What is Back Line?
Back line is a betting term which applies to two separate games – craps and blackjack. In craps, the back line is also known as the pass line bet. With this gamble, you’re betting against the dice which means you’re banking on either a 7 or an 11 will be the first number rolled.
Back Line Explained
Craps is a dice game where players make wagers on the outcome of the roll. The back line – or pass line – is the most basic type of bet, where you are staking money for the shooter to win. This bet must be at least the table minimum and at most the table maximum. If the come-out roll is 7 or 11, the bet wins. But if it is 2, 3 or 12 – you’ve lost (known as ‘crapping out’). Any other result gets you a point which means you roll again.
Blackjack is the most widely played casino game in the world. It’s a comparing card game where players compete together against the dealer. Playing the back line is a late-surrender strategy which lets the dealer peak for blackjack before the players can take action.
This is where you forfeit your hand and half of your original bet in exchange for saving the other half of the wager. The disadvantages here are you can’t make the basic hit-or-stand calls from the back line which decreases the overall chances of winning. Perhaps you would be better off waiting for the next seat to open or sticking to your own hand if already at the table.