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Craps is one of the most popular casino games in the world, but at Casino.com NZ, we know not everyone is comfortable playing Craps. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help players from New Zealand get to grips with one of the biggest online casino games available online. Read on to learn everything you need to know about playing online Craps.
Betting Rules: How to Play Craps?
Once you get to grips with the rules, you’ll be able to start playing Craps easily. It might seem as if there’s a lot going on when the game begins, but it’s actually quite simple. There are a few betting stages, and players can make a range of choices in each. We’ve put together a simple guide to the order of play, to give you an idea of how the game works before we jump into the more complex details.
- The first bets are placed
- The dice are rolled (the ‘come out’ roll)
- The dice can be either a natural, craps, or hit the points
- The next lot of rolls are performed
- Another betting stage is undertaken, where there are ‘come’ or ‘don’t come’ bets
Of course, this isn’t a full version of how the game runs, but it does give you a bit of an idea of how fast-paced the game is.
Initially, players have two different options for betting. The first is related to individual bets on each roll of the dice, known as ‘proposition bets’. They’re generally not popular with experienced Craps players, and they aren’t related to the full sequence of rolls.
The second set of bets is based around the full set of rolls and are called ‘pass’ or ‘don’t pass’ bets. This allows players to place a bet on what will take place over the course of the dice rolls; whether the player will roll a 7 or 11, make a point, or lose their game by rolling a 2, 3 or 12. Once this round has been completed, another round called the ‘come out’ takes place. This offers players the same betting choices, but the shooter will lose if they roll a 7 — bringing the betting to a close.
The bets you can place depend on which stage the shooter is at. This is why it’s vital to look over the different bets that can be placed at each stage, to make sure you don’t choose the wrong bets at the wrong time. If you’re struggling with the flow of gameplay in Craps, you can always check the rules via the in-game menu to refresh yourself. If this still doesn’t provide you with the help that you need, our Help and Support section will point you in the direction of the relevant help.
Craps incorporate lots of different kinds of rules, and players can try a number of different types of Craps games. Because there are different rules available, we’ve put together a guide to help New Zealand-based players get to grips with the various options.
- Bank Craps - This involves the players betting against the house only, instead of betting against each other.
- Crapless Craps - Crapless Craps takes away the chance to crap out. This means that all rolls can be the point, except for a 7.
- High Point Craps - This variation removes the ability to lose on a 2 or a 3. It adds an extra roll to give players more chances to win.
- New York Craps - This simplifies the game by only offering box bets. It’s much simpler, but also removes some of the wagers providing better value.
- Simplified Craps - This does exactly what it says on the tin. With this version, you can either win or lose.
- Diceless Craps - This is a lot rarer than other variants. It uses cards instead of dice, making it one of the most interesting versions of the game.
Players can also find other versions of Craps alongside these. Just look through our comprehensive list to explore the Craps games available at Casino.com NZ. We update our portfolio regularly, to keep your selection fresh.
Odds and Payouts
There are a lot of different payouts available to players during Craps, which change based on the round that you’re involved in and the bet that you’re making. As there are different odds on show, it can sometimes be hard to remember what’s what. That’s why you should take a look through our guide covering the different Craps odds and payouts.
- Pass: A wager on the player making the point
- Don’t pass: A wager on the player not making the point
- Pass line: Betting on the box
- Don’t pass line: This is the alternative to pass line bets
- Field bet: Placing a wager on it being 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11
- Hardway: Wagering on a 2 or a 12
Bet Type Odds Payout House Edge Pass 49.3% 1/1 1.4% Don’t Pass 49.3% 1/1 1.4% Pass Line - 4 or 10 33.3% 2/1 4.76% Pass Line - 5 or 9 40% 3/2 4.76% Pass Line - 6 or 8 45.5% 6/5 4.76% Don’t Pass Line - 4 or 10 66.6% 1/2 2.44% Don’t Pass Line 5 or 9 60% 2/3 3.23% Don’t Pass Line 6 or 8 45.5% 5/6 4% Field - 3, 4, 9, 10 or 11 / 1/1 5.5% Hardway - 2 or 12 / 2/1 5.5%
Basic Strategies and Tips
Craps incorporates a lot of different betting strategies. It would take all day to cover a full and detailed strategy for each technique, but we’ve provided some of the most popular ways for new players to develop the best Craps strategy below.
- Pass and Come Strategy
This strategy is used to play smaller bets on the ‘pass’ and ‘come’ rounds. Once these rounds have started, you place bigger bets on the better odds wagers that are included in each game. This means that you can start off by betting small but potentially win big later on. The only thing to look out for here is that if a 7 is rolled, you’ll lose right away. That’s why it’s so important to manage your bankroll sensibly.
- Don’t Pass and Don’t Come Strategy
This is very similar to the ‘pass and come’ strategy, but instead of betting on the shooter to make the point, you actually bet against it. It has a similar level of potential for wins on offer, but also has the same chance of a single roll causing a loss. This means sensible bankroll management is essential when adopting this strategy.
- Laying Odds Bets
Laying the odds can sometimes be a slightly more advanced strategy for new players. This wager will basically lead you to bet against the shooter making the point. You’ll need to make a ‘don’t pass’ bet first before placing this wager. The main benefit of this method is that it offers a very low risk of losing, although conversely, the win potential is quite low too.
- 6 and 8 Bets
This requires a lot of nerve and the bankroll to fund two bets on each roll; you bet on both the 6 and the 8 with this tactic. It also incorporates a progression system on losing bets, so whenever a bet doesn’t win, you’ll increase the stake on the bet. You can use any progression method you like when following this, but it’s best to choose the method that suits your bankroll best.
- Three Points Molly Strategy
This is definitely the most complicated of all the strategies that we’ve covered in this guide. You’re required to set three points over both the ‘pass’ and ‘come’ lines. Here, you’ll stake a maximum odds wager whenever the shooter sets a point. You allow the bets to keep riding until either the shooter craps out or you win. It requires low wagers but could end up leading to big wins. This makes it a good strategy for players with a low bankroll.
Bad Craps Strategy: Bets You Should Avoid
- Big 6 and 8
While it might have a similar name to the 6 and 8 bet, this is actually different. When you choose to bet on big 6 and 8, you will increase the house edge by a multiple of 6 all the way up to 9%. As a result, you should try to avoid this bet. With the same level of wins on offer but much bigger chances of losing, it’s probably not the right bet for you.
- Hardways 4, 6, 8 and 10
This isn’t the same as betting on a 4, 6, 8 or 10. Instead, it’s basically betting on those totals being achieved using a pair of dice. The Hardways do offer good payouts to players, but that’s because they’re extremely hard to land. The high house edge on these wagers means you’re best trying to avoid them whenever you can.
- Proposition Bets
A lot of top Craps players call prop bets ‘sucker bets’. There’s a reason for this; some proposition bets can have a house edge of up to 16%. For that reason alone, you should look to avoid them. Beginner players especially should think twice before placing one of these bets.
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Online Craps Bonuses
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- What is the best bet in Craps?
It depends on what you’re looking for. Some of the Hardway bets can offer good odds, but they have high house edges. For bets with a low house edge, the ‘don’t pass’ or ‘don’t come’ wagers may be the best option for you.
- How to win at Craps?
Winning is subjective with Craps, it all depends on what you want from the game. If your aim is to make a profit, your best bet is to work on perfecting a strategy that’s effective and small but offers long-term gains.
- How to shoot dice?
When playing Craps in real life, you just have to throw the dice by hand. When playing online Craps, it’s just a case of clicking the button to start the roll.
- How to play street dice?
Every street dice game is different, so it’s impossible to answer this question definitively. However, you should be aware that a lot of street dice games can be dangerous, so you’re better playing at a trusted venue like Casino.com NZ.
- Where can I get a Craps bonus?
Just look through our bonus and Promotions page. You’ll find all of the best bonuses available to New Zealander Craps players.
- Can I play mobile Craps for real money?
Most definitely! We’re proud of our mobile casino offerings at Casino.com NZ. We’ve gathered plenty of Craps titles for you to play for real money.
- Can I turn off my Hardway bet?
You can turn off any bet at any time you like when playing online Craps. The Hardway bet is one of those bets, so if you’re not happy with it, you can deactivate it easily.
- What’s the difference between Live and online Craps?
Live Craps involves real people rolling the dice, and the way in which they land on the Craps table depends on the players throwing style. As a result, you’ll need to know the styles of the shooters when placing bets, as this can have a significant impact on the way they come through. Online Craps uses RNG technology, incorporating random number generation to ensure all results are random. This makes your betting a lot easier and as fair as in the real offline game.
Help and Support
While Craps is a lot of fun for any player, it can often be a little more complicated for new players. Because of this, we make sure that all of our online Craps titles have in-game help menus available to players at any time. This makes it easy for you to access information on the rules of the game and the potential payouts. Here, New Zealanders can easily answer any questions they might have about any Craps game.
If you’re still struggling to find the help you need, our Customer Support team is always here to help. Just open up our help and support page, and you’ll see options to contact our team through email, live chat, and by telephone. Whatever you need, it’s available 24 hours a day at Casino.com NZ.
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