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Thanks to its starring role in famous spy films, craps is considered by many to be one of the most glamorous of all casino games. Craps offers players an exciting, multi-layered game that requires thought, precision and knowledge.
To play, decide what type of software you would like to use – download or flash – and then hit the casino lobby. You will need to learn the difference between the come out roll and points roll to get started, and you will also need to know which single roll and multi-roll bets that you can make on each. Use our guide below to help you learn all about your craps game so you can play with confidence.
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History of craps
The game of craps evolved from an English dice game called ‘Hazard,’ which dates back to the Crusades. After the game reached France, it was adopted by street gamblers and given the new name of ‘Crapaud’. As travel became easier and more frequent, Crapaud was introduced to gambling houses around the world and grew in popularity. And upon reaching America, it transformed over time into the craps game we recognise today.
Oddly enough, it was the Second World War that secured this game’s place in history. It became a favourite amongst soldiers and, once the war was over, casinos adopted the game all over the globe. The complex betting structure and multi-layered rules gave it a reputation for being a sophisticated choice, which again added to its appeal. The only complication was that the casino version required a huge table and multiple staff to man the game, and so casinos would provide only limited space to play.
The internet created even more possibilities, as there was no longer any need for the huge table or multiple staff, so the game became more accessible. Around-the-clock and all-year availability, combined with casino bonuses and low minimum tables limits, made online craps a suddenly affordable and convenient option for casino enthusiasts who would have previously had little or no access to the game.
The fastest way of understanding your odds of winning any craps bet is to look at the payout table. The lower the payout, the more likely the bet is to hit – and although you cannot guarantee a win, you can use this information to inform your betting choices.
The secret to craps is to understand the bets. You can only place certain bets at certain times, so you need to be able to recognise what stage of the game is in play, as well as how each bet works, before you play.
The bets to start with are the ‘come bet,’ and ‘don’t come,’ ‘pass line’ and ‘don’t pass’ bets. The two game stages you need to be able to recognise are the ‘come out’ roll and ‘point’ roll. Once you have these basics, you can learn the additional bets over time.
The ‘come out’ roll: Craps is played with two dice and the game starts with the ‘come out’ roll (notice that the Dealer button is turned off). This initial roll is when the shooter will try to establish a point by rolling 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. As a player, you can place certain wagers on the outcome of this initial roll.
If you choose to place a ‘pass line,’ it means you are betting on the shooter rolling a 7 or 11 on the ‘come out’ roll. You win only on a 7 or 11. If a 2, 3 or 12, is rolled, you lose. If, however, the shooter establishes the point by hitting any other number, that becomes your point and the shooter will continue to roll until either the point or a 7 is rolled. If the point appears first, your pass line bet wins, but if a 7 appears first, you lose.
The ‘don’t pass’ bet is basically the reverse of the ‘pass line’ bet. You also make this bet on the ‘come out roll,’ but it loses if a 7 or 11 is rolled, and wins if the shooter rolls a 2 or 3. If a 12 shows, it’s a draw and you get your wager returned.
The point rolls: Once a point is established, you have different betting options. A ‘come’ bet wins on a 7 or 11 and loses on 2, 3 and 12. If a number is rolled instead, that becomes the player’s point and you win if your point is rolled before a 7. The ‘don’t come’ bet works in the opposite way, winning on a roll of 2 or 3 and losing on 7 or 11. The 12 is considered a draw and your wager is returned to your casino bankroll.
Once you have these basics memorized, you can go on to learn other online craps bets such as ‘buy,’ ‘odds,’ ‘place,’ ‘any seven’ and ‘any craps.’ Check out our glossary below to learn more about these bets.
Glossary and useful terms
Online craps is a complicated game with lots of rules and betting possibilities. Take some time to read and understand the commonly used terms below to increase your understanding and improve your overall online craps experience.
Any 7: A single-roll bet that the shooter will roll a 7 on the next roll, paying at 4-1.
Any craps: A single-roll bet that the shooter will hit a 2, 3 or 12 on the next roll, paying at 7-1.
Buy bet: A multi-roll bet on the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 – there is a 5% commission on your winnings and you win if your number is rolled before a 7.
Come bet: Only possible once a point is established. You win if a 7 or 11 is rolled and lose on a roll of 2, 3 and 12. If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled instead, that becomes your point and that number must be rolled again before a 7 is thrown for you to win.
Come out roll: The roll that starts the game, with the dealer button showing as ‘off’.
Don’t come bet: Only possible once a point is established, you win on a 2 or 3 and lose on a roll of 7 or 11. If a 12 is rolled, your wager is returned because it is a draw.
Don’t pass bet: Placed on the ‘come out’ roll, this bet loses if a 7 or 11 is rolled, and wins if a 2 or 3 is rolled. If a 12 is rolled, your wager is returned because it is a draw.
Field bet: A bet on the shooter rolling 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 or 12, paying at even money except for the 2 and 12 which pay at 2:1.
Horn bet: A wager across four numbers – 2,3 11 and 12. you win if any of these numbers are rolled and lose if any other number is rolled.
Multi-roll bet: Any bet that may require more than one roll of the dice for the outcome to be decided.
Odds bet: Placed alongside a ‘pass line ‘or ‘come bet,’ it can be added or removed any time after the ‘come out’ roll.
Pass line bet: A bet on the shooter rolling a 7 or 11 on the ‘come out’roll. If a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 is rolled instead, that becomes your point and your point must be rolled again before a 7 to win.
Place bet: A multi-roll bet on the numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10. You win if your number comes up before a 7.
Shooter: The person that rolls the dice during the game.
Single roll bet: Any bet where the outcome is decided in a single dice roll.
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