Whirl Bet - World Bet in Craps
The whirl bet is sometimes known as the world bet in craps and they are the same exact thing. This bet consists of a combination of bets that includes the horn bet and the any seven bet. The horn bet itself is a combination of different bets in which you are wagering on the shooter rolling a 2, 3, 11 or 12. Any of these numbers wins the horn bet. The other part of the whirl bet is the any 7 wager. All you need to do there is get a seven.
This bet is interesting because the any seven bet serves as a type of hedge bet. For example, if the shooter rolls a 7, the player will win just as much as they would lose on the horn, essentially breaking even. The player would win a profit on the horn bet though, but not as much since they would lose some money on the 7 bet. The world bet is all about risk management.
The actual odds of winning the whirl bet are 2:1. The payout odds are a little more complicated though. If the shooter rolls a 2 or 12, the payout is 26:5. If the shooter rolls a 3 or 11, the payout is 11:5. If the shooter rolls a 7, the payout is 0:1, which results in a push and you get your money back. Overall, the total house edge ends up being 13.33%. So given how complicated this bet is, the house edge is pretty bad and not good for the player. Although, it depends on the rules of the casino. Some casinos allow a payout of 5:1 on sevens instead of 4:1, which would provide some major improvements in the odds.
I tried to display the whirl bet below in a screenshot. Unfortunately, this table does not have a horn bet spot on the craps proposition betting layout. So I put chips on all four numbers included in the horn bet (Otherwise you just need to put that stack of chips on the horn bet layout). Then I put some chips on the any seven spot. If you were at a land based casino, the dealer would probably know what a whirl or world bet is and they would just do everything automatically for you.
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