Why does the practice game allow me to place a PL bet after the come out roll?
Are you sure you're not adding to your pass line bet? That's probably what you're doing. You can do that, however it is not advisable, because once you get past the come out roll and you are on the pass line(with a pass line number established), the odds of losing increases. Your best shot of winning on the pass line is on the come out roll(7-11).
Also, can u increase your PL bet after the point is est?
Yes, but see above. That's why it's advisable to add whatever you'd want to add to the pass line bet to the odds side(there is no house edge, as many of us have tried to explain).
wouldn't I increase my bets when a point is established that has a higher chance of being rolled?
First off dice have no memory of previous numbers rolled..so....
The only time you're in the drivers seat is when you've got a don't point established. Playing the dont's or wrong way, the killer is the come out roll, if you establish a point on the don't side you are at an advantage, however it is no guarantee of a win. Those established don't bets can be picked off one after another, which sucks!
Added an edit: to say that, that's why the pass line is a contract bet, it is not allowable to take that bet down (or back) after the come out roll-the only advantage, as slim as it is, is on the come out roll for the pass line player. While it is allowable to take down(or back) your don't pass bet once it moves to a point(this is a very bad move-to take it down after the point is established).
Second: For arguments sake, assume you meant a 4. The odds on a 4 pay more than a 6. Since it's true odds, in the end, it's all the same.
Third: YES, you CAN place or increase a pass line bet at any time. You can't reduce it though. But because the odds are now against you, placing or increasing a Pass bet after the point is established is not something that most people will want to do.
I must say, everyone was absolutely right about practing to fully see how it all works, and it has been helping me tremendously. Looking back, my questions, especially the last one, have been a bit silly. But, I've read craps is a game that newbies have a hard time wrapping their head around at first, so thanks for talking me through what seemed confusing to me. We are headed to Vegas in about 2 weeks, and am very excited to play casino blackjack and craps both for the first time. Wish me luck!
One last piece of advice:
Craps tends to be fast and furious, with a language all it's own. It is the only game where you can throw money, announce some archaic sounding statement, and it's a bet.
If possible, play at a less crowded table, and tell the dealers you are new. And tip. This will prompt them to help you out and explain things that they might not otherwise bother to explain.
Try not to have a brain fart at the tables. It's OK to have the other kind. Most casinos have great ventilation systems.
And good luck!
You've all been there, and I will be following footsteps in less than a month. I am interested in playing craps, but have never before tried. I understand the basics, but is it necessary to understand every type of bet? I won't lie, my bankroll will probably be half as much as most of you use in one session, as we are wanting to take in more of Vegas on our first trip than gambling. :) Wondered if you had any advice as to a solid strategy for a beginner player. Is it viable to only play PL? Do I play odds or no? Come bets? I realize this is always depending on the person, but I want other's opinions. Low roller or not, it would always be nice to walk away with more than I started with and I simply want the best chance of doing that. Thanks!
Bet minimum on Pass line & minimum on Don't Pass along with 1.00 chip on TWELVE. after a number is established put MAX ODDS behind your pass line bet.
Don't worry about any other bets on the table.