Banking on crap' 'put' bet

December 03, 2007 5:03 AM
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When you play at casinos offering 10X odds and make a pass line bet, wouldn’t it be better to have a point of six or eight rather than four or ten? Well, now you can by using a "put" bet. Want to know how the pros maximize their put bets?

Let’s find out how they do it and how you can do the same.

A put bet is a wager that has been all but ignored until just recently, but thanks to the proliferation of casinos offering 10X odds and higher, it is becoming more common.

A put bet is a pass line bet that you put up without going through the come-out roll, after the point is established.

For example, if you have not placed a pass line bet and the shooter rolls a point of six, you can put a bet on the pass line, with the appropriate odds.

However, this bet loses the advantage a pass-line player has before the point is established, so it has gone unused in most craps games.

Today, though, we see casinos offering 5X, 10X and 100X odds on pass line bets. These extra odds offset the player’s advantage before the come out roll for pass line bets if the point is a six or eight.

Some casinos do not know what a put bet is, so just ask the dealer if you can make a pass line bet with full odds after the point is established. The more experienced dealers will et you make a put bet, even if you don’t ask first.

Put bets are most beneficial in establishments that offer 100X or "unlimited" odds, but you can try them in your favorite casino, even if it only offers 10X odds. Remember to do this if the point is a six or eight only.

The big advantage to put bets is that you get to choose your own point numbers. The disadvantage is that you miss out on the come out sevens and elevens. But remember, you don’t add odds until the point is established, so on come sevens and elevens, all you win is your flat bet.

It is more profitable if you increase the chances of winning your odds bets, and you have a better chance of doing this with the six or eight.

So, the next time you play at a 5X odds (or higher) casino, give put bets a try!