Beginner's Guide to Craps

Craps is a dice-based betting game where players place wagers on the outcome of a series of rolls. Generally, craps is played against the house, a style that is known as casino craps or table craps. In casual settings, craps can be played with the players betting against each other, and this style is known as street craps. This guide will focus primarily on casino craps, which you can play in person and online.

Rules of the Game

In casino craps, multiple players bet against the bank. Numerous players can occupy the same table, but only one player can roll the dice. This player is called the shooter, and the players at the table take turns being the shooter. Each round of craps starts with the come-out phase, a dice roll. A roll of 2, 3 or 12 on the come-out is a losing roll. It’s called crapping out, and any pass line bet loses. A roll of 7 or 11 on the come-out is a winning roll called a natural, and any pass line bet wins. Any come-out roll that is not craps or natural sets the point. The shooter then rolls again, potentially multiple times, in the hopes of duplicating the point before rolling a 7. If the shooter does so, any pass line bets win.

How to Play Craps

The most common craps bets are the pass line bet and the don’t pass line bet. The don’t pass line bet is simply the opposite of the pass line bet. Whenever a pass line bet would lose, the don’t bet pass line wins, and vice versa. Pass odds and don’t pass odds are bets placed on whether or not the shooter will hit the point. Come bet and don’t come bet are wagers unique to the player who places them. Other popular bets include wagering on a single number, any seven and any craps.

Craps Etiquette

In Vegas and casinos around the world, a craps culture exists that expects certain etiquette to be adhered to. Never hand the dealer cash. Just present the money, and only speak if you need change. You place your own bets. Remove your hands from the playing area quickly. If you cannot reach, ask the dealer’s assistance. When shooting, ensure that the dice go into the air. You can cheer the shooter, but you should not jeer or heckle him or her when betting against. Don’t pass bets can make other players upset, but you’ll generally be all right as long as you aren’t expressing glee at their bad luck.

Live vs. Online Play

When playing craps at a brick-and-mortar casino, craps is a social game, and thus you should exhibit respect for the group. When playing craps online, the game is a single-player experience played against a computerized house. In this scenario, you can behave however you see fit. When playing a game streamed live online, use your best judgment. When in doubt, act as if you were there in person.

House Edge and Bankroll Management

Craps is a game of chance. Therefore, the most important choice you can make is the house edge. On a pass or don’t pass line bet, the house edge is usually 1.41 percent. Each casino, however, will have slightly different payouts on the various craps bets. Determine the house edge on your preferred bets and choose accordingly. The other important aspect is bankroll management. The larger you bankroll is, the better your odds are over the long term. Maximize the bankroll by taking advantage of deposit bonuses and loyalty programs.

Gameplay Strategy

Maxing out the odds behind the pass line bet is the truest odds available and should be achieved each round. If you prefer not to bet that much, then the alternative is to lower the pass line bet and then max out the odds.

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Author Kingsino Staff
Date August 22 2012
Tags Craps, Beginner's Guide