Line and Come
The free odds bet is the most important wager that
a gambler can make, since it is the only bet the casino
permits where the house has no advantage over the
player. Yet if we examine the craps layout, there
is nothing on the layout to indicate where or how
this bet can be made. This is an intolerable situation
in my opinion, but there's nothing that can be done
about it, since the Gaming Commission in Nevada and
the Casino Control Commission in New Jersey don't
insist that casinos reveal all the possible bets and
plays at their gaming tables.
A free odds bet can be made by all line bettors and
by all bettors wagering on come and don't come. For
now, we'll cover free odds bets made on the line bets,
either on pass line or don't pass. The only qualification
for these free odds bets is that the wager must be
made in addition to a line bet. In private games this
free odds bet can be made as a completely separate
bet, but not at casino craps.
In most casinos the free odds bet can only be made
in an amount equal to or less than the original bet,
in which case the casino is said to permit single
odds. There are exceptions to this rule, however,
which will be covered in a later part of this section.
For the time being, let's examine how a pass-line
bettor makes a free odds bet, and what the ? bet is
Let's assume that a right bettor has bet $10 on the
pass line, hoping that the dice will win. After making
the bet, the shooter, on the come-out roll, throws
a point number, either a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. After
any of these numbers have been established as the
point, the right bettor may now make an additional
bet behind the original bet, or behind the pass line,
at free odds.
player who pleads for doubled stakes one week while
losing should not object on another occasion when
he is winning.
Usually, the player who has pleaded for the increased
stakes to get even loses even more during that last
period. If this regularly happens, particularly to
someone who cannot afford the loss, you need to decide
just how serious you are. Whether or not you have
a moral duty to look out for another player's best
interests really depends on whether the game truly
is a "friendly" game, or whether, as is
often the case in poker, everyone is trying to maximize
his own winning chances.
If your game is truly friendly, even though for serious
stakes, it makes sense to help a player protect himself
from his short-term bad judgment. Most of the time,
even when the players like one another, everyone is
presumed to be "a grown-up" and must protect
himself. In such situations, you may still want to
protect a player from himself, figuring that you can
shear a sheep many times, but only kill him once.
It is often better to ensure the longevity of the
game than worry about temporary unhappiness of one