Advanced Craps Bets

After reading about the basic craps bets, it’s now time to move on to some of the more sophisticated bets that make the game of craps so exciting. Some of these bets have great odds, and reduce the hose edge to a minimum (sometimes even a flat zero!), so familiarizing yourself with these bets is a necessity if you want to play the game well.

Advanced Line Bets

Pass Odds: If a player has placed a Pass Line bet, and the outcome of the come-roll is either 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, most casinos allow that player to place an additional ‘Pass Odds’ bet. Now that a ‘point’ has been established, participating players may place an additional sum behind the Pass Line bet. This bet is won if the point is rolled again before a 7. The great advantage of the Pass Odds bet is that it pays true odds, cutting the house edge down to ZERO for this specific bet. If a 7 is rolled, the Pass Odds bet looses. Note that the house edge is zero for the Odds bet alone, but since it can only be placed as part of a Pass Line bet, the actual odds for the total bet are still in the casino’s favor.

  • Payout: 2:1 if 4 or 10 are the point, 3:2 for 5 or 9, 6:5 for 6 or 8
  • Actual odds: Same as payout
  • House edge: 0%

Different casinos allow for different Pass Odds betting amounts. Most commonly, a player may place anything between 1 to 5 times his Pass Line bet. Some casinos even allow up to 100 times the original bet. A Pass Odds bet 100 times bigger than the Pass Line cuts the casino edge on the total bet (Pass Line + Pass Odds) down to a mere 0.02%!

Don’t Pass Odds: The opposite of the ‘Pass Odds’ bet. If a player has bet on the ‘Don’t Pass’, and a point has been established, that player may choose to bet against the point coming up again before a 7. If the 7 shows first, the payouts are at true odds once more, with a house edge of zero. If the point comes up first, the bet is lost.

  • Payout: 1:2 against 4 or 10 showing, 2:3 against 5 or 9, 5:6 against 6 or 8
  • Actual odds: Same as payout
  • House edge: 0%

Come Odds and Don’t Come Odds: These bets are the same as the Pass/Don’t Pass Odds bets in every respect, apart from the fact that they are placed by players who have chosen to play the Come/Don’t Come bets.

Single Roll Bets

Unlike the ‘Line bets’, Single Roll bets come to a conclusion after one single roll of the dice. Here are some of the more common Single Rollers, along with their respective payouts, odds and house edge:

Yo (11): Wins if an 11 is rolled. Payout: 15:1; Actual odds: 17:1; House edge: 11.11%

3 (ace-deuce): Wins if a 3 is rolled. Payout: 15:1; Actual odds: 17:1; House edge: 11.11%

2 (craps aces): Wins if a 2 is rolled. Payout: 30:1; Actual odds: 35:1; House edge: 13.89%

12: Wins if a 12 is rolled. Payout: 30:1; Actual odds: 35:1; House edge: 13.89%

2 or 12 (Hi-Lo): Wins if either a 2 or 12 come up. Payout: 15:1; Actual odds: 17:1; House edge: 11.11%

Craps: Wins if the outcome of the roll is 2, 3 or 12. Payout: 7:1; Actual odds: 8:1; House edge: 11.11%

C & E: With this combined bet, a player is actually splitting his bet: half on Craps, the other half on Yo. One of the two bets will always lose, the other may win. Payout: 3:1 on Craps, 7:1 on Yo; Actual odds: 5:1; House edge: 11.11%

Any Seven (Big Red): Wins if the shooter rolls a 7. Payout: 4:1; Actual odds: 5:1; House edge: 16.67%

Field: This bet is important, because it has the lowest house edge of all the Single Roll bets. The player wins if one of the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 appears on the next roll of the dice. Different casinos have different payouts for the Field bet, and the payout determines the house edge. The actual odds to hit one of the numbers are 5:4. Two typical payouts schemes are:

1. 1:1 on 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11; 2:1 on 2 and 12 – bringing the house edge to 5.56%
2. 1:1 on 3, 4, 9,10 or 11; 2:1 on 2; 3:1 on 12 – cutting the house edge down to 2.78%

Even with the Field bet paying out its best, it’s clear to see that the Single Roll bets give the house a greater advantage than the Line bets. On the other hand, the Single Roll bets typically offer much higher payouts, and are played out at a faster speed (hence the name – ‘Single Roll’). So if you’re looking for a fast thrill, and a chance to make big cash with a small investment, Single Rolls are probably the way to go.