All about Craps

The one with the dice! This is the land casinos most hectic and exciting game but can be a bit scary and confusing to the beginner…online it’s a lot calmer but still a great game to play.

The dice are thrown by the players in turn and the thrower “shooter” and the accompanying crowd bet on the outcome of each round which can be one roll or a series of rolls. You bet with or against the shooter (at a land casino it’s more fun to bet with the shooter!)

The first roll is called the “Come Out” and if the shooter rolls 7 or 11 (a “natural”) you win and the round is over ,if he rolls 2,3,or 12 this is called “Craps” and you lose and the round is over (at the end of each losing round the dice go to the next player). If he rolls any of the other outcomes i.e. 4,5,6,8,9,or 10 then that number becomes the “point number” (marked by an “on” disc) this is the number the shooter now trys to roll and if he does this before he rolls a 7 then you win and the round is over; if he rolls a 7 before hitting the point number then you lose and the round is over.

At the point number stage it is possible for other bets to be placed which include place bets, odds bets, field bets, proposition bets,buy bets,lay bets,big 6 and big 8 bets etc that can be found on the table…you’ll get a feel for these bets as you practice on a “free craps game” but for now here the basic run down of these bets form the start of the play.

Before the first roll: pass/don’t pass – a “pass bet” is with the shooter, “don’t pass” is with the house. Player are sometimes referred to as “right bettors” (with the shooter) and “wrong bettors” with the house.

“Pass bet” – shooter rolls 7 or 11 you win, 2, 3 or 12 you lose -the shooter rolls 4,5,6,8,9,or 10 and continues playing the point number – the shooter hits the point before a 7 you win – the shooter hits a 7 before the point you lose.

“Don’t pass bet” – it´s the exact opposite if the pass bet

After the point number has been set you can place;

“Come bet” – Betting on the shooter rolling the point number before the 7.
“Don’t Come bet” – Betting on the shooter rolling a 7 before the point number.
“Odds bet” – meaning you can lessen the house edge by staking more money, you get even money plus your odds. Normally it 2-3 times your original stake but sometimes casinos offer more some up to 10 times your original stake which would on a pass bet decrease the house edge by 1.2%
“Place bet” – bet on the number you think the shooter will get before hitting a 7. This is after the point number has been set. Numbers you can bet on are 4,5,6,8,9,and 10.
“Buy bet” – same as a place bet with better payout
“Lay bet” – bet on shooter hitting 7 before hitting the number you have chosen
“Field bet” – bet on the next roll being the number you choose from 2,3,4,9,10,11,and 12. Bet is on one roll only!
“Big 6/Big 8” – your betting on either a 6 or an 8 being rolled before a 7. This bet can be placed or withdrawn at any stage.
“Proposition bets”– bets are placed on one roll only. Here the are;
“Any Three” – bet on a 3 off the next throw
“Any Seven” – bet on a 7 off the next throw
“Any Eleven” – bet on an 11 off the next throw
“Any Twelve” – bet on a 12 off the next throw
“Ace Deuce” – bet on a 3 off the next throw
“Aces” – bet on 2 or 12 off the next throw (also known as “boxcars”)
“Horn Bet” – bet on 2,3,11,or 12off the next throw payout determined by number thrown.
“Hard ways” – this bet is over the duration of the round (after the point number is set) you bet Hard 4,6,8 OR 10. “Hard” means a double ….i.e. double 2,3,4 or 5. If your result comes in before a 7 or a “soft” result on your number (your number acheived without being hard) you lose.