Craps is an extremely fun game that creates more than its fair share of excitement. The craps table where you’ll find the most action in a live casino. It’s fast-paced and lends itself to community betting, meaning you win and lose with your fellow players.
The sheer number of possible bets make craps intimidating to the uninitiated. Don’t worry if you’ve looked at the table and wondered what the hell to bet and how. We’ve got you covered in this article. Make yourself a drink, kick back in your favourite seat, and learn all about craps!
What Is Craps?
Craps is a casino table game played with dice. It’s popular in live casinos where it’s available, although quite rare due to the size of the table required to play. Modern casinos are more bothered about cramming more pokies into its gaming space.
Online casinos don’t worry about floorspace, so craps is more prevalent there.
The game was developed in the United States from a simplified version of the game of hazard. Hazard made it to New Orleans from London in approximately 1805. It’s rules have evolved over the years to create the exhilarating game we all love now.
A game starts with a player selecting two dice. These dice are perfectly weighted, which ensures a fair game. Punters make their betting selections before the dice are thrown. Each round has two phases called “come-out” and “point”. The player with the dice is known as the shooter.
Bets on the “Pass” line or “Don’t Pass” line have to be made by the hooter before the first phase.
The shooter shoots the dice towards the back wall of the table and is required to hit the back wall with both dice. Be aware that both dice need to be shot at the same tame otherwise the game is invalid.
Rolling a 2, 3, or 12 is known as “craps” or “crapping out” and all Pass line bets lose. Don’t Pass bets win with a 2 and 3, but push (tie) on a 12.
Rolling a 7 or 11 is a “natural”, resulting in all Pass line bets winning and Don’t Pass bets losing. All other possibilities, 4,5,6,8,9, and 10 on the come-out roll establishes the “point.” This point number must be rolled again before a seven for “pass” bets to win.
The Different Craps Bets
The craps betting board looks complicate if you’re a beginner, but there’s nothing to be scared of. Think of it in a similar light to roulette where there are lots of different bets available.
Betting on Pass Line or Don’t Pass are the bets you need to make to start the dice rolling. Both payout 1 to 1 if they win. Don’t Pass has a tiny difference in House Edge with 1.402% compared to 1.414%. which is negligible. Pick one and go with it. Most people bet on Pass with betting on Don’t Pass often seen as being in poor taste.
You may also make a side wager after betting on Pass and when the point has been established. Bets are placed on what the point will be rolled before a 7 is rolled, ending that game. Betting on 4 or 10 pays out 2 to 1, you get 3 to 2 for betting on 5 or 9. Odds of 6 to 5 are available for betting on 6 or 8. All these bets carry a 4.76% house edge.
It’s possible to do the same after betting on Don’t Pass, but you lay the odds. The odds received are the inversion of those on the Pass bet. For example, you receive 1 to 2 betting on 4 or 10 instead of 2 to 1.
Field and Other Bets
Field bets are betting on a number landing without the need for a Pass or Don’t pass bet. Two-to-1 are the odds for betting on 2 or 12. These lower to 1 to 1 for betting on 3, 4, 9, 10, or 11.
Finally, place bets are made any time other than a come roll. These pay less than true odds . Betting on 4 or 10 pays 9 to 5 and carries a 6.7% house edge. Receive 7 to 5 for betting on numbers 5 or 9, with a house edge of 4.0%. Bank 7 to 6 on numbers 6 and 8 with a house edge of 1.52.
There are some other bets but they are either obscure or offer horrific house edges, so avoid them.
Conclusion and Further Tips
Craps is a really fun game that is best played with friends or groups. No casino game in the world generates as much action and camaraderie. It is extremely easy to get carried away, however, with all the excitement surrounding the game.
Stick to your game plan and make sure you know the odds and house edge of each bet you make. Above all, have fun and good luck!