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Big Six - Big 8

Craps: The Big 6 and 8 (Good or Bad?)
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Big 6 - Big 8

If you've played craps for any amount of time you've probably seen the big 6 and 8 bet, which is marked at both ends of a craps table. This bet is an eye grabber because most people know that besides a 7 the numbers 6 and 8 have the most chances of being rolled. Similar to the pass line bet, all you have to do is place your chips in the designated betting area and then stand back and hope your numbers hit before a seven is rolled.

The big 6 and 8 is a lot like another bet on the table known as the place bet. The difference between the two bets is huge! The payoff for a place bet on the 6 and 8 is 7 to 6, and the payoff for the big 6 and 8 is 1 to 1! So letís figure this out, 1 to 1 basically means that for every 5 bets won the player will likely lose 6 bets. The same goes for the place bet, but given the 7 to 6 payoff allows the player to likely only lose one chip per 66 chips bet as opposed to one chip per 11 chips bet if betting on the big 6 and 8. If a player places the 6 and 8 the casino edge is around 1.5% compared to the nearly 9% a player faces while betting on the big 6 and 8. The two bets are basically almost the same bet but located in different areas on the layout.


Do these bets work on the come out roll? Yes and no. The big 6 and 8 are always working on the come out roll while the place 6 and 8 are not working on the come out roll. Depending on where you play craps, you may not even be offered the big 6 and 8 bet. For example, if you go to AC (Atlantic City) you will not find the big 6 and 8 bet on a craps table as they use to have players fighting over whose bet was whose since the players placed their own bets. Eventually the casinos decided to eliminate the bet entirely from the layout and only offered the place bets.

The big 6 and 8 may not be offered in some casinos but for the majority of casinos it is still in play. Usually rookie craps players will be the majority who make the big 6 and 8 bets because they think itís a great bet due to the odds of the numbers getting rolled. Why would a player make the big 6 and 8 bet at a 9% casino edge when they can make the same bet as a place bet for a 1.5% casino edge? My thinking is that the player is simply not educated or ill informed regarding the two differences among the bets.

Whatís the least I need to know? Just remember this; 9% vs. 1.5%, payoff is 7 to 6 for the place bet as opposed to 1 to 1 for the big bet, and the place bet is not working on the come out roll while the big bet is always working. The place bet is controlled by the dealer who actually puts your chips in the corresponding area based on your location at the table; this takes care of any arguing over who gets the payoff, unless the dealer screws it up. The bottom line, make the place bet and let some other sucker make the big 6 and 8 bet. Luck to ya!


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