What is the Front Line?
In craps, the ‘front line’ is a common term for the pass line. This is a basic bet made on the come out roll when a new shooter takes the dice. It is a working bet until the point is established, after which the player wins only if a seven comes after the point number. Players can also reverse the pass bet with a ‘don’t pass’ wager on the front line. This means they bet against the shooter, and win after the come out if the seven hits before the point.
Front Line Explained
Craps is a popular casino dice game. Players take turns to act as the shooter and roll the dice, while the other players bet on the outcome of the dice. Craps bets can be made on a single dice roll, or on a series of rolls over the course of the shooter’s turn. Meanwhile, the shooter bets on their own dice rolls and aims to set a point number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10), before hitting this again without first rolling a seven.
The ‘front line’ in craps is formally known as the ‘pass line’. Casino staff often refer to it as the front line, and might call bets as ‘front line winner’. The shooter ‘passes’ the first stage of their turn if they can roll one of those point numbers without finding a seven first.
During the second stage, they aim to find that point again while still avoiding the turn-ending seven. Other players bet on whether the shooter will pass that line or not. This either/or bet is known as the pass/don’t pass bet. It is a working bet which remains active during the first stage of the game, and which is fixed after the point as a come/don’t come bet.