How to Bet on Craps

The craps introduction page at this site explains the most common type of betting on craps called pass line bet, which is betting on whether the point number, rolled on the come-out roll (the first roll in the sequence) will appear or not appear again before rolling a 7. Pass line bet is the most favorable to the player and therefore is considered the fundamental bet in craps. Free odds bet, that is allowed to pass line bettors who make a point is paid in accordance to real odds and reduces the house edge of pass-line bet to as low as 0.5%. However, betting on craps is more complex than this. This page explains other craps bets that can be used to vary the game.

  • Come Bet: almost identical to pass-line bet, but can only be made after the come-out roll, which actually starts a new game using the same numbers as the pass line game in progress. Don’t Come bet is the opposite of come bet, which is won if a 7 appears before the point number.
  • Eleven: won if the shooter makes an 11 on the next turn; pays 15-1; actual odds are 17-1.
  • Hardway: bets that a specific hard number (a number composed of two identical dice, such as 4-4) will be rolled before rolling a seven or the same number the easy way (for example, if a player bets on hard 8, and 6-2 or 5-3 are rolled he loses); pays 9-1; actual odds are 10-1.
  • Hop Bet: any combination of 2 dice rolled on the next roll.
  • Craps: numbers 2, 3 or 12 on the next roll; paid 7-1; real odds are 8-1.
  • C&E;: stands for Craps and Eleven. C&E; is actually two bets, where one is always loses.
  • Horn: a player places bets on 2, 3, 11 and 12 at the same time. If an additional amount is bet on one of the numbers, such bet is called Horn High. For example, a Horn High Yo bet means that a player places 2 dollars on 11 and 1 dollar each on 2, 3 and 12.
  • Field Bet: a player bets that one of the numbers in the box (normally 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12) will be rolled on the next turn; paid 1-1 (some casinos pay 3-1 on either 2 or 12); real odds are 4-5.
  • Place/Buy Bets are placed on individual numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10) that must be rolled before a 7. Place bets are paid less that real odds are, while buy bets pay at real odds with 5% commission paid to the casino.
  • Big 6 and Big 8 Bets: are paid if the number (6 or 8) comes before a seven. These bets are considered as sucker bets by craps players, because they pay 1-1, while place bets on 6 or 8 mean exactly the same, but pay 7-6; real odds are 6-5.