Craps is one of the most exciting games you can play in a casino. If you ever feel like there’s a party happening at a table, it’s likely a Craps table. The game is based on rolling a pair of dice, and everything goes from there. Let’s take a closer look at how to play the game and the strategy behind it.
How to Play Craps
Craps works in rounds. The first roll is called the Come Out Roll. If the Come Out Roll is a 2, 3, or 12, called Craps, all the Pass Line Bets are lost. If it’s a 7 or an 11, it’s called a Natural and the Pass Line Bets win. Rolls of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 for the Come Out become the Point number, and a black puck is placed on it. The dice then gets rolled over and over again until either the same Point number or a 7 is rolled. If the player re-rolls the Point number, the Pass Line Bets win, but if it’s a 7, the Pass Line Bets lose.
Once the rolling stops, losing bets are subtracted from the table and then the winning bets and ties are paid out. For winning bets, the original stake is returned after the winnings are all paid out.
How to Bet
To get in the action, you have to choose the chip value you want to wager. Then you’ll have to decide where you want to place the bet. The Pass Line is the most important and basic bet in Craps. It’s an even money proposition where you put your bet on the Pass Line during the Come Out Roll. You’ll win if the dies combine for a 7 or an 11. If the Come Out Roll is a 2, 3 or 12, then you lose. Also, if any Point is rolled on the Come Out Roll and the Point gets rolled again before a 7, then you also win. But if there happens to be a 7 before the Point is re-rolled, you lose.
There’s a whole host of other bets to get familiar with such as Don’t Pass Line Bets. For an in-depth explanation, visit the craps game guide.
Basic Craps Strategy
- Determine your bankroll. You need to know what kind of bankroll you’re working with as it will determine what your average bet should be.
- Learn where to place the bets. The Craps table is filled with many little boxes, and usually the game moves quickly as chips are being moved all over the place. Get to know the specific boxes, where to position your chips and understand what you’re betting.
- Start off with basic bets. Craps is a little bit of an intricate game, so start off with Pass Line Bets. The Pass Line is easy to understand, so start off with basics.