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Have you ever seen a player smile when the stickman calls "seven out" at the craps table, the signal for the dealers to start raking in the chips from players who had wagered the dice would pass?

When the dice are cold and the dread number seven is popping up with regularity, that silent and inconspicuous player at the table may be the only one winning money.

That's because he or she is a "don't" bettor, or a craps player who wagers that seven will be rolled before the point.

The vast majority of craps players bet that the dice will pass, or that the point will be made before a seven. Rooting for the point creates the camaraderie that makes the game of craps so special.

Don't bettors patiently wait for the number seven. If it does, they must celebrate in silence and collect their winnings without fanfare. Don't bettors are loners. Betting the dice will pass is a team sport.

Betting the “don’t” is a way to take complete advantage of the freedom of the game.

If you wager the dice will not pass, the toughest mathematical hurdle you encounter is the come out roll. The odds are against you. You'll lose your bet on 7 or 11. There are six ways to make a 7 and two ways to make 11 out of a possible 36 combinations of the dice.

You'll win your bet on a 2 or 3 (12 is a push), but there is only one way to make a 2, two ways to make a 3, and one way to make a 12.

If the Don't bettor survives the come out roll and a point is established, the odds of winning shift in his favor.

The odds are 1-to-2 in favor of the Don't bettor if the point is 4 or 10, 2-to-3 in favor if the point is 5 or 9, and 5-to-6 in favor if the point is 6 or 8. Win the bet and you collect even money.

Just as with betting the pass line, Don't bettors can make an odds bet on which there is no house advantage.

The casino knows that once a point is established, the odds are stacked against Pass Line bettors, whereas Don't bettors are in the driver's seat. That's why a Pass Line bet is a contract bet. Once you place it, you can't pick it up. A decision of the dice has to be reached.

Don't bets can be picked up by the player at any time. The box man is only too happy to see a player retract a bet that has the possibility of winning when the odds are working against the house.

BONUS ROUND-UP

AMERISTAR: Guests who are 50 years of age or older and members of the mychoice players club program are in for some good rewards every Tuesday and Wednesday this month. As members of the “Forever Young” club you are entitled to special offers, including two-for-one buffets or 50 percent off one buffet. If you choose, you can opt in for 25 percent off at any of the property’s food outlets (except Bugatti’s). To receive the buffet offer, swipe your mychoice card at any promotional kiosk.

BLUE CHIP: Saturday (June 16) is the grand prize drawing in the “Summer Wheels Giveaway” and your chance to win a 2018 GMC Canyon SLE 4X4 or a 2018 GMC Terrain SLT AWD. Another pre-qualifying drawing will be held Friday (June 15) from 7 to 10 p.m. Five winners each hour will receive $100 slot dollars plus one pre-qualified entry into the June 16 grand prize car drawing. Following the 10 p.m. drawing, one bonus $5,000 slot dollars winner will be announced. B Connected player’s club members earn entries playing slots and table games through the day of the grand prize drawing.

FOUR WINDS: There’s a big Fourth of July celebration ongoing at all four property destinations in New Buffalo, Dowagiac, Hartford, and South Bend. Start earning entries for the $200,000 “Mustang Mania” promotion which will be held on Sunday, July 1. Three Ford Mustang GT’s and over $70,000 in cash are up for grabs. Four winners will be drawn at hourly drawings at Noon, 2, 4, 5 and 7 p.m. with each receiving $1,000 in cash. At 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. four $5,000 cash winners will be chosen. The Ford Mustang GT’s will be awarded at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Finally, there will be a last chance $10,000 cash drawing at 11 p.m. All times are Eastern. W Club members receive one free entry daily now through July 1 by visiting a promotional kiosk at any Four Winds location. Please visit the W Club or guest services for complete details.

HORSESHOE: The 2018-2019 schedule for the World Series of Poker Circuit was recently announced. The Hammond property has been awarded a second stop on the upcoming 28-stop nationwide tour. In addition to the Oct. 11 – 22 tournament set for later this year, the Circuit will return for another tournament Feb. 21 – March 4 2019. The WSOP Circuit is coming off a record shattering year with 133,892 entries awarded $66,585,658 in prize money. The upcoming 15th season will offer more benefits for players, including more starting chips. The Circuit Tour is linked by a points system tied to the WSOP gold-bracelet awards, $1-million plus prize pool, and season culminating Global casino Championship. This year’s tour kicks off on Aug. 2 at Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina and concludes on May 9, 2019 at Harrah’s New Orleans.

MAJESTIC STAR: Get in on the “Yeti Rambler Hot Seat” drawings every Tuesday in June from 4 to 8 p.m. Ten winners will be selected hourly on promotion days to receive a 20-ounce stainless steel Yeti Rambler and $100 in Promo Cash. Please visit the Majestic Rewards Club center for complete details.

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