Craps is one of the most famous, most exciting, and often most confusing games in any online casino. Most people can figure out the basics of craps while watching a live casino game or playing for fun online. Understanding the details and intricacies of the play, the bets, and the etiquette, however, can take some time, study, practice, and patience.
The game of craps online really isn’t as complicated as it might first seem. Once you’ve read through this guide you should have a very good idea of how to play at either an online or brick-and-mortar casino. The key to playing well is to educate yourself before you go to the table. With so much happening and so many betting options available, the place to learn is definitely not on a live table with real money.
What Makes Craps Special
There are several things that make the game of craps stand apart from other casino games. Whether you play live in a casino or online, it’s impossible to deny the unique gambling experience that craps provides.
Excitement And Social Atmosphere
Of course, it won’t be quite the same online, but in a land-based casino, the craps tables are usually the most lively place in the entire building. It’s not unusual at all to see big smiles, hear loud cheers, and find yourself watching a group of people having the time of their lives.
Since the game is played as a group and the tables can accommodate so many people, there are usually quite a few people all winning at the same time and feeding off of each other’s energy. The anticipation and excitement at a craps table is absolutely infectious.
There Are Bets With No House Edge
Craps online is the only game in the casino where you’ll find bets available that don’t have a house edge built in. That’s not to say that there is no edge for the house anywhere in the game, there is, but there are certain bets that don’t favour you or the house. Wins and losses on those bets are truly decided by the random results of the dice and nothing more.
A Huge Array Of Betting Options
Most casino games are very limited as far as the wagers you can make. Slots take one simple bet. At blackjack online, you can double your bet under special circumstances. Other games may give you three or four ways to play. Roulette online opens things up pretty nicely with different numbers and combinations to bet on, but no other game gives you as many ways to play as craps.
For those that like to change up the game and play from different angles, craps just can’t be beaten. You can bet for the shooter or against him. You can also bet on the dice, which numbers will hit first, and even which face of the dice will show to make numbers like five, six, and seven. And you can bet on just about every aspect of everything that’s going on at the table.
Top Tips For Beginner Craps Players
Craps can be especially intimidating for new players. Even if you’re playing by yourself on a play-money computer game, it can still look complicated and confusing. So, if you’re just starting out with the game, here are a few tips to make sure your initial sessions go smooth and you have fun.
Learn Before You Play
It should go without saying, and it’s really true for any type of gambling game. You should learn what you can about the game before you play, live or online. If you know what to expect and basically what you want to do ahead of time, you’re much more likely to have a good experience and maybe even walk away with a little extra money in your pocket.
Understand The Bets
As we mentioned, there are many different kinds of bets available at a craps table. You’re not expected to memorize exactly how each works and what odds they all carry, but you should make sure that you understand at least a few of them. If you don’t understand what you are betting on, it’s not going to be much fun. Even winning loses something when you don’t really know why you won.
Don’t Lose Your Head
It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of craps, which can be dangerous for your gambling bankroll. It’s important that you keep your head about you as you play and remain aware of how much money you have out on the table as well as how much you might be up or down.
Basics Of The Game Of Craps Online
The most obvious and basic part of the game is someone standing at the table and rolling the dice. This player is called the shooter. The first time the shooter throws the dice is called the “come out roll”. There are several different bets that can be made on this roll, but we’ll get to those below. On the come out roll, the goal is to land any number other than 2, 3, 7, or 12. If the shooter rolls a number other than one of these four, it sets what is called “the point”. The point is the number that the shooter needs to roll again before crapping out. If the dice land on 7 before the shooter rolls the point again, he craps out.
A new player is handed the dice and becomes the shooter. That player throws the dice—the come out roll—and they land on 11. The point is set at 11. The goal now is for the shooter to roll another 11 before a 7 comes up.
As far as the dice, that’s really all there is to it. If the result of the come out roll is 2, 3, 7, or 12, some bets will be paid, but no point is set. The shooter will continue to roll until a point is set. Once the point is set, the shooter rolls until he either hits that point or hits a 7. Then everything starts again with a new come out roll. That’s it.
Players can bet with the house, betting against the shooter, but most players bet with the shooter. The more the shooter hits points without crapping out, the more bets players at the table are going to win. This is why you’ll see people at an entire table getting excited when a particular shooter has a streak of good luck. They’re all winning because of that luck.
The real complexity of the game comes from all of the betting options. Now that you understand how everything works with the dice, though, understanding the bets becomes much easier.
Online Craps Betting Options
As we said above, there are many different types of bets available at a craps table. Don’t worry though, you don’t need to know every available bet to have fun playing or win big while doing it. Most craps players, in fact, only play a small portion of the available bets regularly. All you really need is to understand a few of the basic bets and then you can look through the rest and see if any of the others appeal to you and your style of gambling.
The Pass Line Bet
The pass line bet is the first bet that can be placed before the come out roll. Some casinos have rules requiring the shooter to place a pass line bet. Some may also require any player who wants to place bets to place a pass line wager first.
If the result of the come out roll is 7 or 11, the pass line bet is paid out at 1:1 (even money). If the result is a 2, 3, or 12, the pass line bet loses and you will need to put out another. When a point is set, the pass line bet becomes a bet on the point. Then if the point comes up again before a 7, the pass line bet wins. If 7 lands first, the bet loses.
This bet probably creates the most confusion with beginning players. 7 can be both a winner and a loser. If no point has been set, the pass line bet wins on 7. If a point has been set, the pass line bet loses on 7.
The Don’t Pass Line Bet
We mentioned above that you could also bet against the players. This is the first of that bet type. It is made at the same time, before the come out roll. It also pays 1:1 on a win.
With the don’t pass line bet, you win if the come out roll result is 2 or 3. If the result is 12, it’s a push—no money changes hands. If the result is 7 or 11, your bet loses. Then, just the opposite of the pass line bet, if a point is set and a 7 is rolled before the point, this bet wins. With this bet, you are winning or pushing when the pass line bet loses and losing when the pass line bet would win.
In a live setting, this bet is considered impolite—to put it lightly. You are, of course, free to do whatever you want, but you might earn yourself some not-so-friendly looks placing this bet in front of a crowd.
The Odds Bet
You have the option of placing an odds bet after a point has been established. This bet works exactly like the pass line bet. If the point is rolled again before a 7 hits, you win the odds bet. If 7 comes first, you lose. The odds bet is usually placed by stacking chips behind the pass line bet. The payout will be based on the true odds of rolling whatever number is the point.
Example: The shooter throws the come out roll and the result is 9. The point is set at 9 and you can now make an odds bet that the shooter will roll another 9 before 7 lands. If he does, you win and get paid.
This bet has even odds for both you and the house. In other words, there is no house edge on an odds bet. Because of this, most casinos limit the amount you can put down on an odds bet. The limit will vary from one place to another, but it should be clearly posted wherever your playing, be it online or off.
The Come Bet
The come bet will seem a little bit confusing at first, but if you can think of it as a game within a game, it makes a bit more sense.
You will see a large section in the middle of the craps table that says “come”. This, as you might guess, is where the come bet is placed. It works exactly like the pass line bet, but it is placed after the point is set.
When you place the come bet, everything plays out like, but separately from, the pass line bet. When you place your bet, if the next roll is 7 or 11, you win. If the result is 2, 3, or 12, you lose. If the result is anything else, it becomes the point for the come bet. Then, as before, if the point (for the come bet) is rolled again, you win, and if 7 comes first, you lose. You can also place odds bets on the come bet after the point is established, just like with the pass line bet.
The come bet can create odd results. Since it can only be made after the pass line bet, if you win the come bet with a 7, that same 7 will mean you lose on your pass line bet and any odds bets you had placed. If you’re not careful, you can also get more money out on the felt than you intended and lose quite a few bets at one time when a 7 lands.
The Don’t Come Bet
This bet is another that goes against the shooter. It works exactly like the come bet, but going in the opposite direction, just like the don’t pass line bet. Once the point has been set for the pass line bet, you can place a don’t come bet.
It also pays out on the same results as the don’t pass line bet. You will win if the next roll is 2 or 3. It’s a push if the roll is 12, and you lose if it’s 7 or 11. If a point for the don’t come bet is established, you will lose if the point is rolled first and win if 7 shows up first.
Again, in a live setting, placing this bet might get you some mean looks from other players at the table.
The Field Bet
The field bet is quick and easy to understand. It’s a simple bet made on the next roll of the dice regardless of anything else that might be going on.
You will place your field bet, the dice are rolled, and then the bet is settled. Results of 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, and 12 mean you win. A result of 5, 6, 7, or 8 means you lose. You’ll get paid 2:1 if the roll is 2 or 12, and 1:1 for any other win.
The Hardways Bets
The hardways bets are a wager that certain numbers will land “the hard way” before a 7 is rolled. Numbers that can be made the hard way are 4, 6, 8, and 10. You’ll win these bets if any of these numbers land with both dice showing the same number. For example, to win on 10 the hard way both dice must land showing 5.
These bets payout at different odds. 4 and 10 pay 7:1 and 6 and 8 pay 9:1.
The Next Roll Bets
These bets are all based on the result of the next roll of the dice. If you don’t hit the winning result on the next roll, the bet loses. They have the best payout odds at the table but they are hard to hit and do have that built-in house edge.
- Boxcars – Boxcars on the dice are two sixes, or a result of 12. If the result of the next roll is 12, you’ll win 30 to 1 on your bet.
- Aces – Aces on the dice are two ones, or a result of 2. This bet also pays out at 30 to 1.
- Ace Deuce – This bet pays 15 to 1 for a result of 3, one on one die and two on the other.
- Any 11 – This wager also pays 15 to 1 if the result of the next roll is 11.
- Any Craps – If the next roll comes up 2, 3, or 12 you’ll get 7 to 1 on your wager.
- Any 7 – If 7 is the next result you’ll get paid 4 to 1. This is another bet that won’t make you any new friends at the table.
Now You Know How To Play Craps Online
There you have it. You now know how to play craps online. Hopefully, it doesn’t look as complicated as you may have once thought it was. It truly is one of the most enjoyable casino games to play, whether you are playing around a table in a land-based casino or shooting by yourself online.