Craps is a thrilling casino game that is action-packed and always takes centre-stage on any casino floor. With online craps now available, players can experience the excitement of the game anywhere they wish.
Craps is a game that can vary in bet limits and bet permitted from one casino to another. Beginners may find the rules daunting and difficult to understand, but if you are committed to learning how to play craps, here is a quick breakdown of the rules.
Similar to Blackjack, all players wager against the house in a game of craps. On every turn, the focus of all the players’ attention will be the person who throws the dice, or “Shooter”. Players start off by making a bet on the Pass Line area of the table. The Shooter then picks up the dice in one hand and throws it so that it hits the far end of the table and bounces back. This is called “The Come-Out Roll”.
The varying results of the Come-Out Roll will determine what happens next in the round of craps. Players get paid 1 to 1 if the result is 7 or 11 and lose if the result is 2, 3, or 12. Afterwards, the play moves onto the next Come-Out Roll. Sometimes, a player rolling a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 will trigger a second stage of craps, called “The Series”. The result becomes the “Shooter’s Point” and players have the chance to wager more on their Pass Line bet, place an Odds Bet, or leave things as is and wait for the result of the next roll.
An Odds Bet is placed directly behind a Pass Line bet, but the payout for the Pass Line bet is always better than for the Odds Bet. The neat thing about Odds Bets is that they can be increased, decreased, or taken back throughout the Series. The ultimate goal for the Shooter in the Series is to roll the number representing the Shooter’s Point before rolling a 7. If the Shooter rolls a 7 before the Shooter’s Point, then they are said to “seven out” and everyone loses to the house. If the Shooter rolls the Shooter’s Point, all bets win, and the play continues with a new Come-Out Roll. If any other number is rolled then the shooter rolls again.
Whether playing craps on the casino floor or virtually on the Internet, it is a game that is worth learning how to play. What might have first seemed daunting is actually quite simple if you take the time to learn it. Next time you visit a casino or browse around on an online casino, why not try your hands at the craps table?