Guide To Playing Craps

One of the great things about playing craps is that it allows players to really get into the game. When you visit a craps table at any casino chances are pretty good you’ll hear a lot of whooping and hollering.

Most land casinos seat up to 12 players at a table, the good news is that craps can be played at online casinos too.

In this section we are going to tell you more about the wonderful game of craps. A craps table boasts a special design that includes a betting layout where players can place their bets.

There are 2 base dealers one on either side of the table. They pay the winners and collect the losing bets. If need be they can place a few wagers on behalf of the players.

The objective in craps is to place your bets and to predict the outcome of the combination of the 2 dice. One of the important things about craps is that it’s a game of chance.

In other words, the outcome can’t be affected in any way, it does give you a choice of several bets though.

Craps Basics

Craps is a simple game and relatively easy to master. Many players shy away from it because they think it’s too difficult to learn, the only complicated bit about craps are the various types of bets.

It’s not necessary to learn all of them just the most important ones. The game starts when a player rolls the dice (shooter).

At the end of each round a new player becomes the shooter but one player can remain the shooter for a few rounds.

The shooter and any other player can place their bets by placing their chips on the betting layout. Casino personnel such as the Boxman, Stickman and the dealers manage a craps table.

The boxman is responsible for the table’s chips, he or she exchanges chips into cash and vice versa, this person oversees the dealers. The person in charge of the dice is the stickman, he moves them around the table with a stick and at the start of each roll he passes them onto the shooter.

The come-out roll is the first roll in craps, in order to shoot the dice you must place a wager on the pass line or the don’t pass line, the good news is you don’t have to be the shooter to make the wagers.

On the first roll of 7 to 11 (a natural) the pass line wins, loses on 2, 3 or 12, or any other total (4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10) then becomes the ”point”. However, before a player can win the point needs to be thrown again. The pass line loses if a 7 is rolled first.

On the don’t pass line the come-out roll wins on 2 or 3, loses on 7 or 11 and pushes on a 12 (no action). Once a point is established the don’t pass line wins, if 7 rolls and losses the point is rolled again.

The come line is similar to the pass and don’t pass, but can only be bet on after a point is established. Every pass/don’t pass/come bet may be backed up with the odds.

The odds on a regular table is 3x to 5x the line wager (bet $5 and take odds of up to $25), when the line bet wins you win. If the point is not made the odds lose. You can also lay the odds on don’t pass bets. The reason why players like odds wagers is because the house has no edge on the bet.

When playing craps at online casinos the odds wager may be made for as little as $1, or whatever the minimum stake is. You can place the numbers (a direct wager on 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10) for the same small bet. The bets remain until they lose.

Hardway bets (a pair on the dice) also stay until they lose, just remember they lose when the number is rolled the easy way (no pair) or when a 7 rolls. Wagers on the ”Horn” of ”Field” are one-roll wagers, they lose or win instantly.