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6 at craps. Some of them are good and some not so good.

In fact, some are known as a “suckers bet.”

bet. You should wait until after the shooter establishes a

point number than place $6 in chips (or any multiple of $6)

on the layout, get the dealer’s attention, and tell him you

want to “place the 6.” He will pick up your chips and place

them on the number 6 at the top of the layout.

You win your place bet if the shooter throws a 6 again

before throwing a 7. If instead the latter happens, your

place bet on the 6 will lose. Just remember that you want

the shooter to throw the 6, and pray he doesn’t throw the 7

first.

The odds of winning the bet is 6 to 5. That means you

have 6 ways to lose (the six different dice combinations

that make up a 7) for every 5 ways to win (there are five

different dice combinations that total 6). The casino payoff

on a winning place bet on the 6 is 7 to 6. That means you

win $7 for every $6 wagered. A 7 to 6 payoff on a bet with

6 to 5 odds results in a casino edge of 1.52%.

This bet is clearly marked on the layout in the bottom left

and right corners of the layout. Unlike the place bet where

the dealer positions your chips on the 6, if you want to

wager on the Big 6 you simply place your chips on the

area of the layout marked Big 6 (and 8).

A bet on the Big 6 wins and loses the same as the place

bet on the 6. If a 6 is rolled again before the 7 you win and

if the opposite occurs you lose. The difference is that the

payoff odds for the Big 6 are only 1 to 1. This is less than

the 7 to 6 payoff odds for the similar Place bet on the 6. In

fact, the casino’s edge on the Big 6 is 9.1%, which

classifies it as a sucker bet, especially when you can make

the similar Place bet with an 83% lower casino edge.

This bet wins if a 6 is rolled only in the dice combination 3-

3. It will lose if a 7 is rolled or if a 6 is rolled again in any

other dice combination (i.e. 1-5 or 2-4). The bet pays off at

9 to 1, which means you win $9 for every $1 wagered. The

high payoff odds are what attract players to make the bet.

However, if you do the math you’ll find that the Hardway 6

has a casino edge of 9.1%. This puts this bet in the

category of a sucker bet because the high casino edge will

slowly and surly grind down a player’s bankroll.

make a Buy bet on the 6 and get a 6 to 5 (or true odds)

payoff. The latter results in a casino’s edge of zero. In

order to make money on the Buy bet, the casinos charge a

5% commission at the time you make the bet. The 5% is

based on the amount of money you bet. If you make a $20

Buy bet on the 6 the casino will charge you $1 in

commission. However, since casinos don’t usually deal

with chips lower than $1 denomination at craps, you would

get charged the same $1 commission if you bet less than

$20. Therefore you should never bet less than $20 when

you make a Buy bet on the 6 unless you know for sure that

they’ll charge less than $1 for making the bet.

The 5% commission on a $20 buy bet on the 6 results in a

casino’s edge of 4.7%. Most casinos will allow you to bet

more than $20 and less than $40 and still charge only a $1

commission. Betting say $39 and being charged only $1

results in a casino edge of 2.5%.

The bottom line is that the best way to bet your lucky

number 6 is to make a Place bet on the 6 for $6 because

the casino’s edge is the lowest.

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