You’ll find a number of different games and tables at the casino. One of the most popular casino games around the world is Craps. The Craps tables are normally swarming with players and women screaming in excitement as the dice get thrown. Hence, why wouldn’t you want to find out more about this game?
Casino Craps has a very simple spine yet can be a turn off to first-time players because of the strangeness of the Craps table. It can look extremely awkward to first time users – with lots of different segments, dotted-lined boxes and areas to place your chips. Boxes such as the Come, Pass Line/Don’t Pass, Field Bets etc all make it appear difficult to understand, and gazing at it for the first time isn’t exactly straight forward. What’s more, the chaos of chips being thrown, the number of dealer surrounding the table (including stickmen, 2x base dealers and a pit boss) and the massive variety of betting options doesn’t make the game easy for new players. A great way of learning the rules of the game that I’ve found is by playing online craps.
The truth is, Craps is a very simple game to learn. It revolves around wagering on the roll of the dice, which are always thrown by the “shooter”. Players take it in turns to be the shooter in clockwise manner, you of course skip if wanted.
To begin the game, the shooter must place a Pass Line or Don’t Pass bet and wager his money on the first roll. The first roll is also called the Come Out roll, as it establishes the Point number which all the other players can cover or lay bets against. If the first roll is a 7 or 11, players who made a Pass Line bet will straight away receive double their money back. If a 2, 3 or 12 is roller (Craps) then the Pass Line bet loses its money. (In contrast, if you make a Don’t Pass bet by placing chips in the Don’t Pass Line section of the board, then you win 2:1 if Craps is rolled and lose your money to a 7 or 11).
If a 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled then it establishes the Point Number. Players with a Pass Line bet will win 2:1 on their money if the Point number is rolled again before the next 7. If a 7 is rolled first, then the round ends and Pass Line bets lose their money (known as seven-out). In contrary, players who made a Don’t Pass bet will be betting on a 7 being rolled before the Point number.
Understood everything so far? Right, well this is where the game gets kind of tricky…If you’ve seen any Craps table, you’ll have seen all the different boxes with numbers on. It can look very confusing and obfuscated, but each of these areas represents a type of bet you can make. In Craps, there are a number of bets you can make which each have different odds. For example, you can make Field Bets, which involves betting on the next roll of the dice; Come/Don’t Come Bets, which is when you bet on a 7 being rolled again before the last number rolled, Single-Roll Bets (e.g. betting on 2 or 6), Hard Way Bets (2,2; 4,4; 6,6 etc) or Pass Odds bets (these let you cover certain numbers being rolled at true odds so long as you have made a Pass Line/Don’t Pass bet. Casinos normally limit these 5x your pass line bet).