Making ‘Big’ bets

Dec 21, 2004 3:15 AM

Want to know the secrets to playing the Big Six and Big Eight craps bets?

As many of you know, the Big Six and Big Eight are even money (1-1) bets. This means that if you bet $12 and win, you win $12. If you placed the $12 on the regular six or eight, you would have won $14, at odds of 7-6.

The casino gives a lot of space to the Big Six and Big Eight, perhaps so beginners who are cautious about giving the dealer a place bet can bet directly on the "Big" numbers in the corner of the layout.

Unfortunately, these bets should usually be avoided.

However, would you like to know how the pros handle the Big bets?

Let’s find out.

There are two good uses for the Big Six and Big Eight. The first involves those "match Play" coupons that are so common in casino fun books. Most of these coupons state they are for flat bets only, and are usually used for pass and don’t pass bets, with no odds.

If you put a match play coupon for $5 along with a $5 cash bet on the pass line, you take a chance on getting stuck with a four or ten, both difficult numbers to hit.

But if you put your $5 coupon along with a $5 chip on the Big Six or Big Eight, you are getting the best bet you can get, under the circumstances. If the six or eight hits, you’ll get back $10 in real money. Not as good as placing the numbers, but you can’t use a match play coupon with place numbers.

The other good use of the Big Six or Eight involves table limits. If you happen to hit a really hot table and have progressed your bets on the place six and eight up to the table limit, then the dealers will not let you increase your place bets.

However, they will always let you make additional flat bets on the Big numbers in addition to your place bets. So, instead of a $1,000 table limit, you now have a $2,000 limit on the six and eight. This becomes especially useful in tournament play.

In a tournament, the winning crapshooters are usually decided in the last few moments of a game. It is not uncommon to see someone place $480 on the place six and eight, as well as on the Big Six and Big Eight, hoping for a six or eight on the last few rolls of the dice.

If the six or eight does roll, they’ll receive $480 for the Big number bet, and $560 for the place bet — a total of $1,040 for one roll of the dice.

Now you know the secrets of how pros use the Big number bets.