Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Winning the Hard Way

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Winning the Hard Way

Article excerpt

The Vicarious Bettor plays off a $100 stake provided by his employer. Each week he reports on the results here.

The Game: Craps

The Session: 3 p.m. Friday on the Casino Queen.

Sucker bets encourage you to bet with your heart, not your head. When it comes to playing the hard ways in craps, you can call me a sucker.

When you take the hard ways, you basically are betting that a four, six, eight or 10 will come up in pairs (a pair of threes to make a six or a pair of fives to make a 10.) You lose if 1.) the number comes up without being a pair (a two and a four to make six) or 2.) the shooter rolls a seven.

Let me be clear. Hard way bets are loser bets. At the Queen, the house pays 10 for 1 for a hard six or eight, and 8 for 1 for a hard four or 10. That's a big return, and it's why I love to bet them. …

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