The pass line and don't pass bettors are given another option once the shooter has established his point. They are allowed to place a bet behind their pass line or don't pass bet called an odds bet. The odds bets can be the same amount as the pass line (single odds), twice the amount of the pass line (double odds or 2 x odds), three times the amount of the pass line (triple odds of 3 x odds), five times the amount of the pass line (five-times odds or 5 x odds) and so on. Some casinos offer 10 x odds, some offer 20 x odds, and Binions Horseshoe in Las Vegas and casinos in Mississippi and elsewhere have occasionally offered 100 x odds.

What does this mean in concrete terms? If your bet is $5 on the pass line, you can put the following behind it in odds in the following games:

Pass LineBet
Odds Bet
1 x odds
2 x odds
3 x odds
5 x odds
10 x odds
20 x odds
100 x odds

Is the odds bet a good one? Yes, it's one of the best bets in the house because the casino has no edge on it whatsoever. Nor does the player. If played until eternity, the odds bets would break even for both the player and the house. It is therefore called a fair games. The casino pays off a winning odds bet based on the true odds of that wager.

Put On Your "Reading" Glasses
If you naturally have a great poker face, congratulations. It's a difficult thing to develop. People spend their entire lives developing personalities that are either expressive or not and it can be hard to change just when you become a poker player.

If you don't have a natural poker face, there are a few steps you can take. The first is, in effect, hide. The 2000 World Champion, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, wears a heavy beard, mirrored sunglasses, and a trademark cowboy hat. The combined effect of all three leaves an observer almost nothing to look at. Chris doesn't always use both glasses and hat, but when he "gives it the full Ferguson," his opponents had better hope they can read his breathing or his betting patterns, because there isn't much left.
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