a point number after having a pass-line bet on that
same number is foolish, for if players have made both
a pass line and odds bet, they will be giving the
house no more than 0.8 percent, while the cheapest
edge the house will have is 1.52 percent if the point
is 6 or 8.
Why do players bet the place numbers when they can
get better odds by betting come bets with free odds?
They do it because most gamblers are impatient people.
When betting the come box, the number must first be
established, and there is a payout only if that number
is repeated. With place numbers the first time that
number is rolled, there is an immediate payoff. However,
for the privilege of being impatient, the gambler
gives the house a greater edge.
Another reason is that come bets are always working,
even on the come-out, and sometimes, in the course
of a hot roll, a 7 is rolled on the come-out, and
all come bets are lost and must be taken down. Place
bets, being off on the come-out roll, are not affected
by these 7s.
Remember that the 7 is the great enemy of the place
numbers except on the come-out roll. When a 7 comes
up on the dice, all place numbers are lost and are
removed from the layout. When betting place numbers,
the gambler is betting that enough of them will repeat
before the 7 is rolled to make the bet worthwhile.
Gamblers are generally unaware of the odds structure
in craps, and for that reason, many of them love the
place numbers. Also they are lazy, and instead of
making continuously solid bets, they'd rather make
just one bet and get the whole thing over with.
Therefore, we suggest that place numbers be not bet
except in an aggressive strategy as outlined in this
Site, and then only the 6 and 8 should be wagered
on. Never give the house more than 1.52 percent, and
in the long run, you stand a very good chance of winning
you are drawing dead, you are putting money into the
pot for the right to draw ca!ds to a hand that cannot
win, even if you make your draw. For example, if it
appears obvious (or at least very likely~ that an
opponent already has a flush, it makes little sense
to invest money trying to make a weaker hand like
This does not mean that straight or flush draws become
unplayable if there is a pair visible, but you must
proceed with caution: If a pair is visible, the possibility
of a full house or even four of a kind must now be