These bets can be made at any time and win, or lose, based on the next roll of dice. If the number you bet is rolled you win, otherwise you lose. These bets pay the most, because they are the least likely to be rolled.
The following list explains each one-roll wager.
FIELD BET – NATURALLY CRAPS
A popular bet because it appears to include seven of the eleven possible numbers that can be rolled. The odds appear to be 7:4 in your favor. Wrong! There are 36 possible combinations that can be rolled by two dice containing six numbers each. The four numbers (5, 6, 7 and 8), not included in the field bet, account for a total of twenty of the thirty-six combinations, making the odds 5:4 in the casino’s favor. The payout is even money, except for the 2 and 12, which pay double.
THE HOR – NATURALLY CRAPS
You can bet the 2, 3, 11 or 12 individually or as a group. The layout shows you what you can win. The 2 or 12 can only be rolled one way, thus the odds for either are 35:1. The 3 or 11 can only be rolled two ways, thus the odds are 17:1. Notice the payout is only 30:1 or 15:1, respectively. If you bet the group then your bet is divided by four. Should any of the four numbers be rolled you win one fourth of the actual payout. For example, a $1 Horn bet pays $7.75 for the 2 or 12, whereas a $4 bet pays $31.
C AND E (CRAPS OR ELEVEN)
A Naturally Craps bet covers the 2, 3 or 12 and pays 3:1. A common misconception is that the 7 is also considered Craps. This originated from the term “Crapped out” when a 7 is rolled after a point is established. The correct term is “Seven Out.” In live Craps etiquette, saying the word “Seven” is a no-no. The Eleven bet covers the 11 and pays 7:1. The 11 is aka YO, a less confusing term as the words “Seven” and “Eleven” are easily mistaken for each other when said aloud in a noisy casino!
SEVEN (BIG RED)
A one-roll bet the 7 will be rolled next. At 4:1 it pays better than the PASS line. True, but there is a better way to bet the 7.
It may sound as if I’m attempting to discourage you from making one roll bets. Not at all. I make these bets; however, I only bet them on a come-out roll, when a point is not established. There are five numbers that win on the come-out, the 2,3, 12 (C), the 11 (E) and 7 (LAY). These numbers are referred to as “Naturals”.
This is how I bet the naturals on a come-out roll:
- $1 on C and E to cover the craps numbers at 4:1 and the 11 at 7:1
- Lay the line, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 at $1 each, for a total of $6, at a blended payout of 4:6 minus the commission which works out to $9.74 on InterBlock ($9.78 on Aruze).
- My total bet is $7 but I am only risking $2. The EC bet either wins or loses. If my bet wins then I press it until it loses.
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