Web Casino Online Advanced Craps Bets
Learning to play craps can be a little intimidating, but once you learn the jargon, the names for the various bets, and how to place them, everything starts to make more sense. The "skill" with craps comes from knowing when to place certain bets. With some craps bets, the house has a lower edge than any other web casino online game. There are, of course, some craps bets where the house edge is very high, but if you're a beginner in particular, you should know which bets have the best odds, the best pay-outs, and the smallest house edge.
Quick Review of the Game
The Pass Line (or simply Pass) bet is the basic craps bet. Most people around the table put their chips on the table's Pass Line before the new shooter takes the first roll. The first roll, or "come-out" roll, is different from the other rolls. In the come-out roll, the shooter and all those betting with him or her hope for a 7, or 11, in which case the shooter can continue. Placing a Pass Bet before the first roll is the safe bet: there are six ways to roll a 7, and two ways to roll an 11 (8 possible winning rolls), whereas if you place a Don't Pass bet, you're betting against the shooter, and have 8 ways to lose.
If the shooter rolls a 2, 3, or 12 on the first roll, the shooter and those who placed Pass bets lose. Any other number becomes the shooter's "point," and he or she wants to roll that number before rolling a 7. If the point comes first, the shooter and those betting with the shooter (Come bets) win, and the shooter's series is over. If the shooter rolls a 7, those betting against the shooter (the Don't-Come bets) win and the series is over.
Pass bets have a better chance of winning on the first roll. After the first roll, assuming the shooter hasn't rolled a 7 or an 11, the Don't-Come bets have a better chance of winning. However, the psychology of the craps table is such that people tend to stick with the shooter, and most of the noise you hear around a craps table is from people cheering the shooter on, or expressing disappointment that the shooter lost. Though after the first roll, you have better odds betting against the shooter with a Don't Come bet, if you choose to do this, it is common craps etiquette not to shout and root for the shooter to lose.
Various Craps Bets and their House Edge
Free odds bets are paid out at true odds, the only place in the web casino online where this happens. Free bets are placed after the point is established. At this time, the player can back a Pass or Come bet with an equal wager, called the "odds bet." If the point number is rolled before a 7, the Pass or Come bet is paid off at even money, but the odds bet is paid off at the true odds of rolling that number. Those odds are 6:5 if a 6 or 8 is rolled; 3:2 if a 5 or 9 is rolled, and 2:1 if a 4 or 10 is rolled.
If you combine a Pass bet or a Come bet with an odds bet drops the house advantage to 0.8%. Some web casinos offer double odds, where you can bet twice the Pass or Come bet as an odds bet. In these cases, the house edge drops to 0.6%.
Don't Pass and Don't Come bettors can also lay odds after the point is established, which gives the house the same odds the house gives to a Pass or Come bettor on an odds bet. Suppose the point is 4 or 10. A bettor with 5 Euro on the Don't Pass line can bet another 10 Euro in order to win 5 Euro if a 7 is rolled before the point, which is 2:1 odds. Think about it: once the point is established, Don't Come bettors have a better chance than Come bettors. Therefore, Don't Come bettors who also have odds bets lower the house edge to 0.7% if the house does single odds, and 0.5% if the house does double odds, so this is a good bet.
While there are numerous other kinds of bets, the rest of this article will focus on bets where the house edge is greatest, and which you may want to avoid, at least until you have some experience under your belt. These bets are: hard ways, proposition bets, and Big 6 / Big 8 bets.
"Hard ways" are the numbers you get when both dice come up with the same number. In other words, a hard 4 is two 2s, a hard 6 is two 3s, etc. On a hard way bet, the number must come up hard before a 7, or before the number shows up in some other combination. For the hard 4 or hard 10, the house edge is 11.1%, and for a hard 6 or a hard 8, the house edge is 9.09%.
Proposition bets are one-roll bets. a proposition bet on any craps (2, 3, 12) wins if the next roll is any of those numbers, but loses if any other number is rolled. House edges are 16.67% on a 7, 13.9% on specifically a 2 or 12, and 11.1% on 11, or non-specified craps. You can lose your money very quickly with these bets.
Big 6 and Big 8 bets work like placing the 6 or 8 on as a place bet, except you put your chips in a different place on the table. A Big 6 bet wins if the shooter rolls a 6 before the next 7. Same with the Big 8. These two bets are usually paid out at even money rather than 7:6, which gives the house a 9.09% edge. You're better off doing a simple "place" bet on the 6 or the 8.