Lay a Bet in Craps

The reverse of a buy or place bet, a lay bet in craps is a betting on the shooter rolling a seven before the laid number.

The reverse of a buy or place bet, a lay bet in craps is a betting on the shooter rolling a seven before the laid number. Lay bets in craps offer actual odds but include a 5% fee.

For craps lay bets, the fee may be waived at several casinos. Similar to the purchase bet in craps, the fee is tailored to the betting unit such that cents and pennies are not paid out.

If you wager $40 on 4, and the shooter rolls a 7, you will earn $19 after the house commission of 5% is deducted. The return on your $40 is $20 (1 + 2). The “vig” is 5% of the sum, or $1 if the bet was $20. If you win $19, you will receive $59 (your initial bet plus your winnings).

Like the Come bet described above, the shooter who makes point before the bet’s outcome is determined may win the round on most multi-roll bets. A player’s wager is deemed “not working” until the next point is established, much as it is with the Come bet in craps, unless the player specifically labels it “working.” Casino and gambling house laws differ on this; some of these bets may not be callable, while others might be deemed “working” during the come-out. If the number put, lay or bought becomes the new point as the consequence of a come-out, the bet can either be, or can be changed to another number for free.

The “lay” section of the craps table is where players put bets on the “lay” numbers (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10).

Lay bets in craps need a seven to be rolled before the chosen number; if a seven is not thrown, the bet stands. Craps lay bets, like buy bets, pay actual odds, but the payoff is the other way around. That’s why on 10 and 4, players get 1-2, on 5 and 9, they get 2-3, and on 6 and 8, they get 4-5.

True odds can be found in lay wagers. However, don’t overlook the home vig. A place bet in craps is a wager on whether or not a given number is rolled before a seven.

The player wins if they roll their selected number, and loses if they roll a seven. Only the selected decimal and the number seven are significant. Place bets in a game of craps have odds of 9:5 on the 4 and 10 and 7:5 on the 5 and 9, and 7:6 on the 6 and 8.


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