A “Hop” (or “Hopping”) Craps Bet
A “Hop” (or “Hopping”) bet is a proposition bet based on a single roll and is made on a certain combination of the dice. To express in writing a two-dice combination, we use the convention “X-Y,” where “X” is the value shown by die #1 and “Y” is the value shown by die #2 (“die” is singular and “dice” is plural). For example, the two-dice combination for a 10 with 6 on die #1 and 4 on die #2 is “6-4.” Note that “4-6” is different than “6-4” because the values shown on die #1 and die #2 are reversed.
When making a Hop bet, you specify the combination you think will appear. A Hop bet can either have two ways to win or only one way, depending on which combination you choose. The combinations with two ways to win always have different values for each die. For example, if you bet the combination “6-4,” then you win if the next roll is either 6-4 or 4-6 (i.e., it doesn’t matter which die shows which number, as long as the dice show a 6 and a 4). The combinations with only one way to win are those that are commonly known as the Hardways (i.e., 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, 5-5).
Hopping bets with two ways to win pay off at 15:1, and those with one way to win pay off at 30:1. You seldom see the Hop bets labeled on the table layout, but most casinos still offer them. If you’re drunk enough to want to make a Hop bet (which is just about the only time anyone ever makes them), just ask the dealer if they offer them.
The Hop 5-5, 4-4, 3-3, and 2-2 are called “Hopping (or Hop) Hardways.” You ask, “Aren’t they just the regular Hardway bets, what’s the difference?” As we know from our lesson on the Hardway bets, the Hardways are standing bets that stand until a specific outcome occurs. On the contrary, the Hop Hardways are one-roll bets that lose or win based on a single roll. The other difference is that the payoffs are different. The Hard 4 and Hard 10 payoff is 7:1, and the Hard 6 and Hard 8 payoff is 9:1. The payoff for all four of the Hop Hardways is 30:1 (i.e., their payoff is much higher than the regular Hardways because, unlike the regular Hardways, the Hop loses or wins on only one roll).
You ask, “What about the Hopping 12 and Hopping 2, why didn’t you mention them?” Very good question. Then you ask, “And what about the 3 and 11, can you Hop those numbers, too?” Excellent question! The short answer is, no, you don’t Hop the 12, 2, 11, and 3. Remember, they’re one-roll bets and the payoffs are 15:1 or 30:1. Does that sound familiar? It should if you’ve read our lesson about the bets on the 12, 11, 3, and 2. The table layout has separate boxes for the 12, 11, 3, and 2. Those bets are based on one roll (just like Hop bets), and the payoffs are the same as the Hop bets. For example, if you throw a $1 chip to the stickman and tell him, “Gimme a Hopping 12,” what does the stickman do? Very good! He simply puts your chip in the 12 box. Therefore, if you want to bet the 12, 11, 3, or 2, don’t call them Hop bets. Instead, simply tell the stickman which number you want to bet, such as, “Box cars for a dollar, please!”