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Betting the Pass Line in Craps

If you want to know how to play Craps, you're gonna have to learn the Pass Line. Lucky for you it's not hard to understand.

To sum it up quickly, the Pass Line bets that the shooter will establish a Point and roll that Point again before a 7. If they roll the Point first, you win. If they roll the 7 first, you lose. No other rolls matter.

The best part of the Pass Line is that everyone on the Pass Line wins and loses together, and it's the joy and pain felt together that builds camaraderie among the players.

Stage Pays Wins Loses
Comeout Roll Even Money 7 or 11 2,3, or 12
Intermediate Roll Even Money When point rolls 7
  • Contract bet during the Intermediate Roll.
  • During the Comeout Roll you're twice as likely to win on the Pass Line than lose.
  • Put the table minimum on the Pass Line and if you want to bet more, wait for the puck to turn ON and put that extra money in the back as odds.
The pass line
Overhead view of the pass line. There are no bets on the table.

How Do You Bet the Pass Line in Craps?

When you bet the Pass Line, all you have to do is put the money right in front of you in the bar marked Pass Line. You only want to bet the Pass Line during the Comeout Roll for two reasons: the first is because you want to take advantage of the If the puck is ON, you can still bet with everyone else at the table by making a Place Bet on the Point.

How to bet the pass line
Four bets on the pass line. Each bet pointing to a spot in the rail.

What are the Stages of the Pass Line in a Craps Game?

Stage 1 - The Comeout Roll

There are two stages to the Pass Line. The first is when the puck is OFF. This is called the Comeout Roll and is where the game starts, and one of three outcomes can happen: you win if the shooter rolls a 7 or 11, you lose if they roll 2, 3, or 12, or they roll a Point (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10). If they roll a Point, they move on to Stage Two of a Craps game, the Intermediate Roll.

Stage one of the pass line - the comeout roll
Up close image of $10 on the pass line. It's near the puck which is off and in the don't come.

Stage 2 - The Intermediate Roll

Stage 2 is called the Intermediate Roll, when the Point must be rolled again before the 7 to win. If they roll the 7 before the Point, you lose. No other rolls matter. If the shooter makes their Point, the puck will be turned OFF, and a new Comeout Roll will begin. The same shooter will establish another Point, and the game repeats. If the Shooter doesn’t make their Point, the puck will be turned OFF, and the dice will be passed to the next shooter.

During the Comeout roll, you can add and subtract from the Pass Line but keep in mind that the Pass Line is a contract bet during the Intermediate Roll.

Stage two of the pass line- the intermediate roll"
Up close image of $10 on the pass line. It's near the puck which is on the four and in the on position.

What Does the Pass Line Pay in Craps?

The Pass Line always wins even money. You bet $10; you win $10. Even though the Pass Line pays even money, it allows you to bet the Odds bet, which has no advantage for the casino.

During the Comeout Roll
$10 on the pass line with a $10 payment right next to it. The puck is off and in the don't come. Two pair of dice are in the corner. One is showing a seven and the other an eleven.
When Point Rolls
$10 on the pass line with a $10 payment right next to it. The puck is on and on the point four. A pair of dice are in the corner and are showing the hard four.

Should You Bet the Pass Line After the Comeout Roll?

No. In some casinos, you can only bet the Pass Line during the Comeout Roll. In others, you can make or add to it at any time. The only reason you'd want to add to the Pass Line during the Intermediate Roll is to increase the amount of you have behind it. In almost all cases, it will be better for you to use the money you wanted to put down on the Pass Line after the Comeout Roll and use it as a Place Bet on that number. In most cases, you'll get paid more money for the same risk.

Pass line after the comeout roll
A chip is moving from the rail of the craps table to the pass line bet on the layout. The puck is on and on the point nine.

How Can You Bet the Pass Line for the Dealers?

Putting the dealers on the Pass Line is common. The players and dealers win and lose together. Just like a player's bet, a dealer's Pass Line bet is a contract bet, so once a Point is established, a dealers’ Pass Line bet must stay there until a decision has been made.

Dealer pass line bet
A $20 bet on the pass line with a dollar sitting next to it.