A secret totrue odds

September 18, 2007 2:20 AM
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Is there a secret to remembering true odds? Let’s find out.

When you play craps, you probably know the payoffs for most numbers on place bets. For example, the odds on the six and eight are 7/6 (bet $6 to get $7), the odds on the five and nine are 7/5 (bet $5 to get $7) and the odds on the four and 10 are 9/5 (bet $5 to get $9).

But when you want to add odds to your pass or come bets, the payoff is different. This is because they are true odds, which means that the casino has no advantage on these odds bets.

If you want to know the secret that craps pros use to remember the true odds, keep reading.

The true odds for the numbers six and eight are the same, 6/5. The odds for both the five and nine are 3/2 and the odds for the four and 10 are 2/1.

If you just subtract one from the smaller of these numbers and relate it to six (the number of times a seven rolls) you get the true odds.

For instance, to get the true odds for the four or 10, just subtract one from four (four is smaller than 10) to get three. So the true odds for the four and ten are 6/3 or 2/1.

To get the true odds for the six or eight, subtract one from six (six is smaller than eight) to get five. So the true odds for the six or eight are 6/5.

To get the true odds for the five or nine, subtract one from five (five is smaller than nine) to get four, so the odds of the five or nine are 6/4 or 3/2. The true odds are 6/5. If you have a flat bet of $10, you would be able to take $20 in odds (on a 2x table), however, this would mean a $24 odds payout, which is awkward for most casinos.

To even things up, most casinos let you place $25 in odds behind the six or eight (which really gives you 2.5x odds instead of 2x), giving you $10 for the flat, $30 for the odds or a $40 total.