Place Bets. Place bets are by far the most popular
number bet, and resemble come bets in that you are
betting on a particulars number to be thrown before
the7. The difference is that your money goes right
to the number instead of to the come line. Thus, if
you put a bet on the table and announce to the dealer,
"Place the 5," your chips are put on your
designated spot in the place-5 box on the layout.
If a p is thrown before 7, you win and are paid off
at 7-to-5 odds. The dealer will place your winnings
in front of you and ask, "Same bet?" You
can say, "Yes," and let the bet stay up
on the placed number; "Take it down," and
your bet will be returned; or "Press it,"
and enough of your winnings will be taken to double
Your odds on placing the 5 are not very good-the house
advantage is 4 percent. If you place the 9, the house
advantage is the same 4 percent. Placing the numbers
4 and 10 are even worse, yielding the casino 6.67
percent. A place bet on the 6 or 8 is a completely
different matter; the casino advantage of 1.52 percent
is just slights more than the 1.41 percent for come
Aggressive come bettors, eager for action, sometimes
place the 6 and 8 right after the come-out roll, replacing
the wager with a come bet if the number comes up.
You must make place bets in increments of $6 to take
full advantage of the odds when you place the 6 or
8. If you place the 4, 5, 9, or 10, you must bet in
increments of $5 at the $5 minimum tables. If you'
bet less than $5, you will be paid even money. If
you bet more, you will be paid the odds on the next
Many craps players believe that place betting gives
them a better deal, and the house less of an advantage,
than come betting. This is not true. Come betting
gives the house a small advantage of 1.41 percent,
as compared to place-betting advantages ranging from
1.52 percent to 6.67 percent. Why the large difference?
Because when you make a come bet, you have a chance
for an immediate winner when a natural 7 or 11 is
thrown. It's true that you also lose immediately when
craps 2, 3, or 12 is rolled, but this occurs only
half as often.
you're going to bet on the river, you should usually
either have a very good hand or nothing. If you bet
with a mediocre hand and everyone folds, you can safely
assume that your mediocre hand would have won a showdown
anyway. With a mediocre hand, you're much better off
checking and calling; you'll pick off some bluffs
from players who never would have called if you'd
bet out. Betting with nothing (bluffing) is okay because
you have a chance to win with your bet, especially
(and here is where most amateurs struggle) if your
betting pattern throughout the hand showed strength.
For the reasons you've read here and the weaknesses
you're about to read about in the next two sections,
the tight-aggressive style is definitely the best
approach to money poker and usually the best to tournament