Betting the Horn High in Craps

There are four different Horn High’s that all bet the same numbers as the Horn. They are the Horn High Yo, Horn High Ace Deuce, Horn High Aces, and the Horn High Twelve.

The difference in each is you are adding an extra unit to one of those bets; the Aces, Aces Deuce, Twelve, or the Yo in order to determine which Horn High you're betting.

Horn High's are great if you want to throw a nickel in, spread your money around a bunch of prop bets, and pick a special number you want to roll, like.. the Yo. "Nickel Horn High Yo!"

Horn High
Roll Pays Wins Loses
Low Side Hits 11:1 3 or 11 Any other number
High Side Hits 26:1 2 or 12 Any other number
Low Side Hits Directly 27:1 3 or 11 Any other number
High Side Hits Directly 57:1 2 or 12 Any other number
  • All the Horn Highs are one roll bets
  • All the Horn Highs must be bet in increments of $5.
Horn high
Up close overhead view of the horn highs on the craps layout.

What Are the Four Different Horn High's in Craps?

If you bet a four-dollar Horn then took another dollar and added it to the Yo then you would be betting a Horn High Yo. If instead you took that extra dollar and put it on the Twelve you would be betting a Horn High Twelve. I presume the Horn High was created in order to make betting simpler. Betting four dollars requires either splashing four (4) dollar cheques or betting a five-dollar cheque then having the Stickperson tell the base dealer to give a dollar change. Either way, it's easier to make a five-dollar bet.

$5 Horn High Yo
Split image. On top is $5 on the Horn High Yo. On bottom is $1 each on the aces, twelve, and ace deuce. There are two dollars on the yo.

Where Is Your Horn High Bet on the Craps Table?

For the most part, all of the Horn Highs are separated into two sections: the left side of the table and the right side of the table. If two players from the same side of the table bet the same Horn High we wouldn’t even be able to fit both cheques in the box. There isn’t enough room for them both so we would have to go over the edges or put the edge of one cheque on top of the other. Whatever we need to do in order to get an understanding of where the bets should be.

Placement of a horn high
Overhead up close view of the Horn High bets and the craps table rail. There are eight color coded spots on the bets referencing eight colored spots on the rail.

What Does the Horn High Pay on a Craps Game?

The Horn High’s are some of the most confusing bets to pay on a Craps table. There are only four payments you need to know in order to pay all the bets but it's knowing when to apply each of those four numbers that makes paying them so difficult. You need to understand a few things before you’ll be able to figure out the payments of the Horn Highs right off the bat.

  • Directly - The Horn High that you bet is the number that rolled. For example, you bet the Horn High Twelve and the Twelve rolled or you bet the Horn High Ace Deuce and the Ace Deuce rolls. That is a direct hit.
  • Indirectly - One of the other numbers rolled. For example, you bet the Horn High Aces and the Twelve rolled or you bet the Horn High Yo and the Aces roll. Those are indirect hits.
  • High Side - The Horn High Aces and the Horn High Twelve pay the exact same when they hit directly or indirectly because both the Aces and the Twelve pay 30 to 1. They are both considered the high side.
  • Low Side - The Horn High Ace Deuce and the Horn High Yo pay the exact same when they hit directly or indirectly because both the Ace Deuce and the Yo pay 15 to 1. They are both considered the low side.

The Horn High will pay one of 4 payments:

  • $57 - High side hits directly. For example, Horn High Twelve, and Twelve rolls.
  • $27 - Low side hits directly. For example, Horn High Yo, and Yo rolls.
  • $26 - High side hits indirectly. For example, Horn High Ace Deuce, and Twelve Rolls.
  • $11 - Low side hits indirectly. For example, Horn High Aces, and Yo rolls.

$5 Horn High Aces and Horn High Twelve

There are three possible outcomes/payments when you have to pay both the Horn High Aces and the Horn High Twelve:

  • $57 - The bet hits directly
  • $26 - The opposite high side number is rolled. E.g. you bet the Horn High Aces and the Twelve rolled.
  • $11 - The low side rolled. E.g. you bet the Horn High Twelve and the Ace Deuce or Yo rolled. Ace Deuce and Yo are the low side numbers.

The Bet Hits Directly - $57

A $5 Horn High Aces has $2 on the Aces and $1 on the other three numbers. If the Aces rolled it would win $60 ($2 x 30) minus $3 (the other losing bets – $1 on each the Twelve, Ace Deuce, and Yo) for a payment of $57.

$5 Horn High Twelve Direct Hit
$1 each on the aces, ace deuce, and yo. There are two dollars on the twelve. Two green dice show 6-6. A bubble reads $57 payment.
$5 Horn High Aces Direct Hit
$1 each on the twelve, ace deuce, and yo. There are two dollars on the aces. Two green dice show 1-1. A bubble reads $57 payment.

$5 Horn High Ace Deuce and Horn High Yo

There are three possible outcomes/payments possible when you pay both the Horn High Ace Deuce and the Horn High Yo.

  • $27 - The bet hits directly.
  • $11 - The opposite low side number is rolled. E.g. you bet the Horn High Yo and the Ace Deuce rolled.
  • $26 - The high side rolled. E.g. you bet the Horn High Ace Deuce and the Aces or Twelve rolled. Aces and Twelve are the high side numbers.

The Bet Hits Directly - $27

A $5 Horn High Yo has $2 on the Yo and $1 on the other three numbers. If the Yo rolled it would win $30 ($2 x 15) minus $3 (the other losing bets – $1 on each the Ace Deuce, Aces, and Twelve) for a payment of $27.

$5 Horn High Yo Direct Hit
$1 each on the aces, ace deuce, and twelve. There are two dollars on the yo. Two green dice show 5-6. A bubble reads $27 payment.