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Craps Proposition Bets

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The horn bet on a craps table is also considered one of the sucker bets or a proposition bet. This bet is a one roll wager that wins if any of the following four numbers appear; 2, 3, 11, or 12. Remember, to make a proposition bet you must toss your chips towards the stickperson and call out your bet. The horn bet is always made in units of $4 ($4, $8, $12) if you hit a winning number the dealer will pay you, but you will lose the other three bets. For example, if an eleven were rolled, the casino would pay you 15 to 1 but keep the three chips resulting in loses on the 2, 3, and 12. Basically the horn bet is a "grab bag" bet which contains four separate prop bets; it's just an easy way to quickly call out four different wagers.

What is the horn high bet? The horn high is the same as the horn bet only the player bets more money on one of the designated numbers. The number with more money wagered is then considered the "high" number in the horn bet. For example, a $5 high horn 11 bet has $2 on 11, and $1 on 2, $1 on 3, and $1 on 12. Similar to the horn bet, if one of the horns numbers hits the player will receive the payoff and lose the three other chips representing the other numbers in the horn. Any of the four horn numbers may be designated as the "high" number. Also, the horn high bet is a one roll bet.

What in the world is a hop bet? Ok, the hop bet is probably one of the least known bets in craps to the novice player. This is a one roll bet on any number that is not offered on the layout as a one roll bet. For example, a player could call out a bet that the nine will be the next number rolled (5, 4) or a 10 (5, 5). The payoffs on these bets are 30 to 1 for a pair and 15 to 1 for a non pair.

Tell me about the C&E. "Give me a $5 C&E please." The C&E signifies a bet on craps and the eleven (yo). In the prop area of the layout there are small circles with the letters "C" and "E" inside of them. This area is where the dealer will place your chips if you make the bet on the C&E. Again, this is a one roll bet that either the yo (eleven) or any craps (2, 3, or 12) will be rolled on the next dice toss. The payoffs for the C&E are based on each individual number. For example, if the shooter rolls a 2 the player with a wager on the C&E would be paid 30 to 1 for the 2; if a 3 is rolled the payoff would be 15 to 1. In my opinion, all proposition bets or sucker bets are long shots that are designed to quickly rob a player of their bankroll.

How do I get paid if I win a proposition bet? If you win a prop bet the stickperson usually informs the dealer by saying, "pay this gentleman $150." However, the stickperson will also tell the player that their bet is still up to win. Proposition bets remain on the layout as the dealer will only give the player their winnings and leave the original bet in place. In order to get the original bet off the table the player must tell the dealer to take down the prop bet or "take down my C&E please." Notice how the stickperson speaks in such a positive manner "your bet is still up to win", when in reality he should be saying "your bet is still up to lose" because the chances of winning a prop bet are incredibly slim!

Here are the payoffs for prop bets and the estimated casino's edge.

Bet Payoff Casino Advantage
Any seven 4 to 1 16.7%
2 30 to 1 13.9%
12 30 to 1 13.9%
11 15 to 1 11.1%
3 15 to 1 11.1%
Any craps 7 to 1 11.1%
Hard 10 7 to 1 11.1%
Hard 4 7 to 1 11.1%
Hard 8 9 to 1 9.1%
Hard 6 9 to 1 9.1%

Hey, I like to win a lot of money, just as much as the next player, but the bottom line regarding proposition bets is simply; they are not a wise choice. Prop bets offer huge payoffs and that is why so many people play them; to get rich quick. I guarantee if you get on a plane right now and fly to Las Vegas and go straight to a casino craps table you will see tons of players making prop bets. Why? It's exciting! It's powerful! It's contagious! It's craps! Luck to ya.


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