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Craps Proposition Bets



Proposition Bets

The Craps bets located in the central part of the layout are called proposition or center bets. The Proposition bets are under control of a stickman. To make these proposition bets you have to place your wager on the layout and tell the stickman what particular bet you want to make. If you’ll win your bet, the stickman will instruct the dealer about your payoff.

The Proposition bets are the worst bets for a player. Every sucker loves Proposition bets. Some of the proposition bets carry an advantage for the house against a player as high as 16.67%. All center bets must be avoided. However, to make a picture complete, we’ll discuss all of them below.

Hardway Bets

Hardway bets are popular proposition bets. There are two ways to roll the point numbers 4,6,8 and 10 – the “hard” way and the “easy” way. The “hard” way means that the dice total was rolled with the same number on each die. If the dice total was thrown in any other combination, it is said that it was rolled the “easy” way. To roll hard or hardway 4 and 10 is to throw the combinations of (2-2) and (5-5) respectively. A Hardway 6 and Hardway 8 are rolled as (3-3) and (4-4).

To make a hardway bet you have to toss the dice to a stickman and tell him the number you want to cover. Suppose it is a number 10. You win your bet if (5-5) is rolled before a 7 and before the 10 comes up the “easy” way – (6-4 and 4-6). You lose your bet if a 7, or one of the “easy” combinations are rolled first.

There is one way to roll hardway 4 (2-2), or hard 10 (5-5). There are six ways to make a 7 and two “easy” combinations for 4 (1-3, 3-1) and 10 (6-4, 6-4). The correct odds are 8 to 1 against rolling the hardways, but the payoffs for these bets are only 7 to 1. In result, the house edge for hard 4 and hard 10 is 11.1%.

There is one way to roll hard 6 (3-3) and hard 8 (4-4). There are six ways to throw a 7 and 4 ways to throw a 6 and 8 “easy” – 6 (1-5, 5-1, 2-4, 4-2) and 8 (2-6, 6-2, 5-3, 3-5). The “true” odds are 10 to 1 against, but the house pays only 9 to 1 and gets an advantage of 9.09% against the player.

A player can make the hardway bets on any roll including a come out roll. The hardway bets can be declared “off” or taken down any time at the request of the player.

Any Seven bet

Any Seven bet is the one-roll bet. It is another example of the proposition bets. You bet that a 7 will be rolled on the next roll. You lose if any other number will come up. To make that Craps bet you can toss your chips to a stickman and tell him to make the bet for you. You can also give your wager to a dealer and inform him that you want to bet on any seven. You can make Any seven bet at any time.

There are six possible ways to throw a 7. The correct odds are 30 to 6 or 5 to 1 against a 7 coming up on the next roll. The house pays off only at 4 to 1 to get the advantage of 16.67% on Any Seven bet over a player.

The payoff of 4 to 1 is often expressed on the layout as 5 for 1. A 5 for 1 payoff means, that, if you win, you get the total of 5 bets including your original bet. It is the same as a 4 to 1 payoff, which means that 4 bets will be added to your original bet for the same total of 5 bets.

Due to the huge house advantage of 16.67%, Any Seven bet should be avoided.

Any Craps bet

Any Craps bet also belongs to the group of the proposition bets. Any Craps bet is the one-roll bet. You bet that the next roll will be a 2,3 or 12. The space for Any Craps bet is at the bottom of the layout center. There are four winning combinations – 2 (1-1), 3 (1-2, 2-1) and 12 (6-6). The correct odds are 32 to 4 (or 8 to 1), but the house payoff is only 7 to 1 (or 8 for 1). The house edge on Any Craps bet is 11.1% against a player.

2 or 12 bet

2 or 12 bet is one of the worst proposition bets. This bet is a one-roll Craps bet that a 2 or 12 will come up on the next roll. There is only one way to throw a 2 (1-1) or 12 (6-6), and the correct odds against it are 35 to 1. The house payoff is only 29 to 1 (30 for 1) – the house advantage on 2 or 12 bet is 16.67%. Some casinos pay 30 to 1 reducing the edge to 13.89%.

3 or 11 bet

Like all other proposition bets, 3 or 11 bet should also be avoided. When you make 3 or 11 bet you bet that the next roll of the dice will be a 3 or 11. There are two winning combinations for these dice totals – 3 (1-2, 2-1) and 11 (5-6, 6-5). The correct odds are 34 to 2 or 17 to 1. The payoff is only 14 to 1 (15 for 1) to give the house an edge of 16.67% on 3 or 11 bet. Some casinos pay 15 to 1 reducing the edge to 11.1%.

Horn Bet

The Horn bet, like Any Seven bet, has the worst disadvantage among all proposition bets. Horn bet is a wager that a 2,3,11 or 12 will appear on the next roll of the dice. The Horn bet combines four individual bets together and, therefore, it must always be made in the multiples of four chips. If one of four numbers comes up, you’re paid at the appropriate for those numbers odds. The wagers on the other three numbers will be lost. If the payoff for a 2 and 12 is 29 to 1, and for 3 and 11 – 14 to 1, then, the house advantage for the Horn bet is 16.67%.

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