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Good to Know

Here are some good general betting information to keep mind as you’re playing. It’s a quick guide on courtesies and betting options.

The Number 7

The number 7 is a double-edged sword. During the Comeout Roll the players usually win. During the Intermediate Roll it’s usually how all the players lose so nobody wants to hear it. Don’t talk about the 7 during the Intermediate Roll. When betting an Any 7 many players will use the phrase “Big Red” in place of “Any 7” because it’s written on the table in red letters. I.e. “Can I have $1 Big Red?” They phrase it that way as a courtesy to the other players so they don’t hear “seven”. It’s only kosher for players to say “seven” during the Comeout Roll when the majority of players are on the Pass Line and it wins for them.

String Betting

Imagine going to the bar and ordering a drink and when they come back with your drink, you order another drink, and when they come back with that one, you order a third, and yes, when they come back with that drink, you order a fourth. I guarantee the next time the bartender sees you they’ll walk right by. String Betting is when you make one bet then another then another… etc. It’s making the dealer go back and forth repeatedly. Learn Spread Bets so you can make multiple bets at the same time or know what you want before you start handing the dealer money and tell them all at once.

Two Way Bets

Since most players don’t bet for the dealers without making a bet themselves we have come up with the phrase “Two way”. When you make a Two Way bet you are betting for yourself and the dealer at the same time on the same bet and is generally used for Proposition Bets. You could throw in a couple dollars and say “Two Way Hard 10” and the dealer would know you are betting one of those chips for you and the other for the dealers. If you throw in two chips that are a different amount, let’s say a nickel and a dollar, the dealer will know the larger amount is for you and the lessor is for the dealers. You could also say “Five and one on the Hard 10”, five for you and one for them on the Hard 10.

Three Way Bets

Sometimes a player would like to thank the shooter for having a good roll or possibly trying to invoke them to roll a certain number. This is where the Three Way bet comes into play. It is a bet for themselves, the dealers, and the shooter. It’s unorthodox to bet only for yourself and the shooter because the dealer is the one servicing both people. I.e. if you throw $3 to the stickperson you would say “Three Way Aces”, meaning $1 on Aces for each the shooter, the dealers, and yourself.

Hedging

Hedging is insurance. It’s making a bet that wins when another bet loses. A common hedge bet is the Any Crap when you’re betting the Pass Line. The Pass Line loses during the Comeout Roll when a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled and the Any Crap wins when the 2, 3, or 12 rolls. To protect a $5 Pass Line bet you would bet $1 on the Any Crap. If a 2, 3, or 12 rolls the $5 Pass Line would lose but you would win $7 for your $1 Any Crap which covers your loss.

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