Play Craps Online in Ireland

Table of Contents:

How to play Craps | Variations | Odds and Payouts | Tips | Mobile Experience | Bonuses | FAQ | Support

According to legend, dice games were invented by the Romans, who used pig knuckles in place of dice and shields in place of tables. The game of Craps, in particular, is thought to date back to an Arabic game that merchants spread across Europe in the 11th century.

Wherever it originated, it became one of the world’s biggest gambling games and continues to be enjoyed in casinos around the world. At IE, you’re invited to play some of the best Craps games on the web, and in this guide, we’ll look at some Craps strategies, tips, and rules to help you get to grips with this game.

Betting Rules: How to Play Craps?

On the surface, Craps seems like a pretty simple game. You place your bets, roll the dice, and wait. It couldn’t be any simpler. In actual fact, there are an assortment of different betting options and these can complicate things if you’re new to the game.

There are 2 dice in every game of Craps. There may also be anywhere from 2 to 4 staff members at the table. The shooter isn’t the only one betting and other players can also join in, creating the sense of camaraderie that this game is famous for.

To place your bets in games of online Craps, just click your chip stack and then click or tap on the board, placing those chips on the wager that you want to make. Options include:

  • Pass: The most common bet. Players must place their money here before they roll. They will win with a 7 or 11 and lose with a 2, 3, or 12. If anything else appears, they will get a point, and must then roll the same number again to win even money.
  • Come: Works the same way as the pass bet but is placed when a point is on the board.
  • Place Bets: Allows you to bet on a number without waiting for the shooter to score a point. In a place bet, you’re wagering that the dice will land on a specific number.
  • Field Bet: A wager that the next roll will show a 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12, covering a wide range of the field.
  • Hardways: A bet for a “hard number”, which is when the dice show a double (the same number appears on each of the dice).
  • Horn: A horn bet wagers that the next roll will show a 2, 3, 11 or 12.
  • Proposition Bets: Single-roll bets that must match the number shown on the table to win. Some of these outcomes have very high payouts but also have a high house edge. Such is the case with “three”, which can only be formed from a 1 and a 2 and has a house edge of 11.1%.

Rule Variations

Just as you wrap your head around one variant, another one appears! Don’t worry, because while there are many different Craps variants to explore, they’re also easy to learn and they all offer something a little different.

  • Bank Craps: When the average person thinks about the game of Craps, it’s bank Craps that they have in mind. It’s the most common variant and that’s because it’s one of the best, with a low house edge and some simple and easy-to-learn rules.
  • Crapless Craps: A unique and somewhat oddly titled game that is commonly found in Las Vegas but doesn’t feature very often outside the City of Sin. Crapless Craps has a few key rule changes, including the lack of “don’t pass” bets, and this ultimately changes the house edge, making it significantly larger than that of other variants.
  • High Point Craps: A variant that ignores 2 or 3 when they are rolled on the come out, but triggers a win for 11 or 12. This game is somewhat rare, but it can be found in a number of brick and mortar casinos and has also been embraced by several online casinos.
  • New York Craps: The game of New York Craps is much simpler than many other variants and despite its name, it likely originated in Eastern Europe. However, it has a large following in the city that bears its name. It is also played in many UK and Irish casinos. The main difference between this variant and other games of Craps is that there are no “come” or “don’t come” bets.
  • Simplified Craps: A super-simple variation of Craps that targets beginners and players who struggle with the variety offered on standard games of Craps. Betting options are streamlined and everything is generally more accessible.
  • Diceless Craps: For something completely different, an itch that dice are not able to scratch, try your hand at Diceless Craps instead. It’s fair to say that Diceless Craps is a unique variant, and one that even experienced Craps players may struggle with, but if you’re looking for something new, go for it!

Odds and Payouts

As with any table game, the first step to understanding, and ultimately to beating Craps, is to know the odds and calculate how these compare to the payout. A 50% probability is great, but not if you’re getting a 25% return on your wager. Craps can be deceptive in this way because if you focus only on the house edge, some bets seem more rewarding than they actually are.

Take a look at these Craps odds and payouts to learn more.

Basic Strategies and Tips

There are 11 possible numbers in Craps (2 through to 12; as there are two dice and no zero, it’s not possible to roll a 1) and these create 36 combinations. Understanding these combinations is key to playing Craps, as it can help you make the right bets.

For instance, 17% of the rolls will result in a 7 as there are more possible combinations (6/36) than any other number. Combine this with 11, and those odds jump to 23%, which is why the pass and come bets (which win with 7 and 11) are so popular. 6 and 8 are also popular bets, stemming from the fact there are 10/36 possible combinations of these two numbers.

Finally, the don’t pass and don’t come bets are also popular, offering the same house edge as the pass and come bets.

In essence, Craps strategies boil down to understanding these probabilities and using them to make the right choices. The most popular strategies revolve around consistently betting on some or all of the following options:

  • Pass and Come: Has a house edge of just 1.41%.
  • Don’t Pass and Don’t Come: The same house edge as pass and come bets.
  • 6 and 8: Relies on the fact that these numbers are the joint-second most common.

Bad Craps Strategies: Bets to Avoid

While the best Craps strategies focus on the most likely outcomes, the worst Craps strategies do the opposite. These are the bets that players are advised to stay away from, as they have a much higher house edge.

The Hardways bets are a great example of this as these bets only win when the shooter lands a double that matches the number shown. With a Hardway 4, for instance, both of the dice need to show a 2. The house edge for a 6 or 8 is 9.09%, which is very high when compared to other, more favourable bets, and the house edge for a 4 or 10 is even higher, at 11.1%.

Here are a few bets that players are generally advised to avoid:

  • Big 6 and 8
  • Hardways 4, 6, 8 and 10
  • Single Number Bets

Mobile Experience

You can’t beat the experience of playing Craps and other table games on your mobile. It’s a more tactile and immersive experience, and it’s amplified when you throw on a pair of headphones and login to the IE Live Casino. It’s the closest you can get to playing at a real land-based casino, only you don’t need to dry-clean your favourite dress/tux and spend the night in a hot and noisy casino.

All games at IE can be played on mobile, with support for most devices and platforms. This is true for our Craps titles as well, and these games have been streamlined and condensed to ensure they look just as impressive on mobile as they do on a desktop.

Online Craps Bonuses

All Irish players can collect a bonus at and these credits can be used to shoot some dice. Check with our promotions page for the latest updates on deposit bonuses, loyalty bonuses, and more. Don’t forget to read the Terms and Conditions to understand how these offers work and to make sure you’re getting maximum value from them.


  1. What is the Best Bet in Craps?

    Both the come and pass bets are considered to be the best bets in Craps, but don’t come and don’t pass bets are on par with them, offering a very low house edge of 1.41%. To put this into perspective, it’s similar to the edge offered by the best bets in Baccarat and it’s nearly half the house edge offered on games of French Roulette.

  2. How to Win at Craps?

    We hate to break it to you, but there is no easy way to win at Craps. However, by creating a budget, sticking with legitimate online casinos, picking up a Welcome Package, and making the right bets, your chances of winning will increase significantly.

  3. How to Shoot Dice

    You don’t need to worry about technique when shooting dice in an online casino like IE. This happens automatically and random number generators are used to ensure complete fairness. If you’re concerned about rolling incorrectly in a land-based casino, we recommend standing back and watching some other players roll first.

    There are no tricks you can use to increase your chances of winning. The boxman monitors for illegal throws and these will be void if they occur. You just have to grab the dice, give them a gentle roll in your hand, and then throw them at the backboard. Make sure you loft the dice slightly so they arc over the table, as opposed to simply skidding along with the cloth.

  4. How to Play Street Dice

    Craps likely evolved from games of Street Dice, but these games are still played all over the world. The rules are similar to Craps, but have been greatly simplified, making them easy to follow. They include pass bets that pay with 7 and lose with 2, 3, and 12.

  5. Where Can I Get a Craps Bonus?

    Check our promotions page for new player offers, table game bonuses, and promotions specifically tailored toward games like Craps.

  6. Can I Play Mobile Craps for Real Money?

    All games of online Craps available at IE can be played for real money on your chosen mobile device, with support for most platforms and browsers.

  7. Can I turn off my Hardway bet?

    All variants of Craps available at IE allow you to switch off your Hardway bet as desired.

  8. What’re the Differences Between Live and Online Craps?

    Online Craps is a stripped-back version of the famous dice game. You don’t play with others, there are no dealers, stickmen, or boxmen, and you’re not forced to abide by specific time limits.

    With Live Dealer Craps, however, everything is kicked up a notch, immersion is turned up to 11, and players can get a feel of what it’s like to play Craps in a real casino environment.

Help and Support

Are you struggling to grasp the rules of Craps? Do you want to know the specific payouts or rules of your chosen variant? The following help options can point you in the right direction:

  • In-Game Help: Click the little hamburger icon located in the top of the game screen to load the help file. This contains information supplied by the developer, including a how-to guide on playing the game.
  • Customer Support: The IE Customer Support team is highly specialised and knowledgeable and can help with whatever account issue or game-related query you have. Click or tap the Live Chat icon to speak directly with one of our specialists or contact them by phone or email instead.
  • Live Dealer Support: Live Casino dealers are much more than a friendly face. If you have a question about rules or anything else related to the game, just use the chat box and speak with them. They’ll be happy to help.

Play Craps Games for Real Money

You can’t beat the buzz of the Craps table. If you spend a lot of time in land-based casinos you’ll no doubt be drawn to the Craps table—the noise, the camaraderie, and the chaos that seems to surround it. Much of this spirit and this excitement is captured in Live Casino Craps, whereas standard online Craps variants are better suited to players who want a little more time and peace.