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Hardway Bet Craps Wager

Dear Mark,
What is a hardway number on a crap game and is it a good bet? Steve. R.
A hardway wager is a 4-6-8-10, but only paired up as a 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 combination. For example; if you have a hard six wager, a pair of 3-3s would have to roll for you to win. Not a 2-4 or 5-1 dice roll. Is it a good bet? No! House advantage on a hardway 6 or 8 is 9.1 percent. A hardway 4 or 10 has an 11.1 percent casino edge. Readers of Deal Me In only make wagers that have a house advantage of two percent or less. Steve, say adios to this wager.

Dear Mark,
You mentioned in a previous column that players should never make a hard way bet on a crap game. Why not? Norman G.

Hey, Norman, what is Mark Pilarski’s rule number one of casino gambling? (Actually, it’s rule number two as rule number one is: “Only bet what you can afford to lose.”) Rule number two of my gambling commandments is “Only make wagers that have less than a two percent house advantage.” Hard way bets are much, much higher and will gourmandize most of your hard-earned, hopefully disposable, income.
The true odds of a hard 6 or 8 materializing are 10 to 1, but your friendly casino is only going to pay you a paltry 9 to 1. This gives the casino a 9.09 percent edge. As for the hard 4 or 10, the true odds are 8 to 1, but the payoff is a measly 7 to 1, giving the casino a whopping 11.1 percent advantage.
My advice is to stick with a pass/come bet with odds or placing the six or eight.

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