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Whirl Bet

What is a 'Whirl Bet'?

In craps, the 'whirl bet' is a combination of bets made on the next roll of the game. The wager calls the next roll as either 2, 3, 7, 11, or 12, and places a series of bets on each number which double in size for each. The bets are placed so that more often than not, the player has a chance of picking up the win or at least countering their loss with the seven bet. The 'whirl bet' is just as commonly known as the 'world bet', and it combines a technique called the 'horn' bet with a standard 'any seven' wager.

'Whirl Bet' Explained

The 'whirl bet' is a strategy employed by some craps players as part of the pass line bet. When placing a wager on the outcome of the next roll, a 'whirl bet' can take some of the risk away by playing the odds and hedging bets, leaving the player with a slightly improved chance of winning or returning their stake. The 'whirl bet' is just as regularly known as the 'world bet' - either term can be used and both mean exactly the same thing.To make the whirl bet, players need to put a wager on 2, 3, 11 and 12 - the 'horn bet'. To give the player the best chance, they should wager on 2, make the same wager on 3, and place double that wager on 11 or 12. The player should also hedge their bets with an 'any seven' wager, by placing the same amount wagered on 2 and 3 respectively on the 7. This covers the loss if the horn bet does not pay. Whirl bets are a common strategy play in craps and they do not take much to learn, so they are sometimes used by beginners who want to limit their losses.