Craps Hard-Way is the Sure-Way

04/22/2013
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
Hard-way bets have become a popular prospect on the casino floors with more and more players running into craps games and covering the costs on their main game bets with a betting system that before seemed too complicated for the average punter.

More recently it seems the stick man (the man with the stick taking the bets) has been hard pushed to cram all the chips into what are now becoming the four special spots of the Craps board. Hard-way bets are becoming a common theme with the echoes of punters blasting across the table at the stick man “Bet Hard Six” or “Stick it on Hard 10”. So what is the attraction?

Roll a 3-3 on the dice any time in a game of Craps and you are looking at 9-1 the pay back. With some skillful mathematics players are crafting a way to get the best of this move. Well, for the experienced craps player this is hardly surprising considering the odds attached to every dice roll, but it’s not a simple case of 12-1 on the dice as many would believe. In fact after some careful asking around it seems this 12-1 misconception is the biggest delusion players have when playing any game of dice hence I started this report with the fact that the Hard-way betting system seems too complicated for the average punter.

Really with some simple math there is absolutely no need to be the average punter. With 2 Hard-way bets paying out 7-1 odds and 2 paying out 9-1 odds all you need is for one of these combinations to roll in once every 9 or 7 times to break even. Now with the way craps works you are bound to get better odds for your money, but you need to concentrate a little to get value.

The game can end on the first roll if you roll a 2, 3 or 12 so you would lose any Hard-way bets if you bet the pass line and if a 7 or 11 are rolled.

Losing a Hard-way bet on the first roll actually doesn’t matter as some may think. You can re-lay your bet. For example, on a 7-1 Hard-way bet, which would be a 2-2 or 5-5, you have 7 chances to break even, so losing your Hard-way bet on this number would leave you with 6 more chances.

These chances are increased because Craps works in 2 states and the above example shows what happens when only stage 1 is played out. If you roll in 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 this sets a point, which takes the game into stage 2. It is worth noting at this point that the point number for stage 2 of the game is the number rolled (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10) to get into stage2. Your Hard-way bet can also be paid out at this stage if you hit the combination bet, but even if you don’t the bet will remain in play.



This is the attraction because in stage 2 of the game there are usually multiple rolls of the dice giving you multiple dice rolls for a single bet and there are only 2 ways your Hard-way bets can be lost, which is if a 7 is rolled or the point number, as mentioned above, is rolled, otherwise the dice just keeps on rolling giving you maximum value.

Now the trick is that there are 36 different dice combinations that can be rolled giving the Hard-way bets rather short odds at a first glance. This would mean a 2-2 Hard-way bet will roll in once every 36 times. With 4 Hard-way bet combinations all you have to do is keep an eye out for the combination that hasn’t rolled in for a while and continue betting that number.

This means the only math you need is to remember 4 combinations (2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5) out of 36 rolls and then bet at the right time to get the right odds. 
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