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Understanding Craps Payouts

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Page  created  04 Aug, 2022

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To increase your chances of winning at craps, it's essential to know which bets have the best odds and how much they pay out. Use our craps payout chart and craps bets odds guide to help you find out how much you can potentially win in your next online game.

What are the Payout Odds in Craps?

The payout odds in craps can range from 30:1 to 1:1 and are determined by the true odds of a bet and the house edge.

The true odds refer to the probability of winning a particular bet. For example, if the true odds are displayed as 2 to 1, this basically means that on average for every one time you win, you should also expect to lose twice.

The house edge, meanwhile, is the difference between the true odds of a bet paying out and the actual odds a casino pays to the winner. The lower the house edge, the better for the player.

In craps, one of the chief betting strategies for increasing winnings is to reduce the house edge as much as possible. On some bets, the house edge can be as much as 16.9%, which can amount to a hefty loss over the course of a craps session.

Craps Payout Table

Check the payouts odds for all craps bets using the craps payout charts below, or learn more about different wagers on our craps bets page.

Pass Line Odds / Come Bet Odds / Buy Bets (5% commission)

Bet or Wager True Odds Payout Odds House Edge
4 or 10 2 to 1 2:1 4.76%
5 or 9 3 to 2 3:2 4.76%
6 or 8 5 to 6 5:6 4.76%

Don’t Pass Odds / Don’t Come Bet Odds / Lay Bets (5% commission)

Bet or Wager True Odds Payout Odds House Edge
4 or 10 1 to 2 1:2 2.44%
5 or 9 2 to 3 2:3 3.23%
6 or 8 5 to 6 5:6 4%

Place Bets

Bet or Wager True Odds Payout Odds House Edge
4 or 10 2 to 1 9:5 6.70%
5 or 9 3 to 2 7:5 4%
6 or 8 6 to 5 7:6 1.52%

Field Bets

Bet or Wager Payout Odds House Edge
3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 1:1 5.50%
2 or 12 2:1 5.50%

Hardways

Bet or Wager True Odds Payout Odds House Edge
6 or 8 10 to 1 9:1 9.09%
4 or 10 8 to 1 7:1 11.10%

One Roll Bets

Bet or Wager True Odds Payout Odds House Edge
Any 7 5 to 1 4:1 16.90%
Any craps 8 to 1 7:1 11.10%
2 craps or 12 craps 35 to 1 30:1 13.90%
3 craps or 11 craps 17 to 1 15:1 11.10%
Big 6 or 8 - 1:1 9.09%
Horn Bet )3 or 11) - 3.75:1 -
Horn Bet (2 or 12) - 7.5:1 -

Defining the House Edge

Casinos use house edge to determine what percentage of initial wagers from players they can expect to earn long-term. The house edge is calculated using craps rules to ensure that even when players land a big payout, the casino can mitigate its losses.

Craps has one of the lowest house edges compared to other casino table games. The Asian dice game, Sic Bo, for instance, has a house edge of up to 33.3% on some wagers.

Don't Forget About House Edge

It’s important to incorporate the house edge in any craps strategy you want to use as it changes with each type of bet. We recommend using the true odds to determine the chances of a bet landing, and the payout odds to objectively decide whether the winnings are worth the risk.

Using the true odds of landing a 7 in a craps game as an example, the true odds are 5 to 1 meaning if a player bets $10 and won, they should receive $50.

However, due to the house edge, the payout odds of landing a 7 is 4 to 1 and the player will actually receive $40 for their winning bet.

How to Calculate Payouts

To calculate any payouts in craps, remember to use the payout odds and not the true odds when making bets. Some beginner players find breaking the payout odds into units easier to quickly calculate payouts on winning bets.

Looking at a craps table, the payout odds for landing a 4 are 9:5. This means that for every $5 bet you win, the dealer will pay you $9.

Image shows an example payout odds for landing a 4. A $5 chip is placed on the number four in the top of the table. The payout odds for this bet are 9:5 so if this bet wins, the dealer will pay you $9.

Let's say you're at a craps table with a $10 minimum bet and you want to bet on 4. Using the payout odds of 9:5, you know your minimum bet of $10 equates to two $5 'units'. You need to multiply the total number of units you want to bet by the amount the casino will pay out if the bet wins.

Using the payout odds on landing a 4, you multiply 2 by 9 to get 18. This means that your $10 bet will win $18 if the 4 lands on the dice.

Image shows a further example of payout odds in action on the craps table. This table has a $10 minimum bet in play so a $10 chip is placed on the 4 on the craps table. Landing 4 payouts out 9:5. Your $10 bet equals two $5 units so if you win the dealer will pay $18.

Calculating Payouts for Irregular Betting Amounts

To calculate the payout in craps for any bet, you need to convert the payout odds from a fraction to a decimal then multiply this by the amount you want to wager to determine the potential payout.

For example, a bet on point 4 in craps has payout odds of 9:5. Converted to decimal form, this is 1.8. For a $10 bet, multiply 10 by 1.8 to calculate a payout of $18 if the dice landed on 4.

How Do Craps Dealers Calculate Payouts?

Dealers must calculate payouts for up to 20 players at any time in a craps game. Given how fast-paced a game can be, dealers have several tricks up their sleeve to keep track of bets and payouts for players:

  1. Chips are arranged in a certain order. Dealers ensure that the chips around the table are arranged in relation to a player's bank rack position. Depending on where a player has stored their chips on a craps table's chip rack, a dealer will place the player's chips in the corresponding position around the boxes of the specific bet.

  2. Payouts are given in a specific sequence. The boxman and dealers pay out bets in a strict order to keep the process organized. Dealers pay out winnings in the following sequence: ‘pass line bets’, ‘come bets’ and ‘place bets’.

  3. Bets are paid out from the player closest to the stickman. To keep track of payouts for ‘place bets’, the dealers will start with the player located next to the stickman, and then pay out winnings in sequential order. Some real money craps casinos will vary the start point between the stickman and boxman for certain bets.

  4. Dealers memorize payout odds. A craps dealer will have to calculate the same ‘pass’, ‘place’ and ‘come bets’ many times a day. While online casinos will use software to calculate payouts, dealers in land-based casinos gradually memorize the various payout odds in a craps game resulting in a fast-paced game with quick bets and payouts.

FAQs

What are the best odds in craps?

The ‘pass bets’, ‘don't pass bets’ and ‘laying odds bets’ have the best odds in craps. ‘Pass bets’ have payout odds of 1:1, meaning you can effectively double your money. Plus, the house edge on this bet is only 1.41%. Alternately ‘laying odds bets’ have zero house edge but slightly lower payout odds, at 2:1, 3:2 and 6:5, depending on which numbers you bets on.

What are the payouts in craps?

To find the payouts of all bets in craps, we recommend using a payout odds chart or a craps payout calculator. These will help you immediately find the payouts you can expect to earn on winning bets in craps.

What is the ‘odds bet’ in craps?

The ‘odds bet’ is a bet that can be made during a craps game but only after a point is thrown. Essentially, players bet on the dice landing on a specific number before they land on 7. There is zero house edge on odds bets because the odds are exactly fair making this a popular choice for craps players. Payout odds differ between the numbers; 2:1 on points 4 and 10, 3:2 on points 5 and 9, and 6:5 on points 6 and 8.

What does 3 4 5 odds mean in craps?

The three, four or five odds refer to the maximum amount a player can make when laying the odds in a craps game. For instance, if a casino has 4x odds in place, that means the amount players can win would be no more than 4x the don't pass bet.

What are the odds of rolling a 7 in craps?

In craps, there is a 1 in 6 chance of rolling a 7 on the dice or a 16.67% probability. The game uses two dice, which means there are 36 possible outcomes. Out of that 36, there are six different ways the dice could land on 7. By comparing the possible outcomes by the total number of outcomes, the odds of landing a 7 are 6 in 36.