The Best Craps Bets that You Can Place

If you haven’t ever played Craps (and only seen it in the movies), it may seem like some sort of elite casino game made only for high rollers willing to take big risks. Though it can certainly be played that way, it really doesn’t have to be the case.  In fact, most frequent players choose to play it safe in order to guard themselves, and their pockets, from the house edge.

Here are some of the most common and reliable bets made in Craps around the world to help you on your way to becoming a better player, and potentially a big winner.

The House Edge

Before moving on to the bets, it should be mentioned that, in Craps, as with almost all casino games, the house edge is a very important factor to keep in mind. High house edge means more frequent loss over time. So, the general rule of thumb is always to go for bets with the lowest house edge, while keeping high risk/high house edge bets at a minimum.

The Pass Line Bet

The house edge here is 1.41%, so a Pass Line bet is always a good betting option to go for. This is particularly true for the Come Out roll. You can win with a Pass Line bet if the roll out is 7 or 11.

The Come Bet

As above, the Come bet has a house edge of 1.41%, and can be useful once your point is established. Again, if the Come Out roll is 7 or 11, you will be guaranteed a win.

The Don’t Pass & Don’t Come Bets

The Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bets have a slightly lower house edge of 1.40% (sometimes 1.36%). These bets are often avoided by the player, though this is unwarranted as they provide a high chance of winning.

Combination Bets

Combining bets with a low house edge is always highly recommended as it greatly improves the odds of winning. An example of this would be to combine two Come Bets with a Pass Line bet to cover three numbers.

Using the Odds bet in combination with other bets is also highly recommended, as it helps lower the house edge.

The Odds Bet

The Odds bet comes with no house edge at all. This makes it not only one of the best bets in Craps, it also, as mentioned above, also useful for lowering the house edge of other bets.

High Risk Betting

If you’re feeling like it’s your lucky day, here are some common high-risk bets to try out.

  • At 30 to 1, the highest payout in Craps can be won by betting on a 2 or on a 12.
  • The Yo bet on 11 has a payout of 15 to 1.
  • The Hi-Lo bet, rolling either 2 or 12, also has a payout of 15 to 1.

Keep in mind that the higher the house edge, the more the odds are stacked against you, and will become more so over time. So try and keep high risk bets short and infrequent.