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Learn to Play Casino Craps: the Craps and Eleven Bet – an article by William Enslen Jr

Be smart, play smart, learn how to play casino craps the right way!

The C&E ("Craps and Eleven") bet is a one-roll bet combining Any Craps with the number 11. On the table layout, each little "C" circle (for an Any Craps bet) has a little "E" circle adjacent to it ("E" stands for Eleven). Since the dealer controls the C&E bet (keep your hands off), he puts half your chips in the Any Craps circle (the "C" circle) and half in the Eleven circle (the "E" circle).

If a 2, 3, or 12 shows on the next roll, the payoff is 7:1; and your 11 loses. If an 11 shows, the payoff is 15:1; and your Any Craps loses.

If you make a C&E bet that can’t be divided into two whole numbers, the dealer straddles the two "C" and "E" circles with your chips. Be careful making C&E bets that don’t result in whole numbers after being split. If you win and the resulting payoff includes a fraction of a dollar, the casino can’t pay you that fraction, so they keep it for themselves.

An example of where a fractional bet results in a whole number payoff is the $5 C&E. The dealer can’t split your $5 chip into whole-dollar halves ($5 divided by 2 = $2.50; the casino doesn’t have 50-cent chips), so he straddles the "C" and "E" circles with your $5 chip. If an 11 shows on the next roll, the payoff is 15:1 so you win $37.50 (i.e., 15 x $2.50 = $37.50), and you lose $2.50 for the Any Craps portion of your C&E bet; therefore, your net win is $35, which is a whole number that the dealer can pay in full. If a 2, 3, or 12 shows (i.e., Any Craps), the payoff is 7:1 so you win $17.50 (i.e., 7 x $2.50 = $17.50), and you lose $2.50 for the Eleven portion of your C&E bet; therefore, your net win is $15, which is a whole number.

C&E bets that don’t result in whole numbers after being split can be confusing, so it’s best to simply toss the dealer an even-numbered amount of chips to avoid dealing with fractions of dollars.

Now you know! Remember, learn how to play casino craps the right way.

The Author:

Bill Enslen is a reliability engineer who routinely works with statistics. Having played and analyzed casino craps for more than 25 years, he has compiled his winning secrets in a new Ebook, The Secret to Craps: The Right Way to Play. He doesn’t offer false hope or prey on your blazing desire to beat the casino. Instead, he explains the reality of the game and how to optimize your fun without losing your shirt. Without fully understanding the game and the truth behind the numbers, you’re vulnerable to believing bizarre claims that you can consistently beat the casino. The plain truth is that you can’t and won’t. Don’t be a sucker. Be smart, play smart, and learn casino craps the smart way. For more information, and to read a sample chapter about the absurdity of dice control, visit his site at Learn to Play Casino Craps the Right Way.


Published in Craps Strategy @ 29 Nov 08 and last modified on June 13th, 2018

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