Dave in Seattle, a viewer of the above video, asked this question:
‘How can someone to your left place a bet on the pass line after the point?’
This question has been asked by enough people that I am going to answer Dave’s question here.
For the record, Dave in Seattle is referencing the bet that the player makes at the 20 second mark of the video.
THE SHORT ANSWER
The bettor is making a self service place bet. This is not a pass line bet.
If this bet wins, the point of 4 will pay the self service place bet $9 for the $5 bet.
THE DETAILED ANSWER
Most people are aware of place bets. They are multi-roll bets that a certain number will roll before the 7 rolls. The pay off varies depending on the number. If the player wagers that a 6 or 8 rolls before a 7, the pay off is 7-6. If the player wagers that a 5 or 9 will roll before a 7 rolls, the pay off is 7-5. If the player wagers that a 4 or 10 will roll before a 7 rolls, the pay off is 9-5.
The place bet is usually not a self service bet, meaning that the player must give the money to the dealer, who will then accept the wager and mark the bet by positioning the player’s chip in the corresponding spot on the layout.
The exception to this rule (that the dealer must position and mark the wager), is when the player wishes to make a place bet on the current pass line point. In that case, the player may make a place bet wager on the pass line point by positioning his chips half in and half out of the pass line, as demonstrated in the pic below.
In the above example, when the player walked up to the table, the pass line point was 4, as indicated by the white puck being on the 4. The player wanted to make a place bet on the 4, so he positioned his chip in the area that is half in and half out of the area marked ‘Pass Line’.
If the player wanted to make a place bet on any other number, he would need to hand his chips to the dealer, so that the dealer can accept and then mark the wager. Remember, that the self serve place bet is only for the point.
The player is not required to self service the place bet. If the player wishes to have the dealer position and mark the place bet, regardless if the place bet is for the point, the player may also hand his chips to the dealer, and the dealer will position the chips for the player.
Dave’s question has a second component: can someone make a pass line bet after the point has rolled? The answer is yes.
If the player wanted to make a pass line bet after the point has rolled, the player only needs to position his chip entirely in the area marked ‘Pass Line’. The casino will happily accept this wager because it heavily favors the casino. Such a pass line bet after the point has rolled will pay $5 for a $5 bet.
Notice that, at this point in the wager, the win-loss conditions are exactly the same for the place bet and the pass line be: both bets win if a 4 rolls, and both bets lose if a 7 rolls. The only difference is the amount paid. A place bet on the 4 pays $9, whereas a pass line bet pays $5.
So by positioning the chip entirely inside of the area marked ‘Pass Line’, the player loses $4 if the 4 rolls.
The only players who make a pass line bet after the point has rolled are usually beginners who are not accustomed to the game. It’s a huge mistake.
Do not make this mistake.