double odds are permitted, wrong bettors must put
down an awful lot of money on the layout if they constantly
lay full double odds. Even though the house has no
advantage on these free odds bets, and even though
they reduce the overall edge the casino has, many
players are loath to lay double odds even when allowed.
In the later discussion of basic winning strategies
for don't bettors we always suggest laying single
odds, for an unlucky streak of repeating numbers can
wipe out wrong bettors in a short time if they've
been laying full double odds.
When a wrong bettor wagers only on the don't pass
line, the house has an advantage of 1.4 percent on
his bet. When single odds are permitted, the house
edge drops to 0.8 percent, and with double odds, it
drops down to 0.6 percent.
Don't come bets are the same as don't pass bets, except
for timing, since these don't come bets can be made
only after a point is established. However, where
single odds are permitted on line bets, single odds
are also permitted on don't come bets, and where double
odds are allowed, a don't bettor can lay double odds
on don't come bets.
All free odds bets made by right or wrong bettors,
whether bet on the line or on the come or don't come,
can be taken down at any time, or reduced. But again,
it is not to the players' advantage to remove or reduce
their free odds bets.
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|Big Cross Isn't
Always a Burden
suppose these Big Cross players are engaging in one
of the more sane versions of the game and get only
two hole cards. What hands are possible and what should
someone be "proud" of?
The best possible hand here is quad deuces, formed
using the horizontal row. Indeed, anyone forced to
use the vertical column is probably in trouble, because
any of the following hands make a full house horizontally:
K-2, 4-2, 7-2, K-K, 4-4, 7-7. Using the vertical column,
a flush is possible because there are three diamonds.
A straight is possible too, but in a game where both
flushes and full houses are possible, players shouldn't
get unduly excited about a straight.
The number of Big Cross variations is almost limitless.
You can play it high-low, you can give players additional
hole cards, and you can impose limitations on how
many board or hole cards a player can use.