The Don't Pass Bet
If you're in a land based casino and having a good time at the craps table,
maybe making a few new friends, then you should probably avoid making the don't
pass bet. Essentially it's like betting against the shooter, commonly referred
to as betting 'against the dice'. This means that when pass line bettors and
the shooter win, you lose, and more importantly when you win, they all lose.
Not the best way to make friends. Playing online craps however annuls this restriction
on the don't pass bet, as there is no real shooter or set of people playing
with the dice to upset. At the casino though good vibes are as important as
anything else at the craps table, so I don't recommend putting out any bad vibes
by playing against the dice.
To make a don't pass bet move your chips to the narrow strip just above the
pass line, labeled clearly with the words 'don't pass'. You can think of the
don't pass bet as the opposite of the pass bet, when the pass bet would win,
the don't pass bet loses, and vice versa. This means you lose on a 7 or 11 on
the come-out roll, but win on a 2 or 3. A 12 on the come-out rule is a tie, just
like a push in blackjack. If a point is set, the don't pass bettors win if a
7 is hit before the point (notice how a lot of other 'with the dice' people
at the table will be quite unhappy when this happens, and even more unhappy
when you collect money on their bad fortune).
seems awfully nice of the casino to offer an opposite bet of the normal one,
wouldn't you think the house edge would also flip and give you the advantage
in this situation? Indeed, only if the casino kept its numbers straight. Unfortunately
though, on a don't pass bet with odds, the casino pays out crappy amounts. The
odds of a seven coming out before a ten are quite good, so the casino has to
hedge its bet in a way, and alter its payouts.
See the Don't Pass
Bet demonstrated here.
Pass Line Bet
| Pass line
bet with odds | The
The don't pass bet
| The come bet
| The don't come bet
The hard way bet
| The place bet
| Proposition bets
| Big 6/big 8