What is a Hard Bet?
A hard bet, or a hard way bet, is a craps bet on the next roll or rolls turning up a double. Craps players can bet that the two dice will total a particular number – for example, eight – and they can bet on this eight the easy way or the hard way. Hard bets require a double and so they can only be formed one way. For example 4-4 is a hard eight. An easy way eight could be made several ways – 6-2, 3-5 or 4-4.
Hard Bet Explained
There are lots of different ways to bet at the craps table. One of the simplest wagers for beginners is to bet on the total of the dice rolled each turn. Two dice are used in craps, so a small set of numbers can be rolled each turn: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Players can bet on the next roll, or subsequent rolls in that turn, totalling any of those numbers.
A bet on a number, for example on 10, can be easy or hard. Easy bets simply require the dice to add up to the chosen number, through any combination. An easy ten bet could be made with 4-6 or 5-5, for example. Hard bets are similar, but they only pay when the number is made through a double – for example, 5-5 is a hard ten. The chances of winning on a hard bet are longer than the easy way odds, but there is a greater payoff for a successful hard wager.
These hard way bets are working, which means once the bet is made it stays up until it wins or loses. If a seven is rolled before the hard bet comes in, the shooter‘s turn ends and the player’s bet is lost. If the ten appears before the seven, the hard bet is won. Players can opt to let the winnings ride for further rolls, or take their prize back.