Do Bad Beats exist in Craps?

The short answer is "YES", Bad Beats do exist in Craps. But here's the longer explanation as to why.

As with any other casino game, you win some and you lose some. This cannot be helped, because the casino software is made in such a way that the casino will win sometimes due to their house edge.

The best strategy for winning more hands than you lose in Craps is to know which bets to place. Some bets reduce the house edge to a minimum giving you the opportunity to improve your odds. Some Craps bets are exactly that - CRAP! - and you should avoid them at all costs, if you want your money to stretch.

You will surely get a bad beat if you place any of the following bets:

  • Any 7. This is a proposition bet involving the number 7 only. They payout is 5:1 but the house edge is a whopping 16.7%!
  • Craps 2 or Craps 12. This is another type of proposition bet in Craps. It is a single roll wager. The payout is 8:1, but they carry a house edge of 13.9%.
  • Horn. This is a bet that either a 2, 3, 11, or 12 will be rolled. The payout is 30:1 on the numbers 2 and 12 and 15:1 on the number 3. The house edge is roughly 12.5% on these bets.
  • Big 6 or Big 8. These carry a house edge of 9.1%. They are considered one of the worst bets in Craps because any odds on the Pass Line are lost when you make this bet. You must roll a 6 or 8, before a 7 is rolled in order to win this bet. Your payoff is even money on the Big 6 and Big 8 bets.
  • Field. This is a single roll bet, just like the Craps 2/12 bets. You must roll a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 in order to win. There are 16 possible winning combinations and the house edge is 5.6%. You have less than a 50% chance of winning this bet.

You can turn your bad beats into wins if you bet on the Pass, Don't Pass, Come, and Don't Come. You can improve these win amounts by placing an Odds Bet. This type of wager reduces the house edge by 0.6%. Don't pave the way for Bad Beats. Set your mark high and win your Craps game.