Pass Line Bet
Before we talk about how to make a Pass Line bet in Craps it is important to understand what we are actually betting on.
The first dice roll in any round is called the come out roll. This roll can be the first roll of a new shooter or it can be the start of a new round. In a live casino the shooter is the only one that is required to bet on the Pass Line.
Rules of the Pass Line Bet
On the come out roll, if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 everyone who bet on the Pass line will automatically be a winner. When this occurs it is called a Natural.
If the shooter rolls a 2, 3, or 12 on the come out roll, whoever bet on the Pass Line automatically loses. When you roll a 2, 3 or 12 that is called a Craps.
By now you are probably thinking what happens if the shooter rolls one of the other numbers? Well this is where things start to change up a little bit. If the shooter rolls a 4,5,6,8,9 or 10 that number then becomes the shooters ‘Point.’
When the point is established you will see a white marker moved onto that number on the board so everyone knows what the point is. This marker is called a Marker Puck. This puck has two sides one of which is black and the other is white. When it is black it means that a point hasn’t been established yet and isn’t on a number. When the point is established it is turned over so it is white onto the numbers on the Craps table. The numbers that the puck moves onto are called Point Boxes.
The shooter then must roll that number again before he rolls a 7 to win. If he rolls a 7 before he rolls the point he loses. If the shooter doesn’t roll the point or a 7, he will keep rolling until rolls one of them. After that happens that is the end of the round and we can bet again.
Pass Line Bet in Action
Barry places a $10 bet on the Pass Line. He rolls the dice and it’s a 9. Because it isn’t a 7 or 11 he didn’t win. He also avoided rolling a 2, 3 or 12 so he didn’t lose either. The 9 now becomes his point. He rolls again and it’s a 5. This is neither his point, nor a 7 so he rolls again. The next roll is a 9 and he has rolled his point number. Because Barry bet $10 he wins another $10. So Barry now has $20 (double his money) for winning his pass line bet.
One of the reasons why betting on the Pass Line is so popular is because of the small house edge. In Craps this can be one of the best bets you can make because the house has only a 1.41% edge.
One of the other reasons betting the Pass Line is popular is because if you play in a live casino you are betting with the shooter. When the shooter wins, you win, so everyone is happy. This is why you see everyone jumping up and down when the shooter wins.
Learn How to Bet the Pass Line
If you were to learn just one bet, this is the one that you want to learn. It has a small house edge and is exciting to bet on. At the same time that you are having fun, you won’t be bleeding money because the odds are almost even. When you understand this bet it is easy to comprehend the rest of the bet types. If you can understand this concept the rest of the game will be simple and you can pick it up quickly.