Craps table: How to Play the “Don’t Pass” line

Playing the “Don’t Pass” line in craps is a betting strategy that goes against most players at the table. When you bet on the Don’t Pass line, you essentially bet that the shooter (the person rolling the dice) will not win. Here are the steps to play the Don’t Pass line in craps:

Understand the Basics: Before you place any bets, understand the basic rules of craps. Know the different types of bets, the terminology, and how the game works.

Find a Craps Table: Locate a craps table at the casino with an available spot to join.

Buy Chips: Exchange your money for casino chips at the table. Place your money on the table and wait for the dealer to exchange it for chips. Each player gets a different color of chips to distinguish their bets.

Place Your Bet: To play the Don’t Pass line, wait for the “come-out” roll, the first dice roll in a new betting round. After the point has been established, place your bet in the “Don’t Pass” area of the table.

The Come-Out Roll: If the come-out roll is a 2 or 3, you win even money (1:1). If it’s a 7 or 11, you lose your bet. If it’s a 12, it’s typically considered a push (a tie), but some casinos may treat it as a win for the Don’t Pass bet. Any other number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) becomes the “point.”

Point Phase: If a point is established, the goal is for the shooter to roll a seven before rolling the point number again. If the shooter rolls a 7 before the point, you win. If they roll the point before a 7, you lose.

Odds Betting: In some casinos, you can make additional bets behind your Don’t Pass line bet. This is called “laying the odds.” It’s a way to increase your potential winnings and exposure to losses. The odds bets in the Don’t Pass line are typically paid at true odds, meaning there’s no house edge on this part of the bet. Ask the dealer about the casino’s specific rules for odds betting.

Collect Your Winnings: If you win, the dealer will pay you even money for your Don’t Pass line bet. If you place odds bets, those will also be paid out according to the odds associated with the point number.

Continue Playing: You can continue to play the Don’t Pass line for as long as you like, or you can stop and collect your winnings anytime.

Etiquette: Be aware of the etiquette at the craps table. Don’t celebrate too loudly if you win on the Don’t Pass line, as most players at the table will likely be betting on the Pass line.

Remember that craps are a game of chance, and while the Don’t Pass line can be a lower house edge bet, risk is still involved. Make sure to manage your bankroll wisely and only gamble with money you can afford to lose.

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