Craps is a popular casino game, where — according to Craps rules — the players’ task is to bet on the results of two dice. The shooter (the person that has to throw dice) rolls the dice again sometimes, depending on the result that comes up. The game might seem a bit awkward at first, but once a newbie learns about the different bets on offer, it quickly becomes much easier. In addition, the beginner can start by using basic bets and even try free dice games (as training).
Craps rules — basic bets
In simple words, casino Craps rules say that each game participant must bet on the result that the dice show. There are a few different types of bets, and the most common are:
- Don’t Pass;
- Don’t Come.
Other options that Craps rules foresee include Field, Side and Odds bets, but these have slightly worse odds for a gambler to win.
The games proceeds this way:
- A player picks either Pass or a Don’t Pass bet. A Pass Line bet wins a number of the eyes (dots) on 2 dice equals 7 or 11. It is lost if it is 2, 3, or 12;
- The Don’t Pass wins if with 2 or 3 (number of dots on 2 dice). It loses when getting 7 or 11. If a gambler counts 12, the bet is not lost, but it is also not a win;
- When the shooter loses his own bet, according to dice Craps rules, the next gambler becomes the person, who shoots. It also happens when a shooter rolls 7 or the same amount again;
- New dice are then rolled, and gamblers that won the round may place new bets.
The stuff mentioned above might seem something very difficult for a newbie, but when he starts playing Craps, he will get its gameplay fast.
Craps odds and the game payouts
As Craps rules are not easy, during the game, the player is recommended to check the table of odds and payouts. This information is always provided on the site, where Craps can be played (especially, for money). Here are only a few examples of payouts in Craps. They depend on the bets and the final score (the number of dots on 2 dice).
The share of the gambling house at all Pass and Do not Pass bets is 1.4%. When one of the players makes such a bet, he gives the opportunity to the casino to win 1.25 dollars for every 100 he wagered. However, a player can significantly reduce the chances of a gambling house by simultaneously making an additional, free bet on a Pass Line. Such bets are placed only after the original point has been rolled. Those who made a bet on the Pass Line, have an opportunity to place additional chips. If the original point is 4 or 10, then such bets will be paid as 2: 1. If the point is 5 or 9, then the payout will be 3: 2; 6 or 8 will be paid at a 6: 5 ratio.
The payments for additional bets look like this:
- 4 or 10 points — 2:1;
- 5 or 9 — 3:2;
- 6 or 8 — 6:5 which is foreseen by Craps rules.
Placing any additional bet, the player significantly reduces the guaranteed winning share of the gambling house from 1.4 to 0.8%. Some casinos allow players to place an additional free bet double the original.
Actually, even professional Craps players have tables of odds and payouts at hand, although experts know all this detailed information by heart.