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Two Different Pass Lines

4 November 1999

The Crapshooter © 1999 by Larry Edell

When you play craps, you can place a pass line bet at two different times – before the point and after the point. Let's look at the advantages of each of these bets.

Many bettors make their regular pass line bets before the comeout point to take advantage of the 7 and 11, which roll eight times out of 36 rolls. If the 7 or 11 rolls before the comeout point, you win your bet.

Unfortunately, if the 2, 3 or 12 rolls, it is a "craps" roll and the pass line bettors lose. This three number combination rolls only four times out of 36, compared with eight times for the 7 and 11. Therefore, the pass line bettor has an 8:4 or 2:1 advantage before the come out. The disadvantage is that you can not remove a pass line bet, so if an unfavorable number is chosen, you must keep that number as your point.

Alternatively, you can wait until after the point is established before placing your pass line bet, so you can choose which number to bet on. For example, you might bet only on the six or eight and not on any other point number. The advantage to waiting and choosing your own point number becomes clear when you are playing at a casino offering 10X or higher odds. In these instances, the higher odds can be more profitable than a regular pass line bet.

On the other hand, if you are wagering $5 with only single or double odds, your advantage lies with making your pass line bet before the come out. As usual, you would make your "flat" bet ($5) and then add your odds bet ($10).

Let's look at some examples, played at a 10X odds table.

You are a $5 bettor and have a bankroll of $100. You obviously cannot afford to add 10X odds to each bet. If you did, you would not stay in the game for long, because you would be able to make only one $55 ($5 plus $50 odds) bet. So you decide to place your flat bet before the come out and add 2X odds.

On the other hand, let's say you are a $5 bettor with a $500 bankroll, and you want to play very conservatively. Since the 6 or 8 rolls more than any other point, you can wait until after the comeout roll to see if either of these numbers is the point. Then, just place a $5 pass line bet with $50 odds. With this larger bankroll you can make quite a few bets and win more money by waiting and betting on the more popular points.

Remember that each craps game you play is different, and you should get used to switching strategies. If you have a low bankroll, try betting pass line before the come out. But if you are offered 10X odds and have a high bankroll, trying waiting until after the point before choosing your bet!

And, as always, good luck at the tables!

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:

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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