Numbers 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
9, 10, 11 and
bring with them both
good and bad bets, and also good and bad qualities in this Learn
known as “Ada
is one of the two
best for right bettors at craps. Right bettors, as we know, are rooting
shooter and against the 7 on the point cycle of the game.
8 can be made
five ways with two dice: 6:2, 2:6, 5:3, 3:5 and 4:4. Only the 7 can be
more ways, six ways to be precise.
The odds of the 7 being
made before the 8
are six to five.
The Placing of the 8 comes with a manageable 1.52 percent
house edge. It must be Placed in multiples of $6. A winning wager pays
$7 for $6. So far so good. However, many craps aficionados love to bet
craps numbers, Hard
8, that is, an 8 made 4:4. You are wagering that the 8 made with
combinations, and also that the 7, will not show before that 4:4 is
true odds of the bet are ten to one; the casino pays nine to one. The
edge is a whopping nine percent!
Eight is considered for the rich and powerful; those who
hunger, not for righteousness, but for the right investments.
Eight is also the first cube number and, as such, is
considered the Guardian
is a perfect fit for craps. You play craps to make money; but the
the part of craps players is never to be satisfied with their small or
wins – they want to go for the gusto and wind up disappointed. Typical
Eight has some positive connotations, however. It is
considered “a new beginning.” That means, I take it, that if you lose
craps game, you can always come back tomorrow.
or “Nina from Pasadena”
is the Center Field
can be made four
ways: 6:3, 3:6, 5:4, and 4:5. It is a six to four (or three to two)
against the 7. Placing the 9 comes with a heavy four percent house
although that can be reduced if the casino where you play allows the
the 9 for $36 or $38 for a $1 commission. Then the edge is cut to about
percent, still a little steep.
If you can’t buy the craps numbers of 9 for
the above prices,
then Placing it must be done in units of $5. A winning Place bet on the
$7 to $5.
Nine is often Placed in conjunction with the 5 and,
when coupled with
the 6 and 8, is one of the “inside”; when coupled with the 4 or 10 is
considered one of the “outside.” Thus, it’s Janus-faced.
In numerology, people who are characterized by the
9 are considered to be
possessed of a great
gift for religious and social service. As such, 9 is
considered the most complete.
can be made three ways: 6:4, 4:6, and 5:5.
one of the
two outside point
numbers. It is a two to one underdog to the 7. Placing of the 10 is big
because the house edge on such a Place bet is 6.67 percent. Ten is
units of $5 and a winning bet pays $9.
However, if you buy the 10, you can reduce the house edge
substantially, especially in games where the casino takes the
winning bets only. Then a buy of the 10 for $25, comes in with a house
only about 1.3 percent. Not bad.
As with any even number, reckless craps players like to
bet Hard 10. This is even worse than betting the Hard 6 or
house edge is 11 percent on the Hard 10 and only (only?) nine percent
on the Hard
6 and 8.
properties for numerologists as it can be made by adding up the first
numbers 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10.
This is important because we
have ten digits on our
hands. And why is having ten digits such a big deal?
Because it represents the basics of all constructs: 1 = a
point; 2 = a line; 3 = a triangle; and 4 = a pyramid. And a pyramid is
pharaohs and cats get buried when they’ve exhausted their one or nine
Hey, one and nine = 10!
No good can come of betting those craps numbers 2s and 3s, with their
13.89 percent and 11.11 percent respectively. Right? Of course!
no good can come from betting craps numbers 11 or 12
either. In craps, the best winning bets are generally centrist, middle
road, and not at the fringes.
known to everyone and all as the
“yo-eleven,” is my
favorite of the
because it comes from
the department of redundancy and repetition department.
house edge on the yo-eleven is, holy cow! 11.11
The yo-eleven, which literally means 11/11 comes in with
11.11 percent house edge..
Well, I can clear up one mystery. The reason the dealers
refer to the 11 as “yo-eleven” is to distinguish it from the 7 on the
roll. Seven and eleven sound very similar, especially in the heat of a
battle, so by inserting the “yo” before “eleven,” no one can be
has just been
rolled by the
shooter on his come-out. There can’t be any: “Was that a seven you just
or an eleven?” Once yo, sorry, I mean once you
hear that “yo” you know it’s an 11.
A bet on the 11, whether alone or in conjunction with others
such as the bet “craps-eleven” or C and E, is a waste of money.
can see 120 rolls an hour. Betting just a single dollar on the 11 on
rolls will give you an expected loss of $13.33 per hour. Not good.
There are only two ways to make the 11 (oh, my, the 11,
which is 1 and 1 will equal 2 ways in craps – more mysterious stuff,
of 36 possible combinations of the dice. It can be made 6:5 or 5:6.
up bet on the 11 will pay off at $30 for $1. The true odds are 35 to
It’s a winner on the come-out roll for the Pass Line bettor
and a loser for the Don’t Pass bettor. Except on the come-out roll, the
However, one cannot ignore its numerological qualities.
stands for loyalty, steadfastness
and a desire to preach to your fellow man. One such revelation which I
Don’t bet on the 11 because it has a high house edge.
in craps numbers along with the 2.
only be made one way: 6:6.
affectionately known as “boxcars”.
On the come-out roll, it loses for the Pass Line bettor but
pushes for the Don’t Pass bettor.
If the casino allowed the
12 to win for the
Don’t Pass bettor, instead of pushing, the house would lose its edge on
Darkside of the game, and nobody wants that to happen, except, perhaps,
The 12 is also one of the two field numbers that
pays 2 to 1; the
other being the 2.
straight up is even dumber than betting the yo-eleven since it has a
that is 13.89 percent.
Bet this boxcar for 120 rolls and
you’ll find that even
at a dollar a pop, you can expect to lose $16.67 per hour! That’s
In numerology, the
represents the entire cycle of life, as a year has 12 months and a day
hours of light and 12 hours of darkness (more or less). The Romans and
ancients looked upon 12 as sacred. There were 12 Olympian gods, 12
the Roman law, and 12 signs of the Zodiac.
Craps numbers, looking at the world and counting the
ways, somehow it all ties in. Perhaps the fact that craps is a very
game -- a group of (mostly) men hunkered over a large altar-like
trying to divine the will of the deities through the dice -- makes it
possible game for gaining insights into reality.
Numbers is followed by the Math of the game
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