Beginners Guide to Playing Craps
Beginners are often intimidated by the terms, numbers and the variety of bets available that they avoid the game. Playing Craps is easy, and at the end of the day, you either win or lose, and it’s about knowing when to quit. Let’s take a look at how to play Craps.
- When playing a game of Craps, the betting starts with a come-out roll. The come-out roll is the first roll of the dice or the first one after the betting round is over.
- The player who throws the dice is the Shooter. The Shooter takes two dice and throws them on the Craps table or presses the roll button when playing online.
- Once the number rolled appears on your screen, there are three possible outcomes, Natural, Craps and Point.
- If the outcome is Natural, it gets interesting as it means you have landed 7 or 11, which means you are a winner and get to roll the dice again.
- If its Craps then you have rolled a two also known as Snake Eyes, 3 or 12 and you lose. The round is, however, not over as you get to go again.
- Where the outcome is Point, it means they have rolled a, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. What happens then is the player must roll the dice again and hope he hits the same number in any combination making him a winner.
The above sequence omits the number seven, and it’s because in the game of Craps seven is far from a lucky number. If you roll a seven you “seven out” so you’re betting round ends, and you walk away a loser.
Craps Betting Rules and Options
We have now covered how to shoot craps and evaluate the results of your rolls. Let us now take a look at the various betting options
- Pass or Don’t Pass Bets: Bets placed on the Pass Line or the Don’t Pass Line. Placing a bet on the Pass Line means you have placed a bet that the Shooter will pass by rolling out a Natural before “sevening out.” The Don’t Pass Bet means you are betting against the Shooter which happens if they roll 2 or 3 or fail to roll the same numbers again. The number 12 is the fail-safe number if rolled you don’t win or lose.
- Come or Don’t Come Bets: These bets are placed when a point is determined, and it wins when a Natural is rolled out and will lose if the outcome is Craps
- Proposition Bets: These are one-roll bets. This type of bet is placed on any role. For example, if you place your bet on any seven and the Shooter rolls a seven you win.
There are also a few other types of bets, and they are:
- Place Bets: Here you can bet on any number once you know the points.
- Field Bets: This bet is only active for one dice roll.
- Big 6 and Big 8 bets: Place bets on 6 or 8 and the bet is that these numbers will roll out before 7.
Craps is a simple and super fun online game, and it also has an excellent house edge of only 1.41%. Once you have mastered the terminology and betting options, it’s all up to chance and loads of luck. Practice this game trying Live Dealers and develop your own strategy to maximize your winnings while playing at your desktop or Mobile Casino.