Summary - Casino Craps is a casino table game where the player bets on the outcome of the roll of a dice.  The game is played against a croupier (dealer) & the object of the game is to consistently bet on the right winning combinations.

Casino craps is a popular dice game which involves numerous bets and lots of players, making it one of the most active and social games on casino floors.  The game of craps is also one of the oldest types of casino games and is widely loved by players for its' faced paced action and ability to make handsome profits.  This page provides a detailed guide to casino craps, including how to play craps, craps rules as well as the different betting options in craps games.  We have also given you a complete list of the best online casinos to play craps online along with special bonuses for casino craps players.  By the end of this section, you should have a good understand of how to play craps, different bets and general craps strategy.

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How To Play Craps - Craps Rules

The game of craps is somewhat different than traditional casino games because instead of playing directly against the house the outcome of the game is in the players hand since they are the one that throw the dice.  In a nutshell, here is how the game of casino craps works.  The table for craps has a series of different areas on it that all represent wagers that can be made.  There can be up to 12 players betting at one time, however only one player at a time is throwing the dice and the other players at the table are betting on the outcomes & totals of the player rolls.  As each roll of the dice is completed, the croupier (dealers) will pay out winning bets on the table and take losing wagers away from players who bet on the game.

Craps Table

The object of craps is to always bet on winning combinations and numbers as rolled by the player with the dice.  Craps is a very communal game and the roll of the a single player can greatly affect the bets of every single player at the table.  The game begins with the "point" (4,5,6,8,9 or 10) off and all players at the table are free to place wagers on the different spots on the board (detailed below).  On the come out roll (first roll by player with point off) a point will either be established or the roll will be 2,3,7,11 or 12 respectively.  A 7 is what is known as craps on the table which generally makes most bets lose, however there are some combinations where a player wins when betting on a 7 combination.  Once the point in the game is established, that round will continue until either the player rolls a 7 or rolls the current point.  A new round will then begin with a new shooter and betting options.

Craps Betting - Craps Bets

To further illustrate how the game of casino craps works it is important to know what the different bets in craps are and how they work depending on what is rolled by the shooter (one who throws the dice).  Below we have outlined all of the major types of bets that can be made on a casino craps table along with payout odds.

Pass Line Bet - The pass line bet is one of the most basic bets and almost every player will take this bet when the point is off since the odds are favourable.  With the pass line bet you will win even money if the come out roll is a 7 or 11.  If the come out roll is 2,3 or 12, you will lose the bet.  Any other number combinations will establish the point, and from there on you will win even money on your pass line bet if the shooter rolls the point (4,5,6,8,9 or 10) before rolling a 7 on the board.

Playing Odds Bet - The odds bet in craps is the absolute best bet in the game because it has absolutely no house edge whatsoever.  In order to place an odds bet, you will need to have first placed a bet on the pass line in order to qualify.  Once the point has been established for that round, the odds bet lets you place a wager behind your pass line bet (ranging from 2-5 times the bet) as an additional wager.  If the point is rolled before a 7, you will win both your pass line bet and your odds bet, however the odds bet pays more than even money because the 7 combination is the most likely to come up.  If the point is 6 or 8 the odds bet pays 6:5, if the point is a 5 or a 9 the odds bet will pay 3:2, and lastly if the odds bet is a 4 or 10 the player is paid 2:1 on the wager, making this a great bet for players.

Don't Pass Bar - The don't pass line bar is essentially the opposite of a pass line bet so on the come out you win if a 2 or 3 is rolled and lose if a 7 or 11 is rolled.  If a 12 is rolled on the come out it is a push for the player.  If the total on the come out roll is any other number, the point is established and you will win the don't pass line bet if a 7 is rolled before the established point for that round.  In craps lingo a person who bets on the don't pass line is known as a wrong bettor, since they are usually winning when the rest of the table is losing the game.  Because of this it is highly recommended that you keep quiet when making this craps wager.

Laying Odds Bet -  A lay bet (also known as laying the odds) is the opposite of an odds bet and it is an additional wager for the don't pass line which says that you think a 7 will be rolled before the point is rolled.  The lay bet pays less than even money since a 7 is more likely to be rolled before the point.  Specifically, if the point is a 6 or an 8 the player wins 6:5, if the point is a 5 or a 9 the player wins 2:3 and if the point is a 4 or a 10 the player wins 1:2.  It is important to note that you only win this wager once the point is established and a 7 is rolled before the point.  The payouts then correspond to what the point was at the time in that particular game.

Come Bet - The come bet is similar to the pass line bet however it is placed after the point has been established in the game.  You may place a come bet at any time and once placed, if the next roll is 7 or 11 you win and if it's 2, 3 or 12 you will lose.  Whatever the next roll is (not 7, 11, 2, 3 or 12) will become your point and the object is to then have the player roll your point before rolling a 7.  In the come bet the player is also allowed to place an odds bet like with the pass line in order to increase their overall wager.  For example, say the pass line point is an 8 and the next roll is a 6.  This will now become your point and you can place an odds wager on the player rolling that number before another 7.  If you were betting $25 on the come and then took the odds bet for another $50, if the player rolled another 6 before hitting a seven you would be paid $25 on the come bet and $60 on odds.

Don't Come Bet - The don't come bet is similar to the do not pass line bet and is made on non come out roll.  The player may lay the odds in this bet as well to increase their overall wager and you are betting a 7 is rolled before the point.

Place Bets - In casino craps the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10 are known as the points or places on the craps table.  These are what are established on the come out roll by the player.  Taking a place bet means that you are betting on the point to be rolled before the shooter rolls a 7.  The place bets pay out differently depending on which point is in action, with 6 and 8 paying 7:6, 5 and 9 paying 7:5 and 4 and 10 paying 9:5.  Obviously the higher payout place bets are hit less often by the player.

Place Bet To Lose - As the name suggests, this is the opposite of the place bet and you are betting that a 7 is rolled before the point.  Since a 7 is the most likely combination of the dice, the place bet to lose pays out less than even money.  When a 7 is rolled before the point, the place bet to lose will pay out as follows.  For a 6 or 8 point bet pays 4:5, for 5 or 9 bet pays 5:8 and 4 or 10 bet pays 5:11.

Buy Bets - A buy bet in craps is similar to the place bet however with this bet you will get better payout odds on the bet and will need to pay 5% commission.  For buy bets, if the point is rolled before a 7 you will be paid out as follows.  For a point of 6 or 8 buy bet pays 23:21, for 5 or 9 pays 29:21 and for 4 or 10 bet pays 39:21.

Big 6 & 8 - The big six and eight bets in craps are exactly the same as putting a place bet on the points 6 or 8, however this bet pays only even money to the player while the place bet on these numbers pays 7:6.  Essentially this is a sucker bet for players and you should never take this bet in a craps game & bet place.

Hard Way Bets - Hard way bets in craps can be found on the center of the table and what this means is that you are betting for pairs on the dice, for example a roll with 2 and 2 is a 4 the hard way, a 5 and 5 is a 10 the hard way.  These bets are hard to win, but offer nice payouts because of decreased odds of hitting them.  These bets can be placed at any time and will remain their unless a 7 is rolled, it may also be taken off at any point in the game.  The possible hard way outcomes are 4 (double 2), 6 (double 3), 8 (double 4) and 10 (double 5).  The payouts for hard way winners are 9:1 for 6 and 8 hard ways and 7:1 for 4 and 10 hard ways.

One Roll Bets - One roll bets in craps have the biggest house edge and really should be avoided unless you have some magical feeling of what the next roll is going to be.  A one roll bet can be found in the center of the table and with these bets you are betting on the outcome of the dice on the very next roll, if you pick right you win and if you miss you lose.  One roll bets include any 7 (pays 5:1), any craps (pays 8:1), hard 4 or 10 (pays 5:1), hard 6 or 8 (pays 10:1), hard 2 or 12 (pays 30:1) and 3 or 11 (pays 15:1).  Remember that with any one roll bet you are only betting on the next roll unlike other craps bets where you can leave your bet.

Field Bet - The field bet is another craps bet that is only for the next roll.  With the field bet, you are betting that a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 is rolled on the next shot.  If a 2 or a 12 is rolled, you will be paid 2:1 on your bet and if 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 is rolled you will be paid even money 1:1.  Any other roll would result in a losing wager.

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