The Place Bet

Many craps players will tell you to place a bet on the come line after the point has been established, and to continue doing so until you have 3 numbers covered. When you place a bet on the come line, if the next number rolled is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 that number becomes your own point, and if it rolls again before a 7 is rolled, you win whatever the payout odds for that specific number are. For this craps strategy, it is often suggested that you keep three numbers covered, and when one of your numbers hits, you should place another bet on the come line so that you will always have three numbers covered. I don’t like this strategy for several reasons. In fact, I would suggest you never even bother with the come line bet. It is a waste of a bet that you could have earned money on just as easily in one roll rather than waiting for the same number to roll twice – once to establish you come point, and again to pay off on the bet.

Rather than waste time with the come bet, make a place bet directly on the numbers you want to bet on. Place bets are made on exactly the same number as come line bets cover, the difference being that you get paid for the roll the first time it happens. So if you place a bet on the come line and a 6 rolls, then the very next roll a 7 comes out, you lose your bet. Whereas had you placed your bet directly on the 6 place bet, you would have been paid on the first roll.

The other reason I don’t like the come line bet is because if a 12 or any craps number is rolled, you automatically lose your bet on the come line. Granted, the chances of any of those numbers rolling is much less likely than any other number, but it still exists. On the other hand, if you place your bet directly on the place bet, and the next roll is a 12, or any craps, your place bet rides until a 7 is rolled.