hard way bets, unlike the other center proposition
wagers, is not a one-roll bet. These bets allow the
player to wager that the number selected will come
up hard before it comes up easy or before a 7 is rolled.
Let's explain this, to make it absolutely clear.
In craps parlance there are four hard way numbers,
one for each of the even point numbers, 4, 6, 8, and
10. For a number to be hard it must come up as a pair.
A hard four is 2 and 2, a hard six 3 and 3, a hard
eight 4 and 4, and a hard ten 5 and 5. Each hard way
can only be made with one combination of the dice.
To figure the correct odds on these bets, we must
know how many ways a number can be rolled easy, that
is, not as a pair, and add to that figure the number
of ways a 7 can be rolled, which is six ways
Internet poker rooms frequently offer short-term deposit
bonuses, it can be a good idea to keep a little money
stored in whatever e-cash system you settle on. That
way, you can take advantage of the deposit bonuses
whenever they are offered. Even if you already have
sufficient chips to play in your account, why not
take advantage of a deal where you're offered $600
in chips for a $500 deposit?
The best-looking bet in the world is a bad bet if
you can't collect when you win. As of this writing,
only one Internet poker room has closed its doors
owing players money (another was in trouble, but a
famous player who endorsed the room made good on its
debts from his own pocket). Even one collapse is enough
to create proper cause for concern, though.
For this reason, in an era of huge online cardrooms
that have a multi-year history of tremendous profitability,
there is little incentive to patronize a small, new
cardroom, unless you have certain guarantees or assurances.