# Playing the ‘don’t’ bets

Aug 17, 2004 7:31 AM

Sometimes a craps player may feel the table just isn’t going well. There may be lots of short rolls and seven outs while your pass or place bets go down the drain! Rather than walk away, why not switch to the Don’t side of the table and see if you can recoup some of your losses?

Making a switch begs the question, which is a better bet, the Don’t Pass or the Don’t Come?

Let’s find out.

With the Don’t Come you are betting flat bets and then adding odds which will pay off less than your bet. Of course, you can bet flat bets only on the Don’t Come to preserve your bankroll. The advantage of the Don’t Come bet is that your risk is spread out over several bets, while with the Don’t Pass, if you lose one number (the point), you lose it all.

The advantage, however, of the Don’t Pass is that once you are past the come out and the point is established, the odds are heavily in your favor. Then you can add odds if you want if the point is a favorable one, like the 4 or 10. However, those odds will still pay less than a flat bet.

On both the Don’t Come and Don’t Pass, your odds payoff is the exact opposite from the Pass or Come lines, so on the Don’t side you always have to bet more to win less.

For example, with a \$10 flat bet on either the Don’t Come of Don’t Pass, you will receive the following odds payoffs playing at a 2X odds table.

4 or 10: bet \$40 to receive \$20

5 or 9: bet \$30 to receive \$20

6 or 8: bet \$30 to receive \$25

Many crapshooters believe that adding odds on the Don’t side not only dilutes your advantage, but uses up your bankroll at a faster rate, so let’s look at flat betting with a combined Don’t Pass and Don’t Come bet.

If you place a \$10 Don’t Pass bet and want to place a \$10 Don’t Come bet, you have to go through another come-out with your Don’t Come bet. If the 7 hits while your \$10 is in the Don’t Come, you lose your Don’t Come and win your Don’t Pass. However, if you take temporary odds (use the above chart) on the Don’t Pass and then make a Don’t Come bet, the 7 (or the point) can’t hurt you.

So, this is what you might do if the table turns cold:

1. Bet \$10 on Don’t Pass

2. When a point is established, take odds as noted above

3. Make a Don’t Come bet

4. When the Don’t Come is established, remove the Don’t Pass odds

5. Make a second Don’t Come bet

6. Make no other bets

7. Wait for a decision on all three bets

By combining the Don’t Pass bet with the Don’t Come bet you will get the maximum advantage with the minimum risk.

So, if you’ve ever wondered what it is like betting the "wrong way," now you know!