Betting a Come Bet in Craps

You can think of Come Bets as mini Pass Line bets or even traveling Pass Line bets. Win 7-11, lose 2-3-12; otherwise, a Point is rolled, it goes into that Point, and just like the Pass Line, you're able to add Odds to it. If the Point rolls again, it wins; if the 7 rolls, it loses. 

Most players shy away from Come Bets. A number has to be rolled twice to be paid, and they can get expensive because you should be adding Odds. Place Bets are a good alternative for players who don't want to spend much money. You can pick a number and call it a day. 

 

Come Bets are good bets from a math point of view because you get maximum value with the Odds, so players who are most concerned with getting the most bang for their dollar will play Come Bets. 

  • You can only make a Come Bet during the Intermediate Roll

  • Come bets are contract bets after they move into a point

  • Come bets are always working

Overhead view of the COME bet area. There are no bets on the layout and the section is outlined with a drop shadow.

How Do You Bet a Come Bet in Craps?

Come bets are self service so if you want to make a Come bet then you must place it in the COME yourself. Watch your bet. If other players are making Come bets then you need to be able know which is yours and make sure the dealer is placing that bet in your spot.

$5, $10, and $25 bet in the COME area. Sign says come bets are self-service.

Come Bets Work During the Comeout Roll

Come bets are always working. After a Come bet is inside a Point it is always betting that the Point it’s inside will roll before the 7. You can’t turn it off or take it back so no matter what stage in the game you’re at you can count on your Come Bet winning or losing at any given moment.

$10 come bet on point 8. Puck is off in the don’t come. Sign says always betting the 8 will roll before a 7 when in a point

What Are the Two Stages of a Come Bet in Craps?

Stage One - In the COME

There are two stages to a Come bet. The first is the original bet, which you place in the COME. While in the COME the Come bet wins when 7 or 11 is rolled and loses when 2, 3, or 12 are rolled.

$10 come bet in the COME area. Puck is on point nine. Sign says come bet wins on 7-11 and loses 2-3-12

Stage Two - Inside a Point

The second stage is the Point it moves to, which is determined by the roll of the dice. While inside a Point, the Come bet wins when that Point is rolled again and loses if the 7 is rolled. Odds on your Come bets are not contract so you can take them back at any time.

Once a Come bet moves inside a Point it becomes a contract bet meaning that once it’s in there you can’t take it back.

$10 come bet in point eight. Sign says come bet wins when eight rolls and loses when seven rolls.

Where Is Your Come Bet on the Craps Table?

Come bets are placed in the same spot as your Place bets except inside the box so you can tell the difference between the two. A Buy bet on a Point is actually put in the same spot as a Come bet and the only way to distinguish between the two is the fact that a Buy bet has a BUY lammer on top of it to let everyone know it’s a Buy bet. Without the lammer on top, a Buy bet would look exactly like a Come bet.

Blown up come bet section of the 6 and the 8 over the entire table and rail. Sections marked off 1-16 to show spots of players.

What Does the Come Bet Pay in Craps?

A Come bet can win during the Comeout Roll or the Intermediate Roll. No matter what stage of the game you’re in, a Come bet will always win even money.

In the Come
$10 in COME being paid $10. Bubble in corner showing two pair orange dice reading 2-5 and 6-5.
When the Point Rolls
$25 come bet coming off point nine, resting in COME area and being paid $25. Bubble in corner with two orange dice showing 5-4

What Are Some Come Bet Terms Used at the Craps Table?

There are certain terms used when setting up, taking down, and paying your Come bets. Know what the dealers are doing and saying while servicing your Come bets.

"On For..."

When a Point is rolled a Come bet will move into that Point. When that happens the dealer will let you know that your Come bet has moved into that Point by saying “You’re on the __point__ for __amount__.” They are letting you know they moved your Come bet into the Point and now would be the time to add Odds. E.g. if you had a $10 Come bet and the 6 rolled the dealer would say “You’re on the six for $10.”

$10 come bet moving from COME area into point six. Bubble in corner with two orange dice showing 1-5.

"Off For..."

When a Come Bet is inside of a Point and it wins the dealer will figure the total payout, move the winning Come bet off of the Point, back into the COME, pay it, and say “You’re off the __point__for __total payout__.” This lets you know that you Come bet won and it’s no longer on that Point. You’re winnings will sit in the COME and then it’s your responsibility to pick them up. E.g. if you had a $15 Come bet on the 8 and the 8 rolled the dealer would take your Come bet and it’s payment, move it into the COME and say “You’re off the eight for $15.”

$10 come bet moving from inside point 8 to the COME area. Sign says off the 8 for $20. $10 come bet + $10 payment.

"Off and On For..."

When you have a Come bet in a Point and you have a Come bet of the same amount in the COME then that Point is rolled, you have what is called “Off and On”. Let’s say you have $5 on both a Point and another in the COME then that Point rolls. Your Come bet ($5) would come off the Point with its winnings (another $5). Your new Come bet (same amount as the first) would then move into the Point (same as the first). You end up with the same amount of money on the Point and in the Come with the difference being the $5 that was won. The process of moving the $5 out of the Point and moving the new $5 in the Point is redundant because the same amounts of money end up in the same spots. The only thing that changed are the winnings that are now sitting in the COME too. To save the process of moving the same amount of money around to the same places we decide to skip it all and just put the payment out there in the COME and say“You’re Off and On for __the winnings__”and call it a day. You can now just pick up those winnings and the game goes on.

$10 come bet in point 5. $10 come bet in COME area with $10 payment. Dice read 3-2. Sign says you’re off for $10.

"Off For... On For..."

This gets confusing. It means that you have a Come bet inside a Point that has just rolled and you also have a bet in the COME of a different amount. You cannot go 'Off and On For...' because your first Come bet and your second Come bet are not the same amount. The flat bets are different. The dealer takes your first winning Come bet off the Point, and says “You’re off for __however much you won__”, brings the new Come bet in and says “You’re on for __the new Come bet amount__."E.g. you have a $5 Come Bet on the 8 and $15 in the COME. When the 8 rolls the dealer will take your $5 off the 8 with it’s payment and say “You’re off the 8 for $5…”and bring your new $15 Come bet on and say “… and on for $15.”

Split image. Left is $5 in point 8 & $15 in COME. Right shows bets switched. Dice read 5-3. Sign says off for $10 on for $15.

How Can You Bet a Come Bet for the Dealers?

Come bets for dealers don’t have to be in any specific denomination because you can’t bet an improper amount in the Come. Just like a players’ bet, a Come bet for the dealers goes right into the next Point that rolls. The dealers bet is placed in the middle of the Point to signify it belongs to the dealers and gets paid even money if the Point is rolled again.

$1 bet in the middle of the point four.
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