Craps Bets Explained
Playing craps online can be intimidating, because of the many exotic-looking craps bets. Keep in mind those are the sucker bets. So you won’t be intimidated, here’s a brief description of the many craps bets.
This is the basic bet in craps. It’s also the second-best bet in terms of a house edge. Pass line bets pay off even-money if a player rolls either a total of 7 or 11 on the come-out roll. They also lose on come-out rolls of 2,3, or 12, known as “craps.”
If the 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12 isn’t rolled on the come-out roll, then the number rolled established a “point”. The object becomes to roll that number a second time before rolling 7.
Don’t Pass Bets
The Don’t Pass Bet is the opposite of pass bets, so it’s a bet against the shooter. This bet wins if the shooter throws a craps or 2 or 3, but not a craps of 12 on the come-out roll. These bettor wins if the shooter rolls a 7 before repeating the point number.
When does a don’t pass bets lose? If the come-out roll is a total of 7 or 11, or if the shooter repeats his point number before rolling another 7.
The payout percentage for the don’t pass bet (1.35%) is slightly better than the payout percentage for the pass bet (1.41%).
Come bets are identical to the pass line bets, except it’s made after the point is determined. You place a come bet by stacking chips in the section of the craps bottom that’s labeled “Come.”
Don’t Come Bet
Don’t come bets are like Don’t pass bets, but they’re made after the point is established.
Place bets is a wager on a specific number being rolled before the next roll of 7. Make place bets on 4,5,6,8,9, and 10. Bettors can make place bets at any point in a round of craps. The house edge on place bets range from 1.52% to 6.67%, so pay close attention to which place bets you make. Hint: Make Place 6 or Place 8 bets.
The Yo Bet is a wager on the 11. In a loud casino setting, the numbers 7 and 11 often sound the same, so dealers call out “Yo” instead of 11. This is a sucker bet with an 11.11% house edge.
A wager on the 3 coming up on the come-out roll. Again, this is a bad bet with an 11.11% house edge.
A wager on the 2 as the result on the come-out roll. There is a 13.89% house edge is one of the worst at the craps table.
A bet that the number 12 appears on the come-out roll. It’s also got a 13.89% house edge.
A wager that either the 2 or the 12 appears on the come-out roll. It has an awful 11.11% house edge.
A bet that the 2, 3, or 12 (i.e. “craps”) happens on the come-out roll. It’s a sucker bet with an 11.11% casino advantage.
Any 7 Bet
A wager that the come-out roll produces a 7. This is the worst bet in craps, with a house edge of 16.67%.
The Combined Bet
Also known as the C&E because it combines the craps bet (2,3,12) with the eleven (11). This is the same as the horn bet and has a similar 12.5% house edge.
The Horn Bet
A wager that one of the four highest/lowest numbers appear: 2, 3, 11, or 12. Its house edge is 12.5%.
A wager that the next roll comes up the 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. The house edge is a more reasonable 5.56%, though there are better bets in craps.
The Whirl Bet
Also called the “world bet”, it wagers that the 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12 appears on the next roll. It has a house edge of 13.33% – one of the worst in the game.
Big 6 / Big 8 Bets
This is a wager the shooter rolls any 6 or any 8 before the 7 is rolled The house edge on Big 6 and Big 8 bets are 9.09%, so you can find better propositions.
Buy bets let you wager on whether a specific number appears before the 7. It is the opposite of the lay bets. The house edge on the buy bets is 4.76%.
If the casino only takes the commission on a win, then the house edge lowers to 1.67% on a Buy 4/Buy 10 bet, 1.96% on a Buy 5/Buy 9 Bet, and 2.22% on a Buy 6/Buy 8 Bet.
Lay bets let you wager on the 7 appearing before a specific number. The casino charges a commission because 7s are likelier to appear than any other single number. The house edge on the lay bets range from 2.44% to 4.00%, so several of these are respectable.
Hint: Make the Lay 4 or Lay 10 bet, if you choose to make this wager. If the casino only takes a commission on winning lay bets, then the house edge is 1.67% on a Lay 4/Lay 10 bet, 2.00% on a Lay 5/Lay 9 bet, and 2.27% on a Lay 6/Lay 8 bet.
Hard Way Bets
Hard way bets are so-named because you have to roll a number in a specific way. In craps, a hard number is a number that’s rolled in two smaller identical totals. A “hard 8” is when both dice show 4, for example. Hard way bets are wagers that a specific hard number will come up.
The potential profits are high but so are the risks. The house edge on hard way bets range from 9.09% to 11.11%, so they aren’t good.
A horn bet is four bets stacked together, combining bets on the 2, 3, 11, and 12. All horn bet amounts must be divisible by four, and they only pay off on one win at a time. The horn bet’s house edge is a whopping 12.50%.