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Right and Wrong Bettors in Craps

By: Joan Peppin, Tuesday March 9th 2010
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Those who read articles and books on craps will sometime on the other come across the concept that certain players are referred to as "right bettors" and other players are referred to as "wrong bettors". To the uninitiated in the language of craps this can be quite confusing. Right and wrong are not used in their common sense meanings. A right bettor is not one who is betting correctly or efficiently and a wrong bettor is not one who is going after the sucker bets. Also a wrong bettor is not one who is cheating or breaking the rules of the game and a right bettor is not one who is playing within the rules of the game. Right and wrong are used in a somewhat technical sense. Before explaining what this technical sense is, it is essential to clarify that the game of craps can be understood in its entirety without reference to right bettors and wrong bettors. But since these references are being made in craps literature it is better to understand what these terms actually mean.

It is easiest to explain the concepts using an example. The most common bet in craps is the pass line bet. At the beginning of a new come out roll the shooter rolls the dice. If the throw is a 7 or an 11 then the shooter automatically wins. If the throw is a 2, 3 or 12 then the shooter automatically loses. If the throw is any other number then that number is established as a point. Now if the shooter throws the point before a 7 then the shooter wins. If the shooter throws a 7 before the point then the shooter loses. Players who bet that the shooter will win are called right bettors and players who bet that the shooter will lose are called wrong bettors. In online craps there is no shooter who rolls the dice but the concept remains the same. A more simple way of saying the same thing is that players who wager on the pass line bet are called right bettors and players wager on the don't pass bet are called wrong bettors. The term right probably got associated with the pass line bet because most players wager on the pass line bet as compared to the don't pass bet.

This concept of right bettors and wrong bettors is carried forward into several other bets in the game of craps. One example is the buy and lay bets. In both of these bets the player pays a 5% commission to the house in order to get the mathematically correct payoffs, that is payoffs without any house edge. Players who wager on buy bets are called right bettors and players who wager on lay bets are called wrong bettors. This is because buy bets win when the point is rolled before a 7 and lay bets win when a 7 is rolled before the point. Exactly the same concept is applied in come and don't come bets. Players who wager on the come bets are called right bettors and players who wager on the don't come bets are called wrong bettors.

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