2, 3, 11, and 12 Bets

The 2, 3, 11, and 12 Bet is a proposition wager on those crap numbers. Each is a one-roll bet.

Terminology

When you’re making a 2, 3, 11, and 12 bets, it is important to know the slang terminology of each the numbers.

In craps games, when someone says “Boxcars” it means 12. This outcome was named as such since two dice showing six resembles a boxcar on a freight train. The probability of rolling a “boxcar” is 1 in 36 or just under 3%.

Other rolls also have appropriate slang name. Rolling 3 is known as an “ace deuce.” Rolling a 2 is known as a “snake eyes.” When a player throws an 11 it’s known as a “yo,” with the stickman usually calling out “yo-leven” since it less resembles seven – a number people might mistake 11 for in a loud casino setting.

It does not matter what combination of numbers you use, they are still individual bets. If players bet on all four numbers it is known as the “Horn.” The “Horn” is still four independent bets, even if it covers all four numbers. When betting players need to realize that every bet in 2, 3, 11, and 12, regardless of their slang name is an independent bet.

The Odds

While you can make a wager on all four, the different numbers have different payouts. The minimum bet available with 2, 3, 11, and 12 is the least valuable chip. The payoff is 30:1 for the 12 and 2, while 11 and 3 have a 15:1 payoff.

These 30-to-1 and 15-to-1 winnings are (traditionally) the best payoffs in craps, but their house edge is huge. The house edge on the Horn 2 or Horn 12 is 13.9%, while the house edge on the Horn 3 or Horn 11 is 11.1%. These are some of the infamous sucker bets in craps.

Betting on 2, 3, 11, and 12 is simply not a great bet. Like the craps betting types listed below, there are much better bets a player can make that aren’t as advantageous to the house casino. Betters are free to make whatever bets they’d like in craps, but we wouldn’t recommend the 2, 3, 11, 12 bets.

What other types of bets should you avoid?

The 2,3, 11, and 12, is not the best bet craps bet to make, but it is hardly the worse.

There are two craps bets that are not very desirable: Big Six and Big Eight and Any 7 Craps bets.

The two bets are very similar. Both the Big Six and Big Eight and the Any 7 Craps bets should be avoided since they are extremely unfavorable for players and very favorable to casinos.

The Big Six and Big Eight bet has 1:1 payoff and a house edge of 9.09%. There are only five ways to roll six or an eight, or six ways to roll a seven, so you are setting yourself up for 7:6 payoff – that’s not very good. In the long-term, a player is more likely to lose than win.

Another volatile bet on craps is the Any 7 play, which pays a player whenever they roll one of the dice combinations that equal seven. Since it’s a one-roll bet, players have a 1:6 chance of winning. It has a slightly better payout of 4:1, but with a house edge of 19.6%, it’s still not worth putting real money towards.

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