What is the ‘Easy Way’?
In craps, the ‘easy way’ refers to an even dice roll of 4, 6, 8 or 10 where the numbers are not a pair. It is seen as an easier roll to score from than the ‘hard’ option – picking up a double through a pair. A ‘hard’ eight can only be made from two fours, while an ‘easy’ eight could be a three and a five or a six and a two. The method of aiming for a series of ‘easy’ numbers will return less of an overall stake but has less chance of losing, so it is a favourite among new or casual players.
The ‘Easy Way’ Explained
In craps, players bet against or for the shooter – the person with control of the dice and the table. Bets need to ‘pass the line’ or be placed as a ‘don’t pass’ bet before the shooter can reach the ‘point’ of play and set a number target for the dice rolls. At this point, players aim to make their point and call their chosen number through ‘hard’ or ‘easy’ rolls. An easy roll meets the point number through non-paired numbers, while a ‘hard’ roll is only achieved through matching dice.
Players making field bets – bets on a certain number rolling next – can take one of two routes. The ‘easy way’ is a fast way to pick up small wins. The odds are higher that a player will get a winning roll, because there are more combinations open to them. However, players cannot expect the same high payoff as a hard roll could achieve. Some players may use a combination of these types of field bets during play, but most craps players tend to stick with one line of betting per game.
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