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28 March 2009
What is Craps
Craps can seem very complicated from just looking at it; first of all there seems to be several different places for bets, secondly players are calling out different things, the meaning of which is hard to understand, and then the pace seems so fast that to understand everything going on just deters you away from even attempting to play this game.
Within 10 minutes of playing craps you will know the basics, which is enough to win. The more you play the more you will learn about different bets and with experience you will feel confident playing every time.
How to play Craps
Craps is a game of rounds. The players take turns throwing the dice. In general the same person will throw until they 'seven out'. The player may pass the dice if they want to. A player starts a round by rolling the dice called the ‘Come Out Roll’; totals of 2,3,7,11,12 end the round, totals of 4,5,6,8,9,10 are called the ‘Point’. The dealer will then place a white puck on the area of the table to show what the Point is. If a Point is rolled then the dice will be rolled until the same point is rolled again or a 7 is rolled.
Areas of the Craps table
The Pass Line
Almost every player at the table will bet on the pass line. Players will place this bet before a Come Out Roll. 7 or 11 means you win, 2,3,12 means you lose. If a Point is thrown rather than a Come Out Roll its slightly different; if the same Point is rolled again before a 7 you win, if a 7 is rolled before the same point you lose.
Taking the Odds (Only possible if you make a Pass Line bet)
Eliminating the house’s edge on the game a player can bet on the ‘odds’; an additional bet that a Point will be rolled before a 7. If a 6 or 8 is thrown you win 6/5, 5 or 9 is thrown you win 3/2, 4 or 10 is thrown you win 2/1. You can only bet usually twice the pass line bet or 2 and a half times the pass line bet on the 6 or 8; these are for reasons of winning in whole numbers.
To make an Odds bet after a Pass Line bet just put the Odds bet behind the Pass Line bet, outside of the Pass Line area on the side closer to you.
Don’t Pass Line
The opposite to the Pass Line bet; if the Come Out Roll is a 2 or 3 then you win, a 7 or 11 then you lose. If a 12 is thrown then it’s a ‘push’ and the next roll determines whether you win or lose. If a Point is thrown rather than a Come Out Roll again it's slightly different; if the same Point is rolled again before a 7 this time you lose, if a 7 is rolled before the same Point this time you win. (This is how the Pass Line and Don’t Pass Line bets differ).
Laying the Odds (Only possible if you make a Don’t Pass Line bet)
Similar how the Pass Line is opposite to the Don’t Pass Line, Taking the Odds is opposite to Laying the Odds. Betting that a 7 is rolled before the Point. This time if a 6 or 8 is thrown you win 5/6, 5 or 9 is thrown you win 2/3, 4 or 10 is thrown you win 1/2.
Odds bets in a real casino should be placed through the dealer.
A Come bet is similar to a Pass Line bet accept it can be made at any time. Again similar to a Pass Line bet you can also bet on the Odds; a point before a 7 wins.
With Come bets a Point can be thrown when other Come bets have been placed previously that still qualify and are waiting for a different Point to you. The Come Out Roll will still apply to Come bets but will not apply to any Odds bets, unless requested. If a Come Out Roll resolves the Come bet then Odds are returned.
Similarly to how the Pass Line is opposite to the Don’t Pass Line, the Come bet is opposite to the Don’t Come bet. This bet is made on a Point roll not a Come Out Roll.
Multiple Roll Bets
In craps 4,5,6,8,9, 10 are called ‘place numbers’ where the player must have money on some or all of the numbers. These bets work in the same way as betting on the Odds but have less chance of winning. Similarly to Odds bets on top of Come bets, Place Number bets don’t apply on a Come Out Roll.
Other Number Bets
A bet that a 6 will be rolled before a 7. This is the same as a Place bet on a 6 but pays better. Not many players will place this bet.
The same as the Big 6 only that an 8 will be rolled before a 7.
Betting that the Points 4,5,6,8,9,10 will be rolled before a 7. Here you have to pay commission (for some casinos) and you will have fair odds if you win. 4,10=2/1, 5,9=3/2, 6,8=6/5. A Buy bet should be such that with the commission an even amount is put down, otherwise it is rounded up or down. 5,6,8,9 number bets don’t pay as well as 4,10.
Hard Way bets
You win is you number is rolled before a 7, however a Hard Way bet means the number is made up from two of the same number, eg 2 and 2 for a Hard 4, 3 and 3 for a Hard 6 etc. 4,10=7/1, 6,8=9/1.
Opposite to Buy bets; a 7 will be rolled before a Point. 4,10=1/2, 5,9=2/3, 6,8=5/6.
Similar to Laying the Odds; you may bet on 4,5,6,8,9,10. If the number is thrown before a 7 you win. You don’t need to have a Pass Line bet here like when Laying Odds. 4,10=9/5, 5,9=7/5, 6,8=7/6.
This is a placing a Pass Line bet or a Come bet after a Point is established and also betting on the Odds. Generally you are worse off placing Line bet after a point is established however, by Taking the Odds you can win more than a Place bet or Buy bet. Some Put bets aren’t allowed in some casinos.
A win or lose on one throw. The types are as follows:
• Crap 2 – 2 on roll = 30/1
• Crap 3 – 3 on roll = 15/1
• 7 – 7 on roll = 4/1 or a 7 as 1+6, 2+5, 3+4 = 13/3
• 11 – 11 on roll = 15/1
• Crap 12 – 12 on roll = 30/1
• Any Crap – 2,3,12 on roll = 7/1
• Field bet – 2,3,4,9,10,11,12 on roll, 3,4,9,10,11 = evens, 2,12 =2/1 (Some casino differ here)
• Hop bet – exact bet of what each die will be, two different numbers = 15/1, 2 of the same number = 30/1, some of these bets are already Crap bets
• Horn bet – 4 bets in 1- 2,3,11,12 are bet on equally
• World bet – 5 bets in 1 – 2,3,7,11,12 are bet on equally