Craps How To Strategy Guide Lesson 4: Don’t Pass

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The 4th installment of the Craps Strategy Guide series covers the Don’t Pass bet, otherwise known as The Pass Line‘s evil twin.  Why does betting on Don’t Pass get such a bad rap?  Read on and find out!

How to Bet on Don’t Pass

Simply place your wager in the area of the craps table highlighted below in orange:

A bet on Don’t Pass looks like this:

When to Bet on Don’t Pass

The way a bet is placed on Don’t Pass is very similar to the way it is played on the Pass Line.  Bets can only be placed on Don’t Pass before the first roll of a turn.  After it is placed, it will remain in play until the end of the turn.

What is a Don’t Pass Bet?

By placing a wager on Don’t Pass , you are betting that the roller will roll craps (2, 3, or 12) on the first roll of the turn or that he will roll a 7 after a point is established.  In effect, betting on Don’t Pass is equivalent to betting that any wagers on the Pass Line will LOSE.

Lets go through a full turn to make it a little more clear how this works.  After placing a bet on Don’t Pass , one of four things can happen on the first roll of the turn:

  1. You WIN if a 2 or 3 is rolled (the roller “craps out”)
  2. You LOSE if a 7 or 11 is rolled
  3. You PUSH (ties) if a 12 is rolled
  4. You GO TO THE NEXT STAGE if anything else is rolled (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)

The Next Stage

If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled, a point is established, and the game continues.  As an example, lets say the first roll of the game is a 10:

In this situation, one of 2 things can happen:

  1. You WIN if a 7 is rolled before a 10
  2. You LOSE if a 10 is rolled before a 7

As you can see, a Don’t Pass bet WIN whenever a wager on the Pass Line would LOSE, hence the name.


Why Make Don’t Pass Bets

Don’t Pass bets are one of the highest odds bets in craps.  Once a point is established, the odds are in favor of the Don’t Pass bets over bets on the Pass Line.  No matter which point is established, it is more likely that a 7 will be rolled before the number which is “ON”.

For example, lets say a 10 comes up on the first roll of a new turn, as in the example above.  The number of ways a 7 can be rolled outweigh the number of ways a 10 can be rolled.  Specifically, there are 6 different number combinations that can be rolled to total 7 (1-6, 2-5, 3-4, 4-3, 5-2, 6-1), while there are only 3 ways the dice can come up with a 10 (4-6, 5-5, 6-4).

Other than a 7, rolling either a 6 or an 8 are the next most likely.  There are 5 ways to roll either a 6 or an 8, which is still less likely than rolling a 7.  As you can see, even with the point “ON” a 6 or an 8, the odds are still in favor of a Don’t Pass bet over a wager on the Pass Line.

Don’t Pass Odds

Odds can be placed on a Don’t Pass bet any time after a point has been established.  Just like all other Odds Bets, odds put on a Don’t Pass wager have no advantage to the casino.  As always, if you can afford it, put as much money as possible on odds bets for the highest payouts.  For more on the subject, see the lesson on Craps Odds Bets.

To put an odds bet on your Don’t Pass wager, simply place a chip in the area highlighted below:

Final Thoughts

As always, I recommend downloading a free craps game to gain some confidence betting on Don’t Pass before trying the real thing.

Going back to the introduction, I said that the Don’t Pass bet is like the Pass Line’s evil twin.  I say this because more often than not, people playing craps in a casino will place bets exclusively on the Pass Line and will be rooting for the shooter to not roll a 7 once a point has been established.  If you choose to bet on Don’t Pass, you will be forced to root for the shooter to roll a 7 and everyone to lose on their Pass Line bets.

Don’t expect to make any friends betting on Don’t Pass in a casino.  The advantage of playing online is that you can throw as many bets as you want on a high odds Don’t Pass bet without fear of being booed out of the casino.  If you have a story about playing Don’t Pass bets in a casino, make a comment and share!

Have any questions about making Don’t Pass bets?  Ask your question in the comments below!

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Jeff White

Jeff has been an active gambler from the age of 18 when he won a small local poker tournament in San Jose, CA. He moved on to playing other casino games shortly thereafter, with a great interest in the statistics and mathematics involved. He has studied the historical gambling systems of nearly every popular casino game played today, and has written strategy books for several of them including blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette. Jeff has been a daily contributor to the Silver Oak Casino blog since the beginning of 2009.

  • R

    Its called “Don’t Pass”, not the “Don’t Pass Bar”. The Bar goes with the 12 shown next to it. Bar 12, meaning the 12 is barred from the bet on the come out. So its “Don’t Pass, Bar (the) 12″

  • Jeff White


    Upon further inspection, you’re absolutely right. Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Richard Gomez

    I recently played the “Dont Pass/Dont Come” for the first time recently. I am usually a “Pass” player but decided to change my strategy to see how it would work out. I made $1,500 with a $100 buy in! At the end of the game a player approached me and asked me to show him how to play the “Dont’s.” I told him that one disadvantage of playing the “Dont’s” is that everyone at the table will look at you like you are a jerk. He laughed and stated that he thought the same thing about me. Regardless, he was impressed with my winnings and decided to cross over to the “Dark Side.” I will only play the “Dont’s” from now on. I play to earn money, not make friends.

  • Mike Hunt

    I lost $100 in Vegas playing different games some craps but mostly other things. I felt sad, but I remembered this movie where the guy played don’t pass and kept winning. I tried it the next night. Started out with $20, and made $120, so I got all my money back. Though will I played everyone hated on me so much, but I kept winning while they kept losing. I ended up rooting for them to win, and with my rolls made them money with the other numbers. But in the end I won betting against myself, and they lost. It was a lot of fun, not so much for them though. What was crazy is even the casino staff started booing me too, I was taking their money. LOL.

  • Matt

    I always play the don’t and I rake it in. I love to laugh and taunt the other players too. I say things like David Ortiz, Big Papi, Michael Vick, Phil Esposito, when they are shooting. All of those people wore the number 7 or their jersey numbers added up to seven. I also wear a custom ring that says “7OUT” to piss people off. I love it. When new players come to the table I shout, “more victims.” I need two chip rails to hold all my chips usually.

  • Vic

    We were on a recent cruise. I watched an older man play what he called “doey-dont”. When they would crap out he would say “7 out… pay the donts” It was actually funny to watch the guy. He wife was standing behind him so I struck up a coversation with her. She said he wins 95% of the time and has a small limit he will allow them to take from him.

    His focus was on only getting paid on the odds. I believe he would also bet something on “12” to insulate himself.

    Frankly I don’t gamble because I am a poor looser but after watching him play the don’t side, i became interested. Can anyone expound on the Doey-Dont and putting money on the 12.