Come in rookies, the betting is fine

September 18, 2007 3:00 AM
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Many new crapshooters don’t understand "come" bets, but they’re very simple — and profitable!

A come bet is like a pass bet, but it’s made after the pass line point is established. You would place your bet in the come box. The next point the shooter rolls becomes your personal point. If the shooter makes it, you win. If he rolls a seven before your point repeats, you lose your bet.

The other rules of a pass line bet also apply to the come bet. While your bet is in the come box, a seven or 11 will win; a two, three or a 12 will lose. As with a pass line bet, you can’t remove your bet once it’s placed.

The real difference between the pass and come bets is the strategy involved to produce favorable results. Many come bet players are more experienced and depend on using hefty odds to produce a profit, so the bankroll involved is higher than that of a regular pass line player.

Come bets also signify which numbers repeat. Players can make multiple bets on these numbers, instead of being confined to only one point number on the pass line.

Here’s an example:

The pass line point is six, and you put a green chip ($25) on the come line. The next roll is an eight, so your bet moves to the eight. That becomes your personal point. Now you can add odds to your bet. Most casinos allow at least 2X odds ($50). If the shooter rolls an eight, you win your bet and get a total of $85 — $25 from your flat bet and $60 from your odds bet. However, if he rolls a seven before he rolls the eight, you lose your bet.

It’s interesting to note that if you have your $25 on the come line and seven rolls, you’ll win your bet, but the players on the pass line will lose theirs, as their pass line points of six had already been established.

Conversely, it’s possible for the shooter to make his six point and leave your come bet on the eight for the next come-out. In this instance, you can call the odds portion of your bet "on" or "off" for the pass line come-out point. If your odds bet is "on" and the shooter rolls a seven, you lose your bet. If he rolls an eight, you win.

Most come players usually call the leftover come bets "on" if they have two or more come bets. If they have just one come bet, it’s called off. This is because the combination of two or more points will roll equal to or more than seven, while any one point number will roll less than the seven does.

There’s one last thing about come bets you should know: "off and on" bet. You can keep placing come bets on every roll, so if you already have a bet on the eight, you can place another come bet. Let’s say the eight rolls again and you win. Normally the dealer will pay off your come bet and remove it, then move the new bet to the eight box and add your odds to it. To make this a lot easier, the dealer will look at you and ask, "off and on?" This means he’ll leave your old bet up, with the same odds, take your new come bet, and pay you for your win. It just makes everything a lot easier for both the dealer and the player.

Come bets are a crap shooter’s way of increasing profits while betting on the "hot" numbers table. Next time you play, give the come bets a try.

As always, good luck at the tables!