Which bets are the best on Craps Odds?

Craps Bets

To know which bets are the best on Craps Odds you need to first understand the types of Craps bets. Craps offers the following types of bets at the game table:

  • The Pass Line Bet
  • Come Bet
  • The Don’t Pass Bet
  • The Don’t Pass Bar
  • Field Bet
  • Big Six and Big Eight Bet

The Pass Line Bet

Craps Bets- The Pass Line Bet

This is the most simple type of bet that pays even money (you bet $5 to win $5.) All you have to do to make such a bet is wait for a Come-Out Roll and place your chips on the Pass Line area on the table. The shooter will roll the ‘come out roll’ once the bets have been placed and depending on the total that would have been rolled, here are the likely scenarios:

  • You win with a 7 or 11, this is called a ‘Natural.
  • You lose with a 2, 3 or 12, this is called ‘Craps’.
  • With any other number such as 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, this would result in the black puck being placed on the number and this becomes the ‘Point’ taking you to an Extra Round.

The number that was rolled to get you to this extra round is called the ‘Point’, and a black puck marker is placed on that number. From here, to get to the Pass Line for the win you would need to then roll this number again. If however, you hit any other number than the original ‘Point’ or 7, the game will keep going and the dice will continue to be rolled. At this point you can place alternate bets between rounds. If the shooter at this point throws a 7, the ‘Don’t Pass’ line bet will win, while the Pass Line bet loses. When the rounds are over, all winning or losing bets are immediately paid out. The players who placed bets on the ‘Pass Line’ or ‘Don’t Pass’ are paid even money for a win, but if you have placed a mix of bets there are many more wagers that would be available to you.

The Come Bet

The come bet

Come bet allows you to make similar bets to the ‘Pass Line’ bet after a Point has been set. A ‘Come Bet’ will turn the next throw of the dice into a Come-Out Roll, you win with a 7 or 11, but you lose if a 2, 3 or 12 is established. It also sets a new Come Point that will win if the Point number is rolled again prior to a 7, and will lose if a 7 is thrown prior to the Point. It is only possible to place a Come Bet if a point has been set for the table.
As odds Bets pay awesome odds, so it would come as great news that you can back your Come Bets with an Odds Bet just like you can back a Pass Line bet. Similarly with the Pass Line bet, before you can make your Odds Bet you have to wait for a Come Point to be made. Placing a Come Bet can actually make your game a bit more interesting, because knowing if you have won or lost with a Come Bet is pretty quick unlike a Pass Line bet where you could be waiting a long time.

With the Come Bet you don’t have to stop once you have established two points; you can keep placing bets and establishing new Come Points, this does come with a risk as you might very well lose more money.

The Don’t Pass Bet

The dont pass bet

Here’s a bet that isn’t so popular since it involves betting against the shooter and most of the time also betting against all other players. This is a bet where you are forecasting that the shooter will not make the point, basically saying that a 7 will be thrown before the point number appears. In the initial stages of a Pass Line Bet you lose on a 7 or 11, and to win you need a 2 or a 3. It is called a ‘push’ if you land on a 12. After this you go to the second stage where the good bets will be the seven’s.

The Don’t Come Bet

The dont come bet

With this type of bet you are specifically betting on the 7, so you are saying that no number will appear before the 7 is drawn. On the first roll you will lose on a 7 or 11 and win on a 2 or a 3, the exact opposite of a Come Bet, and once again if a 12 is thrown, this will be a push giving you your money back. In this game a Don’t Come Point is established and if a 7 is rolled before that specific number, you’ll get paid.

The Don’t Pass Bar

Craps bets- The don't pass bar

The Don’t Pass Bar section which is located right beside the Pass Line section, is just the opposite of what the Pass Line Bet does. If you remember a seven or eleven on a come out roll on a Pass Line wins, so therefore a seven or eleven on the Don’t Pass Bar on a come out roll loses. Also the craps 2, 3 or 12 on a come out which will lose on a Pass Line will now win if you’re betting on the Don’t Pass Bar.

The Pass Line is when you’re betting with the shooter against the house. Your Don’t Pass Bar being just the opposite means you’re betting with the house and against the shooter.

The Don’t Pass Bar is just the opposite of what the Pass Line bet is. Remember on a seven eleven on the pass line on the come out roll your bet would win, so therefore, a seven eleven on the come out roll on the Don’t Pass Bar that bet is going to lose. In craps a 2, 3 or 12 on a Pass Line Bet on the come out roll is of course going to lose so therefore, a 2, 3 or 12 on a come out roll on the Don’t Pass Bar is going to win.

The Field Bet

Craps Bets

On each side of the table you will find a section that would include the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12, the section would be the Field area. To play you would need to lay down the chips yourself and you don’t need to place them on any particular number, the bet counts if the chips are in the Field area. These types of bets are One-Roll and they pay even money except when a 2 or a 12 is rolled. The 2 normally pays 2 to 1and the 12 normally pays 3 to 1. So in a nutshell, you win if 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 is rolled and you lose if 5, 6, 7, or 8 is rolled. You might think that being able to win with so many numbers is easy however don’t let the perception fool you because the losing numbers 5, 6, 7, and 8 have a much higher chance of being rolled. The house edge on such bets is around 5.55%.

Big Six and Big Eight

The big six and big eight

You can place such a bet at any time, they are easy bets and they pay even money. To place this type of bet, go to the Big 6 and Big 8 area of the table and put down your chips on either or both the 6 and the 8 and hope that these numbers are rolled before the 7. Some players argue that Big 6 and Big 8 bets should be avoided since the house edge is over 9%. However if you like the number 6 and 8, throw in a Place Bet on number 6 because with a house edge of only 1.52%, it pays 7 to 6.

Bets that are the best on Craps Odds

Craps Odds

Online craps game play is all about understanding the odds of the game. Since the game is played with a set of two dice each combined number that can be rolled has it’s own set of odds based on how many possible combinations exist in order to make that number.

So when it comes to playing online craps, the numbers you roll are out of your control and can only be determined by luck, but understanding the odds of rolling the numbers can help you make the right play and teach you which bets are the best ones to choose based on the odds. Here are the odds for all the possible numbers that can be rolled in craps:

Starting with the hardest numbers to roll, 2 and 12 can only come up based on 1 possible dice combination each: 1+1 and 6+6 respectively. That means the craps odds of rolling either of these number are 1:36. In craps the harder it is to roll the number, the higher it pays out. After 6 and 12 comes the 3 and the 11, which can be made from two different dice combinations respectively and offer odds of 1:18. 4 and 10 can be made of 3 separate dice combinations each and offer odds of 1:12 respectively.

There are four possible combos for rolling 5 and 9 and the odds for either are 1:9. The 6 and 8 can be made in 5 difference ways using a set of dice and present the player with 1:7 odds. Finally comes the 7, which can be rolled 6 different ways using a pair of dice and it has odds of 1:6 making it the most common number to come up in online craps.

Now let’s look at some of the wagering odds. The following table illustrates the odds and payouts of craps bets at a Las Vegas casino. This chart can also be used as a general guide for online craps:

Bet True Odds Payout House Edge %
Pass Line/Come Bet 251 to 244 1 to 1 1.414
Don’t Pass/Don’t Come Bet 976 to 949 1 to 1 1.402
Pass Line Odds/Come Bet Odds/Buy Bets (5% commission)
Numbers 4 or 10 2 to 1 2 to 1 4.76
Numbers 5 or 9 3 to 2 3 to 2 4.76
Numbers 6 or 8 6 to 5 6 to 5 4.76
Don’t Pass Odds/Don’t Come Bet Odds/Lay Bets (5% commission)
Numbers 4 or 10 1 to 2 1 to 2 2.44
Numbers 5 or 9 2 to 3 2 to 3 3.23
Numbers 6 or 8 5 to 6 5 to 6 4.0
Field Bets
3, 4, 9, 10, 11 1 to 1 5.5
2, 12 2 to 1 5.5
Place Bets
Numbers 4 or 10  2 to 1 9 to 5 6.7
Numbers 5 or 9 3 to 2 7 to 5 4.0
Numbers 6 or 8 6 to 5 7 to 6 1.52
6 or 8 10 to 1 9 to 1 9.09
4 or 10 8 to 1 7 to 1 11.1
One Roll Bets
   Any 7 5 to 1 4 to 1 16.9
Any craps 8 to 1 7 to 1 11.1
2 craps or 12 craps 35 to 1 30 to 1 13.9
3 craps or 11 17 to 1 15 to 1 11.1
Horn Bet (3 or 11) 3.75 to 1
Horn Bet (2 or 12) 7.5 to 1
Big 6 or 8 1 to 1 9.09