If one of your place numbers rolls (5, 6, 8), you’ll win $14. However, you’ll lose your $10 in the field, so take $10 and replace the field bet and keep the other $4. On an average hand this will happen several times and 7 will roll, wiping out your place and field bets and you’ll need to start again after the come-out roll establishes a new point. Obviously when the dice are hot and a lot of number are rolling you’ll get paid many times before having to start over. That’s the power of the Iron Cross.
When a front-line winner rolls (the player shoots their point) your place bets will be marked “off” and you’ll want to hold-off on your field bet until a new point is established. Then your place bets will be marked “on” again and you can go back to making your field wagers. If a 7-out rolls, you’ll need to start all over with your place and field bets after a new number is established.
If you want to be part of the action and also shoot the dice, make a small bet on the pass line and take double odds on any point. If your point is 5, 6 or 8, make your field bet as usual and place the other two numbers that are not your point. Now you’ve got essentially the same wager going as the standard Iron Cross.
Advanced Iron Cross Play
The Iron Cross is a favorite system for action players because you get a decision (with hope, a winner) on every roll of the dice once a point is established. And, the system keeps players from using their chips on higher house odds bets like the horn and hard ways. And, you can enhance the Iron Cross by pressing your bets a little. Some players wait until they are winning and ready to quit for the evening, but using the advance play is always at the player’s discretion.
The first variation is sometimes called Three and Done and is very simple. The player waits until there are three consecutive field roll winners and then pulls their field bet completely. Then, they either pull their place bets also and call it a night, or they leave their place bets working and keep collecting on them until there is a 7-out, and then they quit.
The second variation is sometimes called Press Till Done and is just what it sounds like. The player begins pressing (raising the wager) their place bets after each place bet wins. As an example, suppose you have $44 in action and a 6 rolls. You press the 6 from a $12 bet to $18 and take the remaining $8 and bet it in the field (you may have to add another $2 to meet the table minimum). Do this with any other 5, 6 or 8 rolled two more times, pressing your place bet one unit and making the $10 wager in the field. Once you have reached three total presses, bet the field only one more time, then quit.
At this point you will have just your place bets working and won’t make any more field bets. Each time a 5, 6 or 8 rolls, you get paid and keep the chips. Do this until a 7-out rolls and the hand is over. If you happen to catch a good hand, you’ll have a nice stack of chips in front of you. If you are feeling wild after getting a few more payoffs, you can always continue pressing each time 5, 6 or 8 rolls and not stop until the 7-out finally comes. Again, if the shooter throws a big hand, you’ll have a big winner! Welcome to the Iron Cross Craps System!