THE NEW CRAPS JACKPOTS
These new exotic or jackpot bets -- also called bonus or feature bets -- brought new life and interest back to the
craps pit because it gave craps a jackpot that until now had been available only for machine games such as slots or video
poker. Now, craps had a bet that could return a big profit for a small amount of money, just like a bet of $1.25 in video
poker could return $1,000 for a royal flush.
Until the jackpots for the Fire Bet and the
ALL bet came around, the biggest payoff on a craps game was 30-to-1 for the one-roll bet of a 2 or 12 being thrown. The appearance
of payoffs like the 175-to-1 for the ALL and the 1,000-to-1 payoff for the Fire Bet also brought in the new blood of jackpot-seekers
without a lot of money. It is because of those players without a lot of money that there had to be a new strategy for playing
craps. The new strategy is really simple: you want to be at the table when the big, hot rolls come so that there are payoffs
on the Fire Bet or the ALL. So what do you do?
Until the addition of the jackpot bets the only
way to win big money at craps was to bet big money, and this was because the payoffs for most bets on the table were limited.
For example, the passline bet paid "even money" so a $5 bet paid $5. A bet on the "place 6" paid $7 for
every $6 bet. Betting that a hard-6 would be rolled (3 and 3 showing on the dice) before any 7 or any other combination of
6 (4-2 or 5-1) were rolled paid $10 for $1 bet. The new jackpot bets changed that.
BE THERE FOR THE BIG ROLLS
Perhaps the best strategy for winning a lot of money without
having much money at the craps table is to make only these jackpot bets. Some casinos will allow a bet only on the Fire Bet
and only on the ALL bet. But some casinos will require another bet on the table and that would include the Pass or the Don't
Pass bets which have the lowest house edge or advantage.
But if a casino does require a second
bet in order to allow a player to make the Fire Bet or the ALL bet, there is no requirement that the second bet must continue
to be made. This means, for example, that you could start with a $5 pass line bet and a $5 Fire Bet and should the shooter
make his first pass you don't have to make another pass line bet and your $5 Fire Bet will continue to "work" or
Consider this strategy for the Fire Bet: You make a $5 passline bet and a $5 Fire Bet
for a total outlay of $10. The shooter's first throw of the dice is a winner 7. You are paid $5 for your passline bet and
the $5 Fire Bet stays active. At this point you can take the $5 win on the passline and put it in your pocket, and remove
your $5 passline bet also and put that in your pocket. The result is that you have your $10 back and the $5 Fire Bet is still
working and could get you as much as $5,000 if a hot roll follows.
Consider this strategy for
the ALL bet: You make a $5 passline bet and a $1 bet on the ALL. You also make a $1 bet on the SMALL and a $1 bet on the TALL.
Your total outlay is $80. The shooter throws the dice and rolls an 11 -- a winner called the "Yo" which is also
a "natural" or a come-out winner for the passline. You are paid $5 for the "winner 11" on the passline
and you are one roll closer to winning the ALL and the TALL bets. You put the $5 passline winning bet in your pocket and you
take down the passline bet of $5 and put that in your pocket. You now have $10 in your pocket and an initial outlay of $8
and you could still win $35 on the SMALL, $35 on the TALL and $175 on the ALL.