bet is made prior to a come-out roll, and to make
this wager, the player must put chips in the area
designated as pass line. In order to win this bet,
one of the following must occur:
-- On the come-out roll a 7 or 11 is rolled. This
is an immediate winner on the pass line, and the bets
are paid off at even money.
-- If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is thrown on the come-out
roll, then that number is designated as the point,
and it must be repeated before a 7 is thrown for the
pass line bettor to win.
For instance, if the number rolled on the come-out
is a 5, that is the point. If, after rolling the 5,
the shooter rolled 2, 3, 6, 10, 12, 8, 11, and then
5, the pass-line bettors would win their bets. This
is so because the 5 was repeated before a 7 was thrown.
All numbers other than the point number 5 and 7 were
immaterial and didn't affect the pass-line bettor's
bettors lose their wagers if the following occurs:
-- On the come-out roll, a 2, 3, or 12 (all called
"craps") is rolled. The shooter is said
to crap out, and this roll is an immediate loser for
the pass-line bettors.
-- If a point number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) has been
established on the come-out roll, and a 7 is rolled
before the point was repeated.
A losing sequence of numbers might look like this:
6 (the point), 8, 9, 4, 11, 3, 7. Since the 7 came
up before the 6 was repeated, it's a losing roll for
pass-line players. All the other numbers would have
no bearing in determining a win or loss on this pass-line
A pass-line bettor is called a right bettor. This
term has nothing to do with morality, but is the expression
used for a player wagering with the dice. Most players,
approximately 90 percent of the gamblers at a craps
table, are right bettors, for reasons we'll go into
To summarize the pass-line bet:
-- On the come-out roll, a 7 or 11 is an immediate
-- A 2, 3, or 12 is an immediate loser on the come-out
-- If a point number is rolled on the come-out, that
number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10) must be repeated before
a 7 is rolled for the pass-line player to win. If
a 7 comes up before the point is repeated, the pass-line
A pass-line bet, once made, cannot be removed or reduced.
the low side, though, it's fairly common, especially
in high-low games where players see many cards, to
get ties on low hands. Someone who owns a wheel can
face a difficult decision. He can't be beaten low,
but he certainly can be tied for low, and if he swings
(declares both ways) when someone else also has a
wheel, all kinds of unusual situations can arise.
Suppose that the rule is if you go both ways, you
must win both ways; a tie is considered a loss. With
two players in at the end, each with a wheel, if one
swings and the other doesn't, the non swinger gets
the whole pot (if they both swing, they split). If
the rule is that you can tie, the swinger would get
three quarters if his opponent declares low-only or
high-only, or half if his opponent swings.