Casino Scene

Casino Scene

2013-11-14T14:28:00Z Casino SceneJohn G. Brokopp Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 14, 2013 2:28 pm  • 

The one best bet any gambler can make in a casino is taking Free Odds at the craps table.

The odds are free because the house takes no edge. Payoffs are made at true mathematical odds. It doesn’t happen anywhere else.

In order to take advantage of the odds bet, you must have a Line bet on the table, either on the Pass or the Don't Pass (or on the Come or Don't Come).

When you make a Pass Line bet on the come out roll, you win even money if the roll is 7 or 11, you lose if the roll is 2, 3, or 12, and you have a contract bet if the roll is a point (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10). If the shooter rolls the point before a 7 you win even money.

When you make a bet on Don't Pass on the come out roll, you win even money if the roll is 2 or 3, you lose if the roll is 7 or 11, it's a "push" if the roll is 12, and the bet remains to be decided if it's a point. If the shooter rolls a 7 before the point, you win even money.

If you've bet the Pass Line and a point is rolled on the come out, you automatically become the underdog to win because the odds are 2 to 1 against you that a 4 or 10 will be rolled before a 7; 3 to 2 against you that a 5 or 9 will be rolled before a 7; and 6 to 5 against you that a 6 or 8 will be rolled before a 7. You can't pick the bet up and you'll only be paid even money if you win.

If, on the other hand, you've made a Don't Pass bet and you've survived the come out roll, you automatically become the favorite to win your bet because the odds are 1 to 2 in your favor that a 7 will be rolled before a 4 or 10; 2 to 3 in your favor that a 7 will be rolled before a 5 or 9; and 5 to 6 in your favor that a 7 will be rolled before a 6 or 8. You can pick up the bet anytime you want and you'll be paid even money if you win.

No matter what side of the dice you play, you are not taking full advantage of the game unless you make an odds bet to go along with your Pass Line bet or Don't Pass bet. There's no indication of the wager on the felt layout.

Casinos vary as to what Odds they offer. Some have Double Odds, some 5-times Odds, 10-Times Odds, 20-Times Odds, and even 100-Times Odds. What this indicates is the maximum Odds you can bet in relation to your Pass Line or Don't Pass bet.

For example, if you've got $5 on the line, you can bet up to $10 in odds at a Double Odds table, $25 at a 5-Times table, $50 at a 10-Times table, $100 at a 20-Times table, and $500 at a 100-Times table. If you win your bet, you'll be paid even money for the Pass Line or Don't Pass, but you'll be paid true mathematical odds, depending on the point, for your Odds bet.

For purposes of illustration, let's say we place a $5 Pass Line bet. The shooter rolls a 4 on the come out roll. Even though the odds are 2 to 1 against our winning the bet, we'll only be paid even money if in fact a 4 is rolled before a 7 (there are three ways to make a 4, but 6 ways to make a 7). But if we make a $10 odds bet in addition to the $5 we have on the line, we'll be paid 2 to 1 for that bet if we win it, or $20.

What if we had that $5 chip on Don't Pass and the shooter rolled that same 4 on the come out? The odds are 1 to 2 in our favor we'll win the bet and we'll be paid even money if we do. If you wish to sweeten the bet by placing odds, you can put an extra $10 in chips out there to win $5 if that 7 is rolled before the 4.

Betting the Pass Line and Don't Pass are two of the very best bets you can make in a casino. You can make the wager even more attractive by taking advantage of Free Odds.

BONUS ROUND-UP:

BLUE CHIP: If you’re not already a B Connected player’s club member, November is a great month to get on board. New members will receive a certificate good for $5.00 toward a meal at Options Buffet plus 5-times points for their slot play. Earn 1,000 base points on your card and receive a 12-pack of Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash or Diet Sierra Cranberry Splash.

FOUR WINDS: W Club Members can win a share of $25,000 in instant credit/free slot play on Sunday, Nov. 24. Hourly drawings will be held 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST). The grand prize drawing is set for 8:00 p.m. when two winners will each receive $5,000 in instant credit/free slot play. W Club members may earn one free entry into the drawings daily between Nov. 18 and Nov. 24. Players receive triple entries on Mon. Nov. 18 and Tues. Nov. 19.

RIVERS: A hockey suite ticket giveaway is underway now through Nov. 30. Rush Rewards player’s club members receive one free entry for every 100 points earned. Entries must be activated at a promotional kiosk on Dec. 2 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:59 p.m. The drawing will be held at 8:00 p.m. Marian Hossa will announce 10 winners, each of whom will receive two suite tickets for an upcoming Blackhawks game. Each suite ticket winner will have a chance to win Hossa’s game skates.

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