On the hop is the name of a wide range of wagers that players can make in the game of craps. First of all, casinos usually will not display or show this bet on the table itself and there is a good reason for it. This is actually why some would say it is a “secret” craps bet. As arcane as that may seem, that does not necessarily mean the odds are that great.
Basically, the “on the hop” craps wager is almost the same thing as the hard way craps bet and the easy way craps wager. All you are doing in this bet is wagering that the shooter will roll a specific combination of the dice. For instance, you could tell the dealer that you would like to bet on “2 and 3 on the hop”. Basically, this means you are wagering that when the dice are thrown, one will be a 2 and the other will be a 3. This is actually the same thing as an “easy 5”.
Players can also wager on rolling double numbers. For instance, you can tell the dealer that you would like to bet on “4 and 4 on the hop”, which is exactly the same thing as a hard eight. Note that the hard eight option is actually displayed on the craps table and it usually pays out 9:1 (or 10:1 depending on casino rule variations). When playing on the hop, you could roll a hard eight and get paid 30:1 odds!
This means you would be paid $30 for ever $1 wagered. You can also wager on the rest of the hard numbers like hard 4, 6, 8, 10 as well as snake eyes and boxcars (2 and 12). All of these will pay out 30:1 odds when you play on the hop. One thing to realize is the “on the hop” bet is a single roll wager, meaning you must roll that specific number on the next roll to win, otherwise you automatically lose. The hard way bets allow players to keep rolling the dice until they win by rolling the number or lose by rolling any seven.
So in the end, the odds stay just the same and the house edge is just as large. In fact, if you wagered on the hop for doubles (hard numbers), the house edge is a whopping 13.89%, which is not ideal at all. Though this bet is still available for players to use while playing craps and players can use it for additional single roll bets instead of the normal multi-roll bets for hard way options.
The reason casinos don’t put this bet on the table is because there are so many possible combinations to wager on if you consider all the easy way bets available. So they just left it out and kept a few of the common ones that are found on the proposition betting area in the center of the craps table, rather than crowding out an already complicated looking table layout. The dealer should know what you are talking about if you are asking to bet “on the hop”.