Skip To Content

My Rewards|Sign Out

| Reward Credits:

Start of dialog window.
Close dialog window.
End of dialog window.
Play Online Now

Las Vegas Craps Tips & Strategy

Global Gaming Table Games 10

You can get recommendations from your friends and the concierge on where to catch a great show, grab a bite to eat, or even where to have a drink and enjoy some live music. But to really wrap yourself in the Vegas experience you need to learn the casino table games, and Caesars Entertainment has some key craps tips and strategies for one of the most exciting table games in Vegas.

Here’s an important lesson: Just because it’s bigger doesn’t mean it’s better. That lesson applies to craps, too!

When you approach a craps table in a Las Vegas-style casino, two big numbers jump out at you, the Big 6 and Big 8.


Craps is all about the odds, and the 6 and 8 are decent bets, because only the 7 is rolled more frequently. A bet on that giant 6 and 8 pays even money (bet $5, and if a 6 or 8 is rolled, you win $5), and your bet stays up until a shooter “sevens out.” (That never happens! Actual results may vary.)


How To Bet On Craps

Here’s the thing. Don’t bet on the Big 6 and 8. Yes, they’re big. We’ve established that. And red, too. It’s not a horrible bet, we know that. But betting on the 6 and 8, on another part of the table, makes a lot more sense.

Up near the dealer are a row of numbers, including the 6 and 8, and when you “place” your bet there, it pays 7-to-6, rather than even money. For betting on the same numbers.

Doesn’t sound like a big difference? A bet on the Big 6 and 8 has a 9 percent house advantage (hint: that’s a lot). A place bet of $6 (since it pays 7-to-6, you place a multiple of $6) has a house advantage of just 1.5 percent. You do what you want with your hard-earned clams, but this blog kind of has a crush on that 1.5 percent.

Oh, and before we forget, while it’s called a “place” bet, players don’t physically “place” a “place” bet, the dealer has to do it. Just lay your chips on the table and tell the dealer “place the 6 and 8.”


Remember, just like with the Big 6 and 8, you can take your place bets down at any time.

One subtle difference between placing the 6 and 8 and betting the Big 6 and 8 is that the Big 6 and 8 is always “working,” while place bets are, by default, “off” (or not working) during the “come out” roll. So, if a 7 comes up on the first roll, your place bets are safe (they don’t pay if a 6 or 8 is rolled, but you don’t lose them with a 7), while you can say so-long to your Big 6 and 8 bets.

So, now you know! The next time you’re playing craps, and you see someone betting the Big 6 and 8, you get to be the one to ask, “What were you thinking?” People love that.

Now that you've learned more about how to play and win at craps, it's time to put those skills to use at one of these Caesars properties in Las Vegas: