Saturday, March 25th, 2017

The Pass-Line Bet – Betting the Pass Line in Craps

The most common bet in craps is the pass-line bet, this is also known as the front-line bet. The reason the pass-line bet is so popular is because of the fact that it offers eight different ways to win while it only has four ways to lose. The house edge when playing the pass-line bet in craps is only 1.41% which makes craps one of the casino games with the lowest house advantage.

This is how the pass-line bet works:

  • If a 7 or 11 is rolled on the come-out roll you will win your bet.
  • If the come-out roll is 2, 3, or 12 (known as craps) you will lose your bet.
  • If the come-out roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, that number will become the point, and the following rolls will be point rolls.
  • You will lose if a 7 comes up before the point after the point is decided.

Throughout the point rolls, all of the pass-line bets still have a chance to win if the determined point is rolled before a 7, which could potentially happen on the next roll. In some cases though it could be that the shooter would have to throw the dice 20-30 times before the bet is either won by the point coming up or lost by a 7 being rolled. When a seven is rolled it is called to “seven out”, when a the roller seven’s out all the pass-line bets are lost.

A simple example of a pass-line bet

Let’s say the come-out roll is an 8 which means the white puck is moved to the box with the number 8 with the “ON” side up. For the upcoming rolls you will only have to focus on the numbers 7 and 8 as they are the ones that will determine if you win or lose. All other rolls are meaningless to your pass-line bet. If the 8 comes up before a 7 is rolled you will win and if the 7 comes up before an 8 is rolled you lose. It’s really as simple as that.

What to remember when it comes to pass-line bets

After the point has been established you are not allowed to remove your pass-line bet, but you are however allowed to increase your bet by placing an additional “odds bet”. If you are looking to learn more about the odds bet and its advantages you should read our craps odds bet article.

Now that you are a bit more familiar with the pass-line bet you might want to try out your skills at the real money online craps tables.