Jump into craps action with a 'hop' bet!

March 04, 2010 12:00 PM
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by Dale S. Yeazel, Special to GT |

One of the little known bets a player can make on a craps table is called a "turning bet" and also known as a "hop bet." A hop bet is a one-roll proposition bet on any of the dice combinations that is not listed on the layout. Just as players can bet on the "yo-leven" or the 12 to be thrown on the next roll, they can bet on any of the 14 combinations of the point numbers.

So if the point is 10, a player may throw $2 to the stickman and say: "Two-way 10 hopping!"

He would be betting $1 on the 6-4 (easy 10) and $1 on the 5-5 (hard 10) to come up the next roll. If the hard 10 hits the player wins the same as if he had bet the 12 (31 for 1).

The stickman would tell the base dealer to pay the player $29 and still up the same way. If an easy 10 hit, the player wins the same as a bet on the "yo-leven" (16 for 1), so the player would get paid $14 and would be left up on both bets.

The reason a 10 ten hopping pays the same as a bet on the 12 is because they are both one-combination rolls. An easy 10 hopping can be rolled with two combinations (6-4 or 4-6) just as an 11 can be rolled with two combinations (6-5 or 5-6) that is why they are paid the same.

Players may bet on any of the 14 combinations of point numbers at any time. Like the 10, the 4, 5 and 9 are also two combination numbers. The 6, 8 and 7 are three combination numbers. A player can bet all the combinations of a number or just the ones he wants.

Some casinos even have the combinations listed in front of the boxman so the stickman and boxman don’t lose track of what numbers are being bet. However, even in casinos that aren’t quite that accommodating, stickmen use the 5 for 1 in the 7 box to indicate whether the bet is on 5-2 (they put it on the "5"), 4-3 (they put it on the "for") or the 6-1 (they put it on the "1").

One method used by at least one Las Vegas casino, to cut down on the confusion of hop bets, is to implement a $5 minimum per hop bet, even on games that the usual minimum is $1 per prop bet. Many casinos in Las Vegas and in other parts of the country don’t allow any hop bets at all.

The reason some casinos don’t allow a hop bet is because they are concerned about the kind of player that will bet multiple hop bets on every roll. The staff or players that don’t want unnecessary confusion slowing up the game do not appreciate this kind of player. That player would really be better off playing roulette anyway, since he would suffer less than half of the house percentage.

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(Dale S. Yeazel is the author of "Precision Crap Dealing" and "Dealing Mini-Baccarat." They are E-books on CD-Rom available at Gamblers Book Shop and Gamblers General Store in Las Vegas; www.geocities.com/lump450.)

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