Betting the World in Craps

People love to bet the Horn and the Horn Highs during the Comeout Roll. It’s a one-roll bet and the payoffs can be pretty good but, like most other bets, it falls prey to a roll of the 7. This is where the World, aka Whirl, comes into play. The World is a combination of a Horn and an Any 7.

* All payments are in terms of a nickel on the World

  • The World is a one roll bet

Overhead view of the world area. There are no bets on the layout and the section is outlined with a drop shadow.

What Is a $5 World in Craps?

A $5 World is a $1 on each the Aces, Ace Deuce, Yo, Twelve, and the Any 7. The minimum is five-dollars because you must put at least $1 on those five bets so the World needs to be bet in increments of five. You can also consider a $5 World to be a $4 Horn with $1 on the Any 7.

Split image. Top has $5 on the world. Bottom has $1 each on aces, ace deuce, yo, and twelve. Sign says $1 on each.

Where Is Your World on the Craps Table?

I would say that the majority of Craps tables don’t have a picture of the World on them. The World is more of a bet that dealer and players know by heart. Example 2 shows one of the other ways I've seen a world set up on a table without the globe image.

Example 1
Blown up world image over the entire table and rail. Sections marked off 1-8 to show spots of players.
Example 2
Blown up world horizontal section over the entire table and rail. Sections marked off 1-8 to show spots of players.

What Does the World Pay on the Craps Table?

Like all other Mulit-Bets, the World pays differently depending on what rolls. There are three options: the 7 rolls, the high side rolls (2, 12), or the low side rolls (3, 11).

Seven Rolls

When the 7 rolls the World is a push; it does not win or lose. It’s a push because the dollar bet on the Any Seven wins four dollars, and that four dollars pays for the rest of the losing bets in the World: the Aces, Ace Deuce, Yo and Twelve.

$1 bet on each aces, ace deuce, yo, and twelve. Bubble in corner with green dice showing 1-6. Sign says 4 - 4 = $0 push

Low Side (3,11) Rolls

The Low Side is considered the Ace Deuce or the Yo. When they hit for a dollar they pay $15 minus $4 (the rest of the other four losing bets) for a payment of $11.

Ace Deuce Rolls
$1 bet on each aces, ace deuce, yo, and twelve. Bubble in corner with green dice showing 1-2. Sign says 15 - 4 = $11 payment.
Yo Rolls
$1 bet on each aces, ace deuce, yo, and twelve. Bubble in corner with green dice showing 5-6. Sign says 15 - 4 = $11 payment.

High Side (2,12) Rolls

The two High Side numbers are the Aces and Twelve. When either of these numbers roll they pay $30 minus $4 (the rest of the other four losing bets) for a payment of $26.

Aces Roll
$1 bet on each aces, ace deuce, yo, and twelve. Bubble in corner with green dice showing 1-1. Sign says 30 - 4 = $26 payment
Twelve Rolls
$1 bet on each aces, ace deuce, yo, and twelve. Bubble in corner with green dice showing 6-6. Sign says 30 - 4 = $26 payment

How Do You Bet the World for the Dealers?

Ideally, multiples of $5 would be best for the dealers. Anything less would be an improper bet than requires some odd math for the dealers and usually ends up getting rounded down.

Split image. $1 in the middle of horizontal world section on left. $1 in the middle of image world section on right.
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Before you ever make a bet on the table you should know the basics to playing the game.

The Pass Line and its Odds are the first bets you should learn on the Craps table

The most common bets after the Pass Line. These are fun to play with a lot of betting possibilities.

They work like the Pass Line and offer Odds that don't have an advantage for the casino. 

Also called the Dark Side, these players are saying the shooter won't be making points.