Rules Craps Betting: Big 6 and Big 8 Bets
The Big 6 and Big 8 bets in craps are identical to the Place 6 and Place 8 bets except for their payoffs and locations on the
table layout. Most casinos don't offer the Big 6 and Big 8 bets because most people don't play them when they play craps
because they're considered bad bets. Actually, they're stupid sucker bets (in terms of the player). Why? We'll get to that in
If they're on the table layout, these bets are in the self-service area, just above the Pass Line at the corner where the Pass
Line bends. You can't miss them because they're labeled in big, red letters "Big 6" and "Big 8." Unlike the Place 6 or Place 8
where the dealer moves your chips into the 6 or 8 point box, you make these bets yourself by placing your chips directly into
the Big 6 or Big 8 box. That's why they're considered "self-service bets" (i.e., you make them and take them down yourself
without the dealer's help).
The Big 6 and Big 8 are even-money bets, or 1:1. In the game of casino craps, you can bet any amount as long as it's within
the table minimum and maximum.
Based on what we know from the other lessons about true odds and casino odds, are the Big 6 and Big 8 good bets?
You're right again! No, they're not good bets. In fact, they're stupid bets. If you make them, then you show everyone at
the table, including the dealers, that you don't have a clue what you're doing. Let's do the math.
Suppose you make a $6 bet on the Big 6. Like a Place bet, you hope a 6 shows before a 7. We know there are more ways
to make a 7 and lose than ways to make a 6 and win, so we expect compensation (i.e., odds) for taking that added risk. If
we expect odds for a bet on the 6 against the 7, why would we ever accept even money when we don't have to? We
shouldn't. Suppose your $6 Big 6 bet wins. You win $6 because it's an even-money bet. However, if you Place the 6 for $6
and win, you win $7 (7:6 odds). It's clear, for a $6 bet on the 6, it's better to win $7 with a Place bet than only $6 with a
Big 6 bet. The Place bet on the 6 is the exact same thing as the Big 6, except that the Place bet pays off better. As noted, a
$6 Place bet pays $7; whereas, a $6 Big 6 pays only $6.
For another example, suppose you make an $18 Big 6 bet and win. In this case, you win $18 (which is even money).
However, if you Place the 6 for $18, you win $21 (the casino odds are 7:6). Obviously, as the amount of your Big 6 or Big 8
bet gets bigger, the winning amount you give up by making Big 6 or Big 8 bets instead of Place bets also gets bigger.
Therefore, the Big 6 and Big 8 are stupid sucker bets and you should avoid them. Instead of those terribly stupid bets, your
craps strategy should be to make Place bets on the 6 or 8 to get the 7:6 odds instead of getting only even-money that you
get with the Big 6 and Big 8.