The Line Bets: The Basic Wagers in Craps

With more than 40 types of bets, craps is undoubtedly one of the most complex, yet incredibly exciting games that can be played in a brick-and-mortar casino. Most players, however, stick to only a handful of betting options, namely the Line bets and the Pass Line, in particular, since it is considered one of the most fundamental and comprehensible wagers in this game.

Those, who play with the Pass Line, bet that the shooter will win and but the game also allows players to bet against the shooter and make a profit if he loses. This style of play – against the shooter and the majority of players around the table, is known as “wrong betting” and in this case, it comes in the form of the Don’t Pass bet. There are several other wagers that can be categorized as Line bets, although they are not made on the long narrow betting area called the Pass Line.

Overall, learning how to make the Line bets is essential when starting to play craps. They are also among the best options for experienced players since they offer a low house edge and should be incorporated in every successful betting strategy.

What Аre the Line Bets?

The Line bets is a small group of wagers that include the Pass Line and the Don’t Pass bets – the two main bets in the game of craps. Along with them, players can make the Come and Don’t Come bets, which are practically the same but are placed later in the game. Lastly, players can take Odds on these main wagers, betting up to 100 times the size of their original stake.

Pass/Don’t Pass Bets
Come/Don’t Come Bets

Playing with Pass Line/Don’t Pass Bets

After the shooter establishes a point in the come-out roll, players can place a Come or a Don’t Come bet, or both at the same time. This may sound too complex for those who play craps for the first time, but after a few rounds, even beginners should be able to follow the game and track several bets at a time. These wagers should be at least the table minimum and at most the maximum betting limit of the table.

How to Make a Come Bet?
How to Make a Don’t Come Bet?

Taking Odds on the Line Bets

Once players learn how to make the basic bets in craps, they can try risking a little more for the opportunity to make greater profits. Rather than making a completely different bet that must be tracked along with the Pass and Come bets, players can simply wager on the same outcome they have already put their money on. These are the so-called Odds bets and their size is usually a multiple of the original bet – it could be 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x, but some casinos allow odds of up to 100x.

Pass Line Odds
Don’t Pass Odds
Come and Don’t Come Odds

Odds and RTP of Craps Line Bets

1The Best Bets in Craps

The right and wrong Line bets, as well as the Come and Don’t Come bets, are among the best wagers that could be made in craps. They offer great odds and a very low house edge in comparison with other wagers in this game. Even though the odds still favor the house over players, the house edge clearly shows which bets are good and which ones are likely to lose more than you would want to.

2House Edge

Those who decide to take Odds on their Line bets should know that although this betting option comes with no house edge at all, it is not independent of the Pass/Don’t Pass and Come/Don’t Come bets.

Bet Type True Odds Payout House Edge
Pass Line 255:04:00 01:01:00 1.41%
Don’t Pass 991:49:00 01:01:00 1.36%
Come 255:04:00 01:01:00 1.41%
Don’t Come 991:49:00 01:01:00 1.36%
Pass/Come Odds 2:1- 4,10 3:2 – 5,9 6:5 – 6,8 2:1- 4,10 3:2 – 5,9 6:5 – 6,8 0.00%
Don’t Pass/Don’t Come Odds 1:2- 4,10 2:3 – 5,9 5:6 – 6,8 1:2- 4,10 2:3 – 5,9 5:6 – 6,8 0.00%