What is Hop Betting?
In craps, hop betting is a proposition bet on a single roll of two dice. Rather than betting on the total of two dice, the hop bet is a bet on the specific combination of those dice. For example a player might place a hop bet on 4-6, which would win if die 1 showed 4 and if die 2 showed 6. Hop bets can be placed as ‘one way’ or ‘both ways’ wagers. The odds and payouts for hop bets made two ways are halved.
Hop Betting Explained
In craps, players often bet on which numbers will be rolled by the shooter, in addition to bets on whether the shooter will make their point (roll a particular number for a second time during their turn) or seven out (roll a seven to end their turn). Bets on specific numbers have fixed odds depending on the chance of the dice turning up that number. Players can bet on what total the dice will add up to, or one what the individual faces of each die will show. The latter kind of wager is known as a ‘hop bet’.
A hop bet is a combination wager, based on each die in turn. Players can make a prediction on what the next roll will turn up, and if correct they receive a payout determined by their bet stake. For example, a player might predict that the next roll will be 3-5. They could make a hop bet that works one way, requiring the specific combination of 3 on the first die and 5 on the second. They could also make the hop bet two ways, with either 3-5 or 5-3 awarding the payout.
The odds for a single way hop bet are 30-1, while a hop bet working both ways pays 15-1. The odds are similar to the easy and hard way bets, except hop bets are single roll wagers while hardways and easy ways are working bets.