Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

The Secret of Protecting Your Pass Line Bet

Pssst...! Wanna know a secret?

How about the secret of protecting your pass line bet?

Many dealers will encourage you to make additional hedge bets on craps numbers (2, 3 and 12) to protect your pass line bet. You'll always hear "any craps" bets called whenever a new shooter is coming out.

Wanna know the secrets that craps pros use to protect their pass line bets?

Let's find out!

Any craps is the most common hedge bet and pays seven to one. This means that if you have a ten dollar pass line bet and a $1 any craps bet, you'll win $9 ($10 - $1) if the 7 (or 11) rolls, and lose only $3 ($10 passline - $7 any craps) instead of $10 if the 2, 3, or 12 rolls.

It sounds OK, but let's look at the numbers. At the end of 36 rolls, you've invested $36 (36 x $1) in these hedge bets. The 2, 3 or 12 will theoretically roll four times (once each for the 2 and 12, and twice for the 3) in 36 rolls. So if you win these craps bets four times, you've won $28 (4 x $7), and spent $36 (36 x $1) giving you a $8 ($36-$28) loss.

You can also bet $2 ($1 each) Craps and Eleven (C&E). Craps (2, 3, or 12) pays 7 to 1, while the eleven pays 15 to 1. If the eleven rolls you win $24 ($10 passline + $15 eleven - $1 any craps). The seven will win you $8 ($10 passline - $2 C&E). If the 2, 3 or 12 should roll, you'll lose $4 (+$7 craps - $1 eleven - $10 passline) instead of $10.

This time, though, in 36 decisions, you've invested $72 (2 x $36) in hedge bets. The 2 and 12 will have each rolled once, and the three and eleven twice. You would make $7 on the 2 ($1 x 7), $14 on the 3 ($2 x 7), $7 on the 12 ($1 x 7), and $30 on the eleven ($2 x 15). This totals $58 ($7 + $14 + $7 + $30), but you've already invested $72 so you have a $14 ($72-$58) loss! Another winner for the house!

Finally, you can make a 3-way craps bet (on the 2, 3, and 12) for $3. This is different from the any craps bet because the odds are higher - 30 to 1 for the 2 and 12, and 15 to 1 for the three. So if the 2 or 12 roll you win $18 ($30 - $10 - $2) instead of losing $10, and if the three rolls, you win $3 ($15 - $10 - $2) instead of losing $10. This bet also means that you will win on the 7 and 11 (from your pass line bet) and on the 2, 3, and 12 (from the 3-way craps bet). In 36 rolls, however, this time you've invested $108 ($3 x 36). The 2 and 12 will roll once, and the 3 twice. At 30 to 1, the 2 and 12 pay $30 each, for a total of $60. At 15 to 1, the 3 pays $30 ($2 x 15). You made $90 ($30 + $60) but spent $108 for a loss of $18!

Unfortunately, as you can see, you can not profitably protect a $10 pass line bet by hedging it with craps bets. Some craps writers have maintained that a craps hedge bet is only profitable with a passline bet of $25 or more, with a $4 any craps bet. Let's look at the math. If you bet $4 any craps you'll win $112, which comes from $4 (bet) x 4 (number of times 2, 3, or 12 rolls) x 7 (payoff). You'll lose $144 ($4 x 36) resulting in a $32 loss. So, it's still not a good bet. In fact it's worse than a $10 passline bet with a $1 any craps bet!

Now let's look at the same $25 passline bet with a C & E hedge for $4. If the eleven rolls, you'll win $83 ($25 passline + $60 eleven - $2 any). The seven will win you $21 ($25 passline - $4 C&E). If the 2 or 3 roll you win $1 ($28 - $25 - $2). In 36 rolls you've invested $144 ($4 x 36) . The 2 and twelve will each have rolled once, and the three and eleven twice each. You would make $14 on the 2 ($2 x 7), $28 on the 3 ($2 x 14), $14 on the 12 ($2 x 7) and $60 on the eleven ($2 x 30). This totals $116. So you've lost $28 ($144 - $116).

Finally, lets look at a $6 3-way craps bet with a $25 passline bet. If the two or twelve roll you win $31 ($60 - $25 - $4). If the three rolls you win $1 ($30 - $25 - $4). In 36 rolls on this bet you've invested $216 ($6 x 36). At 30 to 1, the 2 and 12 pay $60 each (30 x $2) for a total of $120 ($60 + $60). At 15:1 the 3 pays $60 ($2 x 15 x 2). You made $180 ($120 + $60) but spent $216 giving you a $36 loss!

Craps is a math game, and, as you can see, there is no way you can protect a pass line bet with craps hedge bets - whether your unit is $5, $10, or $25.

So - the secret of protecting your pass line bet is to save all the money you would normally use for hedge bets and use that money to make more "free odds" bets!

Pssst...! Now you know the secrets of protecting your pass line bets!

(c) 2005 by Larry Edell

You can get a FREE issue of The Crapshooter, the only newsletter devoted exclusively to craps! Just send two first class stamps to The Crapshooter, Dept EZA, PO Box 421440, San Diego CA 92142, or you can subscribe at You'll also receive a FREE catalog and a special FREE offer!


Group starts collecting signatures to legalize casino gambling at Nebraska ...
Omaha World-Herald
LINCOLN — Backers of expanded gambling in Nebraska announced Tuesday that they are ready to start hitting the streets to collect petition signatures. Keep the Money in Nebraska has a trio of petitions aimed at allowing casino gambling at the state's ...

89.3 WFPL

Conway Supports Expanding Casino Gambling In Kentucky
89.3 WFPL
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says he would support legislation to expand casino gambling in Kentucky to bring in more money for the cash-strapped state budget. “If we're looking for new revenue, I think gaming is the most obvious ...

and more »

Are odds against casino gambling starting to shift?
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
So how might pari-mutuel and/or casino gambling possibly offer redeeming value or life-quality improvement for Georgians, in the governor's view? He might reconsider, Deal suggested, if instead of the 12 percent tax rate gambling lobbyists have ...

and more »

WMUR Manchester

WMUR poll: Granite Staters still support casino gambling
WMUR Manchester
Support for casino gambling dropped since October 2013, the last time the University of New Hampshire Survey Center polled the issue. At that time, 59 percent favored it while 33 percent expressed opposition. According to the survey center, support for ...

and more »


Jeb Bush said Donald Trump wanted casino gambling in Florida, got told 'no'
Bush said of Trump, "When he asked Florida to have casino gambling, we said no." We didn't find that Trump directly petitioned the state for gambling, but there's a pile of evidence that Trump was pursuing a deal to operate casinos on Seminole land in ...
Republican debate fact check: Did Donald Trump want casino gambling in Florida?CBS News
A Trump lie: He tried to expand casino gambling in FloridaPolitico (blog)
Jeb and Trump Nearly Come to Blows in Debate Over Florida CasinosDaily Beast
SaintPetersBlog (blog)
all 8,696 news articles »

Omaha World-Herald

Group wants to legalize casino gambling at Nebraska horse racing tracks
Omaha World-Herald
The state law changes would set up a regulatory commission to cover casino gambling and to impose a tax of 20 percent on gross gambling revenue, of which 75 percent would go to the state and 25 percent to the “local government entities” where the ...
Nebraska: Group Pushing To Legalize Casino Gambling At RacetracksPaulick Report
Ho-Chunk, Inc looks to make Nebraska constitutional amendment regarding gamblingKTIV
A Petition Effort To Allow Casinos At Nebraska Race TracksKLIN

all 7 news articles »


Risky Investments: Calculated Bet or Casino Gambling?
Oct. 6 -- We identify the shape of risk and reward in Asia's financial markets, look at the disruptive potential of geopolitical, counterparty and regulatory risk, and understand how best to mitigate risk in the Asia's high growth markets and sectors ...


Georgia cracks open door on casino gambling
A hearing Monday at the capitol drew more than a hundred people – both for and against casino gambling which, backers say, is one way to strengthen the HOPE scholarship. "We believe that a limited number of destination casinos of the kind in this bill ...

and more »

Group Pushes For Casino Gambling In Nebraska
The group is proposing a tax rate of 20 percent on gaming revenue. Nebraska's constitution bans most games of chance, so there would also need to be a constitutional amendment for casino gambling. Earlier this year, a lawmaker in Nebraska was trying to ...

Brazil Looks At Legalizing Casino Gambling
Earlier this year, Brazil banned playing online poker on mobile devices in public areas, according to various media reports. It's not regulated in the country, but playing the games in the privacy of your own home is still OK. Though casino gambling is ...

and more »

Google News


Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright LLC. All rights reserved.