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Craps: Sucker Bets (Proposition Bets)
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The proposition bets are also known as the sucker bets on a craps table. I must admit these bets are tempting as they offer huge payoffs. Proposition bets or “prop” bets are located in the center of the layout. The huge payoff amounts for the prop bets are highly visible which usually gains a lot of attention from novice players.

Casinos normally offer two different types of proposition bets. The hardways bet, which is a prop bet that requires the shooter to roll an exact pair of numbers. The other prop bets are usually one roll bets, which mean if your number is not rolled on the very next roll it results in a loss. The hardway bet is not a one roll bet. In order to lose a hardway bet the shooter must either roll a seven-out, or a soft number which is a non-paired combination of numbers. For example, if you have a bet on a hard six (3, 3) and the shooter rolls a 4, 2 or 1, 5 the dealer will take your chips down and ask you if you want to make the bet again.

Proposition bets can be made at anytime during a game. All you have to do is gently throw your chips toward the stickperson and call out the bet you want to make. For example, if you want make a $5 bet on one of the hardways, you would toss a red chip towards the stickperson and call out “hard six please” the stickperson would repeat your bet and put your chips on the designated spot. Remember to be assertive but not aggressive as some players tend to treat the dealers like slaves and it’s not easy catering to 15 players who have attitude problems. I approach craps like I approach the game of golf; I go in with a smile and think happy positive thoughts, and I know it sounds cheesy, but it keeps me going through the good and the bad.


We have already discussed the hardway bet; now let’s explore the several one roll prop bets. Again, these bets are a one time shot with huge payoffs, but the casino edge is as much as 13.9%! To review, payoffs at most casinos read either 4 “to” 1 or 5 “for” 1, these are basically the same payoff. For example, 4 to 1 will be paid $4 plus the original one dollar bet. The 5 for 1 bet will be paid $5 but the casino will keep the original one dollar bet. The bet payoffs are the same, however the language is different. Ok, let’s take a look at these high paying bets!

Any Seven - This a one roll bet that wins only if a 7 is rolled after the bet is made and loses if any other number is rolled. The payoff for this bet is 4 to 1.

Any Craps - This is a one roll bet that wins only if a craps number (2, 3 or 12) appears directly after the next roll. The payoff for this bet is 7 to 1.

Craps 2 - This is a one roll bet that wins only if the 2 (snake eyes) is rolled immediately after the bet is made and loses if any other number appears. The payoff for this bet is 30 to 1.

Craps 3 - This bet is similar to craps 3. Wins if next roll is a 3; loses on any other number. The payoff for this bet is 15 to 1.

Craps 12 - This bet is similar to craps 2 and 3. Wins if the next roll is a 12; loses on any other number. The payoff is 30 to 1.

Yo-11 (Eleven) - This bet is very popular, I think mainly because people love yelling out “Yo!” This bet wins if the next roll is an 11. The payoff is 15 to 1.

There are three more prop bets that I will explain in detail in a follow up article; they are the horn bets, hop bets, and the craps-eleven bet (C & E). These bets are a little more involved and need their own space. All of the above bets can be found in the middle of the craps layout and are clearly visible to the players. Luck to ya.


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