If you know how to make hop bets in casino craps, you're to be considered an expert player! Craps, that game of skill mixed with a fair amount of luck, is easier to win if you know how to make side bets (like how to make hop bets) when playing the game. Beginner players may not be familiar with craps hop bets, but, once the basics of this more advanced bet are understood, watch out! Chips will be flying (one way or the other!).
To make Hop bets in casino craps, you need to:
- Understand what Hop bets are. After a craps number (the point) has been established by the shooter, you can bet on the numbers that will appear on the very next roll of the dice. So, for example, if you have an intuitive feeling like a two and a three will be the next roll, and, if you call a Hop bet on that combination, you could win 15:1 on your money played.
- Know how to call Hop bets. A craps Hop bet is placed when you throw a chip to craps casino dealer and says your bet, such as "Two and Three Hopping" or "Four and Five Hopping."
- Understand the odds for Hop bets. Most Hop bets pay 15:1 so, therefore, if you play five dollars on "Two and Three Hopping" and those numbers come in on the very next roll, you will be paid $75. Not a bad payday if you hit it. Of course, if you miss it, the casino will take your five dollars. You can make the most money by betting on hardways hopping—hardways means that matching numbers come up, such as two and two on the next roll of the dice. If you play "Two and Two Hopping" and a hard four comes in, you'll be paid 30:1 (or $150 on that five dollar bet).
Warning: Hop bets are not the smartest bets in casino craps but they are amongst the most fun. Make sure you don't overdo hop bets or your winnings will dwindle quickly.