What is Dice Pass?
‘Dice pass’ is a craps phrase which describes a dice roll totalling 7 or 11 during the first stage of a shooter’s turn. As the shooter is aiming to establish their point, they may hit one of the pass or don’t pass numbers. Pass/don’t pass bets are paid accordingly. Once a point is established, the dice pass again only when the point number is hit a second time. If a seven is rolled at this stage, the turn ends.
Dice Pass Explained
In craps, players are aiming to establish a ‘point‘ by rolling a particular number with two dice, and then to hit that number again with one or more further rolls. While one player acts as the ‘shooter’ and takes control of the dice, the other players place bets on what they think they next roll will be.
The first stage of the game is the come-out roll, during which players are trying to set their ‘point’ (one of the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10). They could also roll a 2, 3, or 12 (‘don’t pass’), or a 7 or 11 (pass). The shooter must bet on whether the dice will pass or not, while this bet is optional for the other players. The dice may ‘pass’ several times during this stage, which only ends if a point number is rolled.
During the second stage, the player’s turn can be ended if they hit a seven. For a dice pass to occur in this round, the shooter must find their point number a second time. For example, if the player rolled a 6 at the come-out, the point stage will continue until either a 6 or a 7 is rolled.
‘Dice pass’ might also be called to signify that it is another player’s turn to act as the shooter. Play usually passes to the left during a game of craps – although players can decline their turn as shooter if they prefer.
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