Hard Ten

What is Hard Ten?

Hard ten is a craps bet. Players betting on hard ten are predicting the dice will be double 5s, totalling ten. Hard ten is one of four hardway bets: players could also opt for hard four, six or eight. The hardway bets are usually working bets, meaning that a hard ten must appear before a seven is rolled – but it does not necessarily have to appear in the next roll. Hard bets below the minimum bet value are usually permitted.

Hard Ten Explained

In craps, players are betting on the outcome of two dice, when rolled simultaneously and their faces are added together. Players bet on what the dice will total over one or more rolls, while betting for or against the player in charge of rolling (the shooter). There are lots of different betting options, laid out in grid form on the table. The simplest bet for beginners is a bet on a particular total – for example, ten – appearing before the shooter rolls a seven and ends their turn.

Hard ten is a dice roll of two fives. Only ten made this way will receive a payout for a hardway bet. An easy ten bet would win if the player made ten through any combination, i.e. either 4-6 or 5-5, but the easy bet pays slightly less than the hardway. There are four hardway bets in craps – hard four, hard six, hard eight and hard ten. Players can technically bet on hard two (1-1) or hard twelve (6-6), but there is no ‘easy way’ to achieve these totals, so these are standard single roll bets.

Hard ten (and all of the hardways) are usually classed as working bets. This means that they stay active for multiple rolls, and only lose when a seven is rolled before the hard total appears. However, in many casinos players can opt to ‘take down’ or ‘turn off’ the bets between rolls, or the bet may be ‘not working’ when the point is off. The rules on hardways vary between casinos, so always check before playing.

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