The “Don’t Pass” Bet at Craps – Time to Try It!

Recently, I met Tim Lawson at Gamblepalooza (the Foxwoods get-together for gamblers sponsored organized by Cousin Vito’s Podcast and Eric Rosenthol). Tim has authored many podcasts and has initiated a new gambling podcast called “The Bettor Life” 

While there are many gambling & Las Vegas podcasts out there, the community of people creating these entertaining audio continue to bond together, supporting each other.

I find Tim Lawson refreshing.  I find his opinionated and honest approach a breath of fresh air, although not agreeing with everything said.  But, he has raised my interest in his craps play, namely playing the “DON’T PASS” line.


Tim likes the “DON’T PASS” bet at the craps table. Most players bet the “PASS LINE BET.”  Usually, betting the “DON’T PASS” bet immediately causes that player to be most unpopular at the table.

To explain, I once again cite Michael Shackelford, The Wizard of Odds: 

“The table seems to have about a hundred different kinds of bets, the players are barking out commands in what seems to be a foreign language, and the pace is too fast to ever ask a question. I can sympathize with the beginner, because at one point in time this was how craps appeared to me.”

“The don’t pass is almost the opposite of the pass line bet. If the come out roll is a 2 or 3 then you win, a 7 or 11 you lose. A 12 is [usually] a push, except in Reno and Lake Tahoe, where a 2 is a push instead of the 12. Otherwise, the dice are rolled over and over until either the point or a 7 is rolled. If the 7 comes first you win, if the point come first you lose. All wins pay even money.

A Don’t Come bet is like a Don’t Pass bet, except made anytime except a Come Out roll.

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A person betting on the don’t pass is called a “wrong” bettor and is usually winning when everyone else is losing, and vise versa. If you make this bet, keep a low profile. The other players do not want to see you yelling “yippy” as they are losing.”

I’m intrigued by this play. If someone as knowledgeable as Tim Lawson will play it, even though the house edge is higher, why shouldn’t I try it?  After all, a lower bankroll could be used  for the beginner – as long as you keep “a low profile.”

No craps table in the world likes the boisterous, bragging “NO PASS” and “NO COME” player. So if you play this way, be cool! But I’m willing to try it.

Thanks Tim, for your podcast and your insight.  If YOU can play the “DON’T PASS,” so can I!



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