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Craps: Come Bets and Don't Pass Bets

Of course, we all like to look at all those pictures advertised by the Casinos. We all want to win.

One of the Casino games most played is Craps. However, betting varies from one to another.

In Come bets, a player may place a Pass line bet any time during the game.

However, such a bet should not be placed before Point rolls, since in such a situation the House edge is too high.

If the next roll is a Point roll, and if a player wants to enter the game right away and make a bet similar to to the Pass line bet, that player should place a Come bet.

Such a bet is made by placing chips on the table, in the Come area, If you place a Come bet before a Come-out roll, your bet will be moved (usually) in the Pass line area.

Now, let assume that Brian made a Come bet. Then: if the outcome of the next roll is seven or 11, he wins even money. If the outcome is two, three, or 12, Brian loses his bet.

If the outcome is any one of the remaining numbers, say, six-- then six becomes the Point for Brian's Come bet. In this case the dealer moves his bet to the Point box marked by the number six.

The bet remains there until either seven or six is rolled. If seven is rolled first, Brian loses his Come bet. If six is rolled first--- then Brian wins even money.

However, if the bet is still in the Come area, a win is paid by the dealer, by placing an equal amount in chips next to the player's bet.

If the bet was moved to a Point box, then the dealer places first an equal amount in chips, next to the bet, and then he moves the total amount to the initial position of the bet, in the Come area.

To sum up the above discussion, we may say that a Come bet wins and loses the same way as a Pass line bet.

Once a Come bet is placed and a Point is established, the bet cannot be removed until either seven or the Point is rolled. The reasons for this rule are the same as in the case of Pass line bets.

Now, with Don't Pass bets, a bet is made by placing chips in the don't Pass area. Such bets can be placed only before Come-out rolls.

For example, John made a Don't Pass bet, immediately before a Come-out roll.

If the outcome of the roll is seven or eleven, John loses his bet; if the outcome is two or three, John wins even money; if the outcome is twelve, he ties. Hence, he neither wins, nor loses.

Suppose the outcome is any other number, then this number becomes the point. The dealer moves the Point markers to the corresponding Point boxes.

The dice continue to be rolled until either seven or the Point is thrown. If seven is rolled first, John wins even money. But if the Point is rolled first, he loses his bet. The payoff for a win is made as in the case of a Pass line bet.

As far as the Don't Pass bets are concerned, the House has the edge on the Come-out roll. However, since the outcome having the best chance is seven, the advantage reverts to the player as soon as a Point is established.

This is why Don't Pass bets are not allowed before Point rolls. The player may remove a Don't Pass bet before a Point roll, but of course this should not be done.