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In addition to the pass and don't pass bets, there are many other bets you can make in craps. Here again is the craps layout, which you can refer to as you read about these additional bets.

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Come/Don't Come Bets

These bets are very similar to the pass/don't pass bets, except for the time at which they are made. As you may recall, pass/don't pass bets are made BEFORE the come-out roll. Come and don't come bets are placed AFTER a come-out roll (i.e. after the shooter makes a point). That is the only real difference. In just about all other respects, a come bet is like a pass line bet, and a don't come bet is like a don't pass bet.


Come Bets

To make a come bet, you place chips in the large box labeled come, after the shooter has made a point. One of the following will occur:

  • The next roll will be a 7 or 11, in which case you win even money.

  • The next roll will be 2, 3, or 12, in which case you lose.

  • Any other number will become the point for your come bet. Your chips are then moved into the numbered box that corresponds to your point. You win the bet if the point repeats before a seven. If a seven shows up first, you lose the bet.


Don't Come Bets

The don't come box is a lot smaller than the come box, reflecting the fact that the don't come bet is a lot less popular. You can make a don't come bet after the shooter makes a point, by placing chips in the small don't come box. One of the following will occur:

  • The next roll will be a 2 or 3, in which case you win even money.

  • The next roll will be a 7 or 11, in which case you lose.

  • If a 12 comes up, you push, neither winning nor losing.

  • Any other number becomes the point for your don't come bet, and your chips are placed in the box above the number of your point. If a seven occurs before the point repeats, you win even money. Otherwise, you lose the bet.


Betting Odds on Come/Don't Come Bets

You may place odds bets on your come and don't come bets, and doing so is definitely to your advantage. Odds bets on come/don't come wagers work the same way as odds bets made on pass/don't pass wagers. You receive true odds if you win.   

There is, however, one small difference. For a come wager, free odds are off, or not working during the come-out roll. So, if you have an odds bet on a come wager with 5 as the point, and the shooter shoots a come out roll of 5, you would only be paid on your original come bet, but not on your additional odds bet. On the other hand, if the shooter rolls a 7 on a come-out roll while you have a bet on a come wager with odds, you would lose only your come bet, and the odds bet will be returned to you.

Odds bets made on don't come wagers are always working, even during the come-out roll. If you have an odds bet on a don't come wager, and the shooter rolls a 7 on the come-out, you win both the don't come bet and the odds bet. 


Place Bets

Place bets are very straightforward. They are simple bets made on one of the following numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. You can make these bets by placing chips in the small box underneath these numbers on the layout. You are allowed to make place bets at any time, and you win if the shooter rolls your number before a seven. 

Place bets have the following payoffs:

Payoff is... ...if you bet on numbers
9 to 5 4 or 10
7 to 5 5 or 9
7 to 6 6 or 8


Buy Bets

A buy bet is the same as a place bet in all respects except for the payoff. You pay a 5% commission on a buy bet upfront, but in return, the house pays you true odds if you win. This means you get the following payoffs:

Payoff is... ...if you bet on numbers
2 to 1 4 or 10
3 to 2 5 or 9
6 to 5 6 or 8


Lay Bets

A lay bet is a bet made on a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. It is a bet against the dice, which means you win if a seven comes up before the number you selected. The house pays you true odds if you win a lay bet, however, you must pay a 5% commission when you first make the bet. The payoffs are as follows:

Payoff is... ...if you bet on numbers
1 to 2 4 or 10
2 to 3 5 or 9
5 to 6 6 or 8


Field Bets

To make a field bet, place chips in the box below, which is located between the come bar and the pass line.

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The next roll of the dice will determine the outcome of the bet. If the shooter rolls a 2 or 12, you typically get paid 2 to 1. If a 3, 4, 9, 10, or 11 comes up, you get paid even money. If any other number shows up, you lose the bet.


The Big Six or Big Eight

Place chips in the box marked big 6 or big 8, and you will win even money if the number you select comes up before a 7.  


Proposition Bets

There are several different proposition bets you can make:

crapsprop.gif (12144 bytes)Seven - You win this bet if a seven comes up on the next roll. It pays 4 to 1.
Hardways - These are bets that a certain number, either a 4, 6, 8, or 10, will come up in the exact way they are shown on the layout (i.e. 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, or 5/5). If these numbers come up any other way, the hardway bet loses. In other words, the number you choose must be rolled the hard way before the easy way. An example of a hard way would be rolling a 6 with a 3 and a 3. An example of an easy way would be rolling a 6 with a 1 and a 5, or a 2 and a 4. The payoffs on hardway bets depend on the number you select. In general, the payoffs are very high, but don't be fooled. The odds are very much against you on hardway bets.
2, 3, 11, and 12 - There are separate boxes that show dice adding up to each of these numbers. Place chips in the box for the number you want to bet on. These bets pay off at various odds if the number you choose comes up on the next roll of the dice.
Any craps - A craps is either a 2, 3, or 12. So, by placing chips in the any craps box, you win if one of these numbers comes up on the next roll. This bet pays 7 to 1.


Final Tips and Remarks

Bear in mind that there may be slight variations in payouts depending on where you play. 

By far, the best way to play craps is to stick to the pass/don't pass and come/don't come bets. You should definitely make odds bets to follow up on both types of wagers. 

Place bets made on 6 or 8 also give you relatively favorable odds. 

Most other bets tend to give the house a big advantage, so it's best to avoid them altogether.

In the end, you should play however you like, and make the bets you feel most comfortable with. Craps is a fast, exciting game, and you will no doubt spend many great hours playing it. Good Luck!     

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