Craps Game Rules and Tips
Craps is one of the more popular table games, perhaps due to Hollywood perpetuating the business of the tables. Often in films and TV, you see lots of people standing around a craps table, while someone throws the dice and wins gobs of money. When you start to learn the rules and game play of craps, you will see it can be fun, but there are also some important tips to learn. Craps is a definitely a dice game, in which you make a wager based on what type of roll you believe the player will have. Players have the option of wagering against each other.
Craps is about the bets wagered, much like players betting on a roulette table. You have certain wagers you can make and this is how you will win. It is also a game of probabilities because you need to consider your odds in winning based on what the player can roll.
Players will place bets on the table, one player will also have command of the dice. The dealer or croupier is at the table to ensure all bets are placed before the dice are rolled. They are also going to call out the winning bet, hand out the winnings and remove the losses from the table. The croupier represents the house.
When the croupier calls no more bets, you cannot touch the table or place more chips down. The player holding the dice will make the throw and see if they won or lost, thus whether you won or lost your bet.
Pass is considered the fundamental wager in craps. Most of the players will bet the pass. The player in charge of the dice is called the shooter. The first roll made is called the come out roll. For a pass bet to win on this first roll, the shooter needs a 7 or 11 on the dice. If a 2, 3, or 12 is rolled, the pass bet is lost. Rolls of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 is a “point.” It means the shooter needs to roll the dice and get a point again or needs to roll a 7. The shooter continues to throw until either a point or 7 occurs. If the point happens first the pass bet wins. If the 7 comes up first it is a “7 out” and the pass bet will lose.
Tip: It is best to wait for a come out roll to place a pass line bet. You will know a come out roll is coming because the market will be in the off position. It means the next roll is a come out. If it is in the on, then the game is in the midst of being played. A pass line bet has a house edge of 1.41
The side wager is for the point to be rolled prior to a 7. The odds will pay 2 to 1 for this, where the points are 4 and 10. The payout is 3 to 2 when the points are 5 and 9. You get 6 to 5 odds on points 6 and 8. To place this bet, you will put it behind your pass line bet.
Another wager option is the don’t pass. The house edge on this wager is 1.36%. It works in the opposite way of a pass line, and 12 is a push instead of a win for come out roll. You can also play the odds where 7 is a win and you lose if the point is made.
Place bets are similar to odds bets, but you do not have to make a pass or come bet first. You can place a bet at any point during the game, before the dice are rolled. The higher house edge is for 4 and 10 to appear on the dice.
Craps is all about the bets. As you first start learning the game, you might want to stay with the pass line and eventually work your way up to various other wagers.