Craps Payouts

Published: 05/05/2012

Those who find it difficult to memorise payout tables will be happy to see that most of the rates paid for various bets are printed on the Craps table layout. Of course, the ones most prominently displayed are the ones that have the highest House edge—the proposition bets appearing in the center of the table layout.

Specifically, Hardways pay 9-to-1 for the Hard 6 (3-3) and Hard 8 (4-4) or 7-to-1 for the Hard 4 (2-2) and Hard 10 (5-5). Among the many single roll bets, Any Seven is worth 4-to-1; Any Craps yields 7-to-1, the Crap 3 and Yo-leven (11) each pay 15-to-1, and the Crap 2 and Crap 12 return a hefty 30-to-1.

A great many Craps results pay even money, 1-to-1. They include the Pass Line, Don’t Pass, Come, and Don’t Come, as well as Big 6 and Big 8. Even money is also paid on Field bets for outcomes totaling 3, 4, 9, 10, and 11, while the standard payout for 2 or 12 is 2-to-1, with a few casinos offering 3-to-1 for the 12 and sometimes the 2. All of these higher rates should be featured on the table layout.

It can be much harder to remember the payouts for Place Bets and Taking Odds. They are usually not displayed on the table’s surface and they vary according the box number that’s being backed.

Once the Point has been established following the shooter’s come out roll, wagers may be placed straight up on any of the box numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10), with the exception of whichever one happens to be the Point. If the shooter rolls the chosen box number before a 7 comes up, the Place Bet wins. It may be left “up” for subsequent rolls even after it has won, too, or taken “down” at any time between rolls without penalty.

For a winning Place Bet on the 4 or 10 the payout is 9-to-5. The payout on the 5 or 9 is 7-to-5. When making any of these four Place bets, the wagered amount should be a multiple of five units (5, 10, 15, etc.). Doing so allows the payout to be made in whole units. Players should avoid wagering one or two units on Place Bets; in fact, some casinos may not accept them.

Place Bets on the 6 or 8 are a little different. Because they pay out at a rate of 7-to-6, any bet on these box numbers should be a multiple of six units (6, 12, 18, etc.). If a player attempts to wager five units, the croupier will insist on increasing the bet by one unit so that the payout will be a whole number of units.

In terms of odds and payouts, making Place Bets on the 6 or 8 favours the player much more than similar wagers on Big 6 or Big 8. The best advice is to avoid the latter two entirely. Place Bets are not just for one roll. As long as a 7 doesn’t show, they can remain up and paying out indefinitely.

It is possible to Take Odds any time after the Point has been established. This bet is most commonly made in concert with Pass Line or Come wagers. It is also possible to Lay Odds in conjunction with Don’t Pass or Don’t Come wagers. Both Taking and Laying Odds are excellent wagers because they pay out at “true odds.” Taking Odds on the 4 or 10 yields a winning payout of 2-to-1. For backing the 5 or 9, Taking Odds pays 3-to-2; for the 6 or 8, the payout is 6-to-5.

The payouts for Taking Odds remain the same no matter how many times the odds are offered—2X, 5X, 20X, 100X or more. How ever much has been bet on the original Pass Line, Don’t Pass, Come, or Don’t Come wager remains unaffected by Taking or Laying Odds and will still pay out at 1-to-1, even money.

Published on: 05/05/2012

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