If you’ve ever seen a movie where a guy is throwing dice down the table and everybody cheers then you know what the game of Craps is. More popular in real-world casinos, you can still play the game online but what are the rules and how does it work?
A lot of online gamblers don’t play craps. Often it is because they think it is quite solitary when compared with other classic casino games. However, it does have its advantages for online players – both experienced and novices.
For beginners, it offers the opportunity to learn the game in a less hectic, more controlled environment. While for the experienced players, the online version of the game offers an uncrowded, more relaxed version of the game. There are a lot of bets in craps and a live game can be intimidating for a beginner and even overwhelming for the more experienced.
How To Play Craps?
Craps appears very difficult but it is actually quite a simple game that moves in different stages. The game is structured around the pass line bet and players bet by placing chips on the pass line.
Stage 1 is the first roll of the dice. This is the ‘come-out roll’ where the dice are thrown by the shooter towards the table wall opposite their position.
Pass bettors win if the roll is 7 or 11. They lose if it is 2, 3 or 12. Any other number becomes the point.
Stage 2 begins if the dice roller rolls a point on the come-out. He keeps rolling until either he rolls the same number again to win an even-money payoff, or rolls a 7 to lose. When one of these two things happens the round is over and the game starts all over again. It is at this point that players make different bets.
Betting On Craps
A person may bet that the shooter will roll the same point number – the ‘Do’ side. The others, the ‘Don’t’ side might bet that the shooter will roll a 7 before the point number is rolled.
Others might bet on things unrelated to the point – such as ‘place’ bets and ‘proposition’ bets.
Each area of the craps layout signifies a different bet. If your chips are on the pass line, you’re making a pass bet, which is a multi-roll wager.
Alternatively, if your chips are in the box that displays images of dice showing a 6 and a 5, you’re making the one-roll bet on 11.
How To Play Online Craps
Online craps is very similar to the land-based version, but there is a lot of lingo, a multitude of betting options and an awful lot of action. It can be extremely overwhelming for the new player, but this is where online craps really comes into its own.
You can play at your own pace without getting confused by the countless bets made by the other players.
Some quick tips for beginners are to stick to the Right or Do side of the table and play the pass line. It’s an easy option which you should stick to until you know what is going on. You should also play at the minimum until you really understand the game properly.
Another tip is to take proper odds as this reduces the house’s edge. Also place the 6 and 8 if you are looking to do more than just betting on the pass-line and odds-combination. These numbers offer the best odds out of any of the place numbers.
Avoid proposition bets as the house’s edge on these is poor – stick with the bets that have the lowest edge.
Finally manage your money, set yourself limits and learn the game.