Craps - Rules and Bets

For a new person, Craps is a sophisticated casino game. The game has very many betting
options making it challenging for anyone who would like to learn the whole of it one
time. Given that this game has very many options for placing bets, it is highly
advisable that one starts by playing the basic bets for Craps and then continue
learning as you watch others play.

Personnel

The modern tables for playing craps have a double layout. The moderators of the game
stay at the center of the table from where they can see the table from a better angle.
The moderators of the game are the boxman and the stick man. Next to the moderators
are two dealers, each on either side; the dealers are responsible for taking bets,
paying whose with winning bets and claiming losing bets. All players willing to place
bets take positions around the table ensuring that that in front of them is a pass
line from the board. The players have two main options which are betting alongside the
shooter or against the shooter.

The stickman controls the pace of the game. The faster the speed of the game the more
fun the game becomes and the more beginners get lost in the game. Experienced players
prefer a faster game as opposed to a slow game. A quick game ensures that your full
attention is in the game.

The play

The betting begins with two main categories of bets which are ‘pass’ and ‘don’t pass.’
The when a player wants to bet against the shooter, they pace a don’t pass bet, and if
they are betting in agreement with the shooter, they place a pass bet. To place your
bet, place the playing chips of the amount you want to bet on the pass line or ‘don’t
pass’ pass bar depending on the side you take. The player empowered to be the shooter
rolls the two dice on the table, and the total of the outcome is evaluated. If the
outcome of the dice roll is 7 or 11, all pass bets win, and all ‘don’t pass’ pass bets
lose. If the outcome is 2 or 3, the pass bets lose and the ‘don’t pass’ bets win. If
the roll is twelve, the pass bets lose and the ‘don’t pass’ bets neither win nor lose.

If the outcome of the dice is a different number, the game becomes ‘point.’ In the
‘point’ situation, the number rolled becomes a point number. The dice are rolled, and
all players watch out for only two numbers; the point number or seven. If the point
number is rolled before a seven, the pass bets win and the ‘don’t pass’ bets lose. If
seven is rolled before the point number, the ‘don’t pass’ bets win, and the pass bets
lose. If the shooter fails to make the point number or a seven, the next player left
of the shooter is given the mandate of becoming the shooter. This process continues in
a clockwise fashion around the table until a player gets the point number.

Types of bets

 

Pass and ‘don’t pass’ bet

This is the most basic type of gambling, and it is ideal for beginners. This type of
bet in a low risk bet with the house enjoying an edge of 1.41 percent for the pass
bets and 1.4 percent for the ‘don’t pass’ bet. Players who bet in favor of the shooter
are referred to as right bettors while those who bet against the shooter are called
the wrong bettors. Note that once the point number is established, the chances of the
‘don’t pass’ bet winning becomes higher than that of the pass bet. All types of bets
in the pass/don’t pass group is paid at odds of two that is any amount placed is
multiplied by two if you win.

Free odds

Once a point has been established in the pass and ‘don’t pass’ a player may choose to
back a pass or come wager by betting an equal amount. To achieve this, the player
places chips behind the Pass-line bet. The player must tell the dealer their bet is
odds on the come bet. The dealer moves the chips for odds bet in the same position as
the come number. If the shooter rolls the point number before seven, the pass and
come, the wager is paid at odds of 2. The odds bet is paid at true odds per the
outcome of the roll. If the roll is five or nine, the odds are three to two, if the
roll is four or ten, the odds are two to one, and if the outcome is six or eight, the
odds are six to five. Combining the Come and pass bet with free odds, increases the
chances of a player winning while reducing the casino’s advantage.

Place/buy bets

Gambling depends on luck, and if you are feeling lucky, you can place a buy bet. In
the buy bet, the player bets on their lucky number by telling the dealer the number
they are betting on and placing chips on the layout. If the lucky number comes up
before a seven, the player wins but loses if a seven comes up before the lucky number.
The buy bets are paid at predefined odds because some numbers have a higher chance of
appearing. The house pays odds of nine to five for getting four or ten, seven to five
for shooting five or nine and seven to six for getting six or eight. The buy bets
place the house at a good edge of up to 6.7 percent for the four or ten option.

Elaborate bets

 

Hard ways

In this kind of play, gamblers bet that the combination number on each dice will be
the same. There are four hard-way numbers which can be achieved, and they include
four, six, eight and ten. The Hard-ways win if the combination appears before a seven
is rolled or before any other combination of hard numbers appears. The Hard-ways bet
places the house at an advantage edge of 9 percent.

Proposition bets

If you want to lose money very fast, try out the proposition bets. They put the house
at an advantage of up to sixteen percent. The player bets on the next numbers to be
rolled, the payout is huge but do not be deceived.

Field

This is a one roll bet and it pays even money for results of three, four, nine, ten or
eleven. The casino pays odds of two to one or three to one for results of two and
twelve.

Big 6/8

Unlike most elaborate bets, this is not a one-roll bet. The player bets on a six or
eight and win if their lucky number appears before a seven. The payoff for this bet is
attractive compared to the place bets because it pays at odds of two to one.

FAQ

Craps is a game of chance, so there isn’t a guaranteed winning strategy. There are things you can do to neutralise the house edge and to improve your chances of winning. Learning all there is to know about the game is one such way. When it comes to the wagers to make, the Pass line bet is your best bet on the come-out roll. You should also always take the Odds bet as it has no house edge. Placing Come bets is another good idea, as is steering clear from those Proposition bets. A great strategy is putting down two Come bets following the initial Pass line bet. In this way, you’ll have three numbers working to your advantage – you know what they say, three is the magic number! When one of your numbers wins, simply put down another wager, so you will have three bets on the table every time. Many pro gamblers consider this the optimal number of bets.
The difference between live Craps and online Craps is that, live Craps you play against other players on a live feed with real dealers. Where as online craps is  a single player game and the live dealers are replaced with a computer program. Online craps tend to move at a faster pace as you are the sole player.
  • Pass and ‘don’t pass’ bet
    This is the most basic type of gambling, and it is ideal for beginners. This type of bet in a low risk bet with the house enjoying an edge of 1.41 percent for the pass bets and 1.4 percent for the ‘don’t pass’ bet.
  • Free odds
    Once a point has been established in the pass and ‘don’t pass’ a player may choose to back a pass or come wager by betting an equal amount.

Elaborate bets

  • Hard ways
    In this kind of play, gamblers bet that the combination number on each dice will be the same.

Proposition bets

The player bets on the next numbers to be rolled, the payout is huge but do not be deceived.

  • Field
    This is a one roll bet and it pays even money for results of three, four, nine, ten or
    eleven.
  • Big 6/8
    Unlike most elaborate bets, this is not a one-roll bet. The player bets on a six or eight and win if their lucky number appears before a seven.