What Is a Pass Line Bet in Craps and How to Play It

What Is a Pass Line Bet in Craps and How to Play It

Craps Pass Line Background

Approaching craps can be intimidating, but once you know how to play the pass line you’ll find that getting started is easy.

We’re covering how to bet the pass line so that you can play craps online.

We’re going to keep this short and to the point, with some direction on where to go if you’re looking to dig deeper.

What is the Pass Line Bet in Craps?

The pass line bet is a bet on the come out and point. On the shooter’s first roll, a pass line bet pays on 7 or 11. If the roll craps out, a 2, 3, or 12, then the pass line bet loses.

After a point number is established:

The pass line bet pays out if the point comes up again before a seven is rolled.

Playing Pass Line Bet Odds

The house advantage on a Pass line bet is estimated at 1.36 to 1.41%, depending on where we are at the come out and and point.

The first roll has a 24% chance of paying out:

Then each subsequent roll has various chances depending on what the point number is.

How To Play the Pass Line

The pass line is played with a couple of basic strategies, and a few combination bets, placing your money at two positions around the board.

The most basic way to play the pass line is to place a pass line bet at the beginning of play. The odds are some of the best you’ll get, and you can watch how the game is played and see the best of other players.

It’s perfect for new players to learn craps at an online casino.

Tip #1: Make an Odds Bet

The odds bet is a side bet that the shooter rolls the point number before they roll a seven.

The odds bet loses if a shooter sevens out.

The odds bet is an EVEN money bet, meaning the house gets no advantages on the wager.

Casinos have limits to how many multiples of your initial Pass Line bet you can make out of an odds bet.

Please Note:

If a Casino advertises 10x odds on craps pass lines, they’re saying you can bet 10x your initial pass line bet in a side odds bet.

This is one of the safest bets you can make on a craps table.

Tip #2: Couple your Pass Line Bet with a Field Bet.

Some players like to take a field bet when pass line bets have low point numbers. Basically, the shooter rolls a four or a ten.

You think you have better odds of getting paid on a 6 or 8, and you’d be right. Place a field bet on a six or eight.

The field bet is only for the next roll, and while you may end up losing more, it could cover your overall losses on the pass line bet for a lower wager with higher risk.

Tip #3: Don’t Get Discouraged by Failed Pass Line Bets

Some players lose at the pass line then jump into a Yo or sucker bet.

Just because the odds failed you once, doesn’t mean it will happen each time, and the pass line bet is still one of your two best options (next to an odds bet) for beating the house. Letting low risk bets fail, but staying the course to play the best odds is the answer.

Avoid high risk bets unless you know what you’re doing and have plenty of craps expertise.

Author: Tamara Kim