I am proud to introduce you
to various craps strategic techniques you can undertake
and leverage your craps expertise one step forward as you
play craps online.
In addition, other bet
strategies are here for your scrutiny and learning. Don't
Place the chips half-on and half-off the bottom of the
pass line. If on the next roll a 4 is hit you win your
pass line bet back, and an additional sum of money derived
from the odds bet. In this case, the payoff is 2 to1 on
the odds bet. The actual number the point is set to
determines the payout on odds bets. If the point is set to
4 or 10, odds bets are paid back at 2 to 1 odds. If the
point is set to 5 or 9, odds bets are paid back at 3 to 2
odds. If the point is set to 6 or 8, odds bets are paid
back at 6 to 5 odds.
The odds bet is usually explained as
being an intelligent bet in the game of craps. This is
because the more you wager (double, triple, quadruple odds
bet) the lower the house edge drops. A standard pass line
bet holds a house edge of 1.41% - respectable, and
compared to many other casino games you have to choose
from its downright excellent, but take into account the
potential for odds betting and it's a whole different
story. The house edge on a pass line bet with ten times
odds is an incredible 0.18%.
For quick reference here is a chart showing the advantage
derived from each stage of odds bets.
Pass Line Bet
With Single Odds (1x)
With Double Odds (2x)
With Triple Odds (3x)
With Five-Times Odds (5x)
With Ten-Times Odds(10x)
The Don't Pass Bet
If you're in a land based casino and having a good time at the craps table,
maybe making a few new friends, then we don't recommend you to bet on the don't
pass bet. Essentially its like betting against the shooter
or against the dice, which means you win when everybody
else loses. Not that there is anything wrong with that,
but you want to keep those new friends don't you? You want
to be invited to the next party no? Craps is a party game
in a casino, filled with good vibes, my well learned
advice, don't disrupt the vibes. They may have nothing at
all to do with mathematics, but they are no less
On the don't pass bet (to make this bet place your chips
in the narrower section just beyond the pass line labeled
don't pass) made on the come out roll, you lose on a 7 or
11, and win on a 2 or a 3. A 12 on the come out roll is
like a push in blackjack, it's a standoff where nobody
wins or loses. If anything else is rolled it becomes the
point, and you win if a 7 is rolled before the point is
repeated. Notice how this is the opposite of the pass line
bet, and notice how you win when the shooter loses. Seems
awfully nice of the casino to offer an opposite bet of the
normal one, wouldn't the house lose their statistical
edge? Only if they kept the numbers straight. Sadly on a
don't pass bet with odds, the casino pays out pretty
crappy amounts. The odds of a 7 coming out before a 10 are
quite good so the casino has to hedge its bet in effect.
You'll quickly notice the large area of the craps board
labeled with 'COME' smack dab in the middle of the playing
area. Make sure you have read the section on the Pass bet
in our craps rules section and earlier in this section, if
you know all there is to know about the Pass line bet,
then you wont have any trouble getting your head around
the simple 'COME' bet. The easiest way to think about the
COME bet is to think, it's exactly the same as the Pass
line bet, but can be made after the point is set. There is
no such thing as a come bet on the come out roll, because
it would be exactly the same as a Pass line bet.
Say I wanted to make a come bet, and the point had been
set to 5. I would put my come bet down in the come section
and wait for the next roll. If a 7 or 11 is hit you win
(while the shooter looses), and you lose on a craps shot
(2, 3 or 12). If it's any one of the other numbers, this
becomes your 'come point'. If your 'come point' is rolled
before a 7, you win. So say a 9 is rolled, at that time
the stickman moves your come bet to the 9 on the board.
Now if the shooter rolls a 9 before a 7 you win, if they
roll a 7 before a 9 you lose. Also remember that on come
bets you also have the ability to place "odds" bets just
like pass line bets after your 'come-point' is
The Don't Come Bet
The don't come bet is the opposite of the come bet, much
in the same way the don't pass bet is the opposite of the
pass bet. The don't come bet must be made after a point is
set by the shooter. If a 7 or 11 is rolled you lose, if a
2 or 3 is rolled you win, and a 12 is a standoff.
Otherwise a come point is set and you win if a 7 is rolled
before the come point is repeated, and lose if the come
point is repeated before a 7 is rolled. The don't come bar
is highlighted in our graphic.
Once again the odds are in your favor that a seven would
be rolled before a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 so the odds bets
pay the opposite of a pass line odds bet.
Named that way because it's a hard way to win, just
kidding, but the hardway bet has some pretty horrible
odds, so I recommend you stick with pass line bets with
odds for the most part. Actually the 'hard' bit derives
from the doubles involved. To roll a 'hard eight' means to
roll it with double 4's, to roll a 'hard 6' means to roll
it with double 3's. So in craps the only hardway bets that
exist are a hard 4, 6, 8, and 10. When you make a hardway
bet your betting that the hard version of what your
betting on will come up before the soft version, or a
seven. The soft version is the opposite of the hard
version. Two threes is a hard six, but a 4 and a 2 is a
Odds are not completely consistent from casino to casino
on the hardway bets but generally they go like so: a hard
4 pays 7 or 8 to 1, a hard 6 pays 9 or 10 to 1, a hard 8
pays 9 or 10 to 1, and a hard 10 pays 7 or 8 to 1.
Hardway bets are usually placed to add a little spice to
the game, not in any effort to win more money. This is
emphasized by the fact that the house edge is something
atrocious on these bets. For a 4 or 10 the hard way, there
is an 11.1% house edge, for a 6 or 8, it's around 9%.
You may find some people who look like they know what
they're talking about around the craps table 'buying'
instead of 'placing' numbers. What's the difference, why
do we care? A buy bet decreases the house edge and enables
you to win more. The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 can all be
bought, but usually the 4 or 10 is picked because its pays
off better. The buy bet is similar to the place bet in
that the number you buy must come up before a 7 does. The
odds are higher for a buy bet. 2:1 on a 4 or 10 buy, 3:2
for a 5 or 9, or 6:5 for a 6 or 8. The catch is, you have
to pay a 5% commission on any bets you buy (often called a
'vig'). Depending on how much you bet, buying a bet can
make you more money in the end even after accounting for
the 'vig'. The odds are only in your favor on a buy bet
for a 4 or 10, so stick with the place bet on any others.
The Proposition Bet
Proposition bets are the ones you can make in the middle
of the table, and exist only on the 'next roll'. As one
roll bets they can be heart racing and exciting, an
integral part of the craps experience.
These bets include:
"any seven" bet
With the "any seven" bet you're betting the shooter will
hit a 7 on the next roll. Horrible house edge, never
make this bet.
"snake eyes" bet
With the "snake eyes" bet you're betting the shooter
will throw a two on the next roll.
"yo eleven" bet
With the "yo eleven" bet you're betting the shooter will
hit an 11 on the next roll.
"any craps" bet
With the "any craps" bet you're betting the shooter will
throw a 2, 3, or 12 on the next roll.
"any three" bet
With the "any three" bet you're betting the shooter will
throw a 3 on the next roll.
"midnight" 12 bet
With the "midnight" bet you're betting the shooter will
throw a 12 on the next roll.
With the "horn" bet you're combining the snake eyes, 3,
yo 11, and midnight bets.
Just to illustrate the horrible house edge
on many of these proposition bets I have provided a table:
2 or 12
3 or 11
2 or 12 - 27:4 3 or 11 -
The field bet is also among the smarter bets in craps, but
not the great odds you get with odds on the pass line. The
field holds approx a 5.5% house edge. As you'll notice in
our graphic, the field is an area on the craps table just
beyond the don't pass bar. The other handy bit about a
field bet is that it can be played on any roll, so it's a
very non-threatening move.
The great aspect to the field bet is the simplicity. It's
a one-time bet which states simply: if the shooter throws
a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 (any of the numbers in the
field area) then you win. If a 5, 6, 7, or 8 are thrown
then you lose. There is no trick to placing your chips on
one of the numbers in the field, its just anywhere you
want and any of those number can be hit. If your betting
on the field, most casinos also give you a bonus if a 2 or
a 12 is thrown (notice the circles on those numbers). Many
casinos pay 2x your bet when a 2 or "snake eyes" is thrown
and some even pay 3x your bet if a 12 (commonly called a
'midnight') is thrown.
So look at that, even if you're just a beginner you
already know exactly how to make a pass bet, a pass bet
with odds, and a field bet. Most of the wagering at a
craps table revolves around just these betting techniques.
The place bet is a variation of betting with a number. You
can make a place bet anytime by handing the dealer your
bet and saying 'I want to place the 8' or whatever number
you want to place bet for. You can make a place bet at any
time on any of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. If the number you have
'placed' is hit before a 7, you win and you're paid as
follows: 4 or 10 placed - 9:5 odds, 5 or 9 placed - 7:5
odds, 6 or 8 placed - 7:6 odds.
Notice the pass line bet offers better odds, so basically
you should stick with it over the long run. Although you
can technically place a place bet at any time, it is
impossible for it to come into effect until the shooters
point is set, therefore it is more acceptable to ask for
this bet after the come out roll is over.
An unusual and uncommon fellow, the lay bet resembles the
don't pass and don't come bets in that you are playing
against the dice. The lay bet can be made at any time. In
essence it's the opposite of the buy bet, and the same as
the don't come bet, but with different odds. The lay bets
may be placed on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. The bet is on the
fact that a seven will be rolled before your number. 7 is
more likely to come up than any other number so the casino
requires you to wager more than you could win. This bet
also requires a commission of 5% on average. If the bet is
on 4 or 10 you get 1:2 odds, on 5 or 9 2:3 odds, on six or
8 5:6 odds. Lay bets are usually only made by people who
think they understand more about what's going on that is
probably possible. I would be surprised if anyone were
ever in a position where a lay bet is the best option, I
recommend sticking to the basic bets if your not an expert