The Buy Bet
You may find some people who look like they know what they're talking
about around the craps table 'buying' instead of 'placing' numbers.
What's the difference, why do we care? A buy bet decreases the house
edge and enables you to win more. The numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10
can all be bought, but usually the 4 or 10 is picked because its
pays off better. The buy bet is similar to the place bet in that
the number you buy must come up before a 7 does. The odds are higher
for a buy bet. 2:1 on a 4 or 10 buy, 3:2 for a 5 or 9, or 6:5 for
a 6 or 8. The catch is, you have to pay a 5% commission on any bets
you buy (often called a 'vig'). Depending on how much you bet, buying
a bet can make you more money in the end even after accounting for
the 'vig'. The odds are only in your favor on a buy bet for a 4
or 10, so stick with the place bet on any others.
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