What is ‘Centre Field’?
'Centre field' (or 'center field' in US English) is a roll and a wager
found in the dice game of craps
. It relates to a roll of 9 which is made in a game where this number is one of the field bets. In some casinos, a centre field wager is paid out only on the shooter
achieving nine through a five and a four specifically (as opposed to a 3-6 score). This 4-5 roll is also known as the '.45 Colt' or the 'Jesse James'.
‘Centre Field’ Explained
In craps, players are betting on the outcome of a dice
roll, or a series of dice rolls, made by the designated shooter. There are many different kinds of bet which can be made, including what are known as 'field bets'. These are among the most simple bets in craps, as they are a one-time wager on the outcome of the next dice roll.Players make field bets by calling a number, which is their prediction for the next roll of the dice. Only certain numbers are designated as field numbers - usually 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12. In some casinos, the 9 is omitted or it serves another purpose. Where it is available as a field bet, it is known as 'centre field'. This is because it appears in the middle of the string of numbers.In dice games, a nine can only be rolled through two dice combinations - 3 and 6 or 4 and 5. In some games, the centre field bet is specifically called as a 4-5 bet. In other games, either way will result in a win for the player who called the nine. A player can hedge their bets by choosing more than one field bet, but with payouts
at 1:1 or 2:1 at best for many rolls, this is more likely to lose money than gain it. A more profitable field bet is the rarer 2 or 12, which often pays 3:1.