The payoff for a hop bet is usually 15:1. That is, if you bet $5, you’ll win $75. The true odds for this bet are 18 to one, making it a poor bet.

However you can also bet on hardways hopping. If you think a hardway six is “due” you can bet, for example, “33 hopping”. If the next roll is 3 & 3, you’ll win $75 (at 15:1) instead of $45 (9:1) . Remember though, a hop bet is for one roll only, while your hardway bet stays up until it wins or loses.

Some casinos, in fact, will encourage hardway hopping paying 30:1 instead of 15:1. This means you can bet on 2 &2, 3 &3, 4 & 4, and 5 & 5 and be paid quite a bit more for your hardway one roll bets. A regular hard four or ten pays 7:1, and the hard six or eight pays 9:1. At 30:1, even on a one roll bet, this is quite an advantage. If you want to play hop bets, ask your table dealer if they pay 30:1 or 15:1 on hopping hardways.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw a hop bet. A very nervous man was the shooter, and he kept staring at a beautiful young woman at the opposite end of the table. She was wearing a tight, low cut dress that looked like she was poured into it. Every time this petite brunette bent over the table, all of the players would hold their collective breaths, hoping that she would finally become unleashed.

The shooter’s point was six, and he had made his previous two points. There was lots of money on the hard ways, and the six was piled high with chips. Our shooter suddenly got the bright idea to make a hop bet.

“33 hopping”, he said, throwing the dealer a green chip.

He tossed the dice, and one of them did actually “hop” up off the table, into the young lady’s endowments!

“Same dice”, he immediately yelled!

Everyone was quiet as she fished out the die and handed it to the dealer. He “inspected” it and gingerly gave it back to the shooter.

The shooter held it tight, and brought the other one to it, and tossed them both into the opposite corner.

“Hard six” the dealer said.

The shooter had won.

It was a very, very, lucky hop.

It was a hard six assisted two 38’s!

]]>Some people add an eleven to their bet, the famous “C & E” bet (Craps and Eleven). Since the eleven rolls twice (same as the 3, and pays 15:1) you’ll win your C&E bet only 6 times out of 36 rolls.

A similar wager, a horn bet, is a one roll bet on the 2, 3, 11, or 12, and must be bet in multiples of 4. For example, to protect your pass line, you can make a $4 horn bet, or an $8 horn bet. Each bet pays off individually. If you bet a $4 horn and the next roll is a 2 or 12, you’ll win $30 (at 30:1). If the next roll is a 3 or 11, you’ll win $15 (at 15:1). The payoff on a horn bet is significantly higher (either 15:1 or 30:1) than a C & E craps bet even though it has the exact same numbers. By paying an extra $2 you can increase your payoff and many players use a horn bet to protect their pass line instead of a C&E bet.

I ‘ve even seen some people bet progressively on these horn bets. They wait until ten numbers go without a 2, 3, 11 or 12 and begin betting $4, increasing their bets $4 each time. If the 3 or 11 does roll, say on the 14th roll, they would lose $40 (4+8+12+16) and win $60 (15x $4). If in the same 8th roll a 2 or 12 comes up, the player would still lose $40 but win $120 (30 x$4). In order to do this successfully, you need to map out your bets in advance, so you know exactly when to increase your bets from $4 to $8 in order to preserve your profit. And you’ll need a rather large bankroll to do this.

A safer method would be to bet on just one of the horn numbers – 2/12 or 3/11. Wait until 20 rolls go without that one particular number showing. Bet $1 and increase your bets $1 each roll until it hits. Let’s say you wait twenty rolls with no eleven and start with a $1 bet. Nine rolls later you have $10 on the yo, and have already bet $55 (1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10). If the eleven now hits, you will win $150 (15x$10) so your profit is $95. Again, you’ll need to map this out in advance to see when you need to increase your bet to $2.

But before you run out to the tables, remember that many casinos have different limits on horn bets. Sometimes, on a table with a $500 initial bet limit, there is an unwritten limit for proposition bets of $100. Of course, the 11 should appear 2 times in 36 rolls, or 5-6 times in 100 rolls. It is inconceivable that any table would see 100 rolls go without someone yelling “Yo!”

But it can happen.

That’s why they call it gambling!

And, as always, good luck at the tables!

]]>To win using this method, you would have to have a very large bankroll and play at a casino with no table limits. Or, you could try a modified Martingale system, two of which are described below.

The first is a Don’t-Pass system. You bet one unit on the Don’t-Pass and instead of doubling when losing, you increase your bet one unit only. Then when you win, start decreasing your bets one unit until you are back at one unit again.

For example, if you lose the first two Don’t-Pass bets, your third bet on the come-out would be for three units. If you win, the next bet would be for two units. Then one unit. If you win again, stay at one unit until you lose again.

Another method is to bet on the field, again starting with one unit and increasing your bets one unit when you lose. The interesting part here is that you will eventually win on a 2 or 12 which pays at least double!

The advantage to using these modified Martingales is that you will be ahead, eventually, instead of breaking even. If, for example, your betting unit is $10 and you lose your first four bets ($10, $20, $30 and $40) you will be down $100. If you win your fifth bet ($50), you’re now down only $50. If you win the next four bets ($10 , $20, $30, and 40) you’ll be ahead $50!

Try these systems out on a computer simulator first, and see how well they work. Then go to a casino with low table limits and try betting $1 units. When you win $20, increase your bet to $5. When you win $50, increase your bet to $10 and really make some money! These systems are not for everyone, but they do have the potential of making a lot of money in a short time. Give them a try! And, as always, good luck at the tables!

]]>The four of us had lunch together and afterwards, our lovely wives had to go powder their lovely noses, so Bernie and I meandered off to the craps tables, which had a $5 minimum with 10X odds. I was determined to cure Bernie of his flat bets with no odds.

We each bought in for $100 and Bernie got his four green chips and I got twenty red ones. Bernie waited for the come out and made his bet. Fortunately, the shooter rolled a six point.

*“Hey Bernie, watch this,”* I said as I placed $5 with $20 odds on the pass line. *“Same money as you. I have $5 plus $20 odds. You have a $25 flat bet. Who wins more?”*

He grinned that weird grin of his. *“Same money, so we’ll win the same too.”*

*“Nope. Look. If you win, you’ll get $25 for your flat bet. That’s it. Flat bets pay 1:1 so when you bet $25, you win $25. But odds bets pay more. When you place odds behind the flat bet, you get paid true odds in addition to your flat bet.”*

*“What do you mean?”*

*“Well, the odds on the six rolling compared to the unmentionable number (even Bernie knew not to speak the word seven aloud) are 6:5, which is more than 1:1. If you bet $25 at 6:5 odds, you win $30 instead of $25. And if you bet $20 odds, like I did, you win $24 instead of $20.”*

*“Yeh?”*

*“So if you win three pass line bets in a row, you’re really losing $12, because you should have won $87 but you only won $75.”*

*“Yeh?”*

*“And that’s only on the six or eight. If you bet $25 pass line on the five or nine, you’d be better off betting $5 flat with $20 odds, because the odds for the five or nine are 3:2. Instead of $25 you’ll get back $35.”*

*The shooter made his six point and, sure enough, Bernie got his $25 and I got my $29.*

*“See? I got $4 more. Speaking of which, if the point is a four or ten, the odds are 2:1, so if you bet $5 flat plus $20 odds, you get back $45 instead of $25 – an extra $20!”*

*“Wow, that’s great! So…if I bet and win three different points in a row. . . let’s say the four, five and six – the old way I would have won $75 betting $25 flat bets.”*

*“Yes, and betting $5 flat bets with $20 odds, you would win $45 for the four, $35 for the five, and $24 for the six – a total of $109 – that’s $34 more than you won before!”*

*“Gee, I guess I was losing money even though I was winning.”*