The do’s of Don’t

Apr 27, 2004 1:11 AM

Want to know the secret of betting from the "Don’t" side?

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Besides being an unpopular bet, the Don’t Pass is a dangerous one to make. Before the point is established, the casino clearly holds the advantage.

You will win your bet if a 2 or a 3 rolls, but lose your bet if a 7 or 11 rolls — just the opposite from the Pass line. (On the Don’t Pass, the 12 is a "push.")

The 2 and 3 combination rolls three times in a sampling of 36 rolls, while the 7 and 11 combination rolls eight times.

So, with your bet in the Don’t Pass box, you are favored to lose by an 8-to-3 margin.

To make matters worse, if the point does become established, you might want to make three Don’t Come bets. This 8-3 casino advantage is present, not only for the initial Don’t Pass bet, but for the three additional Don’t Come bets as well.

However, once you get past the come-out rolls, you hold the advantage on any number, either on the Don’t Pass or Don’t Come line.

So, your Don’t Pass plus three Don’t Come bets could be highly profitable, in only there was some way of protecting your initial bets.

Well, there is a method that the craps pros use to protect their "Don’t" bets. Let’s take a look.

The easiest way to protect your Don’t Come bet is to temporarily add odds to your Don’t Pass bet. If your Don’t Pass is $10, you should back it up with $10 odds for one roll only, while you place a $10 Don’t Come bet.

If the 7 hits, you lose your Don’t Come bet but win on the Don’t Pass (plus odds bet), so you come out ahead.

After your first Don’t Come is established, you can remove the odds on the Don’t Pass, which was there to protect the first Don’t Come bet from a loss on a possible 7.

Now, you’re home free. Your second Don’t Come bet can be placed with a money loss. If the 7 rolls now, you will win your first Don’t Come bet, lose the second, and win your Don’t Pass bet. If another point number rolls, you can make a third Don’t Come bet as well.

If you don’t like adding odds to your Don’t Pass bet, you can just reduce your second Don’t Come bet to protect the first one. For example, if your first Don’t Come bet is $10, make your second one only $5. This way, if the 7 rolls, you are still ahead by $5.

For an easy hedge bet on the Don’t Pass line, you could try a $2 bet on the hardway number if the point is 4, 6, 8, or 10. If the point rolled is 4 or 10, you would lose your $10 Don’t Pass bet, but win $14 ($2 at 7-1). If the point rolled is 6 or 8, you would lose your $10 Don’t Pass bet, but win $18 ($2 at 9-1).

So, when you play on the Don’t side, use the Don’t Pass odds only as a hedge for your first Don’t Come bet. Why not give this a try the next time you play on the "dark side" of the table!