Taking The Odds in Craps
Free odds, also called “Taking the Odds”, can be taken on the pass, don’t pass, come and don’t come bets. When the shooter establishes a point on the come-out roll, any player who has made a pass line bet is allowed to “take the odds.” A single odds bet is an additional wager, up to the amount of your original wager, that the point number will be repeated before a 7 is rolled.
The odds bet is the best bet you can make in the game of craps, because the house has no built-in advantage. Free odds bets are paid back at true odds, so when you’re making these bets the casino has no house edge whatsoever, it’s an even game!
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Besides the fact that the odds bet has no house edge associated with it, also it has no official designated space on the dice table. Therefore, to place a pass line bet with odds you need first to make your pass line bet and then, after a point is set you take more chips and place them behind your pass line bet. The odds bet wins if your flat bet (original bet) wins and losses if your flat bet loses.
Some casinos permit players to make double odds, and even greater odds wagers. Usually you will see a printed sign on the table to let you know how much you can bet on free odds and if there are no signs, the dealer will tell you. How much you can bet is expressed as a multiple of your original bet.
For instance, if 2x odds are shown it means you can put two times as much down on your odds as you’re putting on your original bet. For example, let’s say you bet $1.00 on the pass line and establish a point of 4 in a casino that offers double odds. You now have the option of taking the adds for an additional $2.00.
If you repeat the point number (4) before rolling a 7, you will get your original $3.00 back, plus an additional $5.00. Of that $5.00, $1.00 will be the even-money payback on your pass line wager, and $4.00 will be the 2-to-1 payoff for a point of 4 on your odds bet of $2.00.
If you roll a 7 before repeating your point of 4, you will lose your initial $1.00 wager on the pass line, plus your $2.00 odds bet, for a total loss of $3.00. You are allowed to remove your odds wager from the craps table at any time, as a casino does not object to your taking down a bet that has no house edge.
As we said before, free odds can be taken on come bets also. So, to make a come bet with odds you simply need to tell the dealer you want to back up your come bet with odds and put your odds bet down, but only after your come point has been set.
The correct payoff for odds bets varies from point number to point number, depending on the odds of a 7 being rolled before a particular point is repeated. The payoff formula is the same whether you take single odds, double odds, or more. Correct odds payoffs are as follows: points 4 and 10 pay 2-to-1; points 5 and 9 pay 3-to-2; points 6 and 8 pay 6-to-5.