Betting Don't Pass Lay Odds

Just like the Pass Line, after the Point has been established, you are allowed to make an Odds bet but there is a big difference between the two. On the Pass Line you “Take Odds”, where they win more. On the Don’t Pass you “Lay Odds” and bet more to win less because you’re more likely to win.

  • Lay Odds get paid True Odds

  • Lay Odds are NOT contract bets

  • Lay Odds have ZERO advantage for the casino

Up close aerial view of $10 with $24 lay odds on don’t pass. The don’t pass is outlined in a black drop shadow.

How Do You Bet Don't Pass Lay Odds in Craps?

Lay Odds on the Don’t Pass go right next to your Don’t Pass bet on the side that’s closest to the base dealer. They aren’t stacked straight up like Odds on the Pass line. They are heeled off which make it look like they are at an angle and you should heel them off in the direction towards the base dealer.

Three don’t pass bets, each with lay odds, heeled off towards base. Arrows are pointed towards base.

What Do Lay Odds on the Don't Pass Pay?

Lay Odds on the Don’t Pass pay differently depending on what the Point is. The Point also determines the dollar amount you should be Laying for that Point. You Lay the 6 and 8 in multiples of 6, the 5 and 9 in multiples of 3, and the 4 and 10 in multiples of 2. These multiples were created based on the number of ways the bet can lose compared to the number of way they can win.

Pays 5:6 on the 6 and 8

There are 5 ways to lose and 6 ways to win when the Point is 6 or 8. It’s written 5:6 and read "5 to 6" or you win “$5 for every $6”. This means that you can only make the Lay Odds bet in multiples of six.

Example 1
$5 bet with $6 lay odds each paid $5. Signs say don’t pass wins even money and $6 lay wins $5.
Example 2
$10 bet with $18 lay odds paid $10 and $15 respectively. Signs say don’t pass wins even money and $18 lay wins $15.

Pays 2:3 on the 5 and 9

There are 4 ways to win and 6 ways to lose on the 5 and 9 which is written 4:6 and then reduced to 2:3. You read it as "2 to 3" or you win “$2 for every $3”. Lay Odds on the 5 and 9 must be made in multiples of 3.

Example 1
$5 bet with $3 lay odds paid $5 and $2 respectively. Signs say don’t pass wins even money and $3 lay wins $2.
Example 2
$50 with $90 lay odds paid $50 and $60 respectively. Signs say don’t pass wins even money and $90 lay wins $60.

Pays 1:2 on the 4 and 10

There are 3 ways to lose and 6 ways to win on the 4 and 10 which is written 3:6 then reduced to 1:2. It’s spoken as "1 to 2" and when you think about getting paid for your Lay Odds, its “$1 for every $2”.

Example 1
$5 with $2 lay odds paid $5 and $1 respectively. Signs say don’t pass wins even money and $2 lay wins $1.
Example 2
$20 with $80 lay odds paid $20 and $40 respectively. Signs say don’t pass wins even money and $80 lay wins $40.

What Are Max Lay Odds on the Don't Pass?

No matter what Point you are Laying Odds on, the maximum allowed is always going to be 6 times the Don’t Pass bet. The casino has no advantage with this bet so there must be a limit and it’s a flat rate across all the numbers.

$10 with $60 lay odds. Sign says 6 x don’t pass bet: 6 x $10 = $60 max lay.

How Do You Bet Don't Pass Lay Odds for the Dealers?

You can add Lay Odds to a dealers Don’t Pass bet in the same way you add Lay Odds to your own Don’t Pass bet.

$1 with $6 lay odds on the don’t pass.
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