Why You Should Never Bet
on Big 6 & Big 8 in Craps

Let’s get this straight right from the start – when playing casino craps, Big 6 and Big 8 are sucker’s bets! They’re only good if you’ve got too much money and want to give it away, or if you feel sorry for the casino and want to help out their bank balance.

Why do people bet on Big 6 and Big 8?

At first glance it seems like a decent bet – after all, most casual craps players understand that 6, 7 and 8 are the most likely numbers to be rolled. So that makes Big 6 and Big 8 decent bets, right? Wrong!

One of the biggest reasons that people bet on Big 6 or Big 8 is because of it’s position on the craps table – it’s big, it’s obvious, and it’s easy to place your chips on it. Yes, for many casual players that is enough. At least for the uneducated gambler it seems like a reasonable bet.

While betting on regular 6 or 8 you’ll need your chips to be placed by the croupier, but you can place your chips on Big 6 and Big 8 by yourself. So maybe that’s an advantage for shy people that don’t want to interact with the croupier.

There’s also one minor advantage for some players : bets on Big 6/8 can be any size, even smaller than the table’s minimum bet. So players on a limited budget could play for longer with low-value Big 6 and Big 8 bets. Although it would be much wiser to just play at a craps table with a lower minimum, or play another game altogether.

Why are Big 6 / Big 8 bad bets?

Have you ever placed a bet on Big 6 or Big 8? Did you notice the other craps players at the table smirking, snickering, or laughing out loud at your obvious ignorance? You’re now about to discover the reason why.

The major disadvantage of Big 6 and Big 8 bets is this : Betting on regular 6 and regular 8 is the same as betting on Big 6 and Big 8, but regular 6 and 8 pay you more when you win.

Winning with Big 6 pays out even money. Winning with regular 6 pays out 7 to 6 – so it’s the same bet but you win more cash. Same bet, more cash – who wouldn’t choose that?

So if it’s the same bet but you get paid less, why do Big 6 and Big 8 even exist? At the beginning of the 19th century John H. Winn made many helpful improvements to the rules of craps. He also added Big 6 and Big 8 to the craps table, and while we can’t know his intentions, we can assume he realized there’s a sucker born every minute.

House Edge on Big 6 and Big 8

Here’s where it becomes really obvious that Big 6 and Big 8 are sucker’s bets : They have a house edge of just over 9%. Betting on regular 6 and 8 have a house edge of just over 1.5%.

Conclusion :

Pro’s of Big 6/8 bets : You can place your chips on the table yourself, even below the table’s minimum bet.

Con’s of Big 6/8 bets : Over time, you are likely to lose around 7.5% more cash than if you had simply placed your bets on regular 6/8.

So from now on when you see other craps players with bets on Big 6 or Big 8, you’ll be joining the smirkers and snickerers. Just be careful if you choose to explain the house edge to them, and why they should be playing regular 6 and 8 – the casino may not appreciate your thoughtfulness, they love the Big 6/8 suckers!

Posted: November, 2011.