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A New Use for an Old Bet

30 October 2000

The Crapshooter
© 2000 by Larry Edell

A put bet is an old, rarely used wager that was made on the pass line after the shooter established his point. For example, say you have no bets and the shooter rolls a six, your favorite number. You can then put a bet down on the pass line and take the maximum odds.

The reason why more people didn't make this bet is because it was just not profitable for the average Crapshooter. You miss out on the come-out seven and eleven, where the pass line player has a big advantage in a 2X odds casino. However, in many resorts 5X or 10X (or higher) odds are available, so this bet has come back into vogue. The higher odds being offered more than offset the seven/eleven come-out advantage.

But what if the only casino near you is a 2X odds casino? You could still make a put bet after the come-out, but it is still more profitable to make a pass line bet and take advantage of the come-out seven/eleven.

Let's say you bet $5 on the pass line. You win with a come-out seven, leave $5 up, and end up with a pass line point of six. However, if you knew in advance that the point was going to be a six or eight, you would have bet more because those are the two most popular point numbers. Also, in a 2X odds casino, you are limited in your odds to 2X your flat bet.

Now, here is a brand new use for the old put bet. Just make a SECOND pass line bet (a put bet). Instead of placing it next to your original bet, tell the dealer that you are adding it to your pass line bet. Then take maximum odds. This is perfectly legal in most casinos, but make sure the dealer knows what you are doing, so you get the correct payoff.

As you probably know, the odds on the six (or eight) point are 6:5, so if you have a $5 bet with $10 (2X) odds you get $5 (for the flat portion) plus $12 for the odds portion or a total of $17. If you add just $5 to your flat bet (total $10) most casinos will allow you to take $25 odds (2-1/2X odds) instead of $20, just to make payments easier. So, if the six hits you'll win $10 for your flat bet plus $30 for the odds - a total of $40! Plus, you have the added advantage of a come-out seven/eleven, and a minimum flat bet in case the point was other than a six or eight.

Of course, you can use this method on other points as well, but the six and eight are the only points that will give you more than 2X odds on a 2X odds table.

Remember to start out with a $5 pass line bet and, if the point is a six or eight, make a put bet for $5 and add it to your $5 flat bet. Then, just place $25 in odds behind your $10 bet.

Give it a try the next time you play.

And, as always, good luck at the tables!


For more information about craps, we recommend:

How To Make Your Living Playing Craps by Larry Edell
Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps by Tina Trapp
Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos: How to Play Craps and Win! by Frank Scoblete
Forever Craps by Frank Scoblete
The Captain's Craps Revolution! by Frank Scoblete
Sharpshooter Craps Audio Cassette Tape (60 minutes) with Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Craps! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
Larry Edell

If you would like a free copy of "The Crapshooter", the only newsletter devoted exclusively to casino craps, just send a stamped envelope to The Crapshooter, Dept. RGT., Box 421440, San Diego CA 92142. We'll also send info on our books "Make Your Living Playing Craps" and, "Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps", as well as a free catalog, and a special free offer!

Purchase Larry's book, "Make Your Living Playing Craps" available online here.

Larry Edell Websites:

www.TheCrapShooter.com
Larry Edell
If you would like a free copy of "The Crapshooter", the only newsletter devoted exclusively to casino craps, just send a stamped envelope to The Crapshooter, Dept. RGT., Box 421440, San Diego CA 92142. We'll also send info on our books "Make Your Living Playing Craps" and, "Tina Trapp's Guide to Craps", as well as a free catalog, and a special free offer!

Purchase Larry's book, "Make Your Living Playing Craps" available online here.

Larry Edell Websites:

www.TheCrapShooter.com