Playing craps gives the player one of the best chances to win in a casino but only if the player sticks to the best bets offered. But if craps is a haven for the player that knows what they are doing it is also a massive trap for those that don’t know what they are doing so lets have a look at the craps bets to avoid.

How to win Craps

The Field

It is tempting to bet the field. It gives you a tonne of Numbers – you win if the roll is 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12. If the roll is 2 or 12, you are paid 2 -1 instead of even-money payoffs you get on other winners. Some Craps tables even pay 3 – 1 on 12.

However, there are problems, the most common roll is 7, followed by 6 and 8, and they are not winners in the field. Neither is 5, which is tied with 9 as the fourth most frequent roll. The bottom line is that 20 losing combinations will turn up every 16 winners.

The Craps house edge is 5.6 percent on most tables, dropping to 2.8 percent id the 12 pays 3 – 1. That is either four times or double the 1.41 percent house edge on the pass line. Even worse, since the field bet is decided on every roll as opposed to the approximately three rolls it takes to decide the pass bet, you lose your money much faster on the field.

One Roll Propositions

On the centre of the table layout, you will find a wide variety of wagers. You cannot place these yourself you have to put your money on the layout and ask a dealer to place the bet for you. Here is a simple tip… don’t ask… All centre table bets are bad bets.

Let us use the one roll bet on 12 as an example. Instead of the true odds of 35-1, some pay 30-1, meaning that when a 12 is rolled, you get 30 units in winnings plus you get to keep your original stake. The house edge is an astronomical 13.9 percent. Others pay 30-for-1, meaning your bet is included in your 30-unit return when you win. The house edge steps up to 16.7 percent which sucks ass badly.

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One roll bets include 2, 3, 7, 11, 12 any craps (2, 3 or 12) or C & E (craps and 11, which means 2, 3, 11 or 12), with house edges ranging from 11.1 percent (3 or 11, with either paying 15-1, or any craps, paying 7-1) to 16.7 percent (2 or 12, either paying 30-for-1; 3 or 11, either paying 15-for-1, or any 7 paying 4-1). That’s much too much to spot the house.

Hardways

Bet hard 6, and you win if two 3s roll before a 7 or another 6. The requirement that both dice show the same number makes it a hardway.

Payoffs are 7-1 on hard 4 or 10, and 9-1 on hard 6 or 8. House edges are 9.1 percent on 6 or 8, and 11.1 percent on 4 or 10. Si

Since these are multiple-roll bets, your money does not go quite as fast as on the one roll propositions, but still, why spot the house this much when there are so many options with a fraction of the house edge?

Big 6 and Big 8: these work much like place bets on 6 or 8. Bet Big 6, and if a 6 rolls before the next 7, you win, and if the 7 rolls first, you lose. The key difference is that Big 6 and Big 8 pay only even money, while place bets on the same numbers pay 7 -6 odds. If you want to play 6 or 8, bet in multiples of £3 and stick with the place bets. The house edge there is only 1.52 percent, while on Big 6 and Big 8 it is 9.1 percent… ouch