Craps is undoubtedly the most exciting game at the casino. Players can have huge percentages of their bankroll out on the table at any given time, and can only hope that the shooter makes them rich. The camaraderie among players and fast-paced action make craps many a player’s favorite.
Of course, the casinos love the game, too. Why? While craps has a few good bets, the majority of the table is marked with a multitude of sucker bets that rake in the big bucks for the house. Players who are unfamiliar with the mathematics of the game often fall prey to these enticing bets and lose their money fast. Let’s take a look at the three best bets on the craps table to keep your bankroll thriving.
#3: Place 6 and Place 8
Players looking for some inner-table action should look no further than the place 6 and place 8 bets. The object of this bet is simple: the shooter must roll a 6 or 8 (depending on which you have selected) before he or she rolls a 7. Winning players are paid 7:6 on their wager.
How do you make a place 6 or place 8 bet? Simply place your wager under the dotted line of either the 6 or the 8 on the far side of the craps table and hope that Lady Luck is on your side.
Be careful not to fall victim to the “big 6” and “big 8” bets, which are exactly the same, but only pay 1:1. Many players will be suckered into wagering on these big red spaces in the corner and not realize that the place bets offer much better odds. In fact, place 6 and place 8 have a house edge of only 1.52%, whereas big 6 and big 8 have a disgustingly high 9.09% edge. Be smart and make place bets!
#2: The Pass Line
The pass line is the fundamental bet on the craps table. Just like in other casino games, the basic bet is usually the one that carries one of the lowest house edges. The principle of the pass line is simple. After wagering on the pass line, the shooter will roll to establish a point in the come-out roll. If a 7 or 11 is rolled, the pass line bet wins 1:1. If a 2, 3, or 12 (craps) is rolled, the pass line bet loses. If any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) is rolled, that number becomes the point.
From there, the object is to roll the point before 7 is rolled. It is common knowledge that 7 is the most common sum of two dice, and thus, you are bucking against the odds after the come-out roll. Thankfully, you can add an additional wager to your pass line bet after the come-out roll called the odds, which, if you win, will pay true odds. Consequently, the odds bet has a house edge of 0%.
Overall, the pass line bet is definitely one of the best bets on the craps table with a house edge of 1.41%. In addition, adding odds onto this wager is without a doubt the best way to extend your gambling bankroll. The pass line is simply one of the best ways to try and win big.
#1: The Don’t Pass Bar
While the pass line is a great bet, the don’t pass bar is slightly better. The don’t pass bar is the exact opposite of the pass line. During the come-out roll, a don’t pass wager wins if a 2 or 3 is rolled, and loses if a 7 or 11 is rolled. If a 12 is rolled, the bet pushes rather than wins, which is where a vast majority of the house edge lies in this bet.
After the come-out roll, a don’t pass bettor is rooting for the exact opposite outcome of a pass line bettor: that the shooter will roll a 7 before the point. This bet is, therefore, more likely to win than lose after the come-out roll. Just like the case is with the pass line, players can add fair-odds wagers to their don’t pass bets.
But how much better is the don’t pass bar than the pass line? The don’t pass bar has a house edge of 1.36%, which makes it .05% better than the pass line: not much. While it is mathematically a better wager, it may not be as enjoyable playing craps when you’re hoping for the exact opposite outcome of the other players.
There you have it: the three best bets on the craps table. By limiting yourself to playing just these three, you are guaranteed to have a much longer-lasting bankroll than most players without giving up any of the excitement of the game.