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Craps: The Field Bet

Craps: The Field Bet
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If you enjoy the thrill of a quick win then step up to a craps table and place a chip or two in the area labeled FIELD and wait for the shooter to throw the dice. Easy? – yes. The field bet is a one roll bet in the game of craps that appears to be a very popular wager. The main reason why players consistently “play the field” is because of all the different ways you can win.

How do you win a field bet? There are seven numbers inside the field area that if rolled, will result in a win. The numbers are 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 12. If you make a wager in the field and any of the above numbers show on the next roll you will win.

How do I actually make the field bet? Simple, all you do is place your chips in the area marked field and sit back and watch the action. If you win the dealer will place your winnings immediately next to your original wager. It is your job to pick up your winnings or let them ride on the next roll of the dice.

How do I lose a field bet? If the shooter throws a 5, 6, 7 or 8 you automatically lose your bet.

What is the payoff for a field bet? If you win a field bet the payoff is even money (if you wager $5, you will win $5). However, if a 2 or 12 show on the dice you will be given double your original wager, and in some casinos you will be paid triple on the 2 or 12 ($15 for a $5 bet).


Wow, this sounds like a great bet! Let’s take a look at winning numbers vs. losing numbers. There are seven winning numbers inside the field betting area: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12. This breaks down into 16 different ways or combinations for a player to make a winning field bet.

On the other hand, there are four losing numbers which do not appear inside the field betting area: 5, 6, 7, and 8. Even though there are only four numbers that will result in a loss they actually have more ways of being rolled than the seven winning numbers. There are 20 ways or combinations to make a losing number.

The average house advantage or percent against a player is 5.6% on a regular craps table, and 2.8% on tables that pay 3 to 1 for the 2 or 12. Basically, if a player were to wager $3 on each toss of the dice for one hour they would lose, on average $12 an hour or $6 an hour if the table pays 3 to 1 on the 2 or 12.

At first, field bets seem like a great bet because of the multiple winning possibilities, but this bet should be made sparingly. I personally will not make this bet on a consistent basis. I do like to hit and run the field occasionally by simply guessing that a winning number is due. But even this is a risky adventure but that’s why they call it gambling! Luck to ya.


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