The Field Bet
The field bet is also among the smarter bets in craps, but not
the great odds you get with odds on the pass line. The field holds
approx a 5.5% house edge. As you'll notice in our graphic, the field
is an area on the craps table just beyond the don't pass bar. The
other handy bit about a field bet is that it can be played on any
roll, so it's a very non-threatening move.
The great aspect to the field bet is the simplicity. It's a one-time
bet which states simply: if the shooter throws a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10,
11, or 12 (any of the numbers in the field area) then you win. If
a 5, 6, 7, or 8 are thrown then you lose. There is no trick to placing
your chips on one of the numbers in the field, its just anywhere
you want and any of those number can be hit. If your betting on
the field, most casinos also give you a bonus if a 2 or a 12 is
thrown (notice the circles on those numbers). Many casinos pay 2x
your bet when a 2 or "snake eyes" is thrown and some even
pay 3x your bet if a 12 (commonly called a 'midnight') is thrown.
So look at that, even if you're just a beginner you already know
exactly how to make a pass bet, a pass bet with odds, and a field
bet. Most of the wagering at a craps table revolves around just
these betting techniques.
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