What is Whirl Bet in the game of craps how does it work at the game play?

Whirl bet

The whirl also known as the world bet in craps is the bet that is a combination of bets that includes the horn bet and the any seven bet in the game. The horn bet itself is a combination of different bets in which you are wagering on the shooter rolling a 2, 3, 11 or 12. Any of these numbers wins the horn bet. The other part of the whirl bet is the any 7 wager. All you need to do there is get a seven.

This bet is interesting because the any seven bet serves as a type of hedge bet. For example, if the shooter rolls a 7, the player will win just as much as they would lose on the horn, essentially breaking even. The player would win a profit on the horn bet though, but not as much since they would lose some money on the 7 bet. The world bet is all about risk management.

The odds of Whirl Bet

The actual odds of winning the whirl bet are 2:1. The payout odds are a little more complicated though. If the shooter rolls a 2 or 12, the payout is 26:5. If the shooter rolls a 3 or 11, the payout is 11:5. If the shooter rolls a 7, the payout is 0:1, which results in a push and you get your money back. Overall, the total house edge ends up being 13.33%. So given how complicated this bet is, the house edge is pretty bad and not good for the player. Although, it depends on the rules of the casino. Some casinos allow a payout of 5:1 on sevens instead of 4:1, which would provide some major improvements in the odds.

Examples of this bet to understand how it works

Here are few examples to understand this bet. Let’s say you wager $5 on the World and the two or twelve craps roll. Depending on the odds displayed on the layout the payoff will be somewhere around $30. The dealer will pay you $30 minus $4 – which provides the money to re-bet the losing numbers. Net pay is $26. If the three craps rolled, this pays $15 minus the $4 in losing bets – or $11.

When a craps number rolls on the Come Out you lose your Pass Line bet, so this bet works as a hedge in that regards – an expensive hedge, but a hedge nonetheless. In a $10 game you’d turn a net $1 profit on a three craps and a $16 profit on a two or twelve. If the eleven rolls you collect net $11 on the World bet plus $10 on the Pass Line for a total of $21. If the seven wins you’re “paid” net $4 on the Any Sevens portion of the World bet. That $4 keeps the Horn portion of your World bet up to win again, so it is effectively a “Push”

If you’re going to bet prop action look at it as an “entertainment” bet. Set aside a certain portion of your bankroll for “fun” bets. As long as you’re winning those bets then they are great. But don’t blow the entire bankroll chasing a World win. Give it a few shots and then focus on your other winning bets like Free Odds and Place Betting the Six and Eight. When playing at a land based casino, the dealer would probably know what a whirl or world bet is and they would just do everything automatically for you.