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Craps Odds

On this page we tell you about the various bets available in a game of Craps.

There are many bets you can place in Craps but they generally fall into three groups.

    • Basic Bets These are the most basic and popular of the betting options and the easiest to understand.
    • Odds Bets (Free Odds Bets) These are additional bets that can be made after the shooter has established a Point. Odds bets are excellent bets for the player. You can lose more, but you can also increase your winnings. By taking or laying these odds the player reduces the casino's advantage.
    • One Roll Bets These wagers are decided on one roll of the dice. One roll, the next, will decide if you win or lose.

So What's the Odds?

The table below shows the number of ways any given value 2 - 12 can be achieved with two dice,
it is easy to see when displayed in this way that you are more likely to roll a 7 than a 4,
this is because there are 6 possible combinations that produce 7 as against only 3 that can produce a 4.

Probability and the Casino

From the information above it is quite easy to work out the probability of a specific number being rolled,
for example the odds on rolling a 7 are 30:6 or 5:1.
So to calculate the percentage in favour of the casino on the next roll being a 7 is quite easy
the real odds are 5:1 most casinos pay 4:1 which means for a $1 the casino pays $5 ($4 plus your $1 bet) instead of $6, the casino take is therefore $1 in $6 or 16.67%.

The Odds on throwing anything

The list below shows the odds on throwing any single number in the next roll,
remember the dice don't have memories.
The odds of throwing a 2 or 12 are 1 in 36 or 2.8%
The odds of throwing a 4 or 10 are 3 in 36 or 8.3%
The odds of throwing a 5 or 9 are 4 in 36 or 11.1%
The odds of throwing a 6 or 8 are 5 in 36 or 13.9%
The odds of throwing a 7 are 6 in 36 or 16.7%

Typical payouts for Basic Bets

Come-out Roll
Pass Line / Come Bet
Don't Pass / Don't Come Bet
7 or 11
Win (even money)
Lose
2, 3
Lose
Win (even money)
12
Lose
Tie
4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 – Point is established
If the shooter rolls the Point before rolling a 7
Win (even money)
Lose
If the shooter rolls the Point before rolling a 7
Lose
Win (even money)

Remember the payout may vary from Casino to Casino so always check before you put your money down.

The best bets can be made in casinos that allow the greatest multiple of your original bet as a 'free odds' bet (sometimes called odds bet). For example if you place a $10 bet on Pass, then, depending on the casino's rules, you will be able to place a further bet for some multiple of the original bet at the corredt odds. The further bet doesn't affect the casino's take on the original bet (about 1.41%) but it does reduce the overall percentage take on th money you have staked.

Point Rolled
Pass Line Odds Bet / Come Bet Odds Bet
4 or 10
Pays 2 to 1 (a $2 bet pays $4)
5 or 9
Pays 3 to 2 (a $4 bet pays $6)
6 or 8
Pays 6 to 5 (a $5 bet pays $6)
Point Rolled
Don't Pass Odds Bet / Don't Come Odds Bet
4 or 10
Pays 1 to 2 (a $6 bet pays $3)
5 or 9
Pays 2 to 3 (a $6 bet pays $4)
6 or 8
Pays 5 to 6 (a $6 bet pays $5)

The table above shows typical odds on free odds bets (always check what your casino's odds are) casino's usually round down uneven payouts so adjust the amount you bet accordingly.

 

The next table shows typical odds for one roll bets.

Field Bets
Payout
2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12
usually even money 12 sometimes more
Any Sevens Bets
4 to 1
Any Craps Bets
 
2, 3 or 12
7 to 1
Two Bets
30 to 1
Twelve Bets
30 to 1
Three Bets
15 to 1
Eleven Bets
15 to 1
   
Craps Eleven (Horn Bet)
Points rolled
Craps Eleven
2
30 to 1
 
3
15 to 1
 
11
15 to 1
12
30 to 1

 


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