Craps is a casino game that always has a lot of enthusiastic, loud people around it, and because of this, getting new people to the game is never a problem. There are only problems when people look at the bets and can’t quite understand the rules. The rules of craps are a little more complicated then other casino games, but craps rules just take a little practice to pick up. A ‘shooter’ in craps is the person that is throwing the dice. The first thing that a new shooter at craps has to do is to roll the dice to establish their “Point”.
A players point can be a roll of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10. When a player has their point number set, they have to try to roll that number again before they roll a 7. There are also different meanings for the rolls before and after the shooter has set their point. This all depends on when those balanced dice. These dice have to be weighted perfectly so that there’s no advantage or preference given to rolling any number. When the shooter has their turn, they have to throw the dice so that they bounce off the opposite wall of the craps table. Players are paid out by the totals of the dice, and what stage the game is at. This is pretty much exactly the same when you’re playing online craps, you just don’t get to actually hold the dice.
The first roll of the dice in Craps is the “Come Out Roll”. This roll is when the shooter tries to establish their point. This point value is what everyone will be betting on. On the come out roll players win on the Pass Line bet if the shooter rolls a 7 or an 11. If the shooter rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 the shooter has to roll that same number again before they roll a 7 or they will loose the game and the next person in line at the table will become the new shooter.
The rules of craps get a bit more complicated when we start to look at how players bet on craps games. The same bet can mean a slightly different thing depending on what stage the game is at.
Craps players can bet on each number to be rolled by the shooter. Each number has different odds because of the way that the number can be made up on the two dice. As an example, the odds on the shooter rolling a 7 are small because there’s lots of ways that a 7 can be the total of the two dice, and the odds of rolling a 12 are a lot higher because a 12 can only be rolled with a 6-6. It’s also possible to bet on even numbers to be rolled “the hard way”, meaning that both dice will be showing the same value, such as an 8 that has been rolled as a 4-4. Obviously, this will pay higher odds, but has a lot less chance of coming up.
To be able to understand, and master, every different type of betting that’s available to craps players. When it’s brought down to the simplest explanation, Craps is all about betting that the shooter either will make their point, or that the shooter won’t make their point. If you want to bet that the shooter will make their point, you place you bets on the Pass Line before the shooter rolls the dice. If you want to bet that the shooter won’t make their point, you place your bets on the Don’t Pass Line.
When you bet on the Pass Line and the shooter rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 you win the bet. When you bet on the Don’t Pass Line and the shooter rolls a 2 or a 3 you win. If the shooter rolls a 12 then that roll is called a push, and no bets win or loose and are left by the attendants for the next roll. If the shooter rolls a 7 or an 11, the bets loose.
The optimal strategy for craps is a very complicated thing to learn as it centers around the different odds for each number that can be rolled and the odds that are on offer. Most advice says to stick to the bets that offer even odds as in the game of craps the house margin on these bets is extremely low.
However you play the game, the excitement and atmosphere of craps is sure to entertain and enthrall you. Spend a bit of time playing the game, and you’ll soon be hooked!