Craps is a game played with dice, and most of us will recognise the image of the dice thrown by the shooter so that they bounce off the opposite wall of the table. Two dice are thrown each time. The basis of the game is the different number combinations which can be made from throwing two dice – from 2 to 12 – and how likely it is that each number will come up. Specific combinations of numbers can have relevance as well.
‘Pass’ and ‘don’t pass’ bets must be placed before the come-out roll. The stickman or dealer will offer them to the ‘shooter’ after having settled all deals with bets (payouts, collection, and receipt of new bets). After the come-out roll, there are some bets which can no longer be placed.
During the come-out roll, if 7 or 11 is rolled, then the pass bets win. If 2, 3, or 12 are rolled the pass bets lose. Rolling any other number sets this number as the ‘point’. However, after setting the point, the player will fail to set the point by rolling a ‘seven out’, or ‘shooting’ a 7.
Bets can be placed on the ‘odds’ of pass and don’t pass, though the player must be backing an initial bet they have staked on either of these. One of many layers of potential bets to make, odds bets can only be placed after the come-out roll is finished and a point has been set.
After the point has been set, pass bets only win when the shooter rolls the point which was set, before a 7 is rolled. If a 7 is rolled before the point, then the pass bet loses.
Don’t pass bets win if the pass bet loses, or ‘push’ if a 12 is rolled. Scoring a 12 results in the return of don’t pass bets. Bets pay out differently, depending on the ‘point’ and bet.
The beginning of a new round is signalled by the stickman, or players will see that the ‘button’ is ‘on’. This is the come-out round. Players will, very literally, “place” their bets upon the table and call their bet, or in the online version they will place their chips upon the layout itself. Then the player will roll at will.
Inside a casino, a stickman would offer the ‘shooter’ a choice of five dice. After having chosen two of them, the other three now tucked away, the player would aim to bounce each of the die off the farthest wall in a single motion. The shooter continues to ‘shoot’ until setting the point, done by rolling a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. However, in between each shot, the stickman will settle any bets; only returning the dice to the shooter once losses and new bets have been collected, and all winners have been paid.
Online and mobile forms of pay out and betting are immediate, so gameplay moves along quickly. The player will continue to shoot until they fail at scoring a pass in the ‘on’ round. In the case of rolling a seven, all pass-related bets lose.
For online players, there are a few options out there. Opt for the faster, less personal online games, or get a feel of the casino atmosphere by joining a live table online.
The rules and gameplay of craps may seem daunting and complicated, but in fact it’s all down to the odds. Once you have grasped that there are higher chances of throwing a 7 than any other individual number, the concept becomes clearer. There are simple tables easily available online to help calculate the odds of any number coming up.
For those of you who want to get in on the action, but don’t know where to start, some online casinos offer a play-for-free option where you can practise and learn the strategies and techniques. Once you become more confident, try a real money game for the chance of making some winnings on the online craps table. Find a new casino site offering these games.