In this modified variation
of a regular crap game, you do not lose on the
come-out roll when the shooter tosses a 2, 3 or 12.
automatically becomes the point, just as 4, 5, 6,
8, 9 and 10 do on a
standard game. You also do not win if the shooter
throws a natural 11. It
too becomes the point. With these additional frowzy
rules, the house holds a
5.4% edge on your pass line bet versus the 1.4% edge
in a typical crap game.
Prudent readers of this column, consider Crapless
Craps as also Playless
When playing craps, I pretty much stick to your recommended
pass line wager with odds, or placing the 6 and 8.
But on my last outing before I started playing, I
saw two players making a killing betting both an "any
craps" and the "horn" bet. Please describe
the differences between an "any craps" bet
and a "horn" bet, and, which, if any, of
those two bets should I have played alongside those
lucky players? Brian K.
Just because the dice
were sizzling in the short term with 2s, 3s, 11s and
12s before you jumped in, doesn¹t mean they will
still radiate BTU¹s when
you decide to tackle wagers with a house edge over
11%. Your dice-game
timeline - - the period you are on the game will always
be different from
that of the earlier (and, in this case lucky) players.
When you join a game
in progress, you initiate your own personal sequence
of rolls, the randomness of nature likely returning
it to a more normal pattern. (A
flipped fair coin can come down the same face up many,
many times. But would you bet that all your buddy¹s
pocket change, dumped on your kitchen table, would
all show heads on the first try? Well...)
This column, Brian, proselitizes for making wagers
with a reduced casino
advantage, and an "any craps" or "horn"
wager ain¹t one of them. An "any
craps" bet is wagering that 2, 3, or 12 will
be the result of the next roll.
With a payoff of 7 to 1, the house edge is 11.1%.
A "craps-eleven," or "horn" bet
as it¹s typically called, is a bet that on
the next roll will turn a 2, 3, 11, or 12. If any
other number rolls, you
lose. Though the payoff varies from casino to casino,
the house edge on a
"horn" bet is always more than 12%. Bucking,
Brian, for the top 10 sucker
bets list, both of them.
Gambling quote of the
week: "Whenever you switch from Deuces Wild to
Jacks or Better, the first four of a kind will be
Deuces." Skip Hughes
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