The Field Bet

The Field Bet is a popular and common bet in the game of craps. It offers multiple winning opportunities which makes it attractive for players who are looking for something a little different to the usual bets. However, the Field Bet does not have the outcome you would expect at first glance when you look at it more closely. Here we’ll have a look at how and when this bet is used, as well as its advantages and disadvantages.

How the Field Bet is Used

The Field Bet is a one-roll bet that can be made at any time of the game. The Field Bet is basically a bet on the shooter rolling a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 on their next dice roll. If the shooter rolls any of these numbers, the bet will win. The bet seems like a particularly good option for craps players as there are 7 outcomes that can win, while there are only 4 outcomes that can lose (the numbers 5, 6, 7 and 8). However, it’s important to consider the number of winning dice combinations that are available before you choose to use this bet, as this impacts the chances of you winning. We’ll discuss this more a little later.

The following are the possible payout scenarios when using this bet:

  • If the shooter rolls a 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11, the Field Bet wins and the casino pays out 1:1.
  • If the shooter rolls a 2 or a 12, the Field Bet wins and the casino pays out 2:1. Some casinos may pay out 2:1 for a 2 and 3:1 for a 12 (or vice versa), while a few casinos may pay out 3:1 for a 2 or a 12.

If you’re playing craps at a land-based casino, this bet is considered a self-service bet. This means that you need to place the bet on the craps table yourself. In addition, if you win, you’ll be awarded the chips and will need to collect them yourself. If you don’t collect them immediately, the dealer will assume you’ve let the bet ride and are betting your original bet, plus the winnings on the next dice roll.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

As a single roll bet, the Field Bet is a particularly simple option for players, especially if you’re new to the game. You place the bet and then you either win or lose on the next dice roll. This differentiates it from other bets in the game. The Field Bet has a house edge of 5.56%, but this can be lowered to as little as 2.78% if the casino pays out 3:1. Some people enjoy placing the Field Bet simply because it offers a bit of extra action and excitement.

Disadvantages

It may seem at first glance like there are many more chances to win this bet than lose because there are 7 numbers that win and 4 numbers that can lose. However, there are actually only 16 dice combinations that make up the fields as opposed to 20 dice combinations outside the field. This is one of the great examples of why it is so important to understand how many ways there are to make up each number in the game. In other words, the Field Bet seems more attractive at first glance than it actually is and should be used with caution. In the case where a casino offers payouts of 2:1 on the numbers 2 and 12, the house advantage is quite high at 5.56%.

Bottom Line

Because the Field Bet is a single-roll bet it is both simple to play and exciting. You can place the bet whenever you choose and win or lose on the next dice roll. But, beware. The Field Bet appears to have more ways to win than to lose until you take into account the number of winning combinations that are available for each dice roll. On closer inspection, you can see that there are actually more ways to lose than to win when placing this bet. As a result, with a relatively high house edge of 5.56%, experts generally do not recommend that you play the Field Bet when playing craps. There are more profitable bets to place in the game.