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Craps is an exciting game that is full of action. At land-based casinos crowds gather around the craps table cheering players on and generally enjoying the thrill of the game. The game appears confusing at first glance with many different types of bets and the fast speed it is played at; however since it moved to online casinos and became available for more players, its rules are being better understood and more people have been able to enjoy the game. Craps can be traced back hundreds of years and it is now a staple at any online casino.
The History of Online Craps
Craps may have originated from an ancient game known as Hazard. The game was played in 1125AD by crusaders who had laid siege to the castle, Hazarth or Asart. The game is thought to have been developed by an Englishman by the name of Sir William Tyre who named the game after the castle and it was played by him and his knights during this period. The name given to the losing dice throw of 2 was “crabs” and the name “craps” is thought to have come from a mispronunciation of the French word.
The game is said to have been very popular with the English in the Middle Ages and it was regularly mentioned by the famous medieval author, Geoffrey Chaucer in his work, “Canterbury Tales.” In the late 1600s and early 1700s the game was played in high-end gambling houses. It was played specifically by royalty and noblemen and was the basis for many social events. The game moved from England to France and from there to the French colony of Acadia in the early 1700s.
There is some debate as to how craps reached America. Some people believe that the English brought it on the Mayflower while others believe that when the English gained control of Acadia (and renamed it Nova Scotia), some of the French that left made their way to Louisiana, bringing their culture along with games such as craps with them. The game spread south and it is there that the rules were simplified and the origins of the modern day game of craps were born.
John H. Winn is known as the Father of Modern-Day Craps because in 1907 he improved the layout of the game, created the area known as Don’t Pass Bets and introduced the ability to bet with the shooter or against him.
When gambling was legalised in Nevada in 1931, craps became a popular choice and grew in popularity. It did see a bit of a wane in popularity as other online casino games became more attractive, but in the mid-1990s when online casinos were launched, craps once again experienced an upsurge in popularity. Players from all backgrounds are now able to play online craps and some of its mystique has left it, making it accessible to all types of players.
Playing Online Craps for Real Money
Online craps is a game that can appear confusing, but once you learn the rules and the different types of bets that can be placed, it is much simpler to get started.
Pass line bet – To begin a game of online craps, players must place the pass line bet. This happens before the shooter’s first roll dice (known as the come out roll). The pass line bet wins if the come out roll is a 7 or 11. The pass line bet loses if the come out roll is 2, 3 or 12.
Point number – If the come out roll is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, this becomes known as the point number. The shooter then continues to roll the dice until either it lands on a 7 or it lands on the point number. If the point number is rolled first, the pass line bet wins; if the number 7 is rolled first, the pass line bet loses.
These are the most common bets in a game of online craps, but there are other options for people who are looking for a bit of variation.
Don’t pass line bet – The opposite of a pass line bet, it wins if the come out roll is 2 or 3 and loses if the come out roll is 7 or 11. A roll of 12 is a tie.
Don’t come bet – the opposite of a come bet, once the point number is established it will win if a 2 or 3 is rolled and will lose if a 7 or 11 is rolled. Following this, you will win if the 7 is rolled before the point number.
Big six or Big eight bets – This bet wins if the shooter rolls a 6 or 8 before a 7.
Place bets – Placed after the point number has been established, these are bets on specific numbers and the player wins if their number is rolled before a 7.
Field bets – This bet wins if the shooter rolls a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12 and it loses if the shooter rolls a 5, 6, 7 or 8.
Odds Bets – Once the point number is established it wins for 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.
Proposition bets: These are all one-roll bets, except for hardways bets and they can be placed at any time.
Hard ways bet – A bet placed on the 4, 6, 8 and 10.
Seven – Wins when a 7 is rolled.
Eleven - Wins when an 11 is rolled.
Any Craps – Wins when a 2, 3 or 12 is rolled.
Horn bet – Wins when a 2, 3, 11 or 12 is rolled.
Ace Deuce – Wins when a 3 is rolled.
Aces or Boxcars – Wins when a 2 or 12 is rolled.
Winning with Online Craps Strategy and Tips
Craps is a random game where past dice throws do not impact future dice throws. Because of this, there is no strategy that will guarantee to reduce the house edge and guarantee a win. However, that being said, there are tips that players can follow to help them improve their chances of winning.
- Set a Bankroll - As with all betting games it is important to set a specific bankroll for online craps play. Never dip into other funds.
- Set Limits – Setting a bankroll will help you to set limits, but aside from setting how much money you can play with, it is a good idea to set loss and win limits. You might like to set a number of times you are prepared to roll and lose before you quit. You might like to also set a goal for winning and stop once you reach your goal.
- Understand the Game – Before you begin to play, make sure you understand the rules of the game and the specific bets that can be placed.
- Play for Free – One of the advantages of playing craps online is the ability to play for free in the fun mode of the casino. This gives you the chance to learn the rules of the game and get a handle on the bets that can be placed without risking any of your bankroll. Once you feel confident in the game you can switch to play for real money.
- Choose your Bets Carefully – While it is true that you cannot decrease the house edge in the game through strategy, you can decrease it simply by choosing your bets wisely. The bets with the lowest house edge are the pass line bet with odds of 1.41% and the don’t pass bet with odds of 1.402%. Compare this to the four bets (horn bet) with odds of 16.66% and you may choose to steer clear of that bet.
Odds and House Edge
It is important to understand the odds for each of the bets that can be placed to help you place the bet that will give you the best odds of winning. Here we will look at the house edge for specific bets:
- Seven – house edge of 16.66% - odds of 5:1 and pays out 4:1
- Eleven – house edge of 16.66% - odds of 17:1 and pays out 14:1
- Pass line – house edge of 1.414% - pays out 1:1
- Don’t pass – house edge of 1.402% - pays out 1:1
- Come bets – house edge of 1.414% - pays out 1:1
- Don’t come bets – house edge of 1.402% - pays out 1:1
- Place bets – a bet on 4 and 10 has a house edge of 6.66% with odds of 10:5 and pays out 9:5; a bet on 5 and 9 has a house edge of 4% with odds of 7.5:5 and pays out 7:5; a bet on 6 and 8 has a house edge of 1.51% with odds of 6:5 and pays out 7:6
- Hard ways – a bet on the 4 or 10 has a house edge of 11.11% and pays out 7:7 and a bet on 6 or 8 has a house edge of 9.09% and pays out 9:1
- Any craps – house edge of 11.11% - pays out 7:1
- The field – a house edge of 5.55% - pays out 1:1 or 2:1 if a 2 or 12 are rolled
- Horn bet – house edge of 16.66% - if a 2 or 12 are rolled it has odds of 35:1 and pays out 30:1 and if 3 or 11 are rolled it has odds of 17:1 and pays out 15:1
- Big six and eight – house edge of 9.09% - odds of 6:5 and pays out 1:1
Online Craps Glossary of Useful Terms
- Any craps: A bet on a roll of 2, 3 or 12.
- Any 7: A bet on the next roll being a 7.
- Backline: Another term for pass line.
- Big 6: A bet that a 6 will be rolled before a 7.
- Big 8: A bet that an 8 will be rolled before a 7.
- Big red: A bet that the next roll will be a 7.
- Box cars: A bet on the number 12.
- Box numbers: The numbers marked inside the boxes on the craps table – the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.
- Come out roll: The first dice roll in the game.
- Don’t come bet: The bet wins on 2 or 3 and loses on 7 or 11. A roll of 12 ties.
- Don’t pass bet: A bet on the come out roll that loses on a 7 or 11 and wins on a 2 or 3.
- Field bet: A bet that the next roll will be 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12.
- Free odd bet: A bet made together with another bet. It pays out true odds.
- Hardway: Both dice showing identical numbers, totalling 4, 6, 8 or 10.
- Horn bet: A bet on the four numbers 2, 3, 11 and 12.
- Lay bet: A bet that a 7 will be rolled before the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10.
- Line bet: A bet on the pass line or the don’t pass line.
- Natural: A dice roll of 7 or 11 on the come out roll.
- Pass line bet: A bet that the come out roll will be 7 or 11.
- Place bet: A bet that a 7 will be rolled before a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10.
- Point number: The number established by the come out roll. It could be a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10.
- Proposition bet: Bets placed in the centre of the table.
- Shooter: The person who is rolling the dice.
- Single roll bet: A bet that is reliant on a single dice roll.
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Opening an Account and Playing for Real Money
Once you choose to play for real money you will need to open an account and make a deposit. To do this you will need to:
- Create an account by completing the online form. Choose Australian dollars as your currency.
- Fund your account by visiting the cashier section of the casino. You can choose from a range of payment methods including credit cards, debit cards, e-wallets, pre-paid cards and direct transfer methods. Fill in the deposit amount, follow the deposit steps and authorise the transfer.
- Claim your $400 (plus 200 free spins) welcome bonus.
- The transfer will be verified and the money will become available in your account, allowing you to play online craps for real money.