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Craps is a unique casino game in that it offers over 100 different bets. If you've ever studied the layout of a craps table, then you probably noticed many different areas in which to place your chips. You can make bets on what number you predict will be the next thrown, how that number will be created as a combination of the dice, what number or numbers won't come up next, and so on. With such a variety of bets available and the fact that a pair of dice may yield 36 different numerical combinations, it is easy to see how the odds for the casino game of craps can vary quite a bit. Some bets offer favorable odds - even better than straight blackjack - while others are not so good. Craps is also popular at swedish gambling sites, where players enjoy the favorable betting options and fast paced nature of the game.

 

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Dice Totals   |   Payout Odds   |   Bets To Avoid


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Why do Nevada state casinos take in about 16 dollars for every 100 dollars wagered when the house edge is only around 1%? The truth is that most craps players play on gut feeling. In a game where each roll of the dice is independent from all previous rolls, it truly is sort of a guessing game. But, guessing will only get you so far. You need to know what the payouts are for different bets, and the odds of those bets to occur. To be a skilled player is knowing which bets carry the best odds, and which to avoid altogether.


 

Dice Totals

  Dice Total Combinations Ways Possible  Odds
2
1:1
1
1 in 36
3
1:2, 2:1
2
2 in 36
4
1:3, 2:2, 3:1
3
3 in 36
5
1:4, 2:3, 3:2, 4:1
4
4 in 36
6
1:5, 2:4, 3:3, 4:2, 5:1
5
5 in 36
7
1:6, 2:5, 3:4, 4:3, 5:2, 6:1
6
6 in 36
8
2:6, 3:5, 4:4, 5:3, 6:2
5
5 in 36
9
3:6, 4:5, 5:4, 6:3
4
4 in 36
10
4:6, 5:5, 6:4
3
3 in 36
11
5:6, 6:5
2
2 in 36
12
6:6
1
1 in 36

 

The chart above shows that seven (7) is the most likely outcome with a 6 in 36 probability, while snake eyes (a pair of ones) and twelve (12) are the least likely with 1 in 36 probabilities. The house advantage is built into each number bet by the payout odds.

 

 

Payout Odds

The chart to the right shows some of the common bets in craps, what each bet's payout is for winning, and the edge the house has on each particular wager. The best bets on the table are the pass line point bets (with odds). These bets can be placed in addition to your come or pass line bets, and offer true odds for payouts, meaning the house has no advantage over the player. Single odds means you may make an additional wager equal to your original bet. Double odds means up to two times your bet and so on up to 100 times odds, offered, possibly, at only the famous Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas.

Other bets that yield relatively good odds for craps players include the Pass Line and Don't Pass Line bets, where the house has only a 1.4% edge and less if you're playing with single or double odds. The Place Bet of 6 or 8 is also worthy of your chips because it only carries a 1.52% advantage for the casino. The payout on this bet is only 7 to 6, so you won't win a lot very quickly. It's recommended to stick with the Pass Line and Come bets with odds.

 

 

Bets To Avoid

The payout odds chart also shows that many craps bets hold a steep edge for the house, and should not be played unless one's goal is to lose money. The most likely outcome of the dice is 7, so you might logically deduce that this is a safe bet to make, right? Well, it's actually the worst on the table, carrying a 16.67% house edge. Why is this? Consider the number of ways to make a seven: 1+6, 2+5, 3+4, 4+3, 5+2, and 6+1. That makes six ways that the dice can combine to total seven, giving you a 6 out of 36 (or reduced to 1 in 6) probability of a 7 on the next roll. However, the casino knows this, so the payout odds have been shifted to 5 to 1, thus creating the 16.67% house advantage.

Other bets to avoid include any craps (2, 3, or 12), any 2 or 12, and any 3 or 11 which, at 30 to 1 payout odds might seem like it would be okay, but it isn't. Even those high payout odds fail to compensate for the actual likelihood of its occurrence. Another bet that some casinos have actually removed from tables, due to its poor odds for the player, is the Big 6 and Big 8 bets. On the table, the area for this bet is large, and can be tempting for the inexperienced player to toss a couple chips into during the heat of the moment. Beware of the Big 6 and Big 8! They are identical to Place Bets of 6 and 8, meaning you're betting that a 6 or 8 will come up before a 7. But unlike Place Bets, they only pay out at 1 to 1. So, instead of the house having a mere 1.52% edge, it jumps to over 9%. Most Atlantic City casinos have done craps players a small favor in removing the Big 6/8 betting areas from table layouts. Next time you play craps, be sure to stick with the bets that have the best odds.

 

 

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Bet Payout Odds House Edge
  Pass Line
1 to 1
1.4%
 
  Pass Line
(single odds)
1 to 1
0.8%
 
  Pass Line
(double odds)
1 to 1
0.6%
 
  Don't Pass Line
1 to 1
1.4%
 
  Don't Pass Line
(single odds)
1 to 1
0.8%
 
  Don't Pass Line
(double odds)
1 to 1
0.6%
 
  Come Bet
1 to 1
1.4%
 
  Pass Line point
4 or 10 (w/odds)
2 to 1
0%
 
  Pass Line point
5 or 9 (w/odds)
7 to 5
0%
 
  Pass Line point
6 or 8 (w/odds)
7 to 6
0%
 
  Field:
3, 4, 8, 10, or 11
1 to 1
5.5%
 
  Field: 2 or 12
(double odds)
2 to 1
5.5%
 
  Field: 2 or 12
(triple odds)
3 to 1
2.8%
 
  Any 7
5 to 1
16.67%
 
  Any craps
(2, 3, or 12)
7 to 1
11.11%
 
  Any 2 or 12
30 to 1
13.89%
 
  Any 3 or 11
15 to 1
11.11%
 
  Don't Pass Line
point 4 or 10
1 to 2
(5% vig)
2.44%
 
  Don't Pass Line
point 5 or 9
2 to 3
(5% vig)
3.23%
 
  Don't Pass Line
point 6 or 8
5 to 6
(5% vig)
4.00%
 
  Big 6 or Big 8
1 to 1
9.09%
 
  Hardways 6 or 8
9 to 1
9.09%
 
  Hardways 4 or 10
7 to 1
11.11%
 
  Place 4 or 10
9 to 5
6.67%
 
  Place 5 or 9
7 to 5
4.00%
 
  Place 6 or 8
7 to 6
1.52%
 
         

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