At land-based casinos, craps tables are among the loudest and liveliest. This is because craps is so exciting, fast-paced and unpredictable. In fact, it’s regarded by many as one of the most thrilling casino games around.
Craps may seem complicated at first because of all its different betting options. However, it’s really quite a straightforward game. Once you’ve familiarised yourself with the bets and you’re aware of the rules, you’ll be playing with confidence in no time at all.
When playing craps, the first bet you place is the pass line bet. Once you’ve placed this bet, two dice are then rolled. The very first roll of the dice in each betting round is referred to as the come out roll. The numbers on the two dice are added together and the total determines what happens next.
For the first two possibilities, the betting round ends and a new one starts with new bets placed. For the third one, the betting round continues.
Once the point has been established, the dice are rolled again and again until they produce the number 7 or the point number. If the point number is rolled first, pass line bets win; if a 7 is rolled first, pass line bets lose. Once either the point number or a 7 is rolled, the betting round’s over.
That’s the gist of how craps works. Now we’ll have a look at some of the game’s other bets.
The don’t pass line bet is basically the opposite of the pass line bet. You place this bet at the start of the game before the first roll of the dice. Once the two dice are rolled, the total determines what happens next.
Once the point number’s been established, don’t pass line bets pay out if a 7 is rolled first; if the point number’s rolled first, don’t pass line bets lose.
Then there’s the come bet. You have the option to place this bet once the point has been established (i.e. if the come out roll results in a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 being rolled). It works in a similar way to the pass line bet. The outcome of the next roll of the dice determines what happens:
Once the come point number’s been established, come bets pay out if the come point number is rolled before a 7. However, if a 7 is rolled first, come bets lose.
Finally, there’s the don’t come bet. This is pretty much the opposite of the come bet, though it works in a similar way. The bet’s placed once the point’s been established and the outcome of the next roll of the dice determines what happens.
Once the come point number’s been established, don’t come bets pay out if 7 is rolled before the come point number. If the come point number is rolled first, don’t come bets lose.
The four bets mentioned so far are the main betting options craps has to offer. All of these offer payouts of 1:1 if you win. Craps has lots of other bets you can place, many of which have better payouts.
Odds bets are a good example. These are side bets you can place in addition to pass line, don’t pass line, come and don’t come bets. Once the point or come point number’s been established, pass line odds and come odds bets win if the point or come point number is rolled before a 7. The payouts for these bets are as follows:
Don’t pass line odds bets and don’t come odds bets, on the other hand, pay out if a 7 is rolled before the point or come point number. The payouts for these bets are as follows:
As well as these, there are quite a few other bets you can place in games of craps. These include place win bets, which pay out if a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled before a 7, and place lose bets, which pay out is a 7 is rolled before a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. Payouts for these bets vary depending on the outcome of the roll. Big 6 and big 8 bets pay out if a 6 or 8 respectively is rolled before a 7; both of these offer 1:1 payouts. The any 7 bets pays out if the next roll produces a 7 and offers 4:1 payouts. Likewise, the any 11 bet pays out if the next roll produces an 11, though this bet has a higher payout of 15:1.
If you’re playing craps for the first time or you’re still getting used to the game, stick with the four main bets (pass line, don’t pass line, come and don’t come). Once you’re used to how these work, read up on the game’s other bets and try placing some of them. Since craps has so many bets available, it may take some time for you to get used to them all. However, that shouldn’t put you off the game since it’s still quite straightforward and is loads of fun to play.
If you like the sound of craps, why not have a try of the game yourself?
We’ve got a game of craps available to play right here at AUSlots. Developed by BetSoft, it’s an animated version of the classic dice game that follows the game’s traditional rules. Since there are so many bets to choose from, it’s a good idea to read through the game’s rules and familiarise yourself with the bets before you place them.
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