Craps and Eleven, also known as “C&E” Bet
T he Craps and Eleven, also known as “C&E,” is a proposition bet on one roll that adds the Eleven to the Any Craps. The “C” portion of a C&E is exactly the same as the Any Craps. Unlike the other proposition bets in the center section that are labeled with rectangles, the C&E is labeled on the layout with 16 sets of two circles for the “C” and the “E” (i.e., eight sets are at both ends of the table). The 16 sets of circles are enough to accommodate the 16 players that can fit at a craps table, with each set corresponding to a specific player position. The stickman is in charge of controlling all C&E bets (i.e., not a self-service bet).
The C&E is two distinct bets, one on the Any Craps and one on the 11. Although the numbers you bet for the C&E are the same as for the Horn (i.e., 12, 11, 3, and 2), there’s a subtle difference between the two bets. The Horn is four distinct bets and the payoffs are based on those individual bets (i.e., none of the four numbers are combined to give a combined payoff). Conversely, the Any Craps part of the C&E combines the 12, 3, and 2 into a combined payoff of 7:1. You’re probably asking, “If the Horn and C&E bets are on the same four numbers, should I make a Horn bet or a C&E bet?” Good question. In my opinion, the best way to answer this is to simply compare their house advantages. The C&E has a house advantage of 11.1% while the house enjoys a whopping 12.5% for the Horn. Clearly, neither bet is smart unless you like giving your money to the casino (in which case, you might as well donate it to CrapsPit.org!). But if you twisted my arm and forced me to make one of them, I’d go with the C&E because of the lower house edge. Besides, I’d only have to toss in $1 for a C&E bet (i.e., a fractional bet of 50 cents each on the C and the E); whereas, I’d have to give up $4 for the Horn (i.e., $1 each on the 12, 11, 3, and 2).
The C&E payoff is 7:1 if the shooter throws a 12, 3, or 2; and 15:1 if she throws an 11. Remember, it’s a one-roll bet so it either wins or loses on the roll immediately after you make the bet.
The C&E bet presents a similar kind of math teaser as the Horn when the bet amount results in a fractional amount for the Any Craps portion and the 11 portion. The difference between the math teasers for the Horn and the C&E is that the net payout when you win the C&E is always a whole-dollar amount so you don’t have to worry about the casino keeping any remainder (i.e., there never is a remainder for the C&E). If your bet amount is even (i.e., divisible by 2), then the stickman simply divides the bet amount by 2 and puts an equal amount on the C and E circles. If your bet amount is odd (not divisible by 2), then the fractional bets for the C and E always end up with a net payoff in a whole-dollar amount. It doesn’t matter if you make a $1, $9, or $103 C&E bet, the payoff will always be a whole number, so you don’t have to worry about the casino pocketing any remainder. Don’t believe me? Let’s do the math for a $1 C&E bet as an example.
A $1 C&E is a fairly common bet. The $1 C&E means you’re really making a 50-cent bet on the Any Craps and a 50-cent bet on the 11. The stickman can’t divide your $1 chip into two equal amounts (i.e., the denominations for craps chips don’t come in cents), so he positions your chip on your set of C&E circles by straddling them. This straddle indicates a “fractional” bet such that half your bet is an Any Craps bet and the other half is a bet on the 11.
If an Any Craps appears (i.e., a 12, 3, or 2), then you win $3.50 because the payoff is 7:1 (i.e., $0.50 multiplied by 7 = $3.50). But the other half of the $1 chip is on the “E,” which in this case is a loser because an 11 didn’t appear. So, the stickman must subtract $0.50 from the $3.50 that you won for Any Craps. $3.50 – $0.50 = $3.00. The two fractional 50-cent bets net a $3.00 payoff to you (i.e., a whole number with no cents). Let’s check the payout results for when the shooter rolls a winning 11.
If the 11 shows, you win $7.50 because of the 15:1 payoff (i.e., $0.50 multiplied by 15 = $7.50). But the other half of the $1 chip is on the “C,” which in this case is a loser because a 12, 3, or 2 didn’t appear. So, the stickman must subtract $0.50 from the $7.50 that you won for the 11. $7.50 – $0.50 = $7.00. The two fractional bets give you a net payoff of $7.00, which is once again a whole number.
Refer to the figure to see how the stickman straddles your C&E bet if your bet amount is an odd number. In the example in the figure, assume you tossed a $5 chip to the stickman and said, “C&E, please.” The dealer couldn’t divide your $5 chip into two equal whole-number amounts, so he straddled the “C” and “E” circles with your chip. Straddling indicates that half your bet is applied to the “C” (Any Craps) and half your bet is applied to the “E” (Eleven).