Crazy Crapper

Big 6, Big 8 This is a bet for big dopes as it is the same bet as a place bet of the 6 or 8. You are betting that the 6 or 8 will appear before a 7-with this exception: Instead of paying off at seven to six (a 1.52 percent edge for the casino), it pays off at even money (a 9.09% edge for the casino). You'll find this bet on some layouts in the lower right and left hand corners.

Field Bet This is a one-roll bet that the next roll will result in one of the Field numbers: 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11,or 12. The house pays off the 3 through 11 at even money, and the 2 and 12 at two to one. Some casinos will pay the 2 or 12 at three to one and. some casinos will put the 5 in and take the 9 out of the field. House edge: 526 percent, and 2.54 percent if the 2 or 12 pays triple.

Hard Six or Hard Eight These are bets that the 6 or the 8 will be rolled as 3/s or 4/4 before any other combination of 6 or 8, or the 7, is rolled. The true odds are ten to one. The casino pays nine to one. House edge: 9.09%.

Hard Four or Hard Ten These are bets that the 4 or the 10 will be rolled as 2/2 or 5/s before any other combination of 4 or 10, or a 7, is rolled. The true odds are eight to one. The casino pays seven to one. House edge: 11.11 percent.

Eleven (Yo) This is a one-roll bet that the next number will be ll. The true odds are seventeen to one. The casino pays fifteen to one. Casino edge: 11.11 percent.

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Now to Adjust to Other Variations

Many of the following wild poker variants involve things you don't see in cardroom games. Wild cards, additional cards, and replacement cards change hand values. The net effect of these is to raise the average values of winning hands, often considerably.

If someone appears to have invented a new game variation right at the table, don't discount the possibility that the inventor has actually played the game before elsewhere and is reasonably familiar with the odds. Because it may not be immediately obvious that a new game offers a strong dealer advantage, it is a good idea to employ a rule that requires all new games to be dealt for an entire round.