The most common bet on a craps table, and the one in which you should become the most familiar with, is the Pass Line Bet, known as the “Front Line”. The odds are good for this bet, considering that only an initial roll of a 2,3 or 12 will produce a losing bet. A 7 or 11 creates a win right off the bat, while any other number establishes the Point, which must be rolled again, before a 7 is rolled, in order to win…Not bad odds.
Just the opposite of the Pass Line Bet, but just as easy to win, is the Don’t Pass Line Bet, known as the “Black Line”. This bet will produce a winner with a come-out roll of 2 or 3, and a loser with a come-out roll of 7 or 11. A roll of 12 produces a Stand Off, which is essentially a Tie – No win, no loss. Any other number establishes the Point. However, the difference is that a 7 must be rolled before the Point is rolled again, in order to win.
Remember these two bets inside and out, because they will be the most frequent bets you will make with a good Craps Strategy.
Also, familiarize yourself with all the “One Roll” bets, which are wagers made on the next roll of the dice, at any time during a game. They are the “One Roll” bet, “Any Craps” bet, “Craps 2” bet, “Craps 12” bet, “Any 7” bet, “Eleven” bet, “Field” bet and “Horn” bet. These can be reviewed on the “Craps Rules” page of this site.
The most sound craps strategy is one that takes full advantage of the dice streaks that are bound to occur. Specifically, a good streak is one in which the shooter (dice roller) goes without rolling a 7 for many consecutive rolls. The bets that take advantage of this are the Pass Line Bets and Come Bets. (Both with supplemental wagers) Some gamblers like to make as many Come Bets as needed to cover all the Point numbers, while others do not. Our recommendation is to not overuse the Come Bet, as this can become risky in the long run. The safest route is to make a Pass Line Bet initially. If it does not win on a 7 or 11, and the point becomes established, place two Come Bets. In this method, you will have three bets alive on the table. As soon as a Point is made again for one of the bets, place another Come Bet so that three numbers will always be working for you.
In summary, begin with making a Pass Line Bet. If the Point is established on the come-out roll, give a supplemental wager on top of your original Pass Line Bet. When the second point is established (4,5 6,8,9 or 10) place a Come Bet. When the third point is established, place an additional Come Bet. In the meantime, if any of your three bets wins, replace it with another Come Bet.
For example, let’s say you make a Pass Line Bet, and a 5 is rolled on the come-out. (This becomes the first Point, and if rolled again before a 7, your Pass Line Bet will win). Let’s say that the second roll of the dice is a 9. This becomes the second point. Place a Come Bet on this number. (If a 9 is rolled again at any time before a 7, the bet wins) If the third roll of the dice produces a 4, this will become the third point. Place a Come Bet on this number. (If a 4 is rolled again at any time before a 7, the bet wins) At this point, you have three numbers working for you. As soon as one of these numbers wins and is paid off, replace it with another Come Bet. This way, you will at least get a few winners before the shooter seven’s out.
And remember, be aware of the “One Roll” bets you can make at any time. To take full advantage of them, do not overuse them. The best odds are on the “Field Bet” and the “One Roll Bet”. Use them when you are up in profit. That way, if they lose, your bankroll will not be drastically hurt.