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Place Bets

The casino has its biggest edge on the 4 and 10 and its smallest advantage on the 6 and 8. In fact every place bet but the 6 and 8 gives the house much too great an edge for any player to overcome in the long run. You'd be better off making come bets with free odds, thus giving the casino no more than 0.6 percent or 0.8 percent,

Place bets can be made on all the numbers or on any one of them, and these bets can be removed, reduced, or added to at any time prior to the next roll of the dice. Place bets are working all the time, except on the come-out roll.

To make a place bet, the player gives the dealer sufficient chips and tells him what numbers he wants covered and for what amounts. If any of these numbers repeats or comes up, the player wins and is paid off at house odds immediately.

Most players cover all the numbers at once. For example, gamblers, if they are betting the minimum $5 and $6 on place numbers, will give the dealer $27 if the point is any but the 6 and 8, or $26, if the point is either the 6 and 8, and they will say "across the board" or tell the dealer to "cover all the numbers."

The dealer will then put down $5 on all numbers but the 6 and 8, and $6 on the 6 and 8 if either of these numbers is not a point. The usual procedure is for all numbers to be covered except for the point number, which has the disk in its box. But players may bet the point number as a place number also, if they desire.

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Especially in a money game, you are probably smart to avoid irritating someone who plays weak cards. He might leave the game, or (perhaps as bad or worse) he might start playing better starting hands, because he doesn't want to be embarrassed by another demand to see his cards again. In a tournament, where the player can't leave, and where it might be important to quickly get a feel for how he plays, standing on your right to see an opponent's cards can make more sense.

A new player may slow roll inadvertently. The first player exposes his cards and he looks at the hand for several seconds trying to figure out what the other player has. Then, when he realizes he has the winner, he spreads his own cards. If this happens to you, apologize immediately by saying something like "I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to slow-roll you, I was having a problem reading my hand."
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