If you have never played craps online or at a casino, on first impression it can appear to be one of the most complicated casino table games, but , this is not actually the case.
A game of craps plays as follows: You are known as the "shooter," you take two dice and then throw them on the craps table (or press click on the roll button online).
Once the number rolled is displayed, there are then three possible scenarios:
Natural means that the result of your roll is either a 7 or an 11. If this happens, you win and will get to roll again.
You roll a 2 (known as Snake Eyes), 3, or 12. This means you’ve lost but BUT the round is not over, and you will get to roll again.
You roll a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10.
In a real casino environment, the dealer would mark your Point (the number you rolled) on the table. If you are playing online craps, then a marker will appear to show where the Point is established.
Next, you get to roll the dice again and your aim is roll the same number. Not necessarily in the same combination on the dice so long as it adds up to the same number. If, however, you roll a 7 at this point you have lost and it ends the betting round and it is referred to as “seven out.”
Pass or Don’t Pass Bets
You can choose to bet either on Pass Line or Don't Pass Line.
The Pass Line bet means you are betting that will pass (win) by rolling out a natural or by winning the point before a “seven out.” The Don’t Pass Line means that you are betting that the shooter will not pass (lose). It can happen if the player shooting gets a 2 or 3 or fails to roll the point again before a 7 shows up.
If as 12 is rolled now, your bet is a Push – which means nothing happens, you neither win nor lose.
These bets can only be made before the point has been established. Once the point has been rolled, the shooter will need to roll the sum again and you can make a come or don’t come bet.
Come or Don’t Come Bets
These bets can only be made once the point has been set.
The Come Bet will win if a natural is rolled and will lose if the craps are. If the point is rolled out, then it will becomes the Come Bet point.
This operates the same as the Pass line: if the come-bet point rolls out again before 7 does, you will win. If not, you lose.
Don’t Come Bet is similar to the Don’t Pass one. If the shooter rolls a 2 or 3, that’s good, not so good if it is a 7 or 11. A 12 rolled here will be a push again.
Once the point is made, you should hope for 7 before the shooter rolls out the point again.
Neither Pass nor Come Bets can be turned off. You bet and wait until it plays itself out. But you can make additional bets on the Come Bet point, too. And those you can withhold or increase at any time.
Proposition Bets in Craps
This is for the part of the table where it has pre-marked out with odds for the exact roll of the dice, i.e. the shooter rolls a double 3 will pay out at 9/1 (this may vary depending on the operator). This can be placed on any roll.
These are one-roll bets (with one exception), that you can place on any roll:
- Any Seven - The shooter rolls a 7
- Any Craps - The shooter rolls a 2, 3, or 12
- Ace Deuce - The shooter rolls a 3
- Aces - The shooter rolls a 2
- Boxcards - The shooter rolls a 12
- Horn - The shooter roller 2,3,11 or 12
The exception above is known as Hard Ways. You will win if you roll a 4, 6, 8, or 10 (depending on which one bet) with the pair of same numbers (2 and 2, 3 and 3, and so on) before any other combination that makes that sum or a 7
Other Possible Bets in Craps
Place Bets: Once the point is set, you can bet on any number on the table. You win if it’s rolled out before a 7, you lose if it isn’t.
Field Bets: This type of bet is only active for one roll of the dice. You win if a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12 is rolled. A 5, 6, 7, or 8 means that you have lost.
Big 6 and Big 8 Bets: Use this if you want to bet that 6 or 8 will be rolled before 7.