Learn to Play Casino Craps: the Two, Three, Eleven, and Twelve Bets

by William Enslen Jr - Date: 2008-08-01 - Word Count: 556 Share This!

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The Two, Three, Eleven, and Twelve bets are individual one-roll bets on each individual number. Note that, if you make all four of these bets at the same time, it's called a Horn bet. The table layout has a box in the center of the table for each of the four numbers. You can bet on one of these numbers or any combination of them. For example, suppose the player next to you tosses a $5 chip to the center of the table and shouts, "Gimme snake eyes and boxcars, high on the boxcars." What bets, and for how much, does he want? Wow! I thought I'd trick you with that question, but you answered it correctly! You're right; he wants $2 on the 2 and $3 on the 12. If anything other than 2 or 12 shows on the next roll, both bets lose.

The 2 is often called "snake eyes." The 3 is called "ace deuce." The 12 is called "boxcars." The 11 is called "yo" or "yo-leven." When an 11 shows, the stickman typically calls "yo" (or occasionally "yo-leven") to differentiate it from a "seven." Since "eleven" sounds like "seven," the stickman calls "yo" to avoid confusion among the players.

The Hop bet is a one-roll bet on a specific dice combination, such as 6-2, 5-1, 3-4, 5-5, etc. For example, if you toss a $1 chip to the center of the table and politely say, "Hopping two-four, please," the next roll must show a 2-4 or 4-2 combination to win. If any other combination shows, you lose. Hop bets are rarely shown on the layout and few players make them because of the high house advantage or because they simply don't know they exist.

Most Hop bets have two ways to win, such as Hop 3-6, which wins if the resulting dice combination is 6-3 or 3-6. Others have only one way to win, such as 4-4. The payoff for Hop bets with two ways to win is 15:1. The payoff for Hop bets with only one way to win is 30:1.

The Hopping 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, and 5-5 are called "Hopping Hardways." The difference between a Hopping Hardway and a regular Hardway--other than the payoff--is that the Hopping Hardway is a one-roll bet and either wins or loses on the next roll; whereas, the regular Hardway is a standing bet that doesn't lose until either an Easyway or 7 shows.

Suppose you toss $1 to the center of the table and say, "Hop the twelve, please." What do you think the dealer does with your chip? You're right! The dealer puts your chip in the 12 box. The 12 is a one-roll bet that has its own box in the center of the table. If you find a layout that includes boxes for Hop bets, you won't see boxes for a Hop 2, Hop 3, Hop 11, and Hop 12 because those numbers already have their own separate boxes. Therefore, the 2, 3, 11, and 12 aren't called Hop bets. If you want a one-roll bet on the 2, 3, 11, or 12, simply toss your chip(s) to the center of the table and say, for example, "Give me snake eyes, please."

Now you know! Remember, learn how to play casino craps the right way.

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Bill Enslen is a reliability engineer who routinely works with statistics. Having played and analyzed casino craps for more than 25 years, he has compiled his winning secrets in a new Ebook, The Secret to Craps: The Right Way to Play. He doesn't offer false hope or prey on your blazing desire to beat the casino. Instead, he explains the reality of the game and how to optimize your fun without losing your shirt. Without fully understanding the game and the truth behind the numbers, you're vulnerable to believing bizarre claims that you can consistently beat the casino. The plain truth is that you can't and won't. Don't be a sucker. Be smart, play smart, and learn casino craps the smart way. For more information, and to read a sample chapter about the absurdity of dice control, visit his site at Learn to Play Casino Craps the Right Way.

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