The Pass Line Bet
Maybe the most simple type of bet would be called the Pass Line bet, a bet that pays even money (you bet $5 to win $5.) All you have to do to make such a bet is wait for a Come-Out Roll and place your chips on the Pass Line area on the table. The shooter will roll the ‘come out roll’ once the bets have been placed and depending on the total that would have been rolled, here are the likely scenarios:
- You win with a 7 or 11, this is called a ‘Natural.
- You lose with a 2, 3 or 12, this is called ‘Craps’.
- With any other number such as 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, this would result in the black puck being placed on the number and this becomes the ‘Point’ taking you to an Extra Round.
The Extra Round
The number that was rolled to get you to this extra round is called the ‘Point’, and a black puck marker is placed on that number. From here, to get to the Pass Line for the win you would need to then roll this number again. If however, you hit any other number than the original ‘Point’ or 7, the game will keep going and the dice will continue to be rolled. At this point, you can place alternate bets between rounds. If the shooter at this point throws a 7, the ‘Don’t Pass’ line bet will win, while the Pass Line bet loses. When the rounds are over, all winning or losing bets are immediately paid out. The players who placed bets on the ‘Pass Line’ or ‘Don’t Pass’ are paid even money for a win, but if you have placed a mix of bets there are many more wagers that would be available to you.
Win | Lose |
Roll a 7 or 11 on the first roll,
-or- Roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, and roll it again before a 7 comes up | Roll a 2, 3, or 12 on the first roll,
-or- Roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 and then a 7 before you roll the original number again |
Still confused? Then here’s a sample game. Assume you place another ‘Pass Line’ bet every time you win or lose.
Once a Point has been made, any dice rolls that are not 7 are all called numbers. If you’re the player to be throwing numbers, this would mean that you’re on a roll. This happens because normally you’d be making lots of throws without hitting the 7.
Come Bet
Here is a betting type that allows you to make similar bets to the ‘Pass Line’ bet after a Point has been set. A ‘Come Bet’ will turn the next throw of the dice into a Come-Out Roll, you win with a 7 or 11, but you lose if a 2, 3 or 12 is established. It also sets a new Come Point that will win if the Point number is rolled again prior to a 7, and will lose if a 7 is thrown prior to the Point. It is only possible to place a Come Bet if a point has been set for the table.
We now know that Odds Bets pay awesome odds, so it would come as great news that you can back your Come Bets with an Odds Bet just like you can back a Pass Line bet. Similarly with the Pass Line bet, before you can make your Odds Bet you have to wait for a Come Point to be made. Placing a Come Bet can actually make your game a bit more interesting because knowing if you have won or lost with a Come Bet is pretty quick unlike a Pass Line bet where you could be waiting a long time.
Here’s how a sequence of rolls might play out:
New Round | Win: 7 or 11 Lose: 2, 3, 12 Set a Point: 4,5,6,8,9,10 |
7 | You win! New round begins with the same shooter. |
New Round | Win: 7 or 11 Lose: 2, 3, 12 Set a Point: 4,5,6,8,9,10 |
12 | You lose. New round begins with the same shooter. |
New Round | Win: 7 or 11 Lose: 2, 3, 12 Set a Point: 4,5,6,8,9,10 |
4 | Point is set. Marker is moved onto the 4. You place your Odds bet below your Pass Line bet. You win both bets if a 4 is rolled again before a 7. You also place a Come Bet. |
PASS LINE: Win: 4 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: Everything else
COME BET: Win: 7 or 11 Lose: 2, 3, or 12 Creates a Point: Everything else | |
6 | Come Point is set. Come Bet is moved onto the six. |
PASS LINE: Win: 4 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: Everything else
COME BET: Win: 6 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: Everything else | |
3 | No effect |
10 | No effect |
6 | You win the Come Bet! You place another Come Bet. |
PASS LINE: Win: 4 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: Everything else
COME BET: Win: 7 or 11 Lose: 2, 3, or 12 Creates a Point: Everything else | |
9 | Come Point is set. Come Bet is moved onto the nine. |
PASS LINE: Win: 4 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: Everything else
COME BET: Win: 9 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: Everything else | |
6 | No effect. |
3 | No effect. |
4 | You win the Pass Line Bet and the Odds Bet that went with it! The marker is moved back to the side. New round begins with the same shooter. Your Come Bet is still active, awaiting a nine to win. |
New Round | PASS LINE: Win: 7 or 11 Lose: 2, 3, 12 Create a Point: 4,5,6,8,9,10 COME BET: Win: 9 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: 4,5,6,8,9,10 |
3 | You lose the Pass Line bet. Dice pass to the next shooter. |
New Round | PASS LINE: Win: 7 or 11 Lose: 2, 3, 12 Create a Point: 4,5,6,8,9,10 COME BET: Win: 9 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: 4,5,6,8,9,10 |
11 | You win the Pass Line Bet. New round begins with the same shooter. |
New Round | PASS LINE: Win: 7 or 11 Lose: 2, 3, 12 Create a Point: 4,5,6,8,9,10
COME BET: Win: 9 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: 4,5,6,8,9,10 |
7 | Here’s something interesting: You win the Pass Line bet, but you lose the Come Bet!
New round begins with the same shooter. |
New Round | PASS LINE: Win: 7 or 11 Lose: 2, 3, 12 Create a Point: 4,5,6,8,9,10 |
8 | Point is set. You make an Odds Bet on the Pass Line, and you also make a Come Bet. |
PASS LINE: Win: 8 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: Everything else
COME BET: Win: 7 Lose: 2, 3, or 12 Set a Come Point: Everything else | |
6 | Come Point is set. You can make an Odds bet on your Come Bet, but you chose not to because you’re superstitious. |
PASS LINE: Win: 8 Lose: 7 Doesn’t Matter: Everything else
COME BET: Win: 6 Lose: 7 Set a Come Point: Everything else | |
4 | No effect. |
4 | No effect. |
11 | No effect. |
10 | No effect. |
7 | You lose both the Pass Line bet and the Come Bet. Marker is moved back to the side. New round begins with the new shooter. |
With the Come Bet you don’t have to stop once you have established two points; you can keep placing bets and establishing new Come Points, this does come with a risk as you might very well lose more money. Just imagine that you’ve just placed a Pass Line bet, here’s a potential (simple to understand without odds) scenario:
Example
- If you roll a 6 you set a Point and a Come Bet is made.
- If you roll a 10 you set a Come Point and another Come Bet is made.
- If you roll a 4 you set the second Come Point and another Come Bet is made.
- If you roll a 9 you set the third Come Point and another Come Bet is made.
- If you roll a 5 you set the fourth Come Point and another Come Bet is made.
- If you roll a 4 you place another Come Bet and win on the second Come Point.
- If you roll an 8 you will set another Come Point.
- If you roll a 7 you lose everything, all bets on the table!
The Don’t Pass Bet
Here’s a bet that isn’t so popular since it involves betting against the shooter and most of the time also betting against all other players. This is a bet where you are forecasting that the shooter will not make the point, basically saying that a 7 will be thrown before the point number appears. In the initial stages of a Pass Line Bet you lose on a 7 or 11, and to win you need a 2 or a 3. It is called a ‘push’ if you land on a 12. After this you go to the second stage where the good bets will be the seven’s.
The Don’t Come Bet
With this type of bet you are specifically betting on the 7, so you are saying that no number will appear before the 7 is drawn. On the first roll you will lose on a 7 or 11 and win on a 2 or a 3, the exact opposite of a Come Bet, and once again if a 12 is thrown, this will be a push giving you your money back. In this game a Don’t Come Point is established and if a 7 is rolled before that specific number, you’ll get paid.
Figures taken from The Wizard of Odds, then rounded | House Edge on Pass Line + Odds together | House Edge on Don’t Pass + Odds together |
No odds | 1.41% | 1.36% |
1x | 0.85% | 0.68% |
2x | 0.61% | 0.46% |
3x | 0.47% | 0.34% |
5x | 0.33% | 0.23% |
10x | 0.18% | 0.12% |
100x | 0.021% | 0.014% |
The Don’t Pass Bar
The Don’t Pass Bar section which is located right beside the Pass Line section, is just the opposite of what the Pass Line Bet does. If you remember a seven or eleven on a come out roll on a Pass Line wins, so therefore a seven or eleven on the Don’t Pass Bar on a come out roll loses. Also the craps 2, 3 or 12 on a come out which will lose on a Pass Line will now win if you’re betting on the Don’t Pass Bar. The Pass Line is when you’re betting with the shooter against the house. Your Don’t Pass Bar being just the opposite means you’re betting with the house and against the shooter. The Don’t Pass Bar is just the opposite of what the Pass Line bet is. Remember on a seven eleven on the pass line on the come out roll your bet would win, so therefore, a seven eleven on the come out roll on the Don’t Pass Bar that bet is going to lose. In craps a 2, 3 or 12 on a Pass Line Bet on the come out roll is of course going to lose so therefore, a 2, 3 or 12 on a come out roll on the Don’t Pass Bar is going to win.
Field
On each side of the table you will find a section that would include the numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12, the section would be the Field area. To play you would need to lay down the chips yourself and you don’t need to place them on any particular number, the bet counts if the chips are in the Field area. These types of bets are One-Roll and they pay even money except when a 2 or a 12 is rolled. The 2 normally pays 2 to 1and the 12 normally pays 3 to 1. So in a nutshell, you win if 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 is rolled and you lose if 5, 6, 7, or 8 is rolled. You might think that being able to win with so many numbers is easy however don’t let the perception fool you because the losing numbers 5, 6, 7, and 8 have a much higher chance of being rolled. The house edge on such bets is around 5.55%.
Big6 and Big8
You can place such a bet at any time, they are easy bets and they pay even money. To place this type of bet, go to the Big 6 and Big 8 area of the table and put down your chips on either or both the 6 and the 8 and hope that these numbers are rolled before the 7. Some players argue that Big 6 and Big 8 bets should be avoided since the house edge is over 9%. However if you like the number 6 and 8, throw in a Place Bet on number 6 because with a house edge of only 1.52%, it pays 7 to 6.