Craps Live Bet Types Explained

The recent launch of live casino Craps has shown huge demand for this game. It was not an easy title to translate to a live dealer setting, and took a lot of Evolution’s effort. The results are impossible to deny, however. Thanks to the innovative additions the team added to this release, the magic of playing Craps is now available online. However, the huge list of bets can be quite intimidating to newcomers.

Pass and Come bets

Pass bets are among the first wagers you are allowed to place. There are two ways to win a Pass bet. First is to roll a seven or eleven. The second is to roll any number except for two, three or twelve. These numbers are established as points. In order to win a Pass bet, you need to roll the point number again before seven appears. If a seven lands before the point number, you lose the Pass bet.

Come bets work using the exact same rules. What the interactive tutorial will not tell you is that they can only be played after a point is established. Trying to place a wager on that position earlier will tell you to wait for a point roll. Similarly, once a point is established, you cannot place any Pass bets.

These two wagers are the only two bets that come with their own negative fields. Don’t Pass and Don’t Come wagers are rather self-explanatory. They grant an instant win if the first rolled numbers are two or three. If a twelve is rolled, it results in a push. If a point number is selected, these two bets will grant a payout if the number seven is rolled before the point number is.

Several wagers in Evolution’s Live Craps game can be considered one roll bets. Many of these will be the only available wagers you can play if you launch Easy Mode. They come in many different flavours, but they all share a similar trait. If you do not roll the required numbers on your first try, you have lost that stake.

Among the simplest are the six one roll bets located underneath the hardways. There are several here, and we will list them in quick succession.

  • Seven – roll a seven to win.
  • Craps – roll a two, three, or twelve to win.
  • Crap 2 – roll a two to win.
  • Crap 3 – roll a three to win.
  • Eleven – roll an eleven to win.
  • Crap Twelve – roll a twelve to win.
  • CE – roll two, three, eleven or twelve to win.

Another option you can go for is the field bet. It grants a cash prize if you draw any number except for five, six, seven or eight. Finally, it is possible to click one roll and play all wagers in this category simultaneously.

Hardways

Unlike other wagers, Hardways check how you reached the required number. There are four Hardways bets you can play here; hard 4, hard 6, hard 8 and hard 10. To win these wagers, players need to roll a pair of dice resulting in that number before a seven. Using hard 10 as an example, you will only win the cash prize if you roll two fives. Rolling a seven or something like 6-4 will result in a loss.

Number Bets

Another simple bet are win and lose wagers for numbers four, five, six, eight, nine and ten. This wager is special, as it does not require the point number to be drawn before selecting your number. In order to win the bet, your chosen number must be drawn before a seven. You can also stake for that number to lose, in which case you are hoping a seven appears before that number. These bets appear in Easy Mode, but only the win number variants.…

When to Double Down in Live Blackjack?

Part of what makes blackjack fun for some players is the certainty with which you can play it. Unlike so many other casino games, there is always a right move to make when playing live blackjack. It may not always lead to a winning combination, but playing correctly does lower the house edge. To do so, you just need to follow the basic blackjack strategy.

How Does Doubling Down Work?

Choosing to double down means that you place another bet, of the same value as your initial wager. Players then draw one more card, and no more. There is no hitting after you double. This creates an added element of risk and skill. If you play your doubles right, you can boost a standard win and make it worth twice as much! Getting it wrong means losing twice as much, however.

The exact details of doubling down tend to vary between live casino tables. Some operators allow you to double down whenever. Others only allow you to double down if you have a 9, 10 or 11, or hard 10 and 11 hands. Similarly, some blackjack games allow you to double down when splitting, but most do not.

When to Double Down?

If your cards have a hard eleven score, you are usually safe to double down. This places you in a strong position, as it is impossible to bust with whatever card you draw. Even if you do not draw to 21, the available cards you can draw make it a worthwhile endeavour. This is the only double move that does not peek at the dealer’s cards to determine if you need to play it or not.

Hard nines and tens are also good hands to double down on, but they are best played against low numbers. For example, if the dealer is showing a seven, you probably do not want to double your hard nine. However, if a dealer has any number between two and six, doubling down on that number is a much safer bet.

One double down you can do with a soft hand are soft sixteens, seventeens and eighteens. Because the ace is your first card, even if your next drawn card is a big number, you will end up with a decent score. Even then, this double should only be played if the dealer’s first card is between two to six.

Another interesting double you can do is with an Ace, and any card between two and seven. If your number card and the dealer’s up card’s sum up to nine or more, you should double down. Looking at the math, you should not play this double if the dealer’s up card is an Ace, or if it is worth seven or above.

What About Splitting?

If you are allowed to double after splitting, we need to consider this option, as well. For the most part, we can rely on the advice from the basic blackjack strategy on when to split. That said, there are some exception to this. If you plan on doubling after splitting, you should not split a pair of fives. Having them form a hard ten is much better in terms of scoring a winning combination.…