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World Bet

What is a 'World Bet'?

For craps players, a world bet is a kind of betting strategy made at the pass line before the roll. The bet presumes the next dice roll will be a 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12, and uses two different kinds of bet to limit the risk of losing and to maximize potential winnings. The world bet is another name for a whirl bet. Both terms refer to the practice of making the horn bet and the any seven bet concurrently as a way to hedge bets and keep losses down.

'World Bet' Explained

In craps, players can make different kinds of bets at different points in the game. A world bet is made after the come-out and before or after the pass line. The world bet does not replace the pass line bet but is made in conjunction with it. In some gambling circles, the world bet is known as the whirl bet. Both sound similar and mean the same thing, so it doesn't matter which is used.To make a world bet, players need to play a horn bet and an any seven bet at the same time. The any seven bet is made to balance the loss in the event of the horn bet failing - known as hedging the player's bets. The main component of the world bet is the horn bet - made on the 2, 3, 11 and/or 12. Players bet a series of matching amounts on the 2, 3 and 7, and place double that same amount on the 11 or the 12. Some players might play both, but this means risking a higher loss if the world bet is unsuccessful. When the dice roll is made by the shooter, the player has a number of win combinations they could land depending on the score of those dice.
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