A hop bet is a little understood one roll, verbal bet you can make on any combination of numbers. For example, if you have an intuitive notion that the combination 4 and 1 will appear on the very next roll of the dice, you can place a bet for “4 & 1 hopping.” If the 4 and 1 do appear, you win. If 3 and 2, or any other combinations come up, you lose.
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 by 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 hardways, 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 by two 38s!