Everything about the Different Types of Bets

CRAPS Updated on: 5 September 2018

To some people, craps is the most fun casino game in existence. But truth be told, it is not the easiest game to master. Ironically it does not take much to understand the basics of the game and become a proficient craps player.

So, if you are one of those people who think craps is difficult to learn, you should know right now that this game requires a short learning curve. The trick is to know as much as you can about various craps bets, and you will be well on your way to becoming as good a craps player as any professional player you will ever meet.

Types of Craps Bets
Sure, craps has plenty of bets to pick from. However, you can play the game even after learning some of the most basic bets offered with this game. For instance, the Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line bets and Come bets and Don’t Come bets are usually the first bet types players learn about. They are easy to understand and you can conveniently base your first plays on them.

1. Basic Craps Bets (Pass Line and Come Bets)

Pass Line Bet

This is usually the first craps bet beginners know about. The bet is typically placed before the “come out roll”, which is the first roll made during this game. If the dice roll results in a 7 or an 11, the bet is won. However, if the dice roll results in a 2, 3, or 12, the Pass Line bet is lost.

If, however, you get a number such as 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, then that number is called a point number. Once you get a point number, you will have to roll again with the goal of getting the same number for the second time. If you land a 7 as you try to get the point number, you will lose that particular bet.

Don’t Pass Line Bet

This bet is usually a reverse of the Pass Line bet. While getting a 7 or an 11 will result in a win with the Pass Line bet, it will lead to a loss with this bet. A 2 or a 3 however, which usually causes a loss with the above bet, will result in a win with a Don’t Pass Line bet.

The point numbers are established in precisely the same way. However, while a 7 would cost you your bet with the Pass Line bet, it will secure you a win with the Don’t Pass Line bet.

The Come Bet

In many ways, the Come Bet is just like the Pass Line bet: you win by getting a 7 or an 11, lose when a 2, 3, or a 12 is achieved, and establish a point for any other number. The only major difference is that you will place this bet after the “come out roll”, not before as with the Pass Line bet.

The Don’t Come Bet

This bet is best compared to the Don’t Pass Line Bet. In general, the moves that get you a loss with the Pass Line and the Come bets will make you a winner with this bet. Point numbers are established in the same version as well. And, as with the Come Bet, the only way this bet differs form the Don’t Pass Line bet is that you will have to place your bet after the come out roll, not before.

Place Bets

These craps bets are a little more advanced than the basic bets already discussed above. Their payouts are also usually much better than those of basic craps bets. With these bets you will be betting on a specific number or a specific group of numbers.

Place Win Bets

This bet is placed after the come out roll, which means you can only place this bet if your initial roll results in a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or a 10. As you will notice, these are the figures which establish point numbers with the Pass Line bet. After placing the Place Win bet, you will have to roll your point number before getting a 7.

Place Lose Bets
This bet is the exact inverse of the Place Win bet. After a point number has been established and you have placed your bet, you will have to get a 7 before rolling your point number. So, you will still be working with the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10, because getting any other number during the come out roll will either result in a win or a loss.

Field Bets

Again, this is a more advanced craps bet. However, it is quite easy to understand. Essentially, your goal will be to get a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or a 12 during your next roll. Any other number (5, 6, 7, and 8) will result in a loss with this bet.

Big Six and Big Eight Bets

This bet is simple – you just have to place a bet that you will roll a 6 or an 8. If you get any of these numbers before getting a 7, then your bet will be won. Otherwise, you will lose your bet.

You can learn more about Place Bets, Field Bets, Big Six, and the Big Eight through this video

Proposition Bets

These craps bets are a little more advanced. The odds of winning these bets are usually quite low, however, the payouts are usually quite good. So, if you want to get regular wins, you would be better off using craps bets that offer better winning odds.

Any Seven Bet

This bet is simple enough – you just need to get a 7 during your next roll. Getting any other number will mean losing your bet.

Any Craps Bet

With this bet, rolling a 2, 3, or a 12 during your next dice shoot will result in a win. If you happen to get any other number, your bet will be lost.

One Roll Bets

With these bets, you will have to choose a number. The numbers you can choose from are 2, 3, 11, and 12. If you end up getting your chosen number during your next roll, then you will win. Of course, getting any other number will result in a loss.

Hardaway Bets

Hardaway bets are a lot like the One Roll Bets in that you have to get a specific number. The number can either be a 4, a 6, an 8, or even a 10. There is one slight twist, however – you have to form the chosen number using doubles. This means, for instance, that a four must consist of two 2’s and not a 1 and a 3.

You can learn more on proposition bets through this video presentation

Which are The Most Profitable Bets?

Generally speaking, Proposition bets have the best payouts, but that’s only because they have the slimmest winning chances. The basic bets have lower payouts, but the chances of winning are also much better. However, with practice, you can learn to combine various bets so that you can ensure your long term survival and at the same time better your chances of getting big wins.

For instance, you can place a Pass Line bet in conjunction with say, a One Roll bet with the expectation that winning the former bet will help cover the losses incurred from placing the latter bet. You can also learn more about the odds and the payouts each of these bets offers right here on this site, which can help you place your bets more wisely.