Don’t Pass Bet

The Don’t Pass bet is quite a popular bet in the game of craps, despite the fact that it essentially goes against the shooter. It is also the opposite of the Pass line bet, which is an even more popular betting option. As a person who uses the Don’t Pass Bet, you’ll sometimes be referred to as a “wrong” player for betting against the “right” player who is the shooter. Most people tend to bet in line with the shooter and for this reason, those who use the Don’t Pass bet often keep a low profile when they win.

How the Don’t Pass Bet is Used

The Don’t Pass bet is an even money bet, which means that if you win, you’ll win the amount you bet. For example, if you place a $10 bet on Don’t Pass and you win, you’ll win $10.

In a land-based casino, the Don’t Pass bet is often a self-service bet which means that the players place the bet themselves. The bet must be placed before the come out roll in a new craps game. Once the point has been established, you can no longer place the Don’t Pass bet.

There are a number of possible outcomes for the Don’t Pass bet and these are the exact opposite of the Pass line bet.

  • If a natural 7 or 11 lands, the Don’t Pass bet loses.
  • If a 2 or 3 lands, the Don’t Pass bet wins.
  • If a 12 lands, the bet is a push and the player’s bet is returned. This is only true in the case where the Don’t Pass bet is labelled “Bar 12”. If it is not labelled, landing on a 12 would mean the Don’t Pass bet wins.
  • If a point number lands then the point is established and the game continues. These include the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. As the game continues, if a 7 lands before the point number, the Don’t Pass Bet win, but if the point number lands before a 7, the Don’t Pass bet loses.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

The advantage lies with the house with the Don’t Pass bet on the come out roll, but once the point has been established, the advantage swings in favour of the player with the Don’t Pass bet. Because of this, the casino allows players to remove their Don’t Pass bet even once the point has been established. Once you’ve made the Don’t Pass bet, you can make the Free Odds bet which, with its no house edge, helps you lower the house advantage.

Disadvantages

Because the advantage is in your favour once the point has been established, you must make the Don’t Pass bet before the point is established when the casino still has an advantage over you. You can’t wait for the point to be established and then make your bet at that time. On the come out roll, the Don’t Pass bet has a house edge advantage of 8:3. In other words, you have 3 chances to win and 8 chances to lose on the come out roll with the Don’t Pass bet. As the player who’s better against the shooter (and opposite to most other players), you might come across some negative sentiment. Most people bet on the Pass line even when the table is cold and it’s not uncommon that the person who keeps betting on the Don’t Pass will be blamed for their misfortune. You’re generally better off quietly collecting your winnings if this is the case and not rubbing your fellow players’ noses in it.

Bottom Line

While the Don’t Pass bet is a bet against the shooter, and the opposite to what most other players place, it is a popular betting option at the craps table. The Don’t Pass bet is a bet against a natural 7 or 11. It has a house advantage on the come out roll of 8:3, but this sways in your favour once the point has been established. The fact that it can be combined with the Free Odds bet makes it an even more popular betting option. If you enjoy the chance to win and you like playing against the crowd, the Don’t Pass bet might be just for you. Just make sure to keep your joy to yourself if you hit a winning streak or you might annoy the other players who are betting the opposite to you.