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Craps Advice: How to Win by Knowing the Odds

How to Win at Craps: Know the Odds
by Bus Green of

One of the best ways to increase your chances of winning when playing Craps is to know the odds. There are many good Craps bets that you can make giving you good odds against the house. If you make Craps odds on best bets it gives you much better odds than with any other casino game.

Here you will learn the bets in Craps that give you the best odds. Below are the various bets you can make and what percentage advantage the house gets with each bet. In the game of Craps there are over 40 bets that you can make and here are some of the more popular Craps bets and their house advantage.

• 7 and 11 - 16.66%
• Place Bets – 1.51%
• Buy Bets – 4.76% - To get true odds you will pay a 5% commission to the house, so the 4 and the 10 are the best bets, as they bring the house edge down to 4.76%
• Pass Line – 1.41%
• Don’t Pass – 1.40%
• Come Bets – 1.41%
• Don’t Come Bets – 1.40%
• Field Bets – 5.55%
• Any Craps Bet – 11.11%
• Big 6 – 9.09%
• Big 8 – 9.09%
• Hard Ways – A Hard Way bet can be made in 2 different ways on the 4,6,8, and 10. The payoff for the 6 and 8 is 9-1, with a house edge of 9.09%, and the payout on the 4 and 10 is 7-1, with a house edge of 11.11%.


How to Even Out the Odds in Your Favor

In Craps each throw of the dice is unique, so there is no way to predict what will be on the upcoming throw. What you need to know to get the best odds and improve your chances to win is to bet with the best bets for Craps.

The first thing you should know is how to bet on the pass line and then apply Craps odds to reduce the house edge. The pass line bet is made before the shooter throws the dice. If they throw either a 7 or an 11 you will win with them. If they throw a 2,3, or 12 you will lose with them. However, if they throw a 4,5,6,8,9, or 10 they will achieve a point, which is the number that the shooter will roll before they roll a 7. This is where you can then apply Craps odds.

The Odds Bet – The Best Bet

The odds bet can reduce the advantage of the house and increase your chances to win. How it is done is as follows: After you make a bet on the pass line and the shooter has achieved their point the house may let you make another bet, which is referred to as the odds bet. You will place the odds bet behind your primary pass line bet on the Craps table. If the shooter makes their point you will be paid even money on your primary pass line bet. You will also get true odds for the odds bet you made, which reduces the advantage of the house. These true odds are:

• If the point is 4 or 10 you will win 2:1
• If the point is 5 or 9 you will win 3:2
• If the point is 6 or 8 you will win 6:5

The house advantage of the pass line bet is only 1.41%. When you make another odds bet you will lower the house advantage more. A pass line bet with single odds will have a house edge of .85%. A pass line bet with double odds has a house advantage of .61%. You can also take 4,5, or 6 times odds, which will depend on the point number.

• If the point is 4 or 10 you can get 3x odds
• If the point is 5 or 9 you can get 4x odds
• If the point is 6 or 8 you can get 5x odds

So, what are the Best Bets in Craps?

When betting with the shooter the best bets are the pass and come bets with full odds. There are good Craps bets, in terms of the odds, when betting on the house with don’t pass bets and don’t come bets will full odds, but you have to be aware of a couple of things. Craps is the most social game in the casino. There is perhaps more interaction with other players when playing Craps. Because of this if you are betting on the house with don’t come and don’t pass bets, you are betting against the shooter. Making these bets will give you good odds, but you may not be popular with the other players on the table, especially the shooter. If you are betting against the majority of people on the Craps table it will be less of a social game and people will not be as friendly to you, as you are betting for them to lose. To keep the game fun and social you should stick with the come bets and pass bets, with full odds, betting on the shooter.


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