or 12 (hi-lo): this bet wins if shooter rolls a 2 or 12. The stickman places this bet on the line dividing the 2 and 12 bets.
- Any Craps: this bet wins if the shooter rolls 2, 3 or 12
- C & E: this is a combined bet, a player is betting half their bet on craps and the other half on yo (11). One of the two bets will always lose, the other may win
- Any 7: this bet wins if the shooter rolls a 7. This bet is also known as the Big Red
- Field: this bet is a wager that one of the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 will appear on the next roll of the dice
- The Horn: this is a 4 unit bet, one unit each for 2, 3, 11 and 12 at the same time for the next roll. This Horn bet is actually made of four separate bets, and pays off depending on which number is actually rolled, minus three units for the other three losing bets.
- Whirl or World: this bet is a five-unit bet that is a combination of a horn and any-seven bet, with the idea that if a seven is rolled the bet is a push, because the money won on the seven is lost on the horn portions of the bet
Multi roll bets
Multi roll bets are the bets that may require more rolls before an outcome is determined
- Hard way: a “Hardway Bet” is a bet that the shooter will roll either a 4, 6, 8, or 10 as doubles (2+2, 3+3, 4+4, or 5+5) before rolling a 7
- Easy way: this is the opposite bet of hard way, and that is that the shooter will throw a specific easy way (either 4, 6, 8 or 10), before he throws a 7. An easy way is a value that does not have two dice identical
- Big 6 and Big 8 Bets: a Big 6 bet is a bet that 6 will be rolled before 7. The same is the case for the Big 8 bet – a bet that 8 will be rolled before 7. A Big 6 or a Big 8 Bet is placed in either the 6 or 8 box, which is located in the left corner of the craps table. A Big 6 or Big 8 Bet wins even money if the shooter rolls a 6 or 8 before rolling 7.
- Buy Bets: a Buy Bet is a bet that either 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 will be rolled before 7. A Buy Bet is placed in the box (labeled “BUY”) corresponding to the number on the Craps Table: 4, 5, six, 8, nine, or 10. A commission of 5% is charged on your profit from this bet.
- Lay Bets: a Lay Bet is the opposite of a Buy Bet. A Lay Bet is a bet that 7 will be rolled before 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. The Lay Bet is placed in the top bar (labeled “LAY”), above the box corresponding to the number on the Craps Table. The 5% commission is also charged on your profit from this bet.