What is ‘Big 8’?
The term Big 8 is commonly used in conjunction with craps games. Its use refers to a person having made a bet that an eight will be rolled before a seven is. The phrase can also be written and referred to as big eight.
‘Big 8’ Explained
When declared, the phrase big 8 means that someone has bet on an eight being rolled before a seven in a game of craps.
If, indeed, an eight is rolled before a seven and the player’s bet has been successful, even money is paid. This bet also holds a house edge of approximately 9.1%.
But big 8 is not the only verbal declaration associated with a craps bet. Similarly, for example, the term big 6 refers to a bet being made on a total of six being rolled before a total of seven comes up (which is also an even money bet). Also, the expression big red – although it does not follow the standard ‘big (number)’ format – is a bet on a sum of seven being rolled. Betters call this bet big red because speaking the word “seven” at a craps table is thought to be bad luck.
There are a number of other terms related to the rolling of the number eight in games of craps. For instance, the term hard way refers to a bet made on a four, a six, an eight, a ten, or a twelve being rolled. It wins only when the rolled dice show the same number and add up to one of these five numbers – such as a hard way bet made on a sum of ten being made by two fives being rolled.