How to Play Craps

Craps Dice

The basic rules for playing dice

Craps is a casino game that has found its star territory in the United States. The craps table has dozens of bets available and that makes it a very rich game because of its rules and strategy. We are going to try to make a guide on how to play craps much simpler and more basic.

As a quick summary, we’ll say that the game of dice is based on the stake, which is shaped like a round and is called a pass line. At the dice, players bet by placing chips on the pass line of the table. Usually, it is a huge table that needs several casino employees to manage all the bets on the different throws.

The pass sequence begins with a roll of the dice where one of the players rolls the dice. Bettors who have bet on the “pass” win if the result is 7 or 11 and lose if it is 2, 3, or 12. Any other number becomes the point that marks the game and is paid out individually.

If the shooter rolls a number of points at the start, he continues to roll until he rolls the same number again to win an even money payout, or rolls a 7 to lose.

This game is like roulette. By playing dice, you can make bets as simple as betting on a number and winning or losing on each roll. Or it can be as complex as making a bet, waiting until the shooter throws a “point” number, and then waiting for the shooter to throw out the same number again. That procedure can be repeated for any number.

The design of the dice table

Each area of the dice design means a different kind of bet. If the chips are on the pass line, you are placing a pass line bet, which is a multi-event bet: we will always place the pass line bet before the initial roll. If a 7 or 11 is rolled we win; and if a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled we lose.

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When any other number comes up (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10) it becomes the point number. We will win the Pass Line bet if the point is rolled before the point is rolled 7. We will lose the Pass Line bet if the point is rolled 7 before the point.

These bets payout at the same value as the bet. It’s like if in French roulette we bet on red 1 and it comes out red: we double the bet.

When we are playing craps in an online casino, we can make any of the bets by clicking on the design on the screen. It’s very different in the live casino game were for example to bet on the pass you have to put your own chips on the table. For other bets, you will place your chips directly in front of you on the table. You must inform the dealer where you want to bet.

Most common bets on dice

Let’s take a look now at the commonly available bets. Divide that into multi-point and single-point bets. You can have more than one bet in action at the same time; in fact, most craps players have several bets working at once. Not all possible bets are listed. Although house advantages for bets such as Lay bets, betting that 7 will come out before a place number, and Horn bets will be quoted at the end.

It should be noted from now on that if we see a “No” in front of the name of the bet, that means we are betting on the opposite.

Bets No Pass Bar

No Pass Bar betting is betting the opposite of what it would be to bet on a Pass Line. There is a special area in roulette for this type of bet: a “No Pass” bar, which is where we must place our chips before the starting roll. This is against the Pass Line bet.

No Pass bar bets when playing craps

In a No Pass Bar bet, you bet that a 7 will come out before the point is rolled. You win on the come-out roll if it’s a 2 or 3, and on any other roll if it’s a 7. If the roll is 12, the No Pass Bar bet is tied, neither won nor lost. It is lost on the starting roll if the roll is a 7 or 11 and on any other roll if the point is rolled.  It pays 1 to 1 so if you bet $2 on the bar bet 

Eat Bets

In come bets, you win if you get a 7 or 11. But, if the bets are a 2, 3 or 12, you lose. Thus, if we bet on No Come or Don’t Come, we are betting that the 7 will come out before the point comes out. Not playing this way is one of the most common mistakes on the dice among beginners.

To make a “Come” bet, you must place the chips you want in the “Come” box. You win if the next roll comes up with a 7 or an 11. You lose if the next roll is “Craps”. That is, the 2, the 3 or the 12).

If the roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 then that number will become the next point. The “Come” bet will be moved from the “Come” box to the box corresponding to the roll of the dice.

No Eat Bets

As we have already mentioned, a No Show bet is the opposite of a Show bet. It is placed after the starting loop in the “Don’t Come Bar” at the Craps table. If you roll a 3 or 2, you win the bet, but if you roll a 7 or 11, you lose. If the roll is 12, the bet is returned to the player.

In this type of bet, if the roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10, it becomes the Point. Thus, the bet is moved to the bar in the upper left corner. Once the point is established, the bets will go on to win the same (in a 1 to 1 ratio).

Bets on Odds 

Once we know who the “point” is, most of the casinos and Internet casinos will allow us to make a complimentary bet to the pass line. There are several betting possibilities: you can bet the same amount, double or even quintuple the value of the main bet.

This bet has the consideration of complimentary and wins if you get the number before a seven.

If you are betting in the no pass or no eat zone, you can place a side bet, which will also win if you get a seven before the number you play against. The payout is also based on the actual probability, so you pay one to two on four and ten, two to three on five and nine and five to six on six and eight.