Come Bet Basics
You can think of Come Bets as mini Pass Line bets. They work the exact same way as the Pass Line. They win and lose on the same numbers and just like the Pass Line, after a Point has rolled, the Come Bet will move into that number and you are able to add Odds to it. You cannot make a Come Bet during the Comeout Roll. Only after the Comeout Roll can you bet the Come.
Come Bets Work During the Comeout Roll
Most bets during the Comeout Roll don’t work meaning they don’t win or lose. After a Come Bet is inside a Point it is always betting that the Point it’s inside will roll before the 7. During the Comeout Roll your Come Bet is working. You can’t turn it off or take it back so no matter what stage in the game you’re at you can count on your Come Bet winning or losing at any given moment.
Two Stages of a Come Bet
Stage One - In the Come Area
There are two stages to a Come Bet. The first is the original bet, which you place in the Come area. While in the Come area the Come Bet wins when 7 or 11 is rolled and loses when 2, 3, or 12 are rolled.
Stage Two - Inside a Point
Then second stage is the Point it lands on, which is determined by the roll of the dice. After it’s inside a Point, the Come Bet wins when that Point is rolled again and loses if the 7 is rolled. Once a Come Bet moves inside a Point it becomes a Contract Bet meaning that once it’s in there you can’t take it back. If you add Odds to your Come Bet they would not be considered Contract. You can take Odds back at any time.
Placement of a Come Bet Inside a Point
If a Point is rolled a Come Bet will move into that Point. Like most other bets in Craps each player on the table has a certain spot on the layout. Your Come Bet is placed in the same spot as your Place bets except it’s inside of the box so you can tell the difference between the two. A Buy bet on a Point is actually put in the same spot as a Come Bet and the only way to distinguish between the two is the fact that a Buy Bet has a lammer on top of it to let everyone know it’s a Buy Bet. Without the lammer on top, the Buy Bet would look exactly like a Come Bet and you wouldn’t be able to tell one from the other.
Come Bets are Self Service
A Self Service bet is one where the players must take care of themselves. If you want to make a Come Bet then you must place it in the Come area yourself. You do not tell the dealer to make the bet for you nor do you need to make sure they know. At the same time you need to watch your bet. If other players are making Come Bets then you need to be able know which is yours and make sure the dealer is placing that bet in the right area for the right person.
What does a Come Bet Pay
A Come Bet can win during the Comeout Roll, during an Intermediate roll, and during a Decision roll but no matter what stage of the game you’re in a Come Bet will always win even money.
Come Bet Terms
Whenever you first start to play Come Bets you will hear the dealer say statements to you as he’s moving or paying your Come Bets. These statements are meant to keep you informed about what Point the Come Bet has moved to or how much it has won. There are four statements and they are relatively self-explanatory when you take the time to understand them.
When a Point is rolled a Come Bet will move into that Point. When that happens the dealer will let you know that your Come Bet has moved into that Point by saying “You’re on the __point__ for __amount__”. They are letting you know they moved your Come Bet into the Point and now would be the time to add Odds. I.e. if you had a $10 Come Bet and the 6 rolled the dealer would say “You’re on the six for $10.”
When a Come Bet is inside of a Point and it wins the dealer will figure the total payout, move the winning Come Bet off of the Point and back into the Come, pay it and say “You’re off the __point__for __total payout__”. This lets you know that you Come Bet won and it’s no longer on that Point. You’re winnings will sit in the Come area and at that Point it’s your responsibility to pick them up. I.e. if you had a $15 Come Bet on the 8 and the 8 rolled the dealer would take your Come Bet and it’s payment, move it into the Come area and say “You’re off the eight for $15.”
Off and On For...
When you have a Come Bet in a Point and you have a Come Bet of the same amount in the Come then that Point is rolled, you have what is called “Off and On”. Let’s say you have $5 on both a Point and another in the Come area then that Point rolls. You’re Come Bet ($5) would come off the Point with its winnings (another $5). You’re new Come Bet (same amount as the first) would then move into the Point (same as the first). You end up with the same amount of money on the Point and in the Come with the difference being the $5 that was won. The process of moving the $5 out of the Point and moving the new $5 in the Point is redundant because the same amounts of money end up in the same spots. The only thing that changed are the winnings that are now sitting in the Come too. To save the process of moving the same amount of money around to the same places we decide to skip it all and just put the payment out there in the Come and say “You’re Off and On for __the winnings__” and call it a day. You can now just pick up those winnings and the game goes on.
Off For... On For...
This could get a little confusing. It means that you have a Come Bet inside a Point that has just rolled and you also have a bet in the Come area of a different amount. You cannot go “Off and On” because your first Come Bet and your second Come Bet are not the same amount. The flat bets are different. The dealer will take your first winning Come Bet in the Point, take it off and say “You’re off for __however much you won__”, bring the new Come Bet in and then say “You’re on for __the new Come Bet amount”__. I.e. you have a Come Bet on the 10 with $5 on it and you have a $10 Come Bet in the Come. When the 10 rolls the dealer will take your $5 off the 10 with it’s payment and say “You’re off the 10 for $5…” and bring your $10 Come Bet on and say “… and on for $10.”
Betting a Come Bet for the Dealers
Come Bets for dealers don’t have to be in any specific denomination because you can’t bet an improper amount in the Come. Just like a players’ bet, a Come Bet for the dealers goes right into the next Point that rolls. The dealers bet is placed in the middle of the Point to signify it belongs to the dealers and gets paid even money if the Point is rolled again.