The Big Six and Big Eight
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Six at a Craps Table

If you’ve ever played craps, you’ve probably noticed the Big Six and Big Eight, which can be found at both ends of the table.

Experienced players have learned to be cautious when it comes to these bets because if you don’t use them correctly, you put your bankroll at risk. However, the bet appears appealing at first glance because, in addition to 7, the other two frequently rolled numbers are 6 and 8.

Essentially, the player wagers that a 6 or an 8 will be rolled before a 7. Similarly to the pass line bet, the player must place the desired number of chips in the designated area on the table and hope that their numbers are rolled.

The big 6 is a bet that the number 6 will be rolled before the number 7.

The dice are rolled an unlimited number of times until the player wins or loses. If the number 7 comes out before the number 6, you lose. The big eight bets are handled in the same way. Players wager that the number eight will be rolled before the number seven. If any other number is rolled, the dice are re-rolled. If an 8 is rolled before a 7, you win, but if the opposite occurs, you lose your wager.

However, it is important to note that the payouts for the place bet and the Big Six and Eight are significantly different. A place bet on the 6 and 8 pays out 7:6, while the big 6 and 8 pays out 1:1.

In other words, a payout of 1:1 means that you lose 6 bets for every 5 wins. The same is true for place bets, but the 7:6 payout allows you to keep more of your chips because you lose one for every 66 chips wagered. When you bet on the Big Six and Eight, you lose one chip for every eleven bet.

Craps big six wager

When you bet on 6 and 8, the house edge is only 1.5 percent, but it rises to a solid 9 percent when you bet on the Big Six and Eight. Despite being in different areas of the layout, the two bets are nearly identical.

Craps players who lack experience appear to be drawn to the big 6 and 8 bets due to the relatively high probability of rolling these numbers. However, it appears impractical to choose the Big Six and Eight bet, which gives the house a 9 percent advantage, over making the same bet as a place bet, which increases your chances of turning a profit.

The dealer controls the place bet and places it in the designated area, which effectively eliminates any disputes about who gets paid. In most cases, players are unaware of the distinction between these bets.

Many players are unsure whether these bets work on the come out roll.

There is no definitive answer to that question. The Big Six and Eight are always working, but that isn’t always true for places 6 and 8. It is dependent on the casino you have chosen, as some do not provide such a wager. Casinos in Atlantic City, for example, do not offer the Big Six and Eight bets and instead only place bets.

Madonna Thomas is the Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Techno Gaming World. Prior to that, She was responsible for leading its digital marketing team and Content Operations.