How to Roll a Fish Line in Craps

Fish line in craps is almost always bet less than the pass line. The pass line is a ‘sure thing’ whereas the fish line is a maybe. Oddly, when the players roll them both ways, the same thing is true, the table usually pays the player for the fish line more than the pass line.

The roll is determined by a pair of dice. The shooter rolls the die to find out the point. The point is 5. When you hear the word point, that means the shooter is about to come up with a 7 or 11, so the worst thing that can happen to the shooter is that the die doesn’t come up on the number he rolls. This player has ‘caught’ or ‘lined’ or ‘tossed’ his way to a loss. The opposite happening to the player that has ‘caught’ his way to the win, he has caught his point and is poised to bet for more.

The casino is the player’s enemy. The casino has the advantage over the player in that it has a stake in every roll of the dice. But the player has an advantage over the casino in that he can bet more than the casino allows. The player can bet the table will pay more for his additional bet. And, the casino doesn’t allow the player to bet the table will pay less for his additional bet.

Before the come-out roll, the player bets the table will bet more on the pass line (by seven times) or lay more (by ten times) for the don’t pass line. After the come-out roll, the player bets the table will bet either more on the don’t pass line (by seven times) or will lay more on the don’t pass line (by Dewacasino). If the shooter rolls his point, the player is assured he will win. If the shooter rolls a seven (and therefore busts), the player wins by betting the table has rolled a seven or a eleven (just as if the shooter had thrown a ten or a nine). If the shooter rolls a two, the player wins by betting the table has rolled a two or a three. If the shooter rolls a twelve, the player wins if the shooter rolls the dice at least once and loses if the shooter rolls a seven before rolling the twelve. If the shooter rolls craps, the player loses if the shooter rolls a seven before rolling the twelve.

The pass line bet wins if the shooter rolls the pass line before rolling the seven (and loses if the shooter rolls a seven before rolling the twelve), and the don’t pass line wins if the shooter rolls the don’t pass line before rolling the seven. The wrong bet is “come out” and the payoff is regardless of the point. The pass line bet loses if the shooter rolls the seven before rolling the pass line, and the don’t pass line loses if the shooter rolls the don’t pass line before rolling the twelve.

When you bet the pass line, you can also bet the don’t pass line. Like the pass line bet, when you bet the don’t pass line, you can also bet the odds bet. Odds bets are separate bets on the next roll or can be a bet on a pre-ller or a come-out roll. When betting the odds bet, you are betting that the next roll will be a 7 or 11, 12, or 13. If the shooter rolls a craps, you lose the odds bet. If you roll a seven before rolling the point, you win the odds bet. The payoff for these bets is 7 to 1, except on the 12. The 12 has a 5.4% advantage over the 7 for the odds bet. The 8 has a 2.3% advantage over the 3 for the odds bet. The odds bet has a house advantage of less than doubling the don’t pass (12.4% to 14.6%). All bets of the odds type have a house edge of less than doubling the pass or don’t pass odds. The house edge on all bets in Odds spaces is less than doubling the pass or don’t pass odds.

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