Fleaswatter
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January 12th, 2019 at 8:39:20 AM permalink
If you buy the 4 for \$40 the vig is \$2.
If you lay the 4 for \$40 the vig is \$1.

Why is the vig for buying a number based upon the amount of the bet while the vig for laying a number is based upon the expected win amount?
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7craps
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January 12th, 2019 at 10:49:09 AM permalink
Quote: Fleaswatter

Why is the vig for buying a number based upon the amount of the bet while the vig for laying a number is based upon the expected win amount?

the Buy and Lay bets, as my understanding, came about the same time.
Both being a fair bet
the vig back then (early 1900s) was always collected when the bet was made.

where the Lay bet house edge is less than the buy. (depends on the number)
IF they charged the Lay the same as the Buy (on the bet) and they could have done just that,
the house edge would be higher than the Buy. That could make for less action using the Lay bets

it is just what they did way back to start and has stuck around
trying to make the Lay a better bet than the Buy without gouging the player.
(I did not find a clear answer to this in any of my old books)

interesting to find other thoughts on this
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FCBLComish
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January 12th, 2019 at 4:55:35 PM permalink
Quote: Fleaswatter

If you buy the 4 for \$40 the vig is \$2.
If you lay the 4 for \$40 the vig is \$1.

Why is the vig for buying a number based upon the amount of the bet while the vig for laying a number is based upon the expected win amount?

A \$20 buy bet on the 4 and a \$40 lay bet against the 4 are actually the same bet.

You can choose either side of the bet and pay \$1 (5% of the wager) as vig.
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Fleaswatter
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January 12th, 2019 at 5:53:35 PM permalink
Quote: 7craps

the Buy and Lay bets, as my understanding, came about the same time.
Both being a fair bet
the vig back then (early 1900s) was always collected when the bet was made.

where the Lay bet house edge is less than the buy. (depends on the number)
IF they charged the Lay the same as the Buy (on the bet) and they could have done just that,
the house edge would be higher than the Buy. That could make for less action using the Lay bets

it is just what they did way back to start and has stuck around
trying to make the Lay a better bet than the Buy without gouging the player.
(I did not find a clear answer to this in any of my old books)

interesting to find other thoughts on this

Thank you sounds logical.

Quote: FCBLComish

A \$20 buy bet on the 4 and a \$40 lay bet against the 4 are actually the same bet.

You can choose either side of the bet and pay \$1 (5% of the wager) as vig.

I really do not understand you answer. 5% of the \$40 lay bet wager is \$2.

I agree that a casino will charge \$1 on a \$40 lay against the 4, but it is 5% of the expected win, not 5% of the wager
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unJon
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January 12th, 2019 at 6:12:58 PM permalink
Quote: Fleaswatter

Thank you sounds logical.

I really do not understand you answer. 5% of the \$40 lay bet wager is \$2.

I agree that a casino will charge \$1 on a \$40 lay against the 4, but it is 5% of the expected win, not 5% of the wager

I’ll try for him again. There’s one bet: will the four come before the seven. Taking the yes side (pays 2:1) is a “buy” and the no side is a “lay” (pays 1:2). It’s the same bet and the casino charges the same \$ whichever side you take.

ETA: so if you and I are on the same table and you buy the four for \$20 and I lay the 4 for \$40, the house has a balanced book. Our bets cancel our for them. They are the “same” bet on different sides, and the casino charges the same price for both of them.
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KevinAA
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January 12th, 2019 at 6:24:45 PM permalink
A \$20 buy on the 4 wins \$40 (net). Now you have a total of \$60 in chips to your name.

A \$40 lay against the 4 wins \$20 (net). Now you have a total of \$60 in chips to your name. Same amount.

\$1 cost for the same result, but you get to choose... 1/3 chance that \$20 turns into \$60, or 2/3 chance that \$40 turns into \$60.
billionaireben
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