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Pass Line Bet in Craps

The pass line bet is the most common wager used in the game of craps. This is considered a line bet because there is a large line area on the table layout where you can place your chips. The bet itself is simple, you are essentially wagering that the shooter will roll a 7 or 11 on the come out roll to win. If the shooter rolls a 2, 3, or 12 (which are craps numbers), then the player loses the bet.

If the dice lands on a point number such as 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, then that number will be established as the point number. If you have wagered on the pass line, then the shooter must roll that same point number before rolling a 7 in order to win the bet. Remember, the seven is the most probable number to roll out of all the others. You basically have the advantage on the come out roll and the disadvantage if you have to roll the point later on in the round.

Winnings are paid out 1 to 1, so these are even odds. The actual odds are 251:244 of winning this bet and this is almost even by itself. Because of this, the house edge is only a small 1.41%, making this one of the best bets in the game and in the house. I displayed the bet below so you can get an idea of where this is on the craps table. If you click on the image, you can play the free flash game using this same table.

When players make a pass line bet, they can also wager an additional pass line free odds bet after the point has been established. These free odds bets have no house edge and are the best mathematical wagers you can make in any casino game!

pass line bet
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