Oh Craps! Betting the Passline
by Mickey Fletcher, Co-Owner of 3 Aces Casino Parties
A simple passline bet works like this: you place your bet on the passline before a new shooter begins his roll (see diagram below). This is known as the come out roll. If the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 you win (WOOHOO!). If the shooter rolls a 2, 3 or 12, you lose (DOH!). If the shooter rolls any other number, that number becomes the point number. The shooter must roll that number again before a seven is rolled (yea right!). If that happens, you win even money for your passline bet. If a seven is rolled before the point number is rolled again, you lose.
Once the point is established the bettor can make an additional bet behind the passline bet. This is known as the "Odds Bet” or better know as give the casino more money bet. It is the only bet in the casino that does not have a house edge as it is paid off with true odds. Most casinos offer double odds, which means you can make a bet twice the size of your pass line bet ( if your not losing enough already). If your passline bet is $5 you are allowed to make an odds bet of $10.
The odds bet is paid as following:
If the point is 4 or 10 it pays 2 to 1
If the point is 5 or 9 it pays 3 to 2
If the point is 6 or 8 it pays 6 to 5.
A passline bet is the simplest bet you can make on the craps table and it will get you on your way to playing the most exciting game in the casino. Unless one of your friends and we’ll call him S-bird to protect his identity, decides flatulence is a fun game too and clears everyone away from the table, including the elderly couple walking by minding their own business.
An easy way to learn how to play craps is to take advantage of the free lessons that 3 Aces Casino Parties offers at all casino events that we host, or ask about our Private Lessons offering. Our craps dealers will give you the basics and also show you some of the table etiquette (i.e. not having flatulence issues at the table) that will make you feel more comfortable approaching and playing at the craps table when you visit the casinos in Shreveport or Las Vegas.
For more information check out this reference book on Craps.
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