Craps looks like a very complicated game, and indeed it can be. But, as you will shortly find
out, it can also
be a game as simple as you want to make it.
Craps is a game played with two dice and up to eight players
participating. In physical casinos you will see that the craps table are
always the most crowded tables. The constant action makes craps one of the
most exciting and most played games in casinos.
The game starts with what is called a "Come Out" roll made by
the so called "Shooter". This is the player currently rolling the
dices. The shooter wins if he rolls a so called "Natural" which is
a 7 or 11, and loses if the roll is a 2, 3 or a 12. This Is
called "Craps". Rolling any of the remaining numbers (4,5,6,8,9, or
10) is known as the Point. If the shooter establishes a point at
the come out roll, he has to roll another point and then a 7 to win the
game. Rolling a seven right after the first point would mean he loses and
the dices and they go on to the next player. In case you are the next
shooter and you don't want to roll the dices you always have the option to
give them right to the next player without rolling yourself.
There are many different ways you can place bets in craps. Everybody on
the table can place bets, not only the shooter. Here is a part of the
craps table to make the bet easier to understand. The black chips
demonstrate the bets that can be made.
1.) Pass Line Bet / This is the most popular and simplest bet
in craps. You bet that the shooter wins his game. This bet can be made at
any time but is generally made before the come out roll. The odds are 1:1
on this bets.
2.) Don't Pass Bet / This is exactly the opposite of the above.
You bet the shooter does not win his game. Odds are 1:1 too.
3.) Odds Bet / When the shooter establishes the point in the
come out role you can place an odds bet as an option to your Pass Line or
don't Pass wager. In this bet the casino has absolutely no advantage
because you don't bet against it. Basically you strengthen you pass or
don't pass wager. A winning odds bet pays you the true odds which are 6:5
for a 6 and 8 roll, 3:2 for a 5 and 9 roll and 2:1 for a 4 and 10.
4.) Come Bet / The come bet works exactly like the Pass line
bet but you make the bet after the point is established. The next roll
becomes the come out roll for your bet. A come bet wins with 7 and 11 and
loses with 2, 3 and 12. All other rolled numbers cause your wager to be
moved to that particular number (the x is the spot where your wager is
moved to, in this case the result of the roll was an 8). For you to win,
the point has to be re-established before a 7 is rolled. The odds are 1:1
5.) Don't Come Bet / The opposite of the explained above. Odds
also are 1:1.
6.) Field Bet / You bet the outcome of the next roll will be a
2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12. If the dices show 5, 6, 7 or 8 you lose. The
odds are 2:1 on a 2 and 12 roll and 1:1 on a 4, 9, 10 and 11.
7.) Place Bet / Here you bet that a certain number will be
rolled before a 7. The odds are 7:6 on a 6 and 8 roll, 7:5 on a 5 and 9
roll and 9:5 on a 4 and 10.
8.) Buy Bet / A buy bet is the same as the place bet but it
pays the true odds with a 5% charge with every win.
9.) Big 6 and 8 / Here you bet that a 6 or a 8 is rolled before
the next 7. Odds are 1:1.
10.) Any Craps / You bet the next roll will be a 2, 3 or 12.
The odds on this one are 7:1.
11.) Hardways / This is a place bet on one of the doubles, 2+2,
3+3, 4+4 and 5+5. The odds are 7:1 on a hard 4 and hard 10 (2+2 and 5+5)
and 9:1 on a hard 6 and a hard 8 (3+3 and 4+4).