The Any 7 Bet

T he Any 7 is a one-roll bet, which means it doesn’t “stand” for repeated rolls (such as the Pass Line bet).  If a 7 shows on the roll immediately after making the bet, you win.  If it doesn’t show, you lose.  The term “Any 7” means a 7 can show with any dice combination (i.e., 1-6, 2-5, or 3-4).  The Any 7 is also known as “Big Red” and can be printed on the craps table layout a variety of ways to suit the casino’s preference, such as Any 7, Any Seven, Seven, and Big Red.

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The Any 7 box is positioned in the center section of the layout (refer to the figure below), which means the stickman controls the bet (i.e., it’s not a self-service bet like the Pass Line that you make yourself).  To make this bet, wait until you have the stickman’s attention and then toss your chip to the center of the layout, preferably to a spot that’s not already filled with chips from other peoples’ bets.  The crew doesn’t like when you throw chips on the table and knock other chips out of position.  If your table position is close to the stickman (e.g., player position #1), simply get the stickman’s attention and put your chip on the table in front of you so it’s within the stickman’s easy reach.  You cannot give anything hand-to-hand to the table crew (e.g., chips, dice, food, a note, etc.), so you must put your chip on the table for the stickman to then pick up.  The casino has strict rules against hand-to-hand contact between players and crew members for security reasons.

As you toss your chip, tell the stickman, “Any Seven, please.”  If the stickman doesn’t immediately pick it up, pay close attention.  If after a few seconds he still hasn’t moved your chip to the Any 7 box, tell him again in a firmer voice, “That’s my Any Seven.”  Don’t be timid and don’t let your chip remain “lost” on the layout.  If the stickman still doesn’t notice your chip on the table (e.g., because he may be busy dealing with an irate player at the other end of the table), get the dealer’s attention and tell him that the chip on the table is your Any 7.  The dealer will then do the stickman’s job and properly position it in the Any 7 box.

The Any 7 payoff is 4:1 (spoken “four to one”).  Be aware that some table layouts indicate the payout as “5 for 1” instead of “4 to 1.”  Both expressions are equal, but “5 for 1” makes clueless players think they get more for a win.  This is another example of why it’s so important to learn the game before playing, so read and learn the material in all of our lessons and articles.  “4 to 1” means if you bet $1, you win $4 and you keep your original $1 bet.  In this case, you have $5 in your hand (i.e., your $1 bet plus your $4 winnings).  “5 for 1” means if you bet $1, you win $5 and give up your original $1 bet (i.e., the stickman takes down your $1 bet and keeps it).  In this case, you have $5 your hand (i.e., your $5 winnings).  So, both expressions result in you having $5 for your $1 bet.  However, “5 for 1” sounds better than “4 to 1” to the inexperienced player who thinks he’s getting an extra dollar when he wins.

The Any 7’s minimum bet is usually the value of the lowest denomination chip at the table, which is typically $1.  You can bet any amount up to the table maximum.  At 4:1, for every $1 you bet, you win $4.  For example, if you toss in a red $5 chip and a 7 appears on the next roll, you win $20 (i.e., your $5 bet x 4 = $20).  The stickman tells the dealer to pay you $20, which he does by putting four red $5 chips in the apron in front of you.  Pick up your chips.  At that point, the stickman asks if you want to keep your $5 bet working.  My suggestion is to take it down and don’t press your luck.

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7 Comments on “The Any 7 Bet”

    1. Yes, you can make an Any 7 bet on the come-out roll (but no one hardly ever does it; and if they do make that bet before the come-out, it’s usually made by a highly inexperienced player). The Any 7 is a one-roll proposition bet like most of the other proposition bets in the center section of the layout.

      Depending on the casino, the Any 7 can be like the C and/or E bet where the bet is “on” and working on the come-out. Some casinos ask if you want the Any 7 “working” or if you want it “off” and “not working.” But the casinos I usually visit make it like the C and/or E where, if you make the bet on the come-out, then it’s working.

      If you want to make an Any 7 bet but don’t want it to work on the come-out, then don’t make the bet; instead, wait until after the come-out and then make the bet. By the way, regardless of when a player makes an Any 7 bet, it’s a stupid bet because of the high house advantage. Hope that helps.

  1. I’ve heard of an any 7 bet that pays more based of how you call it. It’s a bet in increments of 3 starting with $9 anyone know what that’s called?

    1. In my many years of playing craps, I’ve never seen or heard of an Any 7 bet that pays more based on how you call it. Unless a specific casino has come up with a non-standard variation of the Any 7 bet (which I doubt), there’s only one way to play an Any 7 bet. It’s a one-roll bet that the next roll will be any combination that equals 7 (hence, “Any 7”). The 7 can appear in any dice combination (i.e., 1-6, 6-1, 5-2, 2-5, 3-4, and 4-3). However, you can make a single Hop bet on a single specific combination that equals 7.

      For example, you could bet a specific combination of 7, such as 5-2, will appear on that one roll. If a 5-2 or 2-5 appears, then you win; but if any other combination of 7 appears (such as 1-6 or 4-3), then you lose the Hop bet. Refer to the article on Hop bets (https://www.crapspit.org/craps-bets/hop-or-hopping-craps-bet/). The Hop bet wins more for a win than an Any 7 bet. But, to bet a single dice combination of 7 (e.g., 4-3), it doesn’t have to be a multiple of 3 and it doesn’t have to start with $9.

      1. Brandon, thanks for your response and the clarification. Well done! Let’s explain it a bit further for our less experienced readers. ab’s question was…is there an Any 7 bet that pays more based on how you call it, and what’s that bet called? Our response focused on the Any 7 bet without thinking of other types and combinations of bets that could produce better results while betting on the same number. Brandon did a great job in identifying a better alternative if you’re willing to bet $9 or more on bets that have ridiculously high house advantages. Let’s look at the details of Brandon’s response.

        The Any 7 (or Big Red) pays 4:1. Assume you make a $9 Any 7 bet. A win gets you $36 (i.e., 4 x $9 = $36), so you put that $36 in your hand and hold it. You then you tell the dealer, “Take my Any 7 down, please,” (the “take down”) so the dealer returns your $9 bet to you and you put that in your hand, too. Now, you have $45 in your hand for a winning Any 7 and the take down (i.e., $36 + $9 = $45). The question is…is there a way to bet the same amount of money on the same number (i.e., 7) and have a better result? As Brandon explained, yes, there is if you want to bet at least $9.

        Use that same $9 to Hop bet all the 7s (refer to our article on Hop bets). This means you make a $3 Hop bet on the 1-6/6-1, a $3 Hop bet on the 2-5/5-2, and a $3 Hop bet on 3-4/4-3. With all combinations of 7 covered by the three Hop bets, if a 7 appears on the next roll, two of the Hop bets lose but one Hop bet wins. The two-way Hop bet pays 15:1. Therefore, the winning $3 Hop bet pays $45 (i.e., $3 x 15 = $45), so you put that in your hand and hold it. The take down (see above for the explanation of “take down”) is $3. Now, you have $48 in your hand for the winning Hop 7 and the take down (i.e., $45 + $3 = $48).

        As you can see, if you’re willing to take such a gamble, a $9 bet on the number 7 can have a better result depending on the types of bets you make. In this case, three $3 Hop bets (for a total of $9) is better than a $9 Any 7 bet. The three $3 Hop bets can get you $48 in your hand, while one $9 Any 7 bet can get you only $45 in your hand. But we don’t recommend making either Hop bets or Any 7 bets because of the huge house advantages, which are about 11% for the Hop bet and about 17% for the Any 7 bet. (Stay away from these bets!)

        This kind of smart play helps preserve your bankroll (remember, we don’t recommend playing the Hop and Any 7). When we say “smart play,” we mean you should look for ways to optimize the outcome in your favor. For example, instead of making a $25 Place bet on the 5 or 9, make a $24 Buy bet. A winning $25 Place bet gets you $35. A winning $24 Buy bet also gets you $35 (i.e., you win $36 but pay a $1 vig). So, if both winning bets net you $35, why would you risk $35 (a Place bet) when you only have to risk $24 (a Buy bet) to get the same winning amount? That’s the kind of “smart play” we’re talking about.

        Again, thanks to Brandon for pointing out the Hop 7s versus the Any 7. Good luck, and have fun at the tables!

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