Craps

Craps is a dice game and as such it is a game of chance that cannot be influenced by the player in any way. The objective of craps is for the shooter (the person rolling the two dice) to get a specific total in any single roll before getting a total of 7. Bets can be placed by the shooter and by anyone watching the action taking place at the table.

The shooter starts with a “come out roll”. This first roll of the dice establishes his point (the total he needs to aim for) if the total is 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. If the first roll of the dice gives any other total then the shooter has not made his point and the dice are passed onto the next shooter. If a shooter makes his point on the come out roll then he has to keep rolling the dice until he gets that same total again or until he rolls a 7.

There many different types of bet that can be placed in a game of craps, but to avoid confusion we will restrict ourselves to describing only the most popular ones, which are as follows:

Pass Line:

If the come out roll is a 7 or 11 then the Pass Line bet wins, but it loses if the come out roll is a 2, 3 or 12. If any other number is rolled then the shooter continues rolling to make his point. The Pass Line bet will win if the shooter makes his point before a 7, but it will lose if he rolls a 7 before his point. The odds on the Pass Line bet are 1/1.

Don’t Pass Line:

This is a Pass Line bet in reverse. If the come out roll is a 2, 3 or 12 then the Don’t Pass Line bet wins, but it loses if the come out roll is a 7 or 11. If any other number is rolled then the shooter continues rolling to make his point. The Don’t Pass Line bet will win if the shooter makes a 7 before his point, but it will lose if he rolls his point before a 7. Odds of 1/1 are paid.

Come:

A Come bet works in the same way as a Pass Line bet, but a Come bet is placed after the shooter has made his point. The Come bet will win if the shooter makes his point before a 7, but it will lose if he rolls a 7 before his point. The odds on the Come bet are 1/1.

Don’t Come:

A Don’t Come bet is the opposite of a Come bet, and is similarly placed after the shooter has made his point. The Don’t Come bet will win if the shooter makes a 7 before his point, but it will lose if he rolls his point before a 7. Odds of 1/1 are paid.

You can also bet on specific totals, hard-way totals (for example, a hard-way 6 is double 3), any craps and much more, so be sure to take a good look at the opportunities that are available at the casino you visit to play casino craps at.

As far as strategy is concerned, those of you who want to have the maximum possible number of winners would do well to focus on even-money bets such as those detailed above. Many of the other bets available offer higher odds, but the chances of you winning with them are lower.