The Hardways

There are four Points that are even: the 4, 6, 8, and 10. When one of those roll as a pair it is considered to have rolled “hard”. When they don’t land as a pair, it is considered “easy”. A Hardway is betting that the dice will land “hard” before they land “easy” or before a 7 is rolled.

  • The Hardways are not one roll bets

  • Hardways are not contract bets

  • Hardways are off during the Comeout Roll

Overhead view of the hardways area. There are no bets on the layout and the section is outlined with drop shadows.


Odds for the Pass Line are put directly behind the Pass Line bet. You should leave a couple inches between the two bets but at the very least you need to leave enough room for one die to land between each bet.

$1 on spot 11 on all four hardways and a $1 on the any seven. There is an ON lammer on one of the hardway bets.

Placement of Hardways

Hardways are very popular bets and there will be many times where almost everyone on the table is betting them. When that happens the potential for mistakes increase. A dealer may put your bet in the wrong spot or may press the wrong Hardway. The only way to know for sure if a dealer may be making a mistake with your money is to know where your bets are. Watch where the dealer places your bets and make sure it’s consistent among all your Hardways.

Blown up hardway section over the entire table and rail. Sections marked off 1-16 to show spots of players.

What do the Hardways Pay

The Hard 6 and 8 pay more than the 4 and 10 because there are more ways for them to lose. There are 10 ways for the 6 or 8 to lose (any 7 or any “easy” way) and 8 ways for the 4 or 10 to lose (any 7 or “easy” way).

Pays 9:1 on the 6 and 8

The Hard 6 and 8 each pay 9:1 or $9 for every $1 you bet.

$3 bet on spot 10 of the hard six. Sign that says $3 x $9 = $27 payment.

Pays 7:1 on the 4 and 10

The Hard 4 and 10 each pay 7:1 or $7 for every $1 you bet.

$5 bet on spot 10 of the hard ten. Sign that says $30 x $7 = $270 payment.

Betting the Hardways for the Dealers

Dealers love Hardways as much as players do. The odds aren’t horrible to hit one and they pay off well enough when they come.

$1 bet in the middle of the hard six.

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