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How to Make a Pass Line Bet or Don't Pass Line Bet in Craps

Learn how to make a pass line bet and a don't pass line bet in this Howcast video about how to play craps.


Hi. I wanted to go over the Pass line and Don't Pass line in craps.

The Pass line is the most fundamental bet in the game, because without a Pass line, then the game doesn't work. The way the Pass line works, when you place your bet, you're betting that on the come out roll they're going to get a seven or eleven. Or if he establishes a point, say it's a six, he's rooting for the six to come out before the seven.

The Don't Pass is the opposite, where instead of betting on the shooter, the Don't Pass better is betting against the shooter. The way that works is that on the come out roll, where a seven or eleven would win for the Pass line, on the Don't Pass line, seven or eleven loses. Two or three wins for the Don't Pass line. The 12, as stated here on the layout, is actually a push.

That's how the house keeps its advantage over all of the players. On any other number, say in this case I rolled an eight, so now eight is the point. Now the Don't Pass better is betting that the shooter is going to roll a seven before rolling an eight.

It's actually after the come out roll that the odds kind of swing toward the Don't Pass line, because the odds of rolling a seven, there are 36 combinations of the dice, seven can come out six ways. Six and eight can come out five ways. Five and nine can come up four ways. Four and ten can come up three ways.

So once a point has been established, the odds just shift into the Don't Pass line's favor. On the contrary, for the Pass line, before a point has been established, then that's when they're at an advantage rolling sevens and elevens after the come out roll.

That is the Pass line and Don't Pass line in craps.

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