#### Place To Win

The **Place** or **Place To Win** bet is a that can be placed on any of the *Point* numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 at anytime, but is usually made after a point number is already established. The player is betting that the placed number will roll before a 7.

Number bet on |
Payout Odds |
True Odds |
Example |
House Edge |

4 or 10 |
9 to 5 |
2 to 1 |
a $5 bet is paid $9 |
≈ 6.67% |

5 or 9 |
7 to 5 |
3 to 2 |
a $5 bet is paid $7 |
≈ 4% |

6 or 8 |
7 to 6 |
6 to 5 |
a $6 bet is paid $7 |
≈ 1.515% |

**Place Bets:**

- Can be put up or taken down at any time.
- They are automatically
**OFF** —or not working — on the *come out* roll; they can be called *ON* or *OFF* at anytime if desired.
- The lowest house percentage
*Place* bets are on the 6 and 8. The others aren't so great but can be improved by making **buy** bet instead.

#### Place To Lose

The **Place to lose** bet is basically the opposite of the *Place* bet. The player is betting that a 7 will roll before the number. This bet can be made at any time, but is usually made after a point number is already established.

Number bet on |
Payout Odds |
True Odds |
Example |
House Edge |

4 or 10 |
1 to 2 |
2 to 1 |
a $2 bet is paid $1 |
≈ 3.03% |

5 or 9 |
2 to 3 |
3 to 2 |
a $3 bet is paid $2 |
≈ 2.50% |

6 or 8 |
5 to 6 |
6 to 5 |
a $6 bet is paid $5 |
≈ 1.818% |

#### Buy

The **Buy** is similar as the *Place* bet except that there is a 5% **vigorish**, or **vig**, up-front in exchange for receiving the *True odds*.

The *vig* is figured on the amount wagered. If a $20 *Buy* bet is made on the 4, the player puts the bet in the *Come* area and tells the dealer *“Buy the 4.”* The Dealer will move the bet to the number 4 point box and place a *BUY button* on top of it. When it does roll the dealer will pay off at $40 and ask for a $1 (5% of $20) is the *vig* for the house. The players tosses a dollar chip onto the tabel. The result is that the bet will win $40 (2 to 1) instead of $36 (9 to 5). The process repeats when the bet wins again.

*NOTE: Some casinos want the the **vig* at the time of purchase, and you do not get it back if it does not win.

The timing for paying the vig varies among casinos. Generally, competition determines whether a casino makes you pay *after* a winning bet or *at the time you make the bet*. If several casinos are near each other, they probably take the vig after a win, whereas if the casino is the only gambling hall in a 100-mile radius, then it might make you pay the vig at the time you make the bet. Where there is competition, the a smart casino knows if it tries to screw the players by making them pay the vig up front, they will not have, any players playing their tables, but at the casino next door.

Suppose you make a $10 Buy bet on the 10. Paying the vig “up front” means you must pay the $1 vig at the time you make the bet. So, instead of dropping $10 on the table and telling the dealer to Buy the 10, you must drop $11 (i.e., two $5 chips and one $1 chip). The dealer puts your two $5 chips in the Buy box and puts the $1 chip in the casino’s stack. In this case, the casino gets $1 from you before the bet even begins. If the shooter rolls a 10, the dealer gives you $20. In this example, the dealer does not ask you to drop $1 for the vig because you already paid it “up front.”

Paying the vig “after a win” is better for the player because you pay the vig only if you win. If the shooter rolls a 7-out, all you lose is your $10 bet. By making you pay the vig after a win, the casino decreases its house advantage slightly to attract players to play at their table instead of the competition’s.

Some casinos have minimums for their Buy bets. You may not be able to buy the 4 or 10 for less than $20 or $25. The casino might not allow a $10 Buy bet. As a test, you can put $10 in the Come box and say, “Buy the four, please.” The dealer might say, “The Buy bet has to be at least twenty dollars,” If they do not allow it. You can either place it or buy it for $20. The reason they do not allow it is a mute point since they are just dealers and not the own of the casino, so asking and expecting a good explanation is a waste of time.

The Buy bet on the 5 or 9 can be good, bad, or a wash compared to the Place bet, depending on the bet amount and when you have to pay the vig. Suppose you’re at a casino that allows you to Buy the 5 for $10. The true odds for the 5 and 9 are 3:2. Your winning $10 Buy bet wins $15, but you have to pay a $1 vig (i.e., the vig is 5% of $10 = 50 cents, which is rounded up to $1), so your net win is $14. The Place odds on the 5 and 9 are 7:5, so your winning Place bet wins $14. In this example, the payout for the Buy and Place bets are equal, so the bets are considered a wash.

Number bet on |
Payout Odds |
True Odds |
Example |
House Edge |

4 or 10 |
2 to 1 |
2 to 1 |
a $5 bet is paid $10 - 5% vig |
≈ 4.76% |

5 or 9 |
3 to 2 |
3 to 2 |
a $10 bet is paid $15 - 5% vig |
≈ 4.76% |

6 or 8 |
6 to 5 |
6 to 5 |
a $6 bet is paid $5 - 5% vig |
≈ 4.76% |

**Buy Bets:**

- Can be put up or taken down at any time.
- They are automatically
**OFF** — or not working — on the *come out* roll; they can be called *ON* or *OFF* at anytime if desired.
- The lowest house percentage
*Buy* bets are on the 4 and 10. The others are not so great.

#### Lay bets

The **Lay Bet** is basically the opposite of the *Place Bet*. The player is betting that a seven will roll before the laid number. This bet can be made at any time, but is usually made after a point number is already established.

Number bet on |
Payout Odds |
True Odds |
Example |
House Edge |

4 or 10 |
1 to 2 |
2 to 1 |
a $5 bet is paid $10 - 5% vig |
≈ 2.439% |

5 or 9 |
2 to 3 |
3 to 2 |
a $8 bet is paid $15 - 5% vig |
≈ 3.226% |

6 or 8 |
5 to 6 |
6 to 5 |
a $11 bet is paid $5 - 5% vig |
≈ 4% |