bets are very popular with those players who bet with
the dice at the table, and these wagers usually receive
heavy action, especially from high rollers and others
who want to make a lot of money in the quickest possible
These bets are working only after the come-out roll,
and they can be made in denominations ranging from
the house minimum to the house maximum on each or
every one of the place numbers-4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and
10. However, most casinos pay off to $5 on these bets
at better than even money and even money when these
wagers are for less than $5, so it is best to bet
at least $5 on all numbers but the 6 and 8 and to
bet $6 on the 6 and 8, because they are paid off to
The house payoffs are as follows on place numbers:
9-5 on the 4 and 10, 7-5 on the 5 and 9, and 7-6 on
the 6 and 8. Some casinos, particularly the smaller
ones that cater to 25¢ players, will allow payoffs
of less than $5, but for purposes of this section
we'll deal with minimum bets of $5 and $6 on the place
The following chart shows the house payoffs, the correct
payoffs, and the house advantage as the difference
between the house payoff and the true odds, which
we've called the correct payoff.
Number Payoff Correct Payoff House Edge 4 9-5 2-1
6.67% 5 7-5 3-2 4.0% 6 7-6 6-5 1.52% 8 7-6 6-5 1.52%
9 7-5 3-2 4.0%
10 9-5 2-1 6.67%
big time arrived in 2003 with the World Poker Tour,
and its "lipstick cameras" and "live"
commentary (although presentation of the actual hands
was edited in later, as was relevant commentary).
Each show featured the final table of a major stop
on the international tournament circuit and was edited
down to two hours.
Events were first broadcast months after they actually
occurred. Adding to the interest was an educational
tool: presentation of running odds on each hand as
the hand was played out.
Some tournament players initially objected to showing
their hole cards, not wanting to give away their plays.
They changed their minds when they discovered that
televised winners were becoming celebrities who could
sell books and endorse products, although the WPT
itself strictly forbade anyone from wearing any logos.