The Hardway Bet
Named that way because it's a hard way to win, just kidding, but
the hardway bet has some pretty horrible odds, so I recommend you
stick with pass line bets with odds for the most part. Actually
the 'hard' bit derives from the doubles involved. To roll a 'hard
eight' means to roll it with double 4's, to roll a 'hard 6' means
to roll it with double 3's. So in craps the only hardway bets that
exist are a hard 4, 6, 8, and 10. When you make a hardway bet your
betting that the hard version of what your betting on will come
up before the soft version, or a seven. The soft version is the
opposite of the hard version. Two threes is a hard six, but a 4
and a 2 is a soft six.
Odds are not completely consistent from casino to casino on the
hardway bets but generally they go like so: a hard 4 pays 7 or 8
to 1, a hard 6 pays 9 or 10 to 1, a hard 8 pays 9 or 10 to 1, and
a hard 10 pays 7 or 8 to 1.
Hardway bets are usually placed to add a little spice to the game,
not in any effort to win more money. This is emphasized by the fact
that the house edge is something atrocious on these bets. For a
4 or 10 the hard way, there is an 11.1% house edge, for a 6 or 8,
it's around 9%.
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