The Hard Way Bet
Although I will describe them briefly, I refuse to go into detail. These bets,
along with the other proposition bets, exist only to make the house easy money,
they all have horrible house edge values, and nobody in their right minds would
bet on them with any consistency. The only real advantage to the player is the
ability to put some unlikely bets on the table to break the monotony. Not everybody
wants to play the pass line with odds all the time.
Making a hard way means to make the total of the two dice on doubles. Say you
wanted to hit a hard six, the only way to do it is with two threes. Why is it
called the hard way? Because it sure isn't easy to win anything on it. There
are only four hard way combinations: 4 (2x2), 6 (3x3), 8 (4x4), and 10 (5x5).
These are not one-roll wagers. Hard ways win if the selected hard way is rolled
before a seven appears or an "easy" combo of
the hard way total is hit. So if you have a bet on a hard 4, if a 3 and 1 comes
up before two twos you're out of luck. The payouts for hard four and hard ten
are 7 to 1, and the true odds are 8 to 1. The house edge is 11.11%. The payouts
for hard six and hard 8 are 9 to 1, and the true odds are 10 to 1. The house
edge is 9.09%.
See the Hard Way
Bet demonstrated here.
Pass Line Bet
| Pass line
bet with odds | The
The don't pass bet
| The come bet
| The don't come bet
The hard way bet
| The place bet
| Proposition bets
| Big 6/big 8