Proposition Bet Basics

What is a Proposition bet? Some would say it’s a one-roll bet or any of the bets in the center of the table. For the most part, a Prop bet is a one-roll bet although there are some prop bets that last more than one roll so “a one-roll bet” isn’t quite the definition. Regardless, Craps has a lot of Prop bets and it’s for a reason. They pretty much suck the money out of you and most of them only last for one roll with the exception of Hardways and the Fire Bet. But they are certainly fun to use and when they start hitting you can definitely make a lot of money.

Overhead view of the proposition bets area. There are no bets on the layout. The entire section is outlined with a drop shadow.

One Roll Bets

A One Roll bet is a bet that must win the very next roll or it loses. They are like shots in the dark because you are trying to predict how the dice will land on the very next roll. You’re allowed to bet less than the table minimum on most one-roll bets because the odds of them winning are slim and over time the expected loss for a player is much higher than they will ever win. If you happen to be getting lucky, one-roll bets can make you a fortune.

How to Bet Proposition Bets

Almost all Proposition bets are in the middle of the table so you give the money to the Stickperson and they will set up the bet. Tell the Stickperson how much you are betting and which bet you want then throw the money into the middle of the table. You should really make eye contact with the Stickperson so they know it is you making the bet. Even if they hear your bet and see the money come in, they can’t be 100% sure it came from you. Your bets should also be repeated to you by at least one of the dealers. If the dice are out and the Stickpersons back is turned to you then you must tell the Base Dealer. If your bet is not repeated to you then it isn’t a bet.

View from next to second base. A bet from there thrown into the prop bet area. A curved line is following the bet.

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