Craps – Winning Bets

May 27, 2009

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Sacha Tarkovsky asked:

Craps is a fast moving exciting game, but puts off many beginners as it appears to be complicated, the reality however is craps is actually an easy game to learn.

In this article will look at craps winning bets that and get the odds in your favor

Craps is a game of chance but it is fun and some of the best winning bets i.e. with the best odds have a low house edge so chances of winning are good.

With a game of chance all you can do is get the house edge down as much as possible and place bets with the best odds.

Each throw is independent of any other and so systems cannot predict by the very nature of the game.

You only really need to know a passline bet and how to apply odds. This is the way you will have the best opportunity of making money.

There are around 40 different bets that can be made in total, but most of them have terrible odds and should be avoided and chances of them being winning bets longer term are non existent

Let’s check the odds on all the bets and the ones we consider winning bets that give you a good chance of winning

Odds Bets

The craps odds bet is the best bet there is as there is no house edge. The bet is not listed on the craps layout but any serious player knows the rule and takes full advantage of it:

After a passline bet is made, the casino allows you to make an additional bet known as an odds bet. This bet is placed behind your original passline bet on the table.

When a shooter makes his point, you are paid even money for your passline bet but you are paid the true odds for you odds bet reducing the house advantage

If the point is 4 or 10 your win is paid 2 to 1.

If the point is 5 or 9 your win is paid 3 to 2.

If the point is 6 or 8 your win is paid 6 to 5.

Most casinos allow you to take double odds on your passline bet. For example if you put $20 on the passline, you would be able to place an odds bet of $40.

The passline bet has a house edge of 1.41%. When you place an additional odds bet, you obviously lower the house edge on your passline bet.

A passline bet with single odds has a house edge of 0.85% and with double odds the edge is further to just 0.61% 4, 5, 6 Times Odds.

Casinos are always looking for ways to speed up the game and see more money turned over, so a good way to do this by varying the amount of odds a player can take. A player is allowed to take three/ four / five times odds, depending on the point number.

If the point is 4 or 10 you can take 3 times odds

If the point is 5 or 9 you can take 4 times odds.

If the point is 6 or 8 you can take 5 times odds.

You should always take odds when you have the opportunity to do so

Review Of House Edge On Bets

SEVEN -16.66%

ELEVEN -16.66%

PLACE BETS – 1.51%.

BUY BETS – 4.76%. Note: Player pays 5% “vigorish” to get true odds on all numbers. Only the 4 and 10 make buy bets are worth it. They reduce the house edge to 4.76%.

HARD WAYS This bet can be made in two ways on 4, 6, 8 and 10. Payoff is 9 to 1 on the 6 or 8 and 7 to 1 on the 4 or 10. The house edge is 9.09% and 11.11%, respectively

PASS LINE – 1.414%

DON’T PASS – 1.402%

COME BETS & DON’T COME Same house percentages of 1.414% and 1.402%, as pass line bets.

THE FIELD – 5.55%.

ANY CRAPS – 11.11%

BIG 6 & 8 – 9.09%

Best Bets Are Therefore:

For right bettors are pass and come bets with full odds on both For wrong bettors are don’t pass and don’t come with full odds on both.

Craps simple fun and not bad odds

Ok, you can make more money in games of skill such as cards, but craps makes a nice change for any gambler.

Its fun exciting and the odds for a game of chance are not bad at all,so play craps and have some fun!


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