The Secrets of the Field
Pssst…! Wanna know a secret?
How about the secret of the field bet in craps?
As you might know, the field bet is a one roll bet. So if any number other than 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 rolls, you lose. The other numbers 5, 6, 7 and 8 roll a total of 20 times while the field bet only rolls 5 times. On the surface, it looks like the field is a bad bet. But let’s look at some of the possibilities and how they affect the house advantage.
With all of the numbers having a 1 in 20 chance of rolling, the house is guaranteed a profit on every roll. In the scenario above, there would be pure profit of about $2 for every $5 bet. If the house minimum is $5, then the house will make 9 dollars (5 x $5 + 8 dollars + 4 dollars to cover the casino’s operating expenses) for every $10 bet.
The Field Bet’s advantage is the percentage of the total times the dice will roll the number(s). With twelve numbers, there is a total of eighteen combinations. The casino is guaranteed to win $2 on six of those combinations, while they will lose $4 on four of them. The $1 is the casino’s commission, or their operating cost, for making the bets.
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If you bet $5 on the field, instead of the standard $6 or $6, you bet $7. You only win if the seven (or the number six) rolls before another seven, and you lose if the seven or the number six rolls. Now let’s say the seven rolls first and the field loses. You bet $7 again, only this time you are betting $9. Don’t you feel smart now? The 7 wins and you win $9, but you lose $10 because the 7 rolled first. The 9 wins and you win $10, but you lose $11 because the 7 rolled first.
You can repeat this process as many times as you want, but each time you will win $9, $10, $11, and $12. Eventually, you will enter a losing roll and when the seven (or the number six) rolls you will lose all your bets. But you can’t keep betting if the seven or the number six rolls, because eventually the seven or the number six will roll and you’ll lose everything.
The Field Bet’s advantage is 9.4%.
By developing a keen awareness of the pass-line bet’s advantage, a crapshooter can advance ahead of the casino and beat the house.
Pssst…! Now you know the secrets of the Field Bet!
The next article you may want to check out is regarding the Field Bet in craps, another casino game that allows the player to bet more than the standard Pass or Don’t Pass bet. To learn how to beat the house with the Field Bet, check out the Secrets Revealed site by Gary Carson.
Field Bet – Casino Advantage
The Field bet in craps, which is a one-roll bet on the next roll of the dice, offers the casinos a 2.63% advantage. When the point is established, you win even money on your Field bet if the dice roll a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12. The deal is different for the Don’t Pass and Come bets, which trap the player for winning or losing a set number of either the Come bet or the Don’t Pass bet.
Although the Field bet in craps may seem to offer a larger advantage than a Pass or Don’t Pass bet on the come out roll, the Field bettor suffers a 13.09% disadvantage when playing the Don’t Pass compared to a 2.63% advantage.
icionados of the game believe that Field odds are not an effective tool for the player to win money at the craps table. The reason for this notion is that a pure Field bettor will stand absolutely no chance of winning over the long-term, so you are best served by gambling with the Pass (and Come) odds instead.
Field Betting – Casino Advantage
When you bet on the Field in craps, you are betting that any number other than the point will repeat before a seven is rolled. If a seven is rolled on the come out roll, you lose your Field bet.
As you might expect, the Field bet gives the casino a higher advantage than a Pass or Don’t Pass bet, since they collect more money for a total loss.