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Betting 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 at craps.

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