Craps Basic Rules

The game of craps is said to have the best odds for the player of any other casino game, with a house edge as low as 0.02% if you know how to make the right bets. In this section we will teach you about the rules of craps and give some tips about how to make those good bets.

The table that craps is played on is oblong in shape and has many areas for placing wagers. The sides of the table are high in order to keep the single pair of dice inside of it as well as possible, Only one pair of normal six sided dice are used, so when the dice are rolled, the values possible range from 2 through 12.

Craps can be a very involved game and there are many types of bets that you can learn, but here we will focus on the best of them in an attempt to get the new player off to a good start. Basic craps rules involve someone rolling a pair of dice while other players around the craps table make bets either with or against the shooter. Each player takes a turn with the dice, or being the shooter.

The first basic bet to understand in craps rules is the Pass Line bet. The Pass Line bet is made by a player placing their chips on the area of the table marked “Pass Line”. Conversely, Don’t Pass bets are betting against the shooter. The Pass Line bet is known as a series bet because the shooter may have to roll the dice more than once before that wager is won or lost. The first roll in a series is called the Come-Out Roll and it is treated differently than other rolls.

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On the Come-Out Roll a 7 or 11 are automatic wins for a Pass Line bet and the series ends there. If a 2, 3, or 12 (also known as craps) are rolled these are automatic Pass Line losers and the series also would end there. Any other number (4,5,6,8,9,10) becomes the shooter’s ‘point’ and the series will continue.

The point becomes the goal of the shooter going forward in the series. The shooter is now trying to roll the same number again before rolling a 7. If the shooter rolls a 7 before rolling their point again this is known as ‘seven out’; Pass Line bets lose, the series ends, and the dice move to the next shooter for a new series. If the point is rolled before a 7, Pass Line bets win, and the series ends. If any number besides the 7 or the point is rolled, nothing happens and the shooter continues to roll.

Note: Pass Line bets are only made at the beginning of a series. Once point is made, other wagers can be placed but not on the Pass Line. We will review some of the other more common wagering options below.

The Odds Bet

When a player has made a Pass Line bet and point has been established, there is another wagering option available known as the Odds Bet. Odds bets can be placed in addition to your Pass Line bet and they are considered a better wager because the house does not take a cut of the payout. For this reason it is often referred to as “Free Odds” and is also considered a smart wager to make once point has been established. This bet is made by placing chips directly behind your Pass Line bet after point has been made. Some casinos offer double odds on these wagers, meaning that you can place up to twice the amount of your Pass Line bet. The payout on an Odds bet is typically 3 to 2, so it is recommended to bet in even numbered dollars when point is 5 or 9.

Come Bets

Come Bets are similar in nature to Pass Line bets, but these bets are made only after point has been established rather than before. When you make a Come bet, if the next roll is a 7 or 11 you win, but if the next roll is a 2,3, or 12 you lose. If any other number is rolled (4,5,6,8,9,10) this becomes your Come point. The dealer moves your bet to the number on the table layout that corresponds to your Come point.

If you have both a Pass Line bet and Come bet in the same series, you have two points working in your favor (yours and the shooter’s), so if either of these numbers comes up before a seven, you win.

Don’t Come Bets

Don’t Come Bets are the opposite of Come Bets, similar to how Don’t Pass are opposite of Pass Line. In a Don’t Come bet, a first roll of 2 or 3 wins, and 12 is a standoff.

Place Bets

Place Bets can be made on the numbers 4,5,6,8,9, and 10. If you place a wager on one of these numbers after point is made and that number comes up before a 7, you win. The payoff on this wager is typically 9 to 5 on 4 and 10, 7 to 5 on 5 and 9, and 7 to 6 on 8 and 6.

These are some of the more common wagering tactics in the rules of craps in most casinos both in person and online. If you are a new player to the game of craps, learning craps rules online may be a good option because you will not have to worry about holding up the game by taking your time to study the table or to determine what wager you would like to make as you learn the game. Many new players find this a great way to learn the game in the comfort of their homes in a more relaxed environment.