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Pass Line Betting Tactic

This tactic involves increasing your odds bet as you make succession passes. The odds bet is the one you make after your point is determined by positioning the bet behind your pass-line bet. It's the only bet on the table that pays off at true odds as follows:

Points 6 and 8 pay 6 to 5

Points 5and 9 pay 3 to 2

Points 4and 10 pay 2 to 1

It's called odds bet because you are taking the odds (and these are actual mathematical odds) that you will make your point. Please memorize the payoff numbers given here because you should always check your payoff by the dealer to ensure it's correct.

Again, the odds bet is an even bet with no built-in casino advantage, so it's an important part of our strategy because when we start even with the casino, the rhythm roll offers an even larger advantage.
which illustrates the odds bet payoff (1) when sour point is 6 or 8; (2) when your point is 5 or 9; and (3) when your point is 4 or 10.

Each of the following steps assumes successive pass-line wins. The essence of this pass-line strategy is to increase your bet one unit after each pass-line win-the increase, however, starts on the odds bet, not the pass-line bet. This up-as-you-win betting tactic exploits our advantage over the casino.

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