How to Play Craps
A popular game in live casinos but not quite as popular at online casinos is craps. Craps is a dice game where you’re betting on the outcome. Many players avoid it because they think it is too complicated.
Lucky for you, the game isn’t that tough. Today, we will give you the basics on how to play craps along with the types of bets you can place at a craps table. You can find craps at most Australian online casinos.
Rules of Craps
The rules of craps are pretty straightforward, but most people get confused due to the plethora of bets on the table. For most players at the table, the only thing they have to do is make bets.
However, there is one player at the table who will act as the shooter. This person is the one who physically throws the dice. In online craps, you are always the shooter.
In order to qualify as the shooter in live craps, you have to make a bet either on Pass or Don’t Pass. After initial bets are placed in a round of craps, the shooter makes the come-out roll. This is the first roll in a round of craps.
If a shooter rolls a 7 or 11, then they have rolled a “natural” and are an automatic winner. If they roll a 2, 3, or 12, then the roll is a loser and the round is over. When the shooter rolls any other number, this establishes the point.
The shooter must then roll again to try and hit that point. If they hit the point, the round is over and anyone that bet on Pass is also a winner. Should the shooter roll a 7, this is called sevening-out. The round is over and bets on Pass are losers.
If the shooter doesn’t make their point and they don’t roll a seven, then they will roll again to try and match the point. This continues until either the shooter hits their point or sevens-out.
That’s it. That’s all you need to know to shoot a round of craps. Of course, there are various bets that you can make and the rules of those bets is where some players get confused. Let’s learn about the various bets.
Different Bets You Can Place
- Pass – You’re betting the shooter to win – Pays 1 to 1
- Don’t Pass – You’re betting the shooter to lose – Pays 1 to 1
- Come – Same as the Pass bet, but is made after the come-out roll. Pays 1 to 1
- Don’t Come – Same as Don’t Pass bet, but is made after the come-out roll. Pays 1 to 1
- Taking the Odds – Made after the point is established. You’re betting they will hit the point.
- Laying the Odds – Made after point is established. You’re betting they will seven-out.
- Hardways – Bets on doubles, such as double fours for an eight.
- Place – After a point is established, you can bet on the next number rolled.
- Buy – Same as a place bet, but has better odds.
- Field – You’re betting the next roll will be 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, or 12
There are also various proposition bets you can make that are determined by the next roll of the dice.
- Any 7 – Shooter rolls a 7 and you get 4 to 1 on your money
- Any 3 or 11 – Shooter rolls an 11 and you get 15 to 1
- Craps – Get 7 to 1 when craps are rolled
- 2 or 12 – The hardest numbers to roll and you get 30 to 1 when it hits.
Craps is a fun alternative to playing online pokies or blackjack at online casinos. Keep in mind that it may not be the best game for clearing an online casino bonus as most casinos do not allow the game to contribute to the wagering requirement.
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